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Bonnie & Clyde Tommy Gun Auction

by Mayo Auction & Realty


Live & Online Bidding Available - Saturday, January 21st - 10:00AM Central


8253 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64114


Historic firearms believed to have been owned and used by the outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker will be sold at auction. A 45 Caliber fully automatic Thompson Sub-machine Gun and a Winchester 12 Gauge Model 1897 will be sold to the highest bidder!

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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.

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Every effort is made by Mayo Auction & Realty to describe articles being sold as accurately as possible. Our research includes consultation with seller, outside experts and specialists in their field when necessary as well as online and library research. However, we do not warrantee the authenticity, origin, condition, or date of manufacture. Our printed descriptions are intended to be an aid and convenience to buyers. All descriptions are subject to errors and omissions. All Sales are Final.

The auctioneer has sole discretion to advance the bidding. The auctioneer shall be the final judge in any bidding disputes and shall name a bidder as the purchaser. By bidding on any item the bidder shows acceptance of the terms of the auction. All announcements made the day of auction take precedence over any and all written or verbal statements.

PAYMENT: All purchases must be settled at the conclusion of the auction. Online bidders' credit cards will be charged for their purchases with the exception of Lot#74 - 1921A Thompson Sub-Machine Gun, (please see terms specific to this lot). A pre-auction authorization will be performed to establish available credit. Nothing will be charged to your card until a purchase is made. ONLY Visa & MasterCard credit cards will be accepted.

ON-SITE BUYERS PREMIUM: Buyers will pay a 10% buyers premium on the final bid price of all on-line sales. For example, if you buy a $100.00 item, your final purchase price will be $110.00 (100.00 + 10.00 = 110.00). Sales are subject to applicable sales tax laws and tax WILL BE COLLECTED unless proof of current resale exemption is provided.

ON-LINE BUYERS PREMIUM: To enable customers to participate in our auctions without lost time and travel expense (motel, transportation, etc.), buyers will pay a 17% buyers premium on the final bid price of all on-line sales. For example, if you buy a $100.00 item, your final purchase price will be $117.00 (100.00 + 17.00 = 117.00). When you are the winning bidder on an item, you will be notified by email upon conclusion of the auction. All bidders must provide their name, address, daytime phone number & email address at which they can be contacted.

SPECIFIC TERMS FOR LOT#74:Payment for the 1921A Thompson Sub-machine Gun is due immediately by certified funds, personal check with bank letter of guarantee or a wire transfer. All applicable gun laws will be observed. Keep in mind not all states allow NFA firearms (Machine guns). For example it is illegal in New York, Illinois & Washington to own any automatic, rapid fire weapons. It will be the buyer's responsibility to check their state specific gun laws regarding NFA firearms. The buyer will be required to fill out the appropriate paperwork and application with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Upon approval the buyer will take immediate possession of the firearm. If the buyer is not approved or unable to take possession of the firearm, a 20% restocking fee will be assessed.

STANDARD FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS: All applicable gun laws will be observed. All buyers will fill out 4473, show ID, and FBI background check will be performed before possession of firearm will be transferred to the buyer. If the buyer is unable to take possession of the firearm, an 15% restocking fee will be assessed. (If you cannot pass the background check, please do not bid on firearms). Handguns: Out of state residents must have handgun transferred to a FFL (Federal Firearm Licensee) in their state of residence and buyer must take possession from them. They is fairly easy to find (most gun shops will do this for you) and most charge a nominal fee for this service. A shipping and handling fee will be assessed to send the handgun to the FFL. For Kansas residents, if you use our recommended FFL they will charge $20 per handgun to do the transfer and there will be no shipping and handling fee; the gun will available for pickup in Gardner, KS.