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1886 N.J. Laws 358, An Act to Regulate the Manufacture and Storage of Gun Powder, Dynamite and Other Explosives, § 1.

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. . . nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prevent any person or persons from storing in any fire-proof magazines any quantity of gun powder or blasting powder not exceeding in quantity two thousand pounds, within the said distance of one th...

. . . nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prevent any person or persons from storing in any fire-proof magazines any quantity of gun powder or blasting powder not exceeding in quantity two thousand pounds, within the said distance of one thousand feet of a public road; and provided, further, that the prohibition in this act contained shall not apply to any establishment, storehouse or building heretofore erected and used for the manufacturing, storing or keeping of any of said explosives.

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1886 N.J. Laws 358, An Act to Regulate the Manufacture and Storage of Gun Powder, Dynamite and Other Explosive, ch. 250, § 1.

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That no person or persons or corporations shall after the passage of this act, be permitted within this state to erect, have or maintain, or cause to be erected, had or maintained any establishment, storehouse or building in which in which shall be man...

That no person or persons or corporations shall after the passage of this act, be permitted within this state to erect, have or maintain, or cause to be erected, had or maintained any establishment, storehouse or building in which in which shall be manufactured, stored or kept any gun powder, blasting powder, dualin, dynamite, forcite, giant powder, nitro-glycerine, or any powder or materials of which nitro-glycerine is an essential ingredient or forms a component part, or any other explosive within the distance of one thousand feet from any public road; and every person or corporation offending against the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars[.]

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1885 N.J. Laws 52, An Amendment to an Act to Prevent Vending, Using, or Exploding of Guns, Pistols, Toy Pistols, or Other Fire-Arms to or by Persons under the Age of Fifteen Years in this State, ch. 44, § 2.

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That it shall not be lawful to sell, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other fire-arms; or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pistol, toy pistol...

That it shall not be lawful to sell, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other fire-arms; or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other fire-arms; nor for any person under the age of fifteen years to carry, fire or use any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other fire-arms, except in the presence of his father or guardian, or for the purpose of military drill in accordance with the rules of a school.

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Mercer Beasley, Revision of the Statutes of New Jersey: Published under the Authority of the Legislature; by Virtue of an Act Approved April 4, 1871 Page 304, Image 350 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act Concerning Disorderly Persons, § 2. And whereas, diverse ill-disposed persons are frequently apprehended, having upon them implements for house-breaking, or offensive weapons, or are found in or upon houses, warehouses, stables, barns or ou...

An Act Concerning Disorderly Persons, § 2. And whereas, diverse ill-disposed persons are frequently apprehended, having upon them implements for house-breaking, or offensive weapons, or are found in or upon houses, warehouses, stables, barns or out-houses, areas of houses, coach-houses, smoke-houses, enclosed yards, or gardens belonging to houses (as well as places of public resort or assemblage), with intent to commit theft, misdemeanors or other offences; and although their evil purposes are thereby manifested, the power of the justices of the peace to demand of them sureties for their good behavior hath not been of sufficient effect to prevent them from carrying their evil purposes into execution; if any person shall be apprehended, having upon him or her any picklock, key, crow, jack, bit or other implement with an intent to break and enter into any building: or shall have upon him or her any pistol, hanger, cutlass, bludgeon, or other offensive weapon, with intent to assault any person; or shall be found in or near any dwelling house, warehouse, stable, barn, coach-house, smoke-house, or out-house, or in any enclosed yard or garden, or area belonging to any house, or in any place of public resort or assemblage for business, worship, amusement, or other lawful purposes with intent to steal any goods or chattels, then he or she shall be deemed and adjudged a disorderly person.

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Mercer Beasley, Revision of the Statutes of New Jersey: Published under the Authority of the Legislature; by Virtue of an Act Approved April 4, 1871 Page 91, Image 137 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act for the Protection of Bridges over the River Delaware, § 3. That it shall not be lawful for any person or persons passing riding or driving over any toll bridge, as aforesaid, to carry any lighted cigar or pipe, or to carry fire in any form...

