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1856 Ala. Acts 17, To Amend the Criminal Law, §1.

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That anyone who shall sell or give or lend, to any male minor, a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description, by whatever name called, or air gun or pistol, shall, on conviction be fined not less than three hundred, nor more tha...

That anyone who shall sell or give or lend, to any male minor, a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description, by whatever name called, or air gun or pistol, shall, on conviction be fined not less than three hundred, nor more than one thousand dollars.

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John W.A. Sanford, The Code of the City of Montgomery, Prepared in Pursuance of an Order of the City Council of Montgomery Page 7-9, Image 12 (1861) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[An Act to Incorporate the City of Montgomery, Approved December 23d, 1837] § 6. And be it further enacted, That the said Mayor and Aldermen, shall have power and authority for the ordinary current expenses of said city, to assess, levy and collec...

[An Act to Incorporate the City of Montgomery, Approved December 23d, 1837] § 6. And be it further enacted, That the said Mayor and Aldermen, shall have power and authority for the ordinary current expenses of said city, to assess, levy and collect annually, a tax on. . . pistol galleries, fifty dollars…

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1848 Ala. Acts 121–22, An Act To Prevent the Storage of Gun-powder in Larger Quantities Than One Hundred Pounds Within the City of Mobile, § 1.

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It shall not be lawful for the Corporation of the City of Mobile, or any person or persons, to receive or keep, or have on storage in any building of any kind within three miles of the Mobile River, or Bay, gun-powder or gun-cotton or any explosive mat...

It shall not be lawful for the Corporation of the City of Mobile, or any person or persons, to receive or keep, or have on storage in any building of any kind within three miles of the Mobile River, or Bay, gun-powder or gun-cotton or any explosive material, in larger quantities than one hundred pounds, unless the same be kept on one of the islands in the Mobile river or bay, in the neighborhood of the city of Mobile, but then the same shall not be kept at any point within the distance of one mile of the eastern bank of said river.

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Clement Comer Clay, Digest of the Laws of Alabama: Containing all the Statutes of a Public and General Nature, in Force at the Close of the Session of The General Assembly, in February, 1843. To Which are Prefixed, the Declaration of Independence; the Constitution of the United States; the Act to Enable the People of Alabama to Form a Constitution and State Government, &c.; and the Constitution of the State of Alabama Page 416, Image 460 (1843) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Penal Code - Offences Against the Person, §31. If any person shall assault and beat another with a cowhide, stick or whip, and shall, at the same time, have in his possession a pistol or other deadly weapon, with the intent to intimidate and preve...

Penal Code – Offences Against the Person, §31. If any person shall assault and beat another with a cowhide, stick or whip, and shall, at the same time, have in his possession a pistol or other deadly weapon, with the intent to intimidate and prevent the person so beaten from defending himself, such person shall, on conviction, be sentenced to imprisonment in the penitentiary, for a term not less than two nor more than twenty years.

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Clement Comer Clay, Digest of the Laws of Alabama: Containing all the Statutes of a Public and General Nature, in Force at the Close of the Session of The General Assembly, in February, 1843. To Which are Prefixed, the Declaration of Independence; the Constitution of the United States; the Act to Enable the People of Alabama to Form a Constitution and State Government, &c.; and the Constitution of the State of Alabama Page 413, Image 457 (1843) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Penal Code - Offenses Against the Person, § 8. If any person shall be guilty of fighting in the streets of any city or town, or at a militia muster, or other place public in itself, or made public by any assemblage of people, for any purpose whate...

Penal Code – Offenses Against the Person, § 8. If any person shall be guilty of fighting in the streets of any city or town, or at a militia muster, or other place public in itself, or made public by any assemblage of people, for any purpose whatever, and shall employ or use during such fight any fire arms, or air gun, by discharging (or attempting to discharge) the same, unless in self defense, such person shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in a sum not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding six months, or both, at the discretion of the jury trying the offence.

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John J. Ormond, The Code of Alabama Page 588-89, Image 608-09 (1852) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources

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Indictable Offences, § 3273. Any one who carries concealed about his person a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description by whatever name called, or air gun, must, on conviction, be fined not less than fifty or more than t...

Indictable Offences, § 3273. Any one who carries concealed about his person a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description by whatever name called, or air gun, must, on conviction, be fined not less than fifty or more than three hundred dollars. § 3274. Any one who carries concealed about his person a pistol, or any other description of fire arms, not being threatened with, or having good reason to apprehend an attack, or travelling, or setting out on a journey, must, on conviction, be fined not less than fifty nor more than three hundred dollars. § 3275. In an indictment under the preceding section, it is sufficient to charge that the defendant carried concealed about his person a pistol or other description of fire arms; and the excuse must be made out by the defendant, to the satisfaction of the jury.

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1841 Ala. Acts 148–49, Of Miscellaneous Offences, ch. 7, § 4.

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Everyone who shall hereafter carry concealed about his person, a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description, by whatever name called, dirk or any other deadly weapon, pistol or any species of firearms, or air gun, unless such p...

Everyone who shall hereafter carry concealed about his person, a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description, by whatever name called, dirk or any other deadly weapon, pistol or any species of firearms, or air gun, unless such person shall be threatened with, or have good cause to apprehend an attack, or be travelling, or setting out on a journey, shall on conviction, be fined not less than fifty nor more than three hundred dollars: It shall devolve on the person setting up the excuse here allowed for carrying concealed weapons, to make it out by proof, to the satisfaction of the jury; but no excuse shall be sufficient to authorize the carrying of an air gun, bowie knife, or knife of the like kind or description.

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1839 Ala. Acts 67, An Act to Suppress the Evil Practice of Carrying Weapons Secretly, § 1

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That if any person shall carry concealed about his person any species of fire arms, or any bowie knife, Arkansas tooth-pick, or any other knife of the like kind, dirk, or any other deadly weapon, the person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be...

That if any person shall carry concealed about his person any species of fire arms, or any bowie knife, Arkansas tooth-pick, or any other knife of the like kind, dirk, or any other deadly weapon, the person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, before any court having competent jurisdiction, pay a fine not less than fifty, nor more than five hundred dollars, to be assessed by the jury trying the case; and be imprisoned for a term not exceeding three months, at the discretion of the Judge of said court.

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1837 Ala. Acts 7, An Act to Suppress the Use of Bowie Knifes, § 1.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That if any person carrying any knife or weapon, known as Bowie Knives or Arkansaw [sic] Tooth-picks, or either or any knife or weapon that s...

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That if any person carrying any knife or weapon, known as Bowie Knives or Arkansaw [sic] Tooth-picks, or either or any knife or weapon that shall in form, shape or size, resemble a Bowie-Knife or Arkansaw [sic] Tooth-pick, on a sudden rencounter, shall cut or stab another with such knife, by reason of which he dies, it shall be adjudged murder, and the offender shall suffer the same as if the killing had been by malice aforethought.

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1837 Ala. Acts 7, An Act to Suppress the Use of Bowie Knives, § 2.

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And be it further enacted, [t]hat for every such weapon, sold or given, or otherwise disposed of in this State, the person selling, giving or disposing of the same, shall pay a tax of one hundred dollars, to be paid into the county Treasury; and if any...

And be it further enacted, [t]hat for every such weapon, sold or given, or otherwise disposed of in this State, the person selling, giving or disposing of the same, shall pay a tax of one hundred dollars, to be paid into the county Treasury; and if any person so selling, giving or disposing of such weapon, shall fail to give in the same to his list of taxable property, he shall be subject to the pains and penalties of perjury.

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