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Municipal Register of the City of Haverhill, Containing the City Charter, and Additional Legislation, Revised Ordinances of 1896, Rules and Orders of the City Council, Present and Past Town and City Officers, and Opinions Rendered by City Solicitors Page 155, Image 168 (1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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City Ordinances [of the City of Haverhill], Fire-Arms, § 1. No person shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, revolver or other fire-arms within the compact part of the city, under a penalty for every such offence, not exceeding twenty dollars; provided...

City Ordinances [of the City of Haverhill], Fire-Arms, § 1. No person shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, revolver or other fire-arms within the compact part of the city, under a penalty for every such offence, not exceeding twenty dollars; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to the use of such weapons at any military exercise or review, or in the lawful defence of the person, family, or property of any citizen.

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Revised Ordinances of 1892, of the City of Boston, and the Revised Regulations of 1892, of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Boston, Being the Eleventh Revision, Third Edition, Containing All Ordinances Passed Between March 3, 1892, and February 1, 1895, and All Regulations of the Board of Aldermen Passed Between July 22, 1892, and February 1, 1895 Page 115, Image 129 (1895) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of Boston, Prohibitions and Penalties, § 91. No person shall manufacture or sell, or expose for sale, any guncotton, nitro-glycerine, or any compounds of the same, nor any fulminate or substance, except gunpowder, intended to be used by...

Ordinances of Boston, Prohibitions and Penalties, § 91. No person shall manufacture or sell, or expose for sale, any guncotton, nitro-glycerine, or any compounds of the same, nor any fulminate or substance, except gunpowder, intended to be used by exploding or igniting it, in order to produce a force to propel missiles, or to rend substances apart, except in accordance with a permit from the board of fire commissioners; nor shall any person send or carry through the public streets any such substance, except in the manner and in the quantities allowed by statute or ordinance.

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City Charter and Revised Ordinances of the City of Fall River, with Special Statutes Relating to the City, and an Appendix Page 158, Image 162 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinance so the City of Fall River, Streets Use. Revised Ordinance. Discharge of Firearms. § 20. No person shall, except in the performance of some legal duty, discharge any gun, pistol or firearm in any street or public place, or within fifty rods of a...

Ordinance so the City of Fall River, Streets Use. Revised Ordinance. Discharge of Firearms. § 20. No person shall, except in the performance of some legal duty, discharge any gun, pistol or firearm in any street or public place, or within fifty rods of any dwelling house.

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The Revised Ordinances of 1885, of the City of Boston, as Passed and Approved December 14, 1885. (With Amendments Thereto, Passed and Approved, to May 1, 1886): Being the Ninth Revision. To Which are Added the Revised Standing Regulations of the Board of Aldermen. 9th Rev. Page 172, Image 182 (1886) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Boston. Of Fire-Arms, Bonfires, and Brick-Kilns. § 4. No person shall sell to any child under the age of sixteen years without the written consent of a parent or guardian of such child, any cartridge or fixed ammunition o...

Ordinances of the City of Boston. Of Fire-Arms, Bonfires, and Brick-Kilns. § 4. No person shall sell to any child under the age of sixteen years without the written consent of a parent or guardian of such child, any cartridge or fixed ammunition of which any fulminate is a component part, or any gun, pistol, or other mechanical contrivance arranged for the explosion of such cartridge, or of any fulminate. But the provisions of this section shall not apply to paper caps of which the only component parts are chlorate of potash and sulphide of antimony, nor to any appliance for exploding the same. The provisions of this section shall be inserted in every license granted for the sale of gunpowder.

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Simeon Eben Baldwin, The Public Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Enacted November 19, 1881; to take effect February 1, 1882. with the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth, A Schedule of Acts and Resolves and Parts of Acts and Resolves Expressly Repealed, Tables Showing the Disposition of the General Statutes and of Statutes Passed since the General Statutes, Glossary, and Index Page 381, Image 425 (1882) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Gunpowder, § 29. Gunpowder manufactured in this commonwealth shall be put into strong and tight casks containing twenty-five pounds, fifty pounds, or one hundred pounds each, or well secured in copper, tin, or brass canisters holding not more than...

