A Law for the Better Preventing of Fire, no. 4, § 6, N.Y., LAWS, STATUTES, ORDINANCES AND CONST. ETC. (1763 John Holt).

    VI. AND be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Children, Youth, Apprentices, Servants, or other Persons, do fire and discharge any Gun, Pistol, Leaden-Gun, Rockets, Crackers, Squibs, or other Fire-Works, at any Mark, or at Random, against any Fence, Pales, or other Place in any Street, Lane or Alley, or within any Orchard, Garden or other Inclosure, or in any Place where Persons frequent to walk; such Person so offending, shall forfeit for every such Offence, the Sum of Forty Shillings, current Money of New-York; and on Refusal to pay the same; shall be committed to the House of Correction, at the Discretion of the Mayor, Recorder, or Aldermen, or any one of them before whom such Offender shall be convicted, there to remain committed, not exceeding Twenty Days; unless such Forfeiture as aforesaid, be sooner paid, with the lawful Fees of Commitment; one Half thereof to the Informer, with Costs, and the other Half to the Church Wardens of this City, for the Use of the Poor thereof.

Full Text: 1763, NY, Laws, Statutes, etc., no. 4—A Law for the Better Preventing of Fire, § 6

Laws, Statutes, Ordinances and Constitutions, Ordained, Made and Established, by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, of the City of New York, Convened in Common-Council, for the Good Rule and Government of the Inhabitants and Residents of the Said City: Published the Ninth Day of November, in the Third Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord, George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Annoque Domini 1762. And in the Mayoralty of John Cruger, Efq; To which is Added, an Appendix, Containing Extracts of Sundry Acts of the General Assembly, of the Colony of New-York, Immediately Relating to the Good Government of the Said City and Corporation (New York, NY: John Holt, 1763), 11. Number 4—A Law for the Better Preventing of Fire, § 6—No Guns or Squibs to be Fired in the Streets. Passed November 9, 1763.

Carrying of Pistols, N.Y.C., ORDINANCES ch. 8, art. 27, §§ 264-267 (1881).

“Article XXVII.
Carrying of Pistols.

    SEC. 264. Every person, except judges of the federal, state and city courts, and officers of the general, state and municipal governments, authorized by law to make arrests, and persons to whom permits shall have been issued, as hereinafter provided, who shall have in his possession within the city of New York a pistol of any description concealed on his person, or not carried openly, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished, on conviction, by a fine not exceeding ten dollars, or, in default of payment of such fine, by imprisonment not exceeding ten days.

    SEC. 265. Any person, except as provided in this article, who has occasion to carry a pistol for his protection, may apply to the officer in command at the station-house of the precinct where he resides, and such officer, if satisfied that the applicant is a proper and law-abiding person, shall give said person a recommendation to the superintendent of police, or the inspector in command at the central office in the absence of the superintendent, who shall issue a permit to the said person, allowing him to carry a pistol of any description. Any non-resident who does business in the city of New York, and has occasion to carry a pistol while in said city, must make application for permission to do so to the officer in command of the station-house of the police precinct in which he so does business, in the same manner as is required by residents of said city, and shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions.

    SEC. 266. If, at the time of the arrest, a pistol of any description shall be found concealed on the person of, or not carried openly by any one arrested, the officer making the arrest shall state such fact to the police magistrate before whom the prisoner is brought, and shall make a separate complaint against such prisoner for violation of the provisions of this article.

    SEC. 267. The commissioners of police of the police department of the city of New York are hereby authorized and empowered, for reasons appearing to be satisfactory to them, by a vote of a majority of a quorum of said commissioners on ayes and noes, to annul or revoke any permission given under this article. All persons to whom such permission shall be given are hereby declared to be individually responsible for their own acts, or the consequences that may arise from the use of pistols carried under the permission to be obtained as provided in this article.”

