Mao in China in 1949, Castro in Cuba in 1959, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in 1975 all began their dictatorships by prohibiting or significantly restricting private gun ownership.
Same story in Germany. Kopel notes that the lawfully elected Nazi party took advantage of a gun registration system put in place by the Weimar Republic to “almost immediately” seize guns, knives, and other firearms from individuals in other political parties, especially the Social Democrats, and from Jews. They also outlawed independent shooting ranges and required that any range or club be registered with and ruled by the state.
Excellent point, Robert. And I know I’m repeating myself when I say this, but there’s also the complete failure of gun control that has left tens of thousands dead in Mexico by illegally armed narcos/cartel gangsters who operate with impunity thanks to a corrupt government that profits from them.