On November 13, 1954, seven men met at the home of Harry Roll to discuss the organization of a gun club in the State of Alabama. Those present were Cecil Golden, Harry Roll, Herman Price, Joe Box, Alex Samples, Howard Cole and Ben Wooten. Billy Johnson was invited but could not attend.
It was decided to invite everyone the seven men knew and to pass the word that an organizational meeting would be held in the Birmingham Police Department Club Building, Saturday, November 27, 1954.
On Saturday, November 27, 1954, a group of twenty-one men, interested in antique firearms met in Birmingham, Alabama, for the purpose of organizing a Gun Collectors Association of Alabama.
2015 marks the 61st year of growth for our Association. The participation of members and friends has aroused the interest of the public so that our membership now exceeds 2300.
Our club has gone through the usual pains of early development and the phenomenal growth of adolescence. We are now entering what will probably be our most important phase, that of maturity. We have size, now we must strive for the mature quality associated with sound institutions. Let’s all resolve to do our best to insure that our future shows will be second to none in quality as well as quantity.
Be aware of the developments in firearms legislation and voice your opinions to your elected State and Congressional representatives. Only through vigilance will we keep the freedom of owning, collecting, and using the firearms that we all enjoy so much.