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1907 N.J. Laws 116-17, An Act Concerning the Government of Certain Cities in This State and Constituting a Municipal Board of Public Works and Other Officers Therein, and Defining the Powers and Duties of Such Boards and Relating to the Municipal Affairs and Departments of Such Cities Placed under the Control and Management of Such Board, and Providing for the Maintenance of Said Board, ch. 62, § 2.

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For greater certainty it is hereby specified that, in addition to the other powers hereby conferred upon said board, are the following: . . . To regulate and prohibit the use of guns, pistols, firearms and fireworks of all descriptions within the city....

For greater certainty it is hereby specified that, in addition to the other powers hereby conferred upon said board, are the following: . . . To regulate and prohibit the use of guns, pistols, firearms and fireworks of all descriptions within the city.

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1906 N.J. Laws 699-700, An Act to Amend an Act Entitled “An Act for the Protection of Certain Kinds of Birds, Game and Fish, to Regulate Their Method of Capture, and Provide Open and Close Seasons for Such Capture and Possession,” ch. 317, § 1.

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It shall be unlawful for three years after the passage of this act for any person to gun for or to take, or attempt to take, kill, injure or destroy, or to have in possession any wild deer, be the same buck, doe or fawn, under penalty of one hundred do...

It shall be unlawful for three years after the passage of this act for any person to gun for or to take, or attempt to take, kill, injure or destroy, or to have in possession any wild deer, be the same buck, doe or fawn, under penalty of one hundred dollars for each offense; and thereafter it shall be unlawful to take, kill, injure or destroy or to hunt with intent to take, kill, injure or destroy, any wild deer, be the same buck, doe or fawn, excepting on every Wednesday in the month of November, under a penalty of one hundred dollars for each and every wild deer so taken, killed, injured or had in possession, and of one hundred dollars of each attempt to take, kill, injure or destroy deer, be the same buck, doe or fawn; and no person shall kill, injure, destroy or have in possession more than one deer, be the same buck, doe or fawn, in any one year, under a penalty of one hundred dollars for every deer so killed, injured, destroyed or had in possession. The having in possession of any such deer during the times and periods prohibited in this act shall be prima facie evidence in all courts and places of the fact that they are in possession unlawfully.

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1905 N.J. Laws 324-25, A Supplement to an Act Entitled “An Act for the Punishment of Crimes,” ch. 172, § 1.

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Any person who shall carry any revolver, pistol or other deadly, offensive or dangerous weapon or firearm or any stiletto, dagger or razor or any knife with a blade of five inches in length or over concealed in or about his clothes or person, shall be ...

Any person who shall carry any revolver, pistol or other deadly, offensive or dangerous weapon or firearm or any stiletto, dagger or razor or any knife with a blade of five inches in length or over concealed in or about his clothes or person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars or imprisonment at hard labor, not exceeding two years, or both; provided, however, that nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent any sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer, constable, state detective, member of a legally organized detective agency or any other peace officer from carrying weapons in the discharge of his duty; nor shall this act apply to any person having a written permit to carry such weapon, firearm, stiletto, razor, dagger or knife, from the mayor of any city, borough or other municipality, having a mayor, or from the township committee or other governing body of any township or other municipality not having a mayor, which permits such officers and governing bodies are hereby authorized to grant; said permits shall be issued at the place of residence of the person obtaining the same and when issued shall be in force in all parts of the state for a period of one year from date of issue unless sooner revoked by the officer or body granting the same; and provided further, that nothing contained herein shall prevent any person from keeping or carrying about his or her place of business, dwelling house or premises any such weapon, firearm, stiletto, dagger, razor or knife, or from carrying the same from any place of purchase to his or her dwelling house, or place of business, or from his or her dwelling house or place of business to any place where repairing is done to have the same repaired and returned; and provided further, that nothing in this act shall be construed to make it unlawful for any person to carry a gun, pistol, rifle or other firearm or knife in the woods or fields or upon the waters of this state for the purpose of hunting; a fee of twenty-five cents may be lawfully charged by such officer or body granting such permit.

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1903-1904 N.J. Laws 178, A Further Supplement to an Act Entitled “An Act Concerning Disorderly Persons,” ch. 68, § 1.

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Any person trespassing upon any marsh, swamp or meadow grounds lying within the bounds of any meadow bank company, organized or to be organized under the provisions of the act . . . where the owners and possessors of the said marsh, swamp or meadow lan...

Any person trespassing upon any marsh, swamp or meadow grounds lying within the bounds of any meadow bank company, organized or to be organized under the provisions of the act . . . where the owners and possessors of the said marsh, swamp or meadow lands, lying within the bounds of such meadow bank company, have caused or permitted or suffered, or shall hereafter cause or permit or suffer the same to be subjected to the overflowing of the tide, carrying a gun, after public notice on the part of the owner, possessor, lessee or licensee of any such marsh, swamp or meadow grounds subjected to the overflowing of the tide, forbidding such trespassing, such notice being posted conspicuously adjacent to the highway binding on such lands or adjacent to any usual entrance-way to said land, shall be deemed and adjudged to be a disorderly person.

