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1931 N. D. Laws 305-06, An Act to Prohibit the Possession, Sale and Use of Machine Guns, Sub-Machine Guns, or Automatic Rifles and Defining the Same . . . , ch. 178, §§ 1-2.

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§ 1. The term “machine gun, sub-machine gun or automatic rifle” as used in this act shall be construed to mean a weapon mechanism or instrument not requiring the trigger be pressed for each shot and having a reservoir, belt or other me...

§ 1. The term “machine gun, sub-machine gun or automatic rifle” as used in this act shall be construed to mean a weapon mechanism or instrument not requiring the trigger be pressed for each shot and having a reservoir, belt or other means of storing and carrying ammunition which can be loaded into the said weapon, mechanism or instrument and fired therefrom at a rate of five or more shots to the second. § 2. Any person who shall sell, give, loan, furnish or deliver any machine gun, sub-machine gun, automatic rifle of a caliber larger than twenty-two, or a bomb loaded with explosives or poisonous or dangerous gases to another person, or any person who shall purchase, have or possess any machine gun, sub-machine gun¸ automatic rifle, or a caliber larger than twenty-two or a bomb loaded with explosives or poisonous or dangerous gases, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state penitentiary not to exceed ten years, or by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars, or both. Provided, that the provisions of this act shall not apply to any person who has procured and possesses a license to purchase, sell, have or possess a machine gun, sub-machine gun, automatic rifle, of a caliber larger than twenty-two, or bomb loaded with explosives or poisonous or dangerous gases, as hereinafter provided for, nor to the authorized agents and servants of such licensee or to the officers and members of any duly authorized military organization, nor to the officers and members of the police force of any municipality, nor to any Sheriff, deputy sheriff, nor any other officer having police powers under the laws of the State.

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1925 N.D. Laws 216–17, Pistols and Revolvers, ch. 174, § 2.

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§ 2 Committing Crime When Armed. If any person shall commit, or attempt to commit, a crime when armed with a pistol or revolver, and has no permit to carry the same, he may be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten years, in addition to th...

§ 2 Committing Crime When Armed. If any person shall commit, or attempt to commit, a crime when armed with a pistol or revolver, and has no permit to carry the same, he may be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten years, in addition to the punishment provided for the crime. Such imprisonment, if not exceeding one year, to be in the County jail, and if exceeding one year to be in the State Penitentiary.

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1923 N.D. Laws 380, Pistols and Revolvers, ch. 266, § 6.

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Sec. 6. Carrying Pistol Concealed. No person shall carry a pistol or revolver concealed in any vehicle or in any package, satchel, grip, suit case or carry in any way or upon his person, except in his dwelling house or place of business, without a lice...

Sec. 6. Carrying Pistol Concealed. No person shall carry a pistol or revolver concealed in any vehicle or in any package, satchel, grip, suit case or carry in any way or upon his person, except in his dwelling house or place of business, without a license therefor as hereinafter provided. Violations of this section shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year, and upon conviction the pistol or revolver shall be confiscated or destroyed.

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1923 N.D. Laws 380, Pistols and Revolvers, ch. 266, § 5.

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Sec. 5. Aliens and Criminals Must Not Possess Arms. No unnaturalized foreign-born person and no person who has been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or against the Government of the United States or of any State or subdiv...

Sec. 5. Aliens and Criminals Must Not Possess Arms. No unnaturalized foreign-born person and no person who has been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or against the Government of the United States or of any State or subdivision thereof, shall own or have in his possession or under his control, a pistol or revolver. Violations of this section shall be punished by imprisonment for not to exceed five years.

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1923 N.D. Laws 380, Pistols and Revolvers, ch. 266, § 2.

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Sec. 2. Commiting Crime When Armed. If any person shall commit or attempt to commit a crime when armed with a pistol or revolver, and having no permit to carry the same, he shall be in addition to the punishment provided for the crime, be punished by i...

Sec. 2. Commiting Crime When Armed. If any person shall commit or attempt to commit a crime when armed with a pistol or revolver, and having no permit to carry the same, he shall be in addition to the punishment provided for the crime, be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten years.

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1923 N.D. Laws 381, Pistols and Revolvers, ch. 266, § 9.

