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Al Capone gun to be auctioned by Michigan firearms dealer

Handgun in case
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SSL Firearms
.32 Smith and Wesson pistol reputed to have belonged to mob boss Al Capone

A Michigan company is auctioning  a handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.

In the 1920s, Al Capone built a bootlegging empire in Chicago when drinking alcohol was an offense enforced by the U.S. Constitution. Capone smuggled booze from Windsor, Ontario, through Detroit, across southern Michigan and into Chicago.

Capone spent a lot of time in Michigan, for both business, albeit illegal, and pleasure. Today, an artifact from the height of Capone’s power sits in a box in a town near Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it will soon be up for grabs.

Mob boss Al Capone's .32 Smith and Wesson pistol was allegedly stolen from his golf bag in 1930 by Charles D'Agostino-Genauldi.

SSL Firearms, a dealer near Grand Rapids, Michigan, claims to have Capone’s 32-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol. It will be available for sale via an online auction on January 9, 2017.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.

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