The Revised Ordinances of the City of Huntsville, Missouri, of 1894. Collated, Revised, Printed and Published by Authority of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Huntsville, Missouri, Under an Ordinance of the Said City, Entitled: “An Ordinance in Relation to Ordinances, and the Publication Thereof.” Approved on the 11th Day of June, 189 Page 58-59, Image 58-59 (1894) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the City of Huntsville, An Ordinance in Relation to Carrying Deadly Weapons, § 1. If within the city any person shall carry concealed upon or about his person any deadly or dangerous weapon, or shall go into any church or place where people have assembled for religious worship, or into any school room or place where people are assembled for educational, literary or social purposes, or to any election precinct on any election day, or into any court room during the sitting of court, or into any other public assemblage of persons met for any lawful purpose other than for militia drill or meetings called under militia law of the state, having upon or about his person any kind of fire arms, bowie-knife, dirk, dagger, sling-shot, or other deadly weapon or shall in the presence of one or more persons exhibit any such weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner, or shall have or carry any such weapon upon or about his person when intoxicated or under the influence of intoxicating drinks, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five nor more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the city prison not exceeding thirty days nor less than five days or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, the Mayor may grant permission to any person to discharge gun, pistol or other firearms under the proper circumstances shown to him. § 2. The next preceding section shall not apply to police officers, nor to any officer or person whose duty it is to exercise process or warrants, or to suppress breaches of the peace or to make arrests, nor to persons moving or travelling peaceably through this state; and it shall be good defense to the charge of carrying such weapon, if the defendant shall show that he has been threatened with great bodily harm, or had good reason to carry the same in the necessary defense of his home, person or property.




Henry Smith Kelley, Laws Applicable to and Governing the City of Saint Joseph, Mo., As a City of the Second Class, Contained in the Revised Statutes of 1879, and Subsequent Legislative Enactments; Also the General Ordinances Now in Force, Revised and Made to Conform to the Laws Governing Such Cities Page 192, Image 222 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

General Ordinances [of the City of St. Joseph], [Amusement-Shows,] Shooting Gallery; license for. — § 3. No person shall carry on or take part in carrying on, any pistol gallery or shooting gallery, without a license therefor from said city; and the charge for such license shall be five dollars per month.




An Ordinance in Revision of the Ordinances of the City of DeSoto, Jefferson Co., State of Missouri, and for the Government of Said City Page 52, Image 59 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[Ordinances of the City of DeSoto,] § 217. Whenever there shall be found upon the person of anyone who has been found guilty of a breach of the peace, or of conduct calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, any slung shot, pistol, or knuckles of lead, brass, or other metal, or when upon trial, evidence shall be adduced proving that such weapons were in the possession, or on the person of anyone, while in the act or commission of the act aforesaid, such person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.




M.J. Sullivan, The Revised Ordinance of the City of St. Louis, 1887. To Which are Prefixed the Constitution of the United States, Constitution of the State of Missouri, a Digest of Acts of the General Assembly Relating to the City, the Scheme for the Separation of the Governments of the City and County of St. Louis and the Charter of the City Page 689-690, Image 698-699 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Revised Ordinances [of the City of St. Louis], Gunpowder, § 688. Not exceeding five pounds of gunpowder shall be allowed to be kept by any person or persons in any store, dwelling, building, or other place within the city, except that retailers or venders of gunpowder in small quantities may for that purpose keep any quantity not exceeding thirty pounds; provided, that the same shall also be kept in tin or metal canisters or stone jars, with good and closely fitted and well secured covers thereon; provided, also, that those parties now having magazines within the limits of the city are hereby allowed to store in such magazines such quantities of gunpowder as may be necessary for their business; provided, further, that giant powder, dynamite and nitro-glycerine shall not be stored in any place within the limits of the city, except in magazines as now located. § 689. Every retailer of gunpowder, giant powder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine or blasting powder, shall place on the building containing the same, over, or at the side of the front door thereof, a sign with the words “Powder for sale,” printed thereon, in letters at least three inches in height, and shall notify the commissioner of public buildings in which portion of said store the said powder or powders are placed, which notice shall be kept of record in the said commissioner’s office.




Chester H. Krum, Reviser, The Revised Ordinance City of St. Louis. No. 17188. Approved April 7, 1893 Page 885, Image 894 (1895) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the City of St. Louis. Minors – Conditions of Sale to, of Ammunition. – No person shall sell to any child under the age of sixteen years, without the written consent of the parents or guardian of such child, any cartridge of 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.




Lewis M. Switzler, General Ordinances of the Town of Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, Revised, Published and Promulgated by Authority of the Board of Trustees of Said Town, in the Year 1883. To Which are Prefaced the General and Special Acts of the Legislature Concerning Said Town; Also, the Constitutional Provisions and Various General Laws, and References to Laws, Affecting Municipal Corporations in the State of Missouri Page 79, Image 80 (1883) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

§ 128. Any person who shall be guilty of carrying concealed about his person any pistol, dirk, bowie knife, or other weapon, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than five dollars for every such offence.




1883 Mo. Laws 76, An Act To Amend Section 1274, Article 2, Chapter 24 Of The Revised Statutes Of Missouri, Entitled “Of Crimes And Criminal Procedure,” § 1.

If any person shall carry concealed, upon or about his person, any deadly or dangerous weapon, or shall go into any church or place where people have assembled for religious worship, or into any school room or place where people are assembled for educational, literary or social purposes, or to any election precinct on any election day, or into any court room during the sitting of court, or into any other public assemblage of persons met for any lawful purpose other than for militia drill or meetings called under the militia law of this state, having upon or about his person any kind of fire arms, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, or other deadly weapon, or shall in the presence of one or more persons shall exhibit any such weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner, or shall have or carry any such weapon upon or about his person when intoxicated or under the influence of intoxicating drinks, or shall directly or indirectly sell or deliver, loan or barter to any minor any such weapon, without the consent of the parent or guardian of such minor, he shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.




Lewis M. Switzler, General Ordinances of the Town of Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, Revised, Published and Promulgated by Authority of the Board of Trustees of Said Town, in the Year 1883. To Which are Prefaced the General and Special Acts of the Legislature Concerning Said Town; Also, the Constitutional Provisions and Various General Laws, and References to Laws, Affecting Municipal Corporations in the State of Missouri Page 78, Image 79 (1883) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances [of Columbia, MO], § 120. Any person who shall willfully fire any gun or pistol, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and fined not less than five dollars for each or either offence.




J.H. Johnston, The Revised Charter and Ordinances of the City of Boonville, Mo. Revised and Collated, A.D. 1881 Page 44, Image 44 (1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the City of Boonville, General Powers of the Mayor and Board of Councilmen, § 13. To regulate the storage of gun powder and other combustible materials; and generally provide for the prevention of fires within the city.




J. H Johnston, The Revised Charter and Ordinances of the City of Boonville, Mo. Revised and Collated, A.D.1881 Page 91, Image 91 (1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Offences Affecting the Public Peace § 6. If any person shall carry concealed upon or about his person any pistol, revolver, dirk, dagger, slungshot, knuckles of metal, or other deadly or dangerous weapon, within said city, or shall, in the presence of any one, exhibit such weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner, or shall have or carry any such weapon upon or about his person while intoxicated, he shall upon conviction thereof be fined not less than five nor more than ninety dollars: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall prevent any police officer, or any officer or person whose duty it is to execute process or warrants, or to suppress breaches of the peace or make arrests, from carrying such weapons in the necessary discharge of his duty.