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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 242, Image 268 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of New dueOrleans,] Revenue – Taxes and Licenses, § No. 680. Every keeper of a pistol gallery, the whole tax being levied on each and every gallery, sixty dollars.

Levi Peirce, Commissioner, The Consolidation and Revision of the Statutes of the State, of a General Nature Page 185, Image 193 (1852) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes and Offences, Manslaughter. § 5. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat, which shall at all times be stowed away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, a written notification of the fact shall be placed in three con...

Crimes and Offences, Manslaughter. § 5. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat, which shall at all times be stowed away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, 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 shall be deemed the cause, the owner shall be liable to the shipper for the full amount of said loss or damage; and the captain, in the event of loss of life being the result of such accident, shall be adjudged guilty of manslaughter. § 6. Any person or persons 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 a the time of making the shipment to the master clerk of said boat, shall be liable to a penalty of two hundred dollars, which may be sued for and recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction by the owner, captain or clerk of said boat, for his or her 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 for all losses of property or damage done thereto, or for any injury done to any person or to their family; and in case of the loss of the life of an individual on board, in consequence of gunpowder being on board, the person of persons who shall have shipped the same, without giving due notice thereof, shall, on conviction thereof, be adjudged guilty of manslaughter, and punished accordingly.

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John C. White, Digest of the Laws and Ordinances of the Parish of East Feliciana, Adopted by the Police Jury of the Parish Page 68, Image 70 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the Parish of East Feliciana,] Of Slaves, § 5. No slave shall carry a gun to hunt, except on the plantation of his master or mistress; nor then unless accompanied by the overseer or some other free white member of the family, or has...

[Ordinances of the Parish of East Feliciana,] Of Slaves, § 5. No slave shall carry a gun to hunt, except on the plantation of his master or mistress; nor then unless accompanied by the overseer or some other free white member of the family, or has a written permit from his owner or overseer, which permit shall state for what said slave is hunting: Any person having the charge of slaves, who shall permit this section to be violated, shall pay a fine of twenty dollars, for the use of the parish, upon information to any Justice, whose duty it is to take cognizance of the case.

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John C. White, Digest of the Laws and Ordinances of the Parish of East Feliciana, Adopted by the Police Jury of the Parish Page 80, Image 82 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances for the Better Regulation of Clinton, Police Jury, September Session, 1847, § 1. Be it Resolved, That shooting of guns, pistols, or any other fire arms within the limits of the town of Clinton, except in extreme cases, such as shooting ...

Ordinances for the Better Regulation of Clinton, Police Jury, September Session, 1847, § 1. Be it Resolved, That shooting of guns, pistols, or any other fire arms within the limits of the town of Clinton, except in extreme cases, such as shooting a mad dog running at large, is expressly forbidden, and whosoever shall be guilty of shooting a gun, pistol or other fire arms within said limits without a good excuse for so doing, which excuse shall be judged of by the magistrate, shall pay a fine of ten dollars, to be recovered before any Justice of the Peace of the ward wherein he resides, if residing in the Parish, and if he has no fixed residence, then before any Justice of the fifth ward, in the name of the Parish and for the use thereof, and shall moreover pay all costs.

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Henry A. Bullard & Thomas Curry, 1 A New Digest of the Statute Laws of the State of Louisiana, from the Change of Government to the Year 1841 at 252 (E. Johns & Co., New Orleans, 1842).

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. . . [A]ny person who shall be found with any concealed weapon, such as a dirk, dagger, knife, pistol, or any other deadly weapon concealed in his bosom, coat, or in any other place about him, that do not appear in full open view, any person so offend...

. . . [A]ny person who shall be found with any concealed weapon, such as a dirk, dagger, knife, pistol, or any other deadly weapon concealed in his bosom, coat, or in any other place about him, that do not appear in full open view, any person so offending, shall, on conviction thereof, before an justice of the peace, be subject to pay a fine not to exceed fifty dollars, nor less than twenty dollars . . . .

