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Act of Feb. 4, 1812, 195 Del. Laws 522 (1812)

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An Act to prevent the discharging of fire-arms within the towns and villages, and other public places within this State, and for other purposes. SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assem...

An Act to prevent the discharging of fire-arms within the towns and villages, and other public places within this State, and for other purposes.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly met, That from and after the first day of June next, if any person or persons shall presume to fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fowling-piece, fusee or pistol, within any of the towns or villages of this State, or within the limits thereof; of where the limits cannot be ascertained, within one quarter of a mile of the center of such town or village, shall fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fowling piece, fusee or pistol, within or on any of the greens, streets, alleys or lanes of any of the towns and villages within this State, whereon any buildings are or shall be erected, or within one hundred yards of any mill-dam, over or across where any of the main public or State roads may go or pass; every person or persons so offending, shall be fined or punished as hereinafter directed.

SEC. 2. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any free white person or persons, or the child or children of any such person or persons, shall fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fowling-piece, fusee or pistol, within any, or at any of the places or limits aforesaid, every such person or persons, or the child or children of every such person or persons, shall forfeit and pay for every such offence, any sum, not exceeding five dollars, to be recovered from the person or persons, or from the parent of such child or children, before any justice of the peace of this State, on his own view, or on the oath or affirmation of any one or more credible witnesses, to be recovered as debts under forty shillings are recoverable by the laws of the State.

SEC. 3. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any free negro or mulatto, or the child or children of any such free negro or mulatto, or any manumitted negro or mulatto, or any servant or servants, slave or slaves, apprentice or apprentices, of any person or persons whatsoever, shall fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fusee, fowling-piece or pistol, within the limits herein before described, and be thereof convicted by the view of any one justice of the peace, or on the oath or affirmation of one or more credible witnesses, every person so offending, shall forfeit and pay any sum, not exceeding five dollars: Provided nevertheless, That in all and every case where the money is not immediately paid on such conviction, into the hands of the justice before whom such conviction is had, it shall and may be lawful, and the said justice is hereby directed and commanded to commit such person or persons to the fail of his county, there to remain, until the forfeitures and costs are paid.

SEC. 4. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all fines and forfeitures incurred under this law, shall be paid over for the use of the poor of the county where the offence shall have been committed.

SEC. 5. Provided nevertheless, and be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That nothing in this act shall extend, or be construed to prevent any such firing, on any day or days of public rejoicing, or where it is authorized by any law of this State, or where it shall be deemed by the justice before whom the information is lodged, that the necessity of the case required the same.

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1932 Del. Laws 771, An Act Prohibiting the Carrying of Gun While Training Dog or Dogs, ch. 225, § 1.

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. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any person to carry a gun while training dog or dogs in closed games season.

1931 Del. Laws 813, An Act Making it Unlawful for any Person or Persons Other than the State Milliary Forces or Duly Authorized Police Departments to have a Machine Gun in his or their Possesion, and Prescribing a Penalty for Same, ch. 249, § 1.

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On and after the passage and approval of this Act it is and shall be unlawful for any person or persons other than the State Military Forces or duly authorized Police Departments to have a machine gun in his or their possession, within the State of Del...

On and after the passage and approval of this Act it is and shall be unlawful for any person or persons other than the State Military Forces or duly authorized Police Departments to have a machine gun in his or their possession, within the State of Delaware. Any person or persons convicted under the provisions of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a felony and shall be punished by either fine or imprisonment, or both, in the discretion of the Court . . . .

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1927 Del. Laws 516, An Act to Amend Chapter 74 of the Revised Code of Deleware in Relation to Hunting, ch. 169, §2381A. Sec. 24A.

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It shall be unlawful to use any silencer or noise-reducing contrivance on any gun, rifle or firearm when hunting for game or fowl, under penalty of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) for each offense.

1918–1919 Del. Laws 484, Minors Under Fifteen Not to Use Gun Unless Accompanied by an Adult, § 2382 A. Sec. 25 A.

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It shall be unlawful for any minor under fifteen years of age to hunt game birds or game animals anywhere in this state with a rifle or shotgun of any kind unless accompanied by an adult lawfully hunting.

1913 Del. Laws 439, § 18.

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No child under the age of fifteen years shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work . . . in or about establishments wherein nitroglycerine, dynamite, dualin, guncotton, gunpowder or other high or dangerous explosives are manufactured, compounded ...

No child under the age of fifteen years shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work . . . in or about establishments wherein nitroglycerine, dynamite, dualin, guncotton, gunpowder or other high or dangerous explosives are manufactured, compounded or stored; unless said establishment are insured under the approval of the board of insurance underwriters of the district where said establishment is situated.

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1911 Del. Laws 324, Of Fish, Oysters and Game, § 8.

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That it shall be unlawful to shoot at or kill any birds or animals protected by the laws of this State with any device, swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such as is habitually raised at arm’s length and fired from the shoulder . . . ...

That it shall be unlawful to shoot at or kill any birds or animals protected by the laws of this State with any device, swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such as is habitually raised at arm’s length and fired from the shoulder . . . .

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1909 Del. Laws 577, House Joint Resolution Providing for Increase in Non-Resident Gunners License Fee, ch. 271.

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Whereas, there are numerous gunners from other States who make it a practice to gun in this State, and under existing laws a license fee of Five Dollars is collected from them. And Whereas, our neighboring States charge non-resident gunners a license f...

Whereas, there are numerous gunners from other States who make it a practice to gun in this State, and under existing laws a license fee of Five Dollars is collected from them. And Whereas, our neighboring States charge non-resident gunners a license fee of more than Five Dollars. Therefore be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met: That from and after the passage of this Resolution up to and including April 30th, 1911, all non-resident gunners shall be required to pay a license fee of Ten Dollars per annum, said license fee to be collected in the same manner and by the same agency as non-resident gunners’ licenses are now collected.

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1901 Del. Laws 399, Of Ciries and Towns, § 8.

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. . . The council may also pass ordinances to . . . regulate the storage of gunpowder or any other dangerous or combustible materials . . . .

1901 Del. Laws 387, § 17.

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The alderman of said town, the Council of said town and the Town Constable shall have power and authority to suppress, extinguish and prevent all bonfires in any of the streets, lanes, alleys or squares of the said town and to suppress and prevent the ...

The alderman of said town, the Council of said town and the Town Constable shall have power and authority to suppress, extinguish and prevent all bonfires in any of the streets, lanes, alleys or squares of the said town and to suppress and prevent the firing of guns or pistols, or the setting off of fire-crackers or other fireworks, or the making and throwing of fire-balls within the city limits of said town . . . .

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