An Act for the Protection of Bridges over the River Delaware, § 3. That it shall not be lawful for any person or persons passing riding or driving over any toll bridge, as aforesaid, to carry any lighted cigar or pipe, or to carry fire in any form, or to light any match, or cigar, or pipe, or to fire off any gun, or other fire arms, or to explode any fireworks of any description, on said bridge, or within its enclosures; or to engage in any game with cards or other device for money, or the value of money, or the value of money, or for pleasure, or to engage in any foot racing, or other racing; or to congregate upon such bridge so as, in any wise, to interfere or annoy persons travelling over the same, under the penalty of ten dollars for each and every such offence, to be recovered as aforesaid, with costs of suit against each and every person so offending.

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Mercer Beasley, Revision of the Statutes of New Jersey: Published under the Authority of the Legislature; by Virtue of an Act Approved April 4, 1871 Page 232-233, Image 278-279. (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes Against the Public Peace, If any person shall by word, message, letter, or any other way, challenge another to fight a duel, with a rapier, or small-sword, back-sword, pistol, or other dangerous weapon, or shall accept a challenge, although not ...

Crimes Against the Public Peace, If any person shall by word, message, letter, or any other way, challenge another to fight a duel, with a rapier, or small-sword, back-sword, pistol, or other dangerous weapon, or shall accept a challenge, although not duel be fought, or knowingly be the bearer of such challenge, or shall any way abet, prompt, encourage, persuade, seduce, or cause any person to fight a duel, or to challenge another to fight a duel, every person so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be punished by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisonment at hard labor not exceeding two years, or both; and further if any person shall engage in, and fight a duel with another, with a rapier, or small-sword, back-sword, pistol or other dangerous weapon, although death does not thereby ensue, or shall be a second in any such duel, then and in such case every person so offending shall be adjudged to be guilty of a high misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be punished by fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, or imprisonment at hard labor, not exceeding four years, or both; and shall not after such conviction, hold any office of profit or trust under this state.

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Mercer Beasley, Revision of the Statutes of New Jersey: Published under the Authority of the Legislature; by Virtue of an Act Approved April 4, 1871 Page 263, Image 309 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes, An Act Relating to the Transportation of Explosive and Dangerous Material, § 1. That if any person shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to any canal, railroad, steamboat, or other transportation company, or to any persons, firm, or cor...

Crimes, An Act Relating to the Transportation of Explosive and Dangerous Material, § 1. That if any person shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to any canal, railroad, steamboat, or other transportation company, or to any persons, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of transportation, any nitroglycerine, dualin, dynamite, gunpowder, mining or blasting powder, gun-cotton, phosphorous, friction matches, or other explosive or dangerous material of any nature whatsoever, under any false or deceptive invoice or description, or without previously informing such person, firm or corporation, in writing, of the true nature of such article, and without having the box, keg, barrel, can or package containing the same plainly marked with the name of the explosive or dangerous material therein contained, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to imprisonment for thirty days, and to pay a fine of one hundred dollars, and shall be responsible for all damages to persons or property directly or indirectly resulting from the explosion of any such article. § 2. That it shall and may be lawful for any officer or agent of any person, firm, or corporation, engaged in the business of transportation to require any package tendered for transportation, believed to contain explosive material, to be opened by the person delivering the same, and to refuse to receive any such package unless such requirements be complied with; and if such package be opened and found to contain such explosive or dangerous material, the said package and its contents shall be forthwith removed to any lawful place for the storing of gun-powder, and after conviction of the offender, or after three months from such removal, the said package, with its contents, shall be sold at public sale, after the expiration of ten days from notice of the time and place of such sale, published in one newspaper in the county where such seizure shall have been made; and the proceeds of such sale, after deducting therefrom the expenses of removal, storage, advertisement, and sale, shall be paid into the treasury of the said county; provided, however, that nothing in this act contained shall be construed to require common carriers to transport any such explosive or dangerous articles against their consent, nor to transport them otherwise than at such times, and under such regulations for safety to persons and property, as they may from time to time prescribe in relation thereto

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1874 N.J. Laws 137-38, An Act to Amend and Consolidate the Several Acts Relating to Game and Game Fish, ch. 525, § 4.

