sattar khan

Historical painting depicting Iranian Constitutional Revolution (1905-1911) heroes, Sattar Khan (October 20, 1866, Tabriz – November 17, 1914) and Bagher Khan (1870, Tabriz - November 12, 1911)

Sattar Khan and Bagher Khan both were from Tabriz, Azerbaijan province. Tabriz became the center of the Iranian people uprising against absolute monarchy during the Constitutional Revolution which finally led to the establishment of a parliament in Iran.

anonymous asked:

can you fire guns in Iran?

If you are a member of a nomadic tribe and get permit, yeah. Nothing too fancy though, at most an AK-47. 

Also if you are a hunter and get permit, you can get guns as well and you have more freedom in what type of gun you want.

Iran historically was known as a “gunpowder empire”. These were the empires that used guns widely in their military campaigns.

Here are two Iranian miniatures from 1600′s depicting Iranians with guns 

Iran had a HUGE gun culture until 1910. After the victory of the constitutional revolution and the establishment of the parliament in Iran, the parliament banned guns and asked people who owned them to give them to the government. This led to huge backlashes from the revolutionaries who had made the constitutional revolution possible, among them one of the heroes of the revolution, Sattar Khan. 

But after that guns were banned and remain banned until today, again unless you are a member of a nomadic tribe or a licensed hunter.   

Iranians still get to shoot guns though. In Iran, we are taught a course in high school called “defense preparedness” and on the last week before the final exams, we are taken to a military base that is ran by either one of Iran’s two militaries and we get to fire AK-47′s and we learn about how to shoot and clean a gun and load a gun and stuff like that. 

I shot an AK-47 in 2009. 

Sattar Khan (right) Baqer Khan (left) Heroes of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution (1905-1911)

The Iranian constitutional revolution led to the establishment of the Iranian parliament. 

For their contributions to the revolution, Sattar Khan was given the honorary title of “Sardar-e Melli” (National Commander) and Baqer Khan was given the honorary title of “Salar-e Melli” (National Chieftain) by the Iranian parliament.