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1911 N.Y. Laws 442-43, An Act to Amend the Penal Law, in Relation to the Sale and Carrying of Dangerous Weapons. ch. 195, §1.

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Section . . . eighteen hundred and ninety-seven . . . [is] hereby amended to read as follows: § 1897. Carrying and use of dangerous weapons. A person who attempts to use against another, or who carries, or possesses any instrument or weapon of the...

Section . . . eighteen hundred and ninety-seven . . . [is] hereby amended to read as follows: § 1897. Carrying and use of dangerous weapons. A person who attempts to use against another, or who carries, or possesses any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slunghsot, billy, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles or bludgeon, or who with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, carries or possesses a dagger, dirk, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, or any other dangerous or deadly instrument or weapon, is guilty of a felony. Any person under the age of sixteen years, who shall have, carry, or have in his possession, any of the articles named or described in the last section, which is forbidden therein to offer, sell, loan, lease or give to him, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. . . . Any person over the age of sixteen years, who shall have or carry concealed upon his person in any city, village, or town of this state, any pistol, revolver, or other firearm without a written license therefor, theretofore issued to him by a police magistrate of such city or village, or by a justice of the peace of such town, or in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance of such city, village or town, shall be guilty of a felony.

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1900 N.Y. Laws 1174, An Act to Amend the Penal Code, Relative to the Manufacture of Gunpowder and Other Explosives, ch. 494, § 1.

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Keeping gunpowder unlawfully. – A person who makes or keeps gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, or any other explosive or combustible material, within a city or village, or carries such materials through the streets thereof, in a quantity or manner prohi...

Keeping gunpowder unlawfully. – A person who makes or keeps gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, or any other explosive or combustible material, within a city or village, or carries such materials through the streets thereof, in a quantity or manner prohibited by law or by ordinance of the city or village, is guilty of a misdemeanor. A person who manufactures gunpowder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, liquid or compressed air or gases, except acetylene gas and other gases used for illuminating purposes, naptha, gasoline, benzine [sic] or any explosive articles or compounds or manufactures ammunition, fireworks or other articles of which such substance are component parts in a cellar, room or apartment of a tenement or dwelling house or any building occupied in whole or in party by persons or families for living purposes, is guilty of a misdemeanor. And a person who, by the careless, negligent, or unauthorized use or management of gunpowder or other explosive substance, injures or occasions the injury of the person or property of another, is punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years. Any person or persons who shall knowingly present, attempt to present, or cause to be presented or offered for shipment to any railroad, steamboat, steamship, express or other company engaged as common carrier of passengers or freight, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, powder or other explosives dangerous to life or limb, without revealing the true nature of said explosives or substance so offered or attempted to be offered to the company or carrier to which it shall be presented, shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding one thousand dollars and not less than three hundred dollars, or imprisonment in a state prison for not less than one nor more than five years, or be subject to both such fine and imprisonment.

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1900 N.Y. Laws 459, An Act to Amend Section Four Hundred and Nine of the Penal Code, Relative to Dangerous Weapons, ch. 222, § 1.

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Making, et cetera, dangerous weapons. – A person who manufactures, or causes to be manufactured, or sells or keeps for sale, or offers, or gives, or disposes of any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slunghsot, billy, sand-club or ...

Making, et cetera, dangerous weapons. – A person who manufactures, or causes to be manufactured, or sells or keeps for sale, or offers, or gives, or disposes of any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slunghsot, billy, sand-club or metal knuckes, or who, in any city or incorporated village in this state, without the written consent of the police magistrate, sells or gives any pisol or other firearm, to any person under the age of eighteen years or without a like consent sells or gives away any air-gun, or spring-gun, or other instrument or weapon in which the propelling force is a spring or air to any person under ht age of twelve years, or who sells or gives away any instrument or weapon commonly known as a toy pistol, in or upon which any loaded or blank cartridges are used or may be used, to any person under the age of sixteen years, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1900 N.Y. Laws 26, An Act for the Protection of the Forests, Fish and Game of the State, Constituting Chapter Thirty-One of the General Laws, ch. 20, ch. 31, pt. 1, art. 2, § 21.

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Manner of killing. – Web-footed wild fowl shall not be taken except with a gun fired at arms length without rest. They shall not be fired at from a boat propelled otherwise than by hand or from any boughhouse or floating device used to conceal th...

Manner of killing. – Web-footed wild fowl shall not be taken except with a gun fired at arms length without rest. They shall not be fired at from a boat propelled otherwise than by hand or from any boughhouse or floating device used to conceal the hunter if more than fifty feet from shore, or a natural growth of grass or flags. Fowl taken in violation of law shall not be brought ashore, sold or possessed.

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1900 N.Y. Laws 754-56, An Act to Revise, Amend and Consolidate the Several Acts Relating to the Village of Oswego Falls, in the County of Oswego and to Repeal Certain Acts in Relation Thereto, ch. 338, art. 3, § 32, pt. 12.

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Village Ordinances – The board of trustees has power to enact, amend and repeal ordinances for the following purposes. . . 12. Fire works and firearms – To regulate or prevent the discharge of firearms, rockets, gunpowder or other explosives, or the m...

Village Ordinances – The board of trustees has power to enact, amend and repeal ordinances for the following purposes. . . 12. Fire works and firearms – To regulate or prevent the discharge of firearms, rockets, gunpowder or other explosives, or the making of bon-fires.

