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1922: Firearms placed in second floor offices near banks in case of holdups

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The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on October 27, 1922:
High Power Rifles Are Placed in Second Floor Offices Offering Clear View of Bank Entrances
Acting on suggestions from the American Bankers’ association, the entrances to Luverne’s banks are now well covered by high power firearms which have been placed so as to be convenient for use in case an attempt is made to hold up any of the institutions, especially in the day time.
Several long range rifles have been placed in office rooms on the second floor of business places that offer a clear view of the entrances to the banks, and are to be kept ready for instant use in case an alarm is given.
The location of these rifles is such that if any bank robbers were to attempt to stage a daylight holdup, they will find the period that it takes them to get out of range of the rifles, painfully long.
Similar action in regard to placing loaded rifles in places convenient for most effective use in case of holdups has been taken by banks in many other towns in this section on the theory that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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