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1890 La. Acts 39, An Act Making it a Misdemeanor for Any Person to Sell, Give or Lease, to Any Minor, Any Pistol, Bowie-Knife, Dirk or Any Weapons, Intended to be Carried or Used as a Concealed Weapon, § 1.

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. . . [I]t shall be unlawful, for any person to sell, or lease or give through himself or any other person, any pistol, dirk, bowie-knife or any other dangerous weapon which may be carried concealed to any person under the age of twenty-one years.

Albert Voorhies, Ex-Justice, Revised Laws of Louisiana, Approved March 14th, 1870, with Copious References to the Acts of the Legislature from and Including the Sessions of 1870, up to and Including the Session of 1882. Second Edition Page 161, Image 171 (1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes and Offences, § 949. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat it shall be stored away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, and a written notification of the fact shall be placed in three conspicuous parts of the boa...

Crimes and Offences, § 949. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat it shall be stored away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, and a written notification of the fact shall be placed in three conspicuous parts of the boat; and in the event of such notification not being so exhibited, then for any loss of property or life for which the powder may be deemed the cause, the owner and captain shall be liable to the penalty provided in the proceeding section. § 950. Any person who shall ship or put on board, or cause to be shipped or put on board of any steamboat within this State, any gunpowder, without giving notice thereof, at the time of making the shipment, to the master or clerk of said boat, shall be liable to a penalty of two hundred dollars , which may be sued for and recovered by the owner, captain or clerk of said boat, for his own use and benefit; and in case of any loss of property in consequence of gunpowder being on board of said boat, the shipper that shall have failed to give due notice as herein required, shall be liable therefor, or for any injury done to any person or to his family; and in the case of loss of life the person who shall have shipped the same without giving due notice thereof, shall, on conviction be adjudged guilty of manslaughter.

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La. Const. of 1879, art. III.

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A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged. This shall not prevent the passage of laws to punish those who carry weapons concealed.

1873 La. Acts 117, An Act Conferring Certain Additional Powers and Privileges on the Metairie Cemetery Association, and to Punish Trespassers, § 1.

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And any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, gravestone, or other structure placed therein, or shall willfully destroy, cut, break or remove any tree, shrub or plant within the limits of said cemete...

And any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, gravestone, or other structure placed therein, or shall willfully destroy, cut, break or remove any tree, shrub or plant within the limits of said cemetery, or shoot or discharge any gun or firearms within said limits, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall upon conviction thereof, before any court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction, be punished by a fine at the discretion of the judge, according to the aggravation of the offense, of not less than five dollars, nor more than fifty dollars for each and every offense.

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1870 La. Acts 159–60, An Act to Regulate the Conduct and to Maintain the Freedom of Party Election . . . , § 73.

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. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any person to carry any gun, pistol, bowie knife or other dangerous weapon, concealed or unconcealed, on any day of election during the hours the polls are open, or on any day of registration or revision of registration...

. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any person to carry any gun, pistol, bowie knife or other dangerous weapon, concealed or unconcealed, on any day of election during the hours the polls are open, or on any day of registration or revision of registration, within a distance of one-half mile of any place of registration or revision of registration; any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor; and on conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars, and imprisonment in the parish jail not less than one month . . . .

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Henry Jefferson Leovy, The Laws and General Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, Together with the Acts of the Legislature, Decisions of the Supreme Court. And Constitutional Provisions Relating to the City Government. Revised and Digested, Pursuant to an Order of the Common Council. New Edition Page 257, Image 257 (1870) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of New Orleans. Offences and Nuisances. § 636. It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to erect, or in any manner establish or continue any pistol or shooting gallery within the limits of the city of New Orleans, wi...