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Sec. 9. Selling to Minors. Any person or persons who shall sell, barter, hire, lend or give to any minor under the age of eighteen years any pistol or revolver shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall upon conviction thereof be fined not less...

Sec. 9. Selling to Minors. Any person or persons who shall sell, barter, hire, lend or give to any minor under the age of eighteen years any pistol or revolver shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall upon conviction thereof be fined not less than $100, nor more than $1,000, or be imprisoned not less than three months, nor more than one year, or both.

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1923 N.D. Laws 380–81, Pistols and Revolvers, ch. 266, § 8.

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Sec. 8. Issue of Licenses to Carry. The justice of a court of record, the chief of police of a city or town and the sheriff of a county, or persons authorized by any of them shall upon the application of any person having a bonafide residence or place ...

Sec. 8. Issue of Licenses to Carry. The justice of a court of record, the chief of police of a city or town and the sheriff of a county, or persons authorized by any of them shall upon the application of any person having a bonafide residence or place of business within the jurisdiction of said licensing authority, or of any person having a bona fide residence or place of business within the United States and license to carry a fire arm concealed upon his person issued by the authorities of any State or sub-division of the United States, issue a license to such person to carry a pistol or revolver within this State for not more than one year from date of issue, if it appears that the applicant has good reason to fear an injury to his person or property or for any other proper purpose, and that he is a suitable person to be so licensed . . .

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1921 N.D. Laws 173, An Act to Prohibit Intoxicating Liquors and Beverages and Property Intended for Manufacture of Same; Prohibiting the Transportation of Liquor . . . , ch. 97, § 13.

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Provided, however, that if the evidence in such case convinces the court that the person convicted of transporting intoxicating liquors in violation of this Act, was in charge of and used any wagon, buggy, automobile, water or aircraft, or other vehicl...

Provided, however, that if the evidence in such case convinces the court that the person convicted of transporting intoxicating liquors in violation of this Act, was in charge of and used any wagon, buggy, automobile, water or aircraft, or other vehicle or conveyance not owned by him, or without permission of the owner, or when such vehicle or conveyance so sued was mortgaged property, or if there be in or upon such conveyance so used or upon any person therein any firearms, or guns, he shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than six months and not more than five years.

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1919 N.D. Laws 173, § 8.

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Section 51 . . . is hereby amended . . . Any person traveling in any manner in any part of this state off the public highway, outside the immediate bounds of the inhabited parts of any village, town or city in possession of any kind of a shot gun, with...

Section 51 . . . is hereby amended . . . Any person traveling in any manner in any part of this state off the public highway, outside the immediate bounds of the inhabited parts of any village, town or city in possession of any kind of a shot gun, with or without a dog or dogs commonly used or kept for the purposes of hunting any game birds mentioned in this Act, from the first day of July to the fifteenth day of September (both inclusive) each year, shall be presumed to have violated or attempted to so violate the provisions of this Act as to unlawful hunting, shooting or taking of game birds, as mentioned in this Act, the hunting, taking, or shooting of which is prohibited during said time.

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1915 N.D. Laws 225, An Act Relating to Game and Fish . . . , ch. 161, § 67.

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It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a citizen of the United States or who has not declared his intention to become such, to hunt, shoot, capture, take, kill, trap, snare or in any manner destroy, wound or maim any wild bird or animal . . . e...

It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a citizen of the United States or who has not declared his intention to become such, to hunt, shoot, capture, take, kill, trap, snare or in any manner destroy, wound or maim any wild bird or animal . . . except in defense of person or property; and to that end it shall be unlawful for any person who is not a citizen of the United States or who has not declared his intention to become such, to either own or be possessed of a shot gun or rifle of any make. Each and every person violating any provision of this Section shall upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars, nor more than fifty dollars and costs of prosecution, or to serve not less than ten days nor more than thirty days in the county jail, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court; provided that in addition to the before-named penalty, all guns of the before mentioned kinds found in the possession or under the control of such persons not citizens of the United States . . . shall upon conviction of such person, or upon his signing a declaration of guilt, be declared forfeited to the State of North Dakota and shall be sold as provided in this Act.

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