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That no person shall at any time kill any wild duck, brant, or goose with any device or instrument known as a swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such guns as are habitually raised at arms [sic] length and fired from the shoulder; or shall u...

That no person shall at any time kill any wild duck, brant, or goose with any device or instrument known as a swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such guns as are habitually raised at arms [sic] length and fired from the shoulder; or shall use any net, device, instrument, or gun other than such gun as aforesaid with intent to capture or kill any such wild duck or goose, under a penalty of fifty dollars.

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Ordinances of Jersey City, Passed By The Board Of Aldermen since May 1, 1871, under the Act Entitled “An Act to Re-organize the Local Government of Jersey City,” Passed March 31, 1871, and the Supplements Thereto Page 86- 87, Image 86-87 (1874) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Ordinance In Relation to the Carrying of Dangerous Weapons. The Mayor and Aldermen of Jersey City do ordain as follows: § 1. That with the exceptions made in the second section of this ordinance, no person shall, within the limits of Jersey Cit...

An Ordinance In Relation to the Carrying of Dangerous Weapons. The Mayor and Aldermen of Jersey City do ordain as follows: § 1. That with the exceptions made in the second section of this ordinance, no person shall, within the limits of Jersey City, carry, have or keep on his or her person concealed, any slung-shot, sand-club, metal knuckles, dirk or dagger not contained as a blade of a pocket knife, loaded pistol or other dangerous weapon. § 2. That policemen of Jersey City, when engaged in the performance of police duty, the sheriff and constables of the County of Hudson, and persons having permits, as hereinafter provided for, shall be and are excepted from the prohibitions of the first section of this ordinance. § 3. The Municipal Court of Jersey City may grant permits to carry any of the weapons named in the first section to such persons as should, from the nature of their profession, business or occupation, or from peculiar circumstances, be allowed so to do; and may, in granting such permits, impose such conditions and restrictions in each case as to the court shall seem proper. All applications for permits shall be made in open court, by the applicant in person, and in all cases the court shall require a written endorsement of the propriety of granting a permit from at least three reputable freeholders; nor shall any such permit be granted to any person until the court is satisfied that such person is temperate, of adult age, and capable of exercising self-control . Permits shall not be granted for a period longer than one year, and shall be sealed by the seal of the court. The possession of a permit shall not operate as an excuse unless the terms of the same are strictly complied with. In cases of emergency, permits may be granted by a single Justice of the Municipal Court, or by the Chief of Police, to be in force not longer than thirty days, but such permit shall not be renewable. §4. That no person shall, within the limits of Jersey City, carry any air gun or any sword cane. § 5. The penalty for a violation of this ordinance shall be a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, or imprisonment in the city prison not exceeding ten days, or both fine and imprisonment not exceeding the aforesaid amount and time, in the discretion of the court.

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1872 N.J. Laws 17, An Act for the Protection of Bridges over the Delaware, ch. 85, § 3.

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It shall not be lawful for any person or persons passing, riding or driving over any toll bridge, as aforesaid, to carry any lighted cigar or pipe, or to carry fire in any form, or to light any match, or cigar, or pipe, or to fire off any gun, or other...

It shall not be lawful for any person or persons passing, riding or driving over any toll bridge, as aforesaid, to carry any lighted cigar or pipe, or to carry fire in any form, or to light any match, or cigar, or pipe, or to fire off any gun, or other fire arms, or to explode any fireworks of any description, on said bridge, or within its enclosures[.]

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