So, Eleanor Roosevelt had a gun permit.

We don’t mean a country club shooter’s card (though we’re not ruling it out at this point); we mean an honest-to-goodness concealed carry permit.

Slate‘s history blog The Vault uncovered the permit at the FDR Library, one exhibit of which holds the content of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wallet. It’s mostly pieces of paper: A Met membership card, a poem about good cooking, etc, but the conceal carry permit is “perhaps the most surprising.”

They write that Eleanor was a “peripatetic traveler,” and that she often traveled large distances for the projects she pursued during and after FDR’s presidency. The reason Eleanor Roosevelt’s gun permit exists? Because she wanted to drive her own car.


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