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Michael John Sullivan, The Revised Ordinance of the City of St. Louis, Together with the Constitution of the United States, Constitution of the State of Missouri, the Scheme for the Separation of the Governments of the City and County of St. Louis, the Charter of the City, and a Digest of the Laws Applicable to the City Page 635, Image 643 (1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Protection of Birds. § 3. No person shall throw from his hand any fragment of stone, wood, metal or other missile capable of inflicting injury, in any street, alley, walk or park of the city of St. Louis, or use or have in his possession ready for...

Protection of Birds. § 3. No person shall throw from his hand any fragment of stone, wood, metal or other missile capable of inflicting injury, in any street, alley, walk or park of the city of St. Louis, or use or have in his possession ready for use in any street, alley, walk or park of the city of St. Louis, any sling, cross bow and arrow, air gun or other contrivance for ejecting, discharging or throwing any fragment, bolt, arrow, pellet, or other missile of stone, metal, wood or other substance capable of inflicting injury or annoyance.

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1879 Mo. Laws 90, An Act To Prohibit The Discharge Of Firearms In The Immediate Vicinity Of Any Courthouse, Church Or Building Used For School Or College Purposes, § 1.

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Hereafter it shall be unlawful for any person in this State, except he be a sheriff or other officer, in the discharge of official duty to discharge or fire off any gun, pistol or fire-arms of any description in the immediate vicinity of any court hous...

Hereafter it shall be unlawful for any person in this State, except he be a sheriff or other officer, in the discharge of official duty to discharge or fire off any gun, pistol or fire-arms of any description in the immediate vicinity of any court house, church or building used for school or college purposes.

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1877 Mo. Laws 306, An Act To Provide for the Organization and Government of the Militia of the State of Missouri, Repealing All Other Acts and Parts of Acts Inconsistent with This Act, art. IV, § 3.

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A soldier who, unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his firearms loaded with ball, slug or shot, or shall so load the same while on duty, or unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, discharge...

A soldier who, unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his firearms loaded with ball, slug or shot, or shall so load the same while on duty, or unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, discharge the same, when going to or returning from or upon parade, shall forfeit not less than one nor more than five dollars.

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Mo. Const. of 1875, art. II, § 17.

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Right to bear arms, when – That the right of no citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power, when hereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained is in...

Right to bear arms, when – That the right of no citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power, when hereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained is intended to justify the practice of wearing concealed weapons.

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1873 Mo. Laws 328, An Act to Incorporate The Town Of Moberly, art. III, § 1, pt. 15.

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To . . . punish . . . any person who shall threaten, quarrel, challenge or fight within said city, or any person who shall be found intoxicated, who shall carry concealed deadly weapons in said city, or any person who shall be found guilty of a misdeme...

To . . . punish . . . any person who shall threaten, quarrel, challenge or fight within said city, or any person who shall be found intoxicated, who shall carry concealed deadly weapons in said city, or any person who shall be found guilty of a misdemeanor, and to define what acts shall constitute a misdemeanor.

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1873 Mo. Laws 215, An Act To Amend The Charter Of The Town Of Canton . . . , § 10.

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The Board of Trustees shall have power and authority to . . . regulate the storage of gunpowder, tar pitch, rosin and other combustible materials[.]

Everett Wilson Pattison, The Revised Ordinance of the City of St. Louis, Together with the Constitution of the United States, and of the State of Missouri; the Charter of the City; and a Digest of the Acts of the General Assembly, Relating to the City Page 491-492, Image 499-500 (1871) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of St. Louis, Misdemeanors, § 9. Hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person to wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol, or revolver, colt, billy, slung shot, cross knuckles, or knuckles of lead...

Ordinances of the City of St. Louis, Misdemeanors, § 9. Hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person to wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol, or revolver, colt, billy, slung shot, cross knuckles, or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, bowie knife, razor, dirk knife, dirk, dagger, or any knife resembling a bowie knife, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, within the City of St. Louis, without written permission from the Mayor; and any person who shall violate this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than ten nor more than five hundred dollars for each and every offence. § 10. Nothing in the preceding section shall be so construed as to prevent any United States, State, county or city officer, or any member of the city government, from carrying or wearing such weapons as may be necessary in the proper discharge of his duties.

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Chas. H Tillson, The Ordinances of the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri, Digested and Revised by the Common Council of Said City, in the Years 1860 & 1861: With the Constitution of the United States and the State of Missouri, and the Various Charters of the City of St. Louis Page 513, Image 513 (1861) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Misdemeanors, § 8. Hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person to wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol, or colt, or slung-shot, or cross-knuckles, or knuckles of lead, brass, or other metal, or bowie knife, dirk kn...

Misdemeanors, § 8. Hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person to wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol, or colt, or slung-shot, or cross-knuckles, or knuckles of lead, brass, or other metal, or bowie knife, dirk knife, or dirk, or dagger, or any knife resembling a bowie knife, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, within the city of St. Louis; and whoever shall violate this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall forfeit and pay to this city not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each and every offense, to be recovered as other penalties for misdemeanors. § 9. Nothing in this ordinance shall be so construed as to prohibit any United States, State, county or city officer from carrying and wearing such weapons as may be necessary in the proper charge of his duties.

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1854 Mo. Laws 1094, An Act Concerning Free Negros and Mulattoes, ch. 114, §§ 2-3.

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§ 2. No free negro or mulatto shall be suffered to keep or carry any firelock, or weapon of any kind, or any ammunition, without license first had and obtained for the purpose, from a justice of the peace of the county in which such free negro or ...

§ 2. No free negro or mulatto shall be suffered to keep or carry any firelock, or weapon of any kind, or any ammunition, without license first had and obtained for the purpose, from a justice of the peace of the county in which such free negro or mulatto resides, and such license may be revoked at any time by the justice granting the same or by any justice of the county. § 3. Any gun, firelock, or weapon of any kind, or any ammunition, found in the possession of any free negro or mulatto not having a license, as required by the last preceding section, may be seized by any person, and upon due proof thereof, before any justice of the peace of the county in which such seizure shall have been made, shall be forfeited by order of such justice, to the person making the seizure, for his own use.

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1844 Mo. Laws 577, An Act To Restrain Intercourse With Indians, ch. 80, § 4.

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No person shall sell, exchange or give, to any Indian, any horse, mule, gun, blanket, or any other article or commodity whatever, unless such Indian shall be traveling through the state, and leave a written permit from the proper agent, or under the di...

No person shall sell, exchange or give, to any Indian, any horse, mule, gun, blanket, or any other article or commodity whatever, unless such Indian shall be traveling through the state, and leave a written permit from the proper agent, or under the direction of such agent in proper person.

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