Gunpowder, § 29. Gunpowder manufactured in this commonwealth shall be put into strong and tight casks containing twenty-five pounds, fifty pounds, or one hundred pounds each, or well secured in copper, tin, or brass canisters holding not more than five pounds each, and closely covered with copper, brass, or tin covers. § 30. Each cask containing gunpowder manufactured within this commonwealth, or brought into the same by land or by water and landed, shall be marked on the head with black paint in legible characters with the word gunpowder, the name of the manufacturer, the weight of the cask, and the year in which the powder was manufactured; and each canister of gunpowder shall be marked with the word gunpowder. § 31. Whoever knowingly marks a cask of gunpowder with the name of any person other than the manufacturer of the same, or changes gunpowder from a cask marked with the name of one manufacturer into a cask marked with the name of another manufacturer, shall for each offence forfeit a sum not exceeding twenty dollars.

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Fitchburg Approved February 7, 1893, with the City Charter, the Rules and Orders of the City Council and of Each of the Two Branches, the Special Statutes, a List of General Statutes Adopted or Accepted, Together with an Index Page 179, Image 179 (1893) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Fitchburg Revised Ordinances. § 75. No person shall sell or keep for sale, within the limits of the city of Fitchburg, any toy pistol, toy cannon, or any other such article in which explosive compounds of any kind are used, or of which such compounds for...

Fitchburg Revised Ordinances. § 75. No person shall sell or keep for sale, within the limits of the city of Fitchburg, any toy pistol, toy cannon, or any other such article in which explosive compounds of any kind are used, or of which such compounds form a part. § 76. No person shall have, use, explode, fire off or discharge, within the limits of the city of Fitchburg, any toy pistol, toy cannon, or any other such article in which explosive compounds of any kind are used, or of which such compounds form a part.

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Report of Commissioners on Revision of Ordinances Page 141, Image 146 (1882) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Of Explosive Compounds. Penalty for selling guns, pistols, cartridges, etc., to children. § 1. Whoever sells to a child under the age of sixteen years, without the written consent of its parent or guardian, any cartridge or fixed ammunition of whi...

Of Explosive Compounds. Penalty for selling guns, pistols, cartridges, etc., to children. § 1. Whoever sells to a child under the age of sixteen years, without the written consent of its parent or guardian, any cartridge or fixed ammunition of which any fulminate is a component part, or a gun, pistol, or other mechanical contrivance arranged for the explosion of such cartridge or of any fulminate, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than five nor more than fifty dollars.

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Charles Allen, Report of the Commissioners on the Revision of the Statutes Page 333, Image 30 (Vol. 2, 1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Fire Arms, § 18. There shall be in each county, where the manufacture of fire-arms is carried on, provers of fire-arms, not more than six in number, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the council, who shall prove all musket b...

Fire Arms, § 18. There shall be in each county, where the manufacture of fire-arms is carried on, provers of fire-arms, not more than six in number, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the council, who shall prove all musket barrels and pistol barrels which, being sufficiently ground, bored and breeched, are offered to them to be proved. § 19. All musket barrels and pistol barrels manufactured in this commonwealth shall, before they are sold or stocked, be proved by one of the provers with a ball suited to the bore of the barrel and with a charge of powder equal in weight to the ball. The powder used in such proof shall be such that one ounce thereof in a howitzer of four and a half inch caliber at elevation of forty-five degrees shall be of sufficient power to carry a twelve-pound shot one hundred and thirty yards; or that one ounce therof in a howitzer of five and a half inch caliber at an elevation of forty-five degrees shall be sufficient to carry a twenty-four pound shot eighty yards.

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Augustus Peck Clarke, The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Cambridge Page 120, Image 134 (1871) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of The [City of Cambridge], § 30. No person shall, except in the performance of some legal duty, discharge any gun, pistol, or other firearm, within the principal inhabited parts of the city, or within fifty rods of any dwelling-house therein.

Municipal Register of the City of Lawrence. 1870 Page 185, Image 185 (1870) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Lawrence,] Concerning Fires, § 4. The city council may order that no gunpowder shall be kept within the city, except in tight casks or canisters; that not more than fifty pounds thereof shall be kept in any building within twenty-fi...

[Ordinances of Lawrence,] Concerning Fires, § 4. The city council may order that no gunpowder shall be kept within the city, except in tight casks or canisters; that not more than fifty pounds thereof shall be kept in any building within twenty-five rods of any other building, or if within ten rods, then not more than twenty-five pounds; nor more than one pound in any place, unless in copper, tin or brass canisters holding not more than five pounds each, and closely covered.

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