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Oliver H. Strattan, A Collection of the State and Municipal Laws, in Force, and Applicable to the City of Louisville, Ky. Prepared and Digested, under an Order from the General Council of Said City by Oliver H. Strattan and John M. Vaughan, City Clerks, which Includes the State Constitution and City Charter, with Notes of Reference Page 198, Image 199 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Louisville,] No. 100, An Ordinance to Regulate the Discharge of Guns and Fireworks. Any person who shall discharge a gun, pistol, or other fire-arms, or any person, who shall set off a squib, cracker, or other fire works, in any public p...

[Ordinances of Louisville,] No. 100, An Ordinance to Regulate the Discharge of Guns and Fireworks. Any person who shall discharge a gun, pistol, or other fire-arms, or any person, who shall set off a squib, cracker, or other fire works, in any public place, or send up a paper balloon or sky rocket, or throw a fire ball within the city, shall be fined four dollars.

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Oliver H. Strattan, City Clerk A Collection of the State and Municipal Laws, in Force, and Applicable to the City of Louisville, Ky. Prepared and Digested, under an Order from the General Council of Said City by Oliver H. Strattan and John M. Vaughan, City Clerks, which Includes the State Constitution and City Charter, with Notes of Reference Page 175, Image 176 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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No. 68. An Ordinance as to Retailing Gun Powder. No person shall retail gunpowder to minors under fifteen years of age, or free colored persons, without authority from his parent or guardian, or to slaves without authority from his master. Any person d...

No. 68. An Ordinance as to Retailing Gun Powder. No person shall retail gunpowder to minors under fifteen years of age, or free colored persons, without authority from his parent or guardian, or to slaves without authority from his master. Any person doing so in either case, shall be fined twenty dollars.

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Charles Anderson Wickliffe, The Revised Statutes of Kentucky, Approved and Adopted by the General Assembly, 1851 and 1852: in Force from July 1, 1852 Page 671, Image 679 (1852) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Article VII, Miscellaneous Provisions, § 1. No person, except a gunsmith on his own premises, shall shoot off a gun or pistol in a town. Any person offending herein shall be fined five dollars and costs, to be collected by the trustees, and applie...

Article VII, Miscellaneous Provisions, § 1. No person, except a gunsmith on his own premises, shall shoot off a gun or pistol in a town. Any person offending herein shall be fined five dollars and costs, to be collected by the trustees, and applied to keeping the streets of the town in repair.

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1851 Ky. Acts 296, Of Dealing With Slaves and Suffering Them to go at Large, § 12.

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If any negro shall keep or carry a gun, or other deadly weapon, powder, or shot, the same may be seized by any free white person; and upon due proof thereof, before a justice of the peace, it shall be forfeited, and vested in the person seizing; and if...

If any negro shall keep or carry a gun, or other deadly weapon, powder, or shot, the same may be seized by any free white person; and upon due proof thereof, before a justice of the peace, it shall be forfeited, and vested in the person seizing; and if the negro offending be a slave, he shall by a judgment of a justice of the peace, be punished by stripes not exceeding thirty-nine; if a free negro, fined five dollars.

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1839 Ky. Acts 246, An Act to Amend the Several Acts Concerning the Towns of Paris and Elizabethtown, chap. 1279, § 8.

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They shall have power to ordain a penalty on persons who shall be guilty of running horses within the limits of said town, blowing horns, or crying aloud, in such manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of the town, or the shooting a gun, or pistol in...

They shall have power to ordain a penalty on persons who shall be guilty of running horses within the limits of said town, blowing horns, or crying aloud, in such manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of the town, or the shooting a gun, or pistol in said town, any sum not exceeding twenty dollars. . .

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A Digest of the Statute Laws of Kentucky, of a Public and Permanent Nature, from the Commencement of the Government to the Session of the Legislature, Ending on the 24th February, 1834. With References to Judicial Decisions Page 788, Image 794 (Vol. 1, 1834) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act for the Better Preservation of the Breed of Deer, and Preventing unlawful Hunting, § 8. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That whosoever shall hereafter use any fire-hunting or the killing of any deer by such means on an...

