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Auctioneer Mayo Auction & Realty 816-361-2600
Auction Date Jan 21 Auction
8253 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
Time 10:00AM
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Historic Firearm Auction
Bonnie & Clyde Tommy Gun & Winchester 1897
Live Auction: Saturday, January 21st - 10:00 a.m.
Online & Absentee Bidding Available
Preview: January 21st 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Kansas City Auction Center
8253 Wornall Road; Kansas City, MO 64114

 A pair of historic firearms believed to have been owned and used by the outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker will be sold in this auction.
45 Caliber Thompson Sub-machine Gun Model 1921A - Serial # 4208
 Winchester 12 Guage Model 1897 - Serial # 650715

The sellers great-grandfather, who was in law enforcement at the time, was given the two guns by another peace officer who had seized the weapons after a raid on the pair in Joplin, Missouri in April of 1933.

Just months previous to the raid, Bonnie & Clyde kidnapped a police officer by the name of Thomas Persell.  Persell recounted the events of the abduction for the Springfield Daily News and the Joplin Globe, mentioning each time the "Tommy Gun" Mrs. Parker proudly held.
Click here to read more about the abduction.
The raid occurred at the height of the duo’s crime rampage that cut a wide swath across middle American during the Great Depression. The raid did not produce any arrests. The two had a knack for being one step ahead of law enforcement, but it did yield a cache of weapons, plus a camera.
When the film was developed, there were pictures of the couple with some of their guns.

The guns have been in the family of Mark Lairmore and his sisters, the sellers, from Springfield, MO., ever since the unknown Depression-era police officer gave them to their great-grandfather.  
Mr. Melton Lairmore, Mark Lairmore’s father, registered the Thompson Sub-machine Gun under the name of Lairmore Armored Car Inc. in 1968 in accordance with the Gun Control Act of 1968.  

Click here to see the 4467 form confirming the registry


Melton Lairmore, left, operator of an armored car service in Springfield, presents two guns taken from the car of famed 1930’s gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow to Springfield Police Chief Gordon Loveland.
Click here to see the receipt issued by the City of Springfield

Lairmore is loaning the .45 Thompson sub-machine gun and the 12-guage Winchester shotgun to police for use in displays during Crime Prevention Month and in the future police museum in the old city jail.

Also pictured are a "claw" handcuff which Lairmore’s grandfather, M.L. Lairmore, a Tulsa police detective, used following the capture of Pretty Boy Floyd in Oklahoma, and five photographs of the Bonnie and Clyde gang found in the pair’s car after their last shootout with authorities.

M.L. Lairmore, who was wounded in the leg by Pretty Boy Floyd, obtained the photos and guns from another officer who was involved in gunning down the pair in 1934.

The weapons were displayed in the Springfield Missouri Police Museum, also known as The Calaboose, from 1973 until 2011
The .45 Thompson sub-machine gun is fully automatic and will require the buyer to fill out the appropriate paperwork and application with the ATF.
ATF Form 4 (5320.4) 

The buyer will be required to pay for gun on auction and will take possession of the firearm from the seller when the application process is complete and has been approved by the ATF.

The Winchester 12 guage model 1897 will not require the same level of licensing to take ownership.  A simple 4473 form will be the only form needing processed to take possesion.

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Additional firearms will sell same day. 
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If you have any questions or need assistance getting registered, please don’t hesitate to call our office.

Mayo Auction & Realty

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