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Stolen antique guns at Civil War Museum were from NRA exhibit

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 18, 2016 10:03 AM
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Photo by Harrisburg City Police

The Colt gun set given to Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War Simon Cameron. It was recently stolen from the National Civil War Museum.

(Harrisburg) -- Three antique guns stolen from the National Civil War museum in Harrisburg were part of a National Rifle Association-sponsored exhibit that had drawn protests. 

Museum CEO Wayne Motts says one of the weapons was a Henry repeating rifle once owned by Simon Cameron, Secretary of War during the Civil War.

The other stolen guns were revolvers said to have been presented by Samuel Colt to Cameron in 1861. 

Harrisburg Police Captain Gabriel Olivera says the guns were in a display case that was smashed.

He says the alarm system malfunctioned during the break-in Sunday morning.

Surveillance video shows one male suspect. 

The NRA exhibit drew protests last week over the display of Confederate guerrilla leader William Quantrill's gun. He led the massacre of 180 men and boys in Lawrence, Kansas. 

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Photo by Harrisburg City Police

The end of a Henry Repeating Rifle stolen from the National Civil War Museum.

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