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Moreau Louis Lislet, A General Digest of the Acts of the Legislature of Louisiana: Passed from the Year 1804, to 1827, Inclusive, and in Force at this Last Period, with an Appendix and General Index Page 367-368, Image 373-374 (Vol. 1, 1828) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes. § 25. If any person shall challenge another, or shall accept a challenge to fight with sword, pistol, rapier or other dangerous weapon, every person so challenging or accepting such challenge, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not e...

Crimes. § 25. If any person shall challenge another, or shall accept a challenge to fight with sword, pistol, rapier or other dangerous weapon, every person so challenging or accepting such challenge, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars, and may be imprisoned not exceeding two years; and if any person shall willingly or knowingly carry or deliver to any person a written challenge, or verbally deliver any message purporting to be a challenge to fight such duel or shall be second to either party, or shall command, counsel, or advise or procure any person to fight such duel, every person so offending, and being thereof convicted, shall be liable to the same penalties as are by this act directed in the case last mentioned of a challenge to fight, or the accepting of such challenge.

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Ordinances Ordained and Established by the Mayor & City Council of the City of New Orleans Page 68, Image 68 (1817) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, § 12. No person shall hereafter be permitted to fire or discharge any gun, pistol, fowling piece or firearm, nor to discharge or let off any rocket, cracker, squib or other fire-works, in any street, court ya...

Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, § 12. No person shall hereafter be permitted to fire or discharge any gun, pistol, fowling piece or firearm, nor to discharge or let off any rocket, cracker, squib or other fire-works, in any street, court yard, lot, walk or public way, within the city or suburbs, or from the door or window of any house or other building, or near any house or other inhabited part of said city or suburbs, on any account whatever particularly on the occasion of festivals or public rejoicings, under the penalty of from five to ten dollars upon each offender, if the person so offending be free, and of thirty lashes if the offender be a slave; Provided always, that nothing contained in this ordinance shall be construed to extend to the reviews or exercises of any military company; and if any person or persons shall let off any fireworks, or shall make any bonfire or persons shall let off any fireworks, or shall make any bonfire without having first obtained the permission of the Mayor of this city, who will appoint the place for so doing every such person or persons shall pay the fine aforesaid.

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1816 La. Acts 92, An Act to Amend the Act Entitled “An Act to Incorporate the city of New Orleans” and the Act Entitled “An act to determine the mode of election of the mayor, recorder and other public officers necessary for the administartion and police of the city of New Orleans and for Other Purposes [sic], § 1.

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. . . [T]he mayor and city council of the city of New Orleans shall have full power and authority . . . [T]o prevent gun powder being stowed within the walls and suburbs in such quantity as to endanger the public safety . . . .

1813 La. Acts 172, An Act Against Carrying Concealed Weapons, and Going Armed in Public Places in an Unneccessary Manner, § 1.

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Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the state of Louisiana, in general assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, any person who shall be found with any concealed weapon, such as a dirk, dagger, knife, pisto...

Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the state of Louisiana, in general assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, any person who shall be found with any concealed weapon, such as a dirk, dagger, knife, pistol, or any other deadly weapon concealed in his bosom, coat, or in any other place about him that do not appear in full open view, any person so offending, shall on conviction thereof before any justice of the peace, be subject to pay a fine . . . .

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Police Code, or Collection of the Ordinances of Police Made by the City Council of New-Orleans. To Which is Prefixed the Act for Incorporating Said City with the Acts Supplementary Thereto Page 114-116, Image 112-114 (1808) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, An Ordinance for Preventing Fires,] Art. 15. Captains of vessels are obliged, within twenty four hours from their arrival in this port, to deposit the gun-powder they may have on board, in the powder-magazine sit...

[Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, An Ordinance for Preventing Fires,] Art. 15. Captains of vessels are obliged, within twenty four hours from their arrival in this port, to deposit the gun-powder they may have on board, in the powder-magazine situate on the right bank of the river, the owner paying to the keeper of the magazine a suitable compensation. All citizens are strictly forbidden to keep in their houses, or elsewhere within the city or suburbs, more than one hundred pounds of gun-powder at a time, and in case of fire, such as live near the place where it is, if they have powder in their houses, shall be obliged to throw into their wells the barrels containing the same. These dispositions must be complied with, under the penalty of a fine, not exceeding fifty dollars, to be levied on every delinquent, who shall moreover be liable to the damage that may result.

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