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1880 Ga. Laws 142, An Act to Prevent the Practice of Hunting Deer in the Night-time by Fire-light, usually called Fire-hunting, and to provide a Punishment Therefor, § 1.

That, from and after the passage of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to hunt with a gun by fire-light, or kill any deer so hunting by fire-light in the night-time in this State (except upon his or their own premises) without the full permission and consent of the owner of the lands upon which he or they may hunt.




1880 Ga. Laws 151, An Act to make Penal the Intentional Pointing, or Aiming of Fire-arms at Another, whether Loaded or Unloaded, § 1.

. . . from and after the passage of this Act, any person who shall intentionally point or aim a gun or pistol, whether loaded or unloaded, at another not in a sham-battle by the military, and not in self-defense, or in defense of habitation, property, or person, or other instances standing upon like footing of reason and justice, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor . . . .




Ga. Const. of 1877, art. I , § 22.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.




1876 Ga. Laws 112.

Section I. That from an after the passage of this Act it shall not be lawful for any person or persons knowingly to sell, give, lend or furnish any minor or minors any pistol, dirk, bowie knife or sword cane. Any person found guilty of a violation of this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished as prescribed in section 4310 of the Code of 1873: Provided, that nothing herein contained shall be construed as forbidding the furnishing of such weapons under circumstances justifying their use in defending life, limb or property. Sec. II. Repeals conflicting laws.




1875 Ga. Laws 189, An Act to Prevent the Shooting or Firing of Guns or Pistols in the Village of Vineville, in the County of Bibb, ch. 181, § 1.

. . . it shall not be lawful for any person or persons to discharge, fire or shoot off any gun or guns, pistol or pistols (except military salutes, and persons discharging, firing or shooting guns or pistols on their own premises, or on the premises of another, with the permission of the owner thereof,) within three hundred yards of any part or portion of the public road running through the village of Vineville . . . .




R. H. Clark, The Code of the State of Georgia. Second Edition Page 826, Image 844 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Act of Feb. 20th, 1873, Hunting on Sunday — Penalty § 4580. Any person or persons who shall hunt any kind of game with gun or dogs, or both, on the Sabbath day, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction, shall be punished as prescribed in section 4310 of this code.




R. H. Clark, The Code of the State of Georgia Page 817-818, Image 835-836 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Offenses Against the Public Peace and Tranquility, Carrying Concealed Weapons § 4527. Any person having or carrying about his person, unless in an open manner and fully exposed to view, any pistol (except horseman’s pistols,) dirk, sword in a cane, spear, bowie knife, or any other kind of knives manufactured and sold for the purpose of offense and defense, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction, shall be punished as prescribed in section 4310 of this Code. § 4528. Deadly Weapons not to be carried in Public Places. [No person in this State is permitted or allowed to carry about his or her person, any dirk, bowie knife, pistol or revolver, or any kind of deadly weapon, to any Court of justice, or any election ground, or precinct, or any place of public worship, or any other public gathering in this State, except militia muster grounds; and if any person or persons shall violate any portion of this section, he, she or they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty nor more than fifty dollars for each and every such offense, or imprisonment in the common jail of the county not less than ten nor more than twenty days, or both, at the discretion of the Court.]




Orville Park, Park’s Annotated Code of the State of Georgia 1914, Penal Code, Article 3, Carrying of deadly weapons at courts, etc., § 348 (§ 342).

§ 348. (§ 342.) Carrying of deadly weapons at courts, etc. Whoever shall carry about his person any dirk, bowie-knife, pistol or revolver, or any kind of deadly weapon, to or while at a court of justice or an election ground or precinct, or any place of public worship, or any other public gathering in this State, except militia muster grounds, shall be punished as for a misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to a sheriff, deputy sheriff, coroner, constable, marshal, policeman, or other arresting officer, or their posse, acting in the discharge of their official duties.




1868 Ga. Const., art. I, § 14.

. . . [T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; but the general assembly shall have power to prescribe by law the manner in which arms may be borne.




R. H. Clark, The Code of the State of Georgia Page 816, Image 834 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Offenses Against the Public Peace and Tranquility, § 4516. (4443.) Dueling. If any person shall deliberately challenge, by word or writing, the person of another, to fight with sword, pistol, or other deadly weapon, or if any person so challenged shall accept the said challenge, in either case, such person so giving, or sending, or accepting any such challenge, shall, on conviction, be punished by a fine not less than five hundred dollars, and be imprisoned in the common jail of the county for any time not exceeding six months. Or, if the jury should so recommend, such person shall, in addition to the fine herein imposed, be punished by imprisonment and labor in the penitentiary for any time not less than one year nor longer than two years.