Full Text: 1881, NY City, Ordinances of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York, Art. 27, §§ 264-267


Elliott F. Shepard and Ebenezer B. Shafer eds., Ordinances of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York (New York, NY: Martin B. Brown, Printer and Stationer, 1881), 214-216. Chapter 8—Miscellaneous Ordinances, Article 27—Carrying of Pistols, §§ 264-267. Undated.

An Ordinance to regulate the government of parks and other public pleasure grounds of The City of New York, at 600 (1903)

Be it Ordained by the Board of Aldermen of The City of New York, as follows: All persons are forbidden . . . 

XXIV. No one shall fire or carry any firearm, fire cracker, torpedo or fire-works, nor make a fire, nor make any oration, nor conduct any religious or other meeting or ceremony within any of the parks, parkways, squares or places in The City of New York under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks without special permission from the Commissioner having jurisdiction.

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Minutes of Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners of the Central Park for the Year Ending April 30, 1858

Be it ordained by the Commissioners of the Central Park : All persons are forbidden . . . [t]o carry fire-arms or throw stones or other missiles within it. 

(Ordinance adopted at meeting held on March 16, 1858)

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Ordinances, Rules and Regulations of the Department of Parks of the City of New York 7 (1916)

§ 17. Disorderly conduct. No person shall, in any park, . . . 8. Fire or carry any firearm, firecracker, torpedo or fireworks.

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Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Central Park, Ordinances of the Central Park, 1861

The Board of Commissioners of the Central Park do ordain as follows:  All persons are forbidden—[t]o carry firearms or to throw stones or other missiles within it [Central Park].

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N.Y., N.Y. Ordinance Ordained and Established by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonality of the City of New-York, image 118-119 (1793).

(IV) And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that it shall and may be lawful for the mayor or recorder, or any two Alderman of the said city, upon application made by any inhabitant or inhabitants of the said city, and upon his or their making oath of reasonable cause of suspicion (of the sufficiency of which the said mayor or recorder, or Aldermen, is and are to be the judge or judges) to issue his or their warrant or warrants, under his or their hand and seal, or hands and seals for searching for such gun powder, in the day time, in any building or place whatsoever, within the limits aforesaid, or in any ship or other vessel, within forty-eight hours after her arrival in the harbor, or at any time after such ship or other vessal shall and may have hauled along side any wharf, pier or key, within the limits aforesaid: And that upon any such search it shall be lawful for the persons finding any such gun powder, immediately to sieze, and at any time within twelve hours after such seizure, to convey the same to one of the magazines aforesaid; and the same gun powder so removed, to detain and keep, until it shall be determined by the Mayor or Recorder and any two Aldermen of the said city, whether the same is forfeited by virtue of this Act: And the person or persons so detaining the same, shall not be subject or liable to any action or suit for the detention thereof. Provided always, that nothing in this clause of this Act contained, shall be construed to authorize any person having such warrant to take advantage of the same for serving any civil process of any kind whatsoever. Provided also, that nothing in this Act contained shall extend to ships of war, or packets in the service of the United States or any of them, or of any foreign Prince or State; nor to authorise the searching for gun powder on board of any such ship or vessel while laying in the stream, and upwards of one hundred yards from the wharf or shore.

N.Y., N.Y. Ordinance Ordained and Established by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonality of the City of New-York, image 118-119 (this section starts on image 53 (1793).

(II) And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Than if any person or persons, of what age, sex, or quality soever, from and after the said first day od June next, shall fire and discharge any gun, pistol, rocket, cracker, squib or other fire-work, in any street, lane or ally, garden or other inclosure, or from any house, or in any other place where persons frequently walk, to the southward of Fresh-Water; that then every such person or persons so offending, and being thereof convicted before on or more justice or justices of the peace for the said city and county of New York, either by the confession of the party or parties so offending, or the oath of one or more witness or witnesses, (which oath the said justice or justices of the peace is and are hereby empowered and required to administer) shall, for every such offense, forfeit the sum of twenty shillings…