Laws regulating carrying and brandishing firearms, who can own them, where they can be brought, etc., Ch. 20, §§ 293-300, in The Charter and Code of the Ordinances of Yazoo City (1908).
“Deadly weapons; carrying of concealed.
Sec. 293. Any person who carries concealed, in whole or in part, any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, pistol, brass or metallic knuckles, slungshot, sword, or other deadly weapon of like kind or description, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, and all costs, or be imprisoned in the county jail not more than ninety days, or both, in the discretion of the court.
Sec. 294. Upon the conviction of any person under the preceding section, the weapon shown in such case to have been carried concealed, in whole or in part, shall be forfeited to the state, and shall be delivered to the sheriff of Yazoo county, who shall forthwith publicly destroy the same.
The same; not applicable to certain persons.
Sec. 295. Any person indicted or charged for a violation of the last section may show as a defense—
(a) That he was threatened, and had good and sufficient reason to apprehend a serious attack from an enemy, and that he did so apprehend; or
(b) That he was traveling and was not a tramp, or was setting out on a journey, and was not a tramp; or
(c) That he was a peace officer or deputy in the discharge of his duties; or
(d) That he was at the time in the discharge of his duties as a mail carrier; or
(e) That he was at the time engaged in transporting valuables for an express company or bank; or
(f) That he was in lawful pursuit of a felon.
And the burden of proving either of said defenses shall be on the accused.
Dealers to keep record of cartridges and weapons sold.
Sec. 296. Every merchant or dealer or pawnbroker that sells bowie knives, dirk knives, pistols, brass or metallic knuckles, or slungshots, or pistol or rifle cartridges, shall keep a record of all sales of such weapons and cartridges sold, showing the description of the weapon and kind and caliber of cartridges so sold, the name of the purchaser, and the description of weapons and the quantity of cartridges and date of sale. This record to be opened to public inspection at any time to persons desiring to see it. The dealer who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be fined not less than seven dollars and fifty cents nor more than twenty-five dollars.
The same; and cartridges not sold to infant or drunk person.
Sec. 297. It shall not be lawful for any person to sell, give, or lend to any minor or person intoxicated, knowing him to be a minor or in a state of intoxication, any deadly weapon, or other weapon the carrying of which concealed is prohibited, or pistol cartridge; and, on conviction thereof, he shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned not exceeding ninety days, or both.
The same; father not to suffer infant son to have or carry.
Sec. 298. Any father who shall knowingly suffer or permit any son under the age of sixteen years to have or to own, or to carry concealed, in whole or in part, any weapon the carrying of which concealed is prohibited, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars, or may be imprisoned not more than sixty days in the county jail, or both.
The same; pupil in any public school not to have, etc.
Sec. 299. Any student or pupil in any public school of this city, who shall carry into such school any weapon of the kind mentioned or described in section 293, concealed, in whole or in part, or any professor, teacher, or instructor in such school who shall knowingly suffer or permit any such weapon to be carried into such school, concealed, as aforesaid, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof in the city court, shall be punished as provided in section 293.
The same; exhibiting in rude, angry, or threatening manner, etc.
Sec. 300. If any person, having or carrying any dirk, dirk knife, sword, sword-cane, or any deadly weapon, or other weapon the carrying of which concealed is prohibited, shall, in the presence of three or more persons, exhibit the same in a rude, angry, or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, or shall in any manner unlawfully use the same in any fight or quarrel, the person so offending, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than seven dollars and fifty cents nor more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned not exceeding ninety days, or both. In prosecutions under this section, it shall not be necessary for the affidavit or indictment to aver, nor for the city to prove on the trial, that any gun, pistol, or other firearm was charged, loaded, or in condition to be discharged.”
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Edwin Ruthven Holmes, ed., The Charter and Code of the Ordinances of Yazoo City, Mississippi (Yazoo City, MS: The Council of Yazoo City, 1908), 172-175. Chapter 20—Misdemeanors, §§ 293-300. Undated.