Rock Island Auction Company to Sell Gun that Nearly Assassinated Gov. George Wallace

Also to a pistol belonging to Buffalo Bill and a Sword Presented to the Revolutionary War Hero, the Marquis de Lafayette.

Wallace Shooting
Wallace Shooting
Rock Island Auction Company
Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island, IL -( This weekend Rock Island Auction Company will auction the inconspicuous-looking revolver that was used in the 1972 assassination attempt of Alabama Governor George Wallace.

The three-day auction will take place at their facility in Rock Island, Ill from Dec. 5 – 7. The unassuming handgun was wielded by Arthur Bremmer, a man overcome with loneliness and determined to gain himself fame by killing then President Richard Nixon or Gov. Wallace.

When Nixon turned-out to be inaccessible, his sights turned to Wallace, literally. During the presidential primaries in 1972, at a campaign stop in Laurel, Md. Bremmer got close enough to Wallace to fire five shots. Two shots struck the governor, one lodging in his spine and paralyzing him for life. Three bystanders were also wounded. Bremmer served 35 years of his 53 year sentence and has been out on parole since 2007.

The December Auction will also offer a pistol belonging to American icon Buffalo Bill, a presidential appointment signed by Abraham Lincoln, and a sword presented to Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette.

“It’s always an honor to have so many people trust you with their prized collectibles,” said Director of Auction Services Kevin Hogan, “but to have so many museum-quality pieces in one sale is a welcome surprise. We’re very pleased to have these pieces out from behind cold glass and to offer them to the collecting and investing communities.”

About Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company is the world’s #1 auction company for firearms, bladed weapons and militaria. Founded in 1993 by its current Owner and President Patrick Hogan, RIAC continues to set records for sales and to lead the industry with its extensive and beautiful marketing efforts. Their 86,000 square foot facility hosts 5 auctions each year. They actively seek consignments, be it a single weapon or a collection of hundreds, a thousand dollar item or one million. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-238-8022.

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