Ordinances of the City of New Orleans. Offences and Nuisances. § 636. It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to erect, or in any manner establish or continue any pistol or shooting gallery within the limits of the city of New Orleans, without having first obtained the consent of two-thirds of the persons residing within one square of the place where any pistol of shooting gallery is intended to be established, and permission of the common council; and it shall be the duty of any person or persons so establishing such shooting gallery, to have the same so enclosed as to prevent the report of fire-arms being heard in the street or streets on which the same may be located.

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1870 La. Acts 127, Persons, Trades, Professions and Occupations Subject to Taxation, § 3, pt. 6.

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From each proprietor or keeper of every billiard saloon, bowling alley or pistol gallery, in which there is but one table, alley or target, twenty-five dollars; where there are two tables, alleys or targets, forty dollars; where there are more than two...

From each proprietor or keeper of every billiard saloon, bowling alley or pistol gallery, in which there is but one table, alley or target, twenty-five dollars; where there are two tables, alleys or targets, forty dollars; where there are more than two tables, alleys or targets, ten dollars additional on each table, alley or target.

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Digest of the Statutes of the State of Louisiana, Collated and Arranged under Appropriate Heads, and Embracing All the Statute Laws of the State of a General Character, Inclusive of the Acts of One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy, Except What are Contained in the Revised Civil Code and Code of Practice, Adopted in One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Page 190, Image 195 (Vol. 2, 1870) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Militia. § 37. A soldier, who unnecessarily or without order from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with ball, slug or shot, or so loads the same while on parade, or unnecessarily or without order from...

Militia. § 37. A soldier, who unnecessarily or without order from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with ball, slug or shot, or so loads the same while on parade, or unnecessarily or without order from a superior officer, discharges the same when going to, returning from, or upon parade, shall forfeit not less than five nor more than twenty dollars, to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction upon complaint of the clerk, one-half to his use and one-half to the use of the Commanding officer.

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Digest of the Statutes of the State of Louisiana, Collated and Arranged under Appropriate Heads, and Embracing All the Statute Laws of the State of a General Character, Inclusive of the Acts of One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy, Except What are Contained in the Revised Civil Code and Code of Practice, Adopted in One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Page 387, Image 399 (Vol. 1, 1870) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Dueling. 18 § 801. If any person shall voluntarily engage in a duel with rapier or small sword, back sword, pistol or other dangerous weapon to the hazard of life, and death shall ensue, the survivor shall, upon conviction, suffer death; and all a...

Dueling. 18 § 801. If any person shall voluntarily engage in a duel with rapier or small sword, back sword, pistol or other dangerous weapon to the hazard of life, and death shall ensue, the survivor shall, upon conviction, suffer death; and all and every person aiding and abetting as second, agent or abettor, shall, on conviction, be punished as accessories before the fact in murder. 19 § 802. Whoever shall by word, message, or in any other manner, challenge another to fight in a duel, and whoever shall knowingly be a second, challenger, agent or abettor in such challenge, upon conviction, shall be punished by fine not exceeding two hundred dollars, and imprisonment not exceeding two years. 20 § 803. Whoever shall accept a challenge to fight a duel; whoever shall knowingly be a second, agent or abettor in such acceptance, upon conviction, shall be punished by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, and imprisonment not more than one year.

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Henry Jefferson Leovy, The Laws and General Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, Together with the Acts of the Legislature, Decisions of the Supreme Court. And Constitutional Provisions Relating to the City Government. Revised and Digested, Pursuant to an Order of the Common Council Page 257, Image 257 (1870) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of New Orleans,] Offences and Nuisances, § 635. No person shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, fowling piece or fire-arms, within the limits of the city, or set fire to, or discharge any rocket, cracker, squib or serpen...

[Ordinances of the City of New Orleans,] Offences and Nuisances, § 635. No person shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, fowling piece or fire-arms, within the limits of the city, or set fire to, or discharge any rocket, cracker, squib or serpent, or shall throw any lighted rocket, cracker, squib or serpent, within the limits of the city, without the license of the common council; Provided, that nothing herein contained shall apply to military reviews or to the lawful use of weapons in self defense.

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