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1903 N.J. Laws 671, An Act Concerning Railroads, ch. 257, § 49.

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No person shall be entitled to carry or require any company to carry on any railroad any aqua fortis, oil or vitriol, gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, matches, or other goods of a dangerous nature¸ and if any person sends by the railway any such goods...

No person shall be entitled to carry or require any company to carry on any railroad any aqua fortis, oil or vitriol, gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, matches, or other goods of a dangerous nature¸ and if any person sends by the railway any such goods without distinctly marking their nature on the outside of the package containing the same, or otherwise giving notice in writing to the agent of the company with whom the same are left at the time of so sending, he shall forfeit to the company twenty dollars for every such offense, and be besides liable to all damage that may occur therefrom, and the company may refuse to take any parcel that they may suspect to contain goods of a dangerous nature or may require the same to be opened to ascertain the fact.

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1903 N.J. Laws 337-38, An Act to Amend an Act Entitled “An Act for the Punishment of Crimes,” ch. 169, § 1.

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It shall not be lawful to sell, barter, exchange, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years, any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other firearms, or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pisto...

It shall not be lawful to sell, barter, exchange, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years, any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other firearms, or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other firearms, nor for any person under the age of fifteen years to carry, fire or use a gun, pistol¸ toy pistol or other firearms, except in the presence of his father or guardian, or for the purpose of military drill in accordance with the rules of a school; it shall be the duty of all persons selling, hiring, bartering or exchanging pistols, revolvers, guns or other firearms, to keep and maintain a book of registry of the same, in which said book of registry shall be entered the number of the article sold, if any, the name of the maker, together with such other means of identification as may be obtainable concerning the same, and also the name and address of the person to whom such pistol, revolver, gun or other firearm is sold, bartered, exchanged or hired[.]

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1902 N.J. Laws 294, An Act Relating to, Regulating and Providing for the Government of Cities, ch. 107, § 14, pt. 33.

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. . . [T]o regulate or prohibit the manufacture, sale, storage or use of fireworks and the use of firearms in such city; to regulate or prohibit the manufacture, sale, storage, keeping, or conveying of gunpowder, kerosene, benzine [sic], gasoline, burn...

. . . [T]o regulate or prohibit the manufacture, sale, storage or use of fireworks and the use of firearms in such city; to regulate or prohibit the manufacture, sale, storage, keeping, or conveying of gunpowder, kerosene, benzine [sic], gasoline, burning fluid, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, camphene, coal oil, spirit gas, petroleum and other dangerous or explosive materials, and the use of candles and lights in barns, stables and other buildings[.]

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1902 N.J. Laws 780, An Act to Require Non-residents to Secure Licenses before Hunting or Gunning within the State of New Jersey and Providing Penalties for Violation of Its Provisions, ch. 263, § 1.

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Every non-resident of this state shall be required to take out a license before he shall begin hunting or gunning in this state, which license the several county clerks of this state, and each of them, are hereby authorized and required to issue upon t...

Every non-resident of this state shall be required to take out a license before he shall begin hunting or gunning in this state, which license the several county clerks of this state, and each of them, are hereby authorized and required to issue upon the payment by the applicant of a license fee of ten dollars, and an issuance fee of fifty cents to the county clerk issuing the same; such license shall be a certificate of permission to hunt and gun within the state of New Jersey and shall include the name, age and place of residence and business of the applicant with his description as nearly as may be[.]

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1901 N J. Laws 265, An Act for the Protection of Certain Kinds of Birds, Game and Fish, to Regulate Their Method of Capture and Provide Open and Close Seasons for Such Capture and Possesion, ch. 120, § 14.

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It shall be unlawful to hunt with a hound or hounds, or with fire-arms or weapons of any kind, or to carry a gun in the woods or fields or on the waters on the Sabbath day, commonly called Sunday, under a penalty of twenty dollars for each offence.

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It shall be unlawful to hunt with a hound or hounds, or with fire-arms or weapons of any kind, or to carry a gun in the woods or fields or on the waters on the Sabbath day, commonly called Sunday, under a penalty of twenty dollars for each offence.

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1900 N J. Laws 395-96, A Supplement to an Act Entitled “An Act Concerning Disorderly Persons,” ch. 158, § 1.

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Any person or persons who shall cast or throw any stick, stone, pebble, or other substance, or who shall shoot from any air gun, pistol or rifle any shot or ball at, against or into any trolley car, street railway car or steam railroad car . . . shall ...

Any person or persons who shall cast or throw any stick, stone, pebble, or other substance, or who shall shoot from any air gun, pistol or rifle any shot or ball at, against or into any trolley car, street railway car or steam railroad car . . . shall be deemed a disorderly person, and upon conviction shall be punished as such, before any justice of the peace, police justice, or city recorder in this state.

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