An Act for the Better Preservation of the Breed of Deer, and Preventing unlawful Hunting, § 8. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That whosoever shall hereafter use any fire-hunting or the killing of any deer by such means on any patented land, every person present at such fire hunting shall forfeit and pay twenty shillings for every such offense; and if any Indian be found fire-hunting as aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for the owner of such land, or his or her overseer, to take away the gun of such Indian, and the same to keep to his own use.

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1813 Ky. Acts 100, An Act to Prevent Persons in this Commonwealth from Wearing Concealed Arms, Except in Certain Cases, ch. 89, § 1.

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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, that any person in this Commonwealth, who shall hereafter wear a pocket pistol, dirk, large knife, or sword in a cane, concealed as a weapon, unless when travelling on a journey, sh...

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, that any person in this Commonwealth, who shall hereafter wear a pocket pistol, dirk, large knife, or sword in a cane, concealed as a weapon, unless when travelling on a journey, shall be fined . . .

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1806 Ky. Acts 122, An Act to Amend the Several Acts for the Better Regulation of the Town of Lexington, § 3.

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Be it further enacted, That said trustees are herby authorised [sic] to make such regulations as they may deem necessary and proper, relative to the keeping of gun-powder in the said town of Lexington, and if necessary may prohibit any inhabitants of s...

Be it further enacted, That said trustees are herby authorised [sic] to make such regulations as they may deem necessary and proper, relative to the keeping of gun-powder in the said town of Lexington, and if necessary may prohibit any inhabitants of said town, from keeping in the settled parts thereof, any quantity of gun powder which might in case of fire be dangerous . . . .

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A Digest of the Statute Laws of Kentucky, of a Public and Permanent Nature, from the Commencement of the Government to the Session of the Legislature, Ending on the 24th February, 1834 With References to Judicial Decisions Page 578-579, Image 584-585 (Vol. 1, 1834) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act more effectually to suppress the practice of Gambling and Dueling. § 6. And be it further enacted, That if any person within this Commonwealth, shall challenge, by word or writing, the person of another to fight at sword, pistol, or other d...

An Act more effectually to suppress the practice of Gambling and Dueling. § 6. And be it further enacted, That if any person within this Commonwealth, shall challenge, by word or writing, the person of another to fight at sword, pistol, or other deadly weapon, such person, (a) so challenging, shall forfeit and pay, for every such offence, being thereof lawfully convicted, in any court of record within the Commonwealth, by the testimony of one or more witnesses, or by the confession of the party offending, the sum of five hundred dollars, or shall suffer twelve months’ imprisonment, without bail or mainprize. (b) And the person who shall accept of any such challenge, shall, in like manner, upon conviction, forfeit and pay the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, or suffer such imprisonment, for and during six months; and if any person shall willingly and knowingly, carry and deliver any written challenge, or shall verbally deliver any message, purporting to be a challenge, or shall consent to be a second in such intended duel, and shall be thereof legally convicted, as aforesaid, he or they so offending, shall for every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, or suffer three months imprisonment, as aforesaid: and moreover, the person challenging, and the person accepting the challenge, the person delivering the same, and the person consenting to become a second to either of the parties, shall, for every such offence, be excluded from office and suffrage, within this Commonwealth, for the space of seven years after conviction.

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1799 Ky. Acts 7, An Act to Amend an Act Entitled “An Act Concerning the Militia,” ch. 1, §§ 1-3.

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§ 1. . . . [T]he brigadier generals shall attend each regimental muster within their brigades to view the same; it shall be the duty of the brigade major, attended by the commandant of the regimnt, to inspect the same at every muster. § 2. Al...

§ 1. . . . [T]he brigadier generals shall attend each regimental muster within their brigades to view the same; it shall be the duty of the brigade major, attended by the commandant of the regimnt, to inspect the same at every muster. § 2. All fines arising within the bounds of any regiment, on account of delinquencies of officers, privates, or otherwise, shall be appropriated to the use of such regiment only. § 3. . . . [E]ach non-commissioned officer shall have ten days notice of each muster; and each non-commissioned officer and private, appearing on parade without a gun after being duly notified, shall be fined any sum not exceeding fifty cents, at the discretion of a court martial.

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