Adam B. Chambers, The Revised Ordinances of the City of Saint Louis, Revised and Digested by the Fifth City Council during the First Session, Begun and Held in the City of St. Louis, on the Second Monday of May, A. D. 1843. with the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Missouri, and the City Charter Page 304, Image 305 (1843) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[Ordinances of Kansas City,] Misdemeanors, § 10. Every person who shall discharge any cannon or other ordinance, or fire off any carbine, fusil, rifle, musket, gun, pistol, or other arms, or set off any squib or cracker, or fly any kite in the air, within the city, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to the firing of salutes by any military corps, or to the firing of salutes upon any occasion of general public interest. Provided, such firing be caused by persons, associations or companies, volunteers or otherwise, who may be engaged in lawful celebrations of public rejoicings, or in the lawful military exercises of said companies or volunteers; nor to prevent any manufacturer from trying or proving the articles manufactured by him within the limits of the city, provided the same be done without danger or injury to the neighborhood. § 11. Every person who shall fire any heavy cannon, or set off any rockets or fire works, or illuminate in any unusual manner any house or building, without first having obtained written permission from the Mayor, specifying the time and place, when and where the same shall be allowed, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.




1840 Mo. Laws 193-94, An Act To Incorporate The Rural Cemetery Association, § 7.

Any person who shall willfully . . . shoot or discharge any gun or other fire arms within the said limits, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction thereof before any justice of the peace, or any other court of competent jurisdiction within the county of St. Louis, be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars, nor more than fifty dollars, according to the nature and aggravation of the offence[.]




Austin Augustus King, The Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri, Revised and Digested by the Eighth General Assembly During the Years One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-Four, and One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-Five, Together with the Constitutions of Missouri and of the United States Page 312, Image 316 (1835) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Act to Restrain Intercourse with Indians, § 2. IF any person shall induce any Indian to come within this state fro the purpose of trade, or otherwise than is hereinafter permitted, or shall purchase or receive of any Indian the way of trade or otherwise, a horse or gun, he shall be fined in a sum not exceeding fifty dollars.




1834 Mo. Laws 536-37, An Act to Organize Govern and Discipline the Militia, ch. 423, art. 11, pt. 5.

Every non-commissioned officer and private, appearing without being armed and equipped as the law directs, at any parade or rendezvous, shall be sentenced to pay the following fines, namely: For want of a sufficient sword and belt, if belonging to the artillery or light artillery, and for want of a sufficient musket with a steel rod, or rifle, if belonging to a company of light infantry, grenadiers, riflemen or infantry, one dollar; for want of a sufficient bayonet and belt, fifty cents; for want of a pouch with a box therein, sufficient to contain twenty four cartridges suited to the bore of his musket, twenty-five cents; and whenever ordered by the commander in chief or the commandant of the division, brigade, regiment or extra battalion, so equipped as on parade; for want of two spare flints and a knapsack, twenty four cartridges, shot pouch, powder horn, twenty balls, and a quarter of a pound of powder, twenty-five cents each, but the whole number of spare flints, cartridges and balls, shall be considered each as only one deficiency, provided that no person be fined for not appearing on parade with a gun, who does not own one[.]




The Acts of Assembly Incorporating the City of St. Louis, and the Ordinances of the City, Which are Now in Force Page 35, Image 35 (1828) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[Ordinances of the City of St. Louis,] An Ordinance Containing Regulations as to Gun Powder, § 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and board of Aldermen of the city of St. Louis, That no store or shopkeeper, or other person or persons, shall keep, at the same time, in any house, shop, store, cellar or warehouse, or in any boat, more than thirty pounds of gunpowder, within the limits of the City. § 2. And be it further ordained, That the aforesaid quantity of powder allowed to be kept within the limits of the city, shall be kept in close kegs or canisters, and be kept in a good and safe place. § 3. And be it further ordained, That if any person or persons shall offend against, or violate this ordinance, he, she, or they, so offending, shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of twenty dollars. § 4. And be it further ordained, That no boat owner, shall be allowed to keep more than one keg of powder on board his boat, within three days of his arrival, and shall be liable to the same fine as if the powder had been kept in any store or ware-house. § 5. And be it further ordained, That the Mayor or any Alderman, is hereby authorized, as often as he shall be informed, upon oath, of probable cause to suspect any person or persons whomsoever, of concealing or keeping within the said city, any quantity of gunpowder over and above thirty pounds, as aforesaid, to issue a search warrant to examine into the truth of such allegation or suspicion, and search any place whatever therein.




1822 Mo. Laws 41-42, An Act To Incorporate Inhabitants Of The Town Of St. Louis, § 12.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen, shall have power by ordinance, to . . . regulate . . . the storage of gun powder, tar, pitch, rosin, hemp, cotton and other combustible materials[.]




Henry S. Geyer, A Digest of the Laws of Missouri Territory. Comprising: An Elucidation of the Title of the United States to Louisiana:-Constitution of the United States:-Treaty of Session:-Organic Laws:-Laws of Missouri Territory, (Alphabetically Arranged):-Spanish Regulations for the Allotment of Lands:- Laws of the United States, for Adjusting Titles to Lands, &c. to Which are Added, a Variety of Forms, Useful to Magistrates Page 374, Image 386 (1818) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Slaves, § 3. No slave or mulatto whatsoever, shall keep or carry a gun, powder, shot, club or other weapon whatsoever, offensive or defensive; but all and every gun weapon and ammunition found in the possession or custody of any negro or mulatto, may be seized by any person and upon due proof made before any justice of the peace of the district [county] where such seizure shall be, shall by his order be forfeited to the seizor, for his own use, and moreover, every such offender shall have and receive by order of such justice any number of lashes not exceeding thirty nine on his or her bare back well laid on for every such offence. § 4. Every free negro or mulatto, being a housekeeper may be permitted to keep one gun, powder and shot; and all negroes or mulattoes bond or free, living at any frontier plantation, may be permitted to keep and use guns, powder shot and weapons, offensive and defensive, by license from a justice of the peace of the district [county] wherein such plantation lies, to be obtained upon the application of free negroes or mulattoes or of the owners of such as are slaves.