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William A. Richardson, Supplement to the General Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Containing the General Laws from the Passage of the General Statutes to the Year 1872, Inclusive, with the Amendments to the Constitutions of the State and the United States Page 836-837, Image 836-837 (Vol. 1, 1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Aid in the Preservation of Birds, Birds’ Eggs, And Deer. § 6. Whoever, at any season of the year, takes, kills or destroys any game birds by means of traps, snares, nets or springs; or shoots at or kills any water fowl, by the use ...

An Act to Aid in the Preservation of Birds, Birds’ Eggs, And Deer. § 6. Whoever, at any season of the year, takes, kills or destroys any game birds by means of traps, snares, nets or springs; or shoots at or kills any water fowl, by the use of any battery, swivel, or pivot gun, shall forfeit for each such offence twenty-five dollars: provided that between the first day of October and the first day of January in any year, any person may on his own premises, or for his own personal use and not for sale, take or kills by means of traps or snares any of the birds known as ruffed grouse or partridges.

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The Municipal Register Containing the City Charter and Ordinances, Together with the Rules and Orders of the City Council and a List of the past and Present City Officers of the City of Newburyport Page 130, Image 132 (1869) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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City Ordinances [of Newburyport], § 15. No person shall fire any rocket, squib, cracker, or other thing formed of gunpowder or other explosive substance, in whole or in part; nor make any bonfire of tar barrels or any other substances, nor, except...

City Ordinances [of Newburyport], § 15. No person shall fire any rocket, squib, cracker, or other thing formed of gunpowder or other explosive substance, in whole or in part; nor make any bonfire of tar barrels or any other substances, nor, except in the performance of some duty authorized by law, discharge any field piece, gun or other firearm in or upon any street or other way, or upon any wharf or landing within the city.

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1866 Mass. Acts 197, An Act Concerning The Militia, § 120

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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 form a superior officer di...

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 form 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.

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Records Of The Colony Of New Plymouth In New England Page 242, Image 253 (1861) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Laws of Plymouth Colony. It is enacted by the Court that no Indians that are servants to the English shall be permitted to use guns for fowling or other exercise; as being judged that it may prove prejudicial in time to the English; and therefore that ...

Laws of Plymouth Colony. It is enacted by the Court that no Indians that are servants to the English shall be permitted to use guns for fowling or other exercise; as being judged that it may prove prejudicial in time to the English; and therefore that no one shall be permitted so to do on pain of forfeiting every such gun so used to the use of the Colony.

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Joel Parker, The General Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Revised by Commissioners Appointed under a Resolve of February 16, 1856, Amended by the Legislature, and Passed December 28, 1859. to Which the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are Prefixed; and a List of Acts Previously Repealed, a Glossary, and Index, are Added Page 107, Image 122 (1859) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Militia -- Discipline, &c. § 113. 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 unnecess...

Militia — Discipline, &c. § 113. 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 on complaint of the clerk, one-half to his use and one-half to the use of commanding officer.

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1856 Mass. Acts 85-87, An Act to Incorporate the Proprietors of Oak Grove Cemetery, chap. 154, § 6

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Any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, grave-stone, or other structure placed in the cemetery aforesaid . . . or discharge any gun or other fire-arms, within the said limits, shall be deemed guilt...

Any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, grave-stone, or other structure placed in the cemetery aforesaid . . . or discharge any gun or other fire-arms, within the said limits, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof before any justice of the peace, or other court of competent jurisdiction, shall be punished by a fine not less than five dollars, nor more than one hundred dollars…

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1850 Mass. Gen. Law, ch. 194 § 2, as codified in Mass. Gen. Stat., chap. 164 (1873) § 11

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Any person who shall, within this State, hereafter manufacture, or cause to be manufactured, or sell, or expose for sale, any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, shall be punished therefor by a fine not less than fifty dollars...

Any person who shall, within this State, hereafter manufacture, or cause to be manufactured, or sell, or expose for sale, any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, shall be punished therefor by a fine not less than fifty dollars, or by imprisonment in the common jail or house of correction, for a term not exceeding six months.

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1850 Mass. Gen. Law, ch. 194, §1.

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Any person arrested upon the warrant of a magistrate, issued against him for any alleged offence against the laws of this Commonwealth, and any person committing any criminal offence aginst the laws of this Commonwealth, or any breach or disturbance of...

Any person arrested upon the warrant of a magistrate, issued against him for any alleged offence against the laws of this Commonwealth, and any person committing any criminal offence aginst the laws of this Commonwealth, or any breach or disturbance of the public peace, who may, at the time of the commission of such offence, or breach or disturbance of the public peace, be arrested by any sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, or police officer, in this State, and who shall, at the time of such arrest, be armed with any dangerous weapon, of the kind usually called slung shot, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, or imprisonment in the common jail or house of correction for a term not exceeding one year.

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The Municipal Register, Containing the City Charter, with Rules and Orders of the City Council, Also the Ordinances, and a List of the Officers of the City of Roxbury, for 1848-49 Page 58, Image 58 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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City Ordinances [of the City of Roxbury, To Prevent unlawful and Injurious Practices in the Streets and Other Public Places, ]§ 16. No person shall, except in the performance of some duty required by law, discharge any gun, pistol, or other fire a...

City Ordinances [of the City of Roxbury, To Prevent unlawful and Injurious Practices in the Streets and Other Public Places, ]§ 16. No person shall, except in the performance of some duty required by law, discharge any gun, pistol, or other fire arm, loaded with balls or shot, or with powder only, within the city, in or upon any street, lane, alley, public place, or wharf, or within fifty rods thereof, or within fifty rods of any building in the city, in any yard, garden or field therein.

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Joseph Barlow Felt Osgood, The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Salem, Together with the Acts of the Legislature Relating to the City: Collated and Revised Pursuant to an Order of the City Council Page 67-68, Image 77-78 (1853) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Salem,] Fire, § 18. By an act passed March, 6 1847, the inhabitants of any town, and the government of any city in this Commonwealth, may order than no gun-cotton, or other substance prepared, like it, for explosion, shall be kept w...

[Ordinances of Salem,] Fire, § 18. By an act passed March, 6 1847, the inhabitants of any town, and the government of any city in this Commonwealth, may order than no gun-cotton, or other substance prepared, like it, for explosion, shall be kept within the limits of such town or city, excepting under the regulations and penalties that were then applicable by law to gunpowder; and if it shall be considered necessary for public safety, they may restrict the quantity to be so kept to one-fifth of the weight of gunpowder allowed by law in each case provided for. . . § 22. The inhabitants of every town may order, that no gunpowder shall be kept in any place, within the limits of such town, unless the same shall be well secured in tight casks or canisters; and that no gunpowder above the quantity of fifty pounds, shall be kept or deposited in any shop, store, or other building, or in any ship or vessel which shall be within the distance of twenty-five rods from any other building or wharf; that no gunpowder, above the quantity of twenty-five pounds, shall be kept or deposited in any shop, store, or other building, within ten rods of any other building; and that no gunpowder, above the quantity of one pound, shall be kept or deposited in any shop, store, or other building, within ten rods of any other building in such town, unless the same be well secured in copper, tin, or brass canisters, holding not exceeding five pounds each, and closely covered with copper, brass or tin covers.

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