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Rules, By-Laws and Ordinances of the Village of Wappingers Falls. Adopted September 13, 1898 Page 34, Image 32.(Wappingers Falls, 1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources..

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Ordinances of Wappinger Falls. Park Ordinances. § 1. No person or persons shall fire or discharge any gun or pistol or other firearm, or any rocket torpedo, or other fireworks of any description, nor send up any balloon, nor throw stones or missiles, nor...

Ordinances of Wappinger Falls. Park Ordinances. § 1. No person or persons shall fire or discharge any gun or pistol or other firearm, or any rocket torpedo, or other fireworks of any description, nor send up any balloon, nor throw stones or missiles, nor play ball within the limits of Mesier Park, without the permission obtained of the Park Commissioners at a meeting of the Board.

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1891 N.Y. Laws 129, 177, An Act to Revise the Charter of the City of Buffalo, ch. 105, tit. 7, ch. 2, § 209.

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No person other than members of the police force, regularly elected constables, the sheriff of Erie county, and his duly appointed deputies, shall, in the city, carry concealed upon or about his person, any pistol or revolver, or other dangerous weapon or...

No person other than members of the police force, regularly elected constables, the sheriff of Erie county, and his duly appointed deputies, shall, in the city, carry concealed upon or about his person, any pistol or revolver, or other dangerous weapon or weapons, without first obtaining a permit, as hereinbefore provided; and such permit shall be produced and exhibited by any person holding the same, upon the request of a member of the police force. A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be a misdemeanor and punishable as such; and all fines imposed and collected for such violations shall be deposited to the credit of said pension fund by the clerk of the court imposing the same.

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Mark Ash, The New York City Consolidation Act, as in Force in 1891: With Notes Indicating the Statutory Sources, References to Judicial Decisions, and All Laws Relating to New York City, Passed Since January 1, 1882, Together with an Appendix of the Royal English Colonial Charters of New York City Page 209, Image 233 (Vol. 1, 1891) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of New York, § 455. No person shall manufacture, have, keep, sell, or give away any gunpowder, blasting powder, gun-cotton, niro-glycerine, dualin, or any explosive oils or compounds, within the corporate limits of the city ...

Ordinances of the City of New York, § 455. No person shall manufacture, have, keep, sell, or give away any gunpowder, blasting powder, gun-cotton, niro-glycerine, dualin, or any explosive oils or compounds, within the corporate limits of the city of New York, except in the quantities limited, in the manner, and upon the conditions herein provided, and under such regulations as the board of fire commissioners shall prescribe : and said board shall make suitable provision for the storage and safe keeping of gunpowder and other dangerous and explosive compounds or articles enumerated under this title, beyond the interior line of low water-mark in the city and county of New York. The said board may issue licenses to persons desiring to sell gunpowder or any of the articles mentioned under this section at retail, at a particular place in said city to be named in said license (provided that the same shall not be in a building used in any part thereof as a dwelling unless specially authorized by said license), and persons so licensed may on their premises, if actually kept for sale, persons so licensed may have on their premises, if actually kept for sale, a quantity not exceeding at any one time, of nitro-glycerine, five pounds; of gun-cotton, five pounds of gunpowder, fourteen pounds; blasting powder, twenty-five pounds. . .

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Charter and Ordinances of the City of Syracuse: Together with the Rules of the Common Council, the Rules and Regulations of the Police and Fire Departments, and the Civil Service Regulations Page 215, Image 216 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Offenses Against the Public Peace and Quiet,] § 7. Any person who shall carry about his or her person any dirk, bowie knife, sword or spear cane, pistol, revolver, slung shot, jimmy, brass knuckles, or other deadly or unlawful weapon, or shall use any d...

[Offenses Against the Public Peace and Quiet,] § 7. Any person who shall carry about his or her person any dirk, bowie knife, sword or spear cane, pistol, revolver, slung shot, jimmy, brass knuckles, or other deadly or unlawful weapon, or shall use any deadly or unlawful weapon, with intent to do bodily harm to any person, shall be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars, or to imprisonment in the penitentiary of the county for not less than thirty days nor longer than three months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

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George R. Donnan, Annotated Code of Criminal Procedure and Penal Code of the State of New York as Amended 1882-5. Fourth Edition Page 298, Image 824 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Limit the Carrying and Sale of Pistols and other fire arms in the cities of this state. Chap. 375, § 1. No person under the age of eighteen years shall have, carry or have in his possession in any public street, highway or place in any o...

An Act to Limit the Carrying and Sale of Pistols and other fire arms in the cities of this state. Chap. 375, § 1. No person under the age of eighteen years shall have, carry or have in his possession in any public street, highway or place in any of the cities of this state, any pistol or other firearms of any kind, and no person shall in such cities sell or give any pistol or other fire-arms to any person under such age. § 2. Any person violating any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and in all trials or examinations for said offense the appearance of the person so alleged or claimed to be under the age of eighteen years shall be evidence to the magistrate or jury as to the age of such person. § 3. Nothing herein contained shall apply to the regular and ordinary transportation of pistols or fire-arms as articles of merchandise in said cities, or to the carrying of a gun or rifle through a street or highway of any city, with the intent to use the same outside the said city; nor to any person under such age carrying an pistol or firearms under license given by the mayor of said cities; but no license so given shall be in force more than one year from its date; and all such licenses may be revoked at the pleasure of the mayor, and a full complete and public record shall be kept by the mayor of said cities of all such licenses and the terms and date thereof.

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