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1893 Or. Laws 29-30, An Act to Punish the Pointing of Firearms at a Human Being, § 1.

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It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of sixteen years, with or without malice, purposely to point or aim any pistol, gun, revolver, or other firearm, within range of said firearm, either loaded or empty, at or toward any other person, excep...

It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of sixteen years, with or without malice, purposely to point or aim any pistol, gun, revolver, or other firearm, within range of said firearm, either loaded or empty, at or toward any other person, except in self-defense. And any person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail not less than ten days nor more than six months, or both.

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1893 Or. Laws 79, An Act to Prevent a Person from Trespassing upon Any Enclosed Premises or Lands Not His Own Being Armed with a Gun, Pistol, or Other Firearm, and to Prevent Shooting upon or Ffom the Public Highway, §§ 1-3.

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§ 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than an officer on lawful business, being armed with a gun, pistol, or other firearm, to go or trespass upon any enclosed premises or lands without the consent of the owner or possessor thereof. &sec...

§ 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than an officer on lawful business, being armed with a gun, pistol, or other firearm, to go or trespass upon any enclosed premises or lands without the consent of the owner or possessor thereof. § 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot upon or from the public highways. § 3. It shall be unlawful for any person, being armed with a gun or other firearm, to cause, permit or suffer any dog, accompanying such person, to go or enter upon any enclosed premises without the consent of the owner or possessor thereof; provided; that this section shall not apply to dogs in pursuit of deer or varmints.

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1885 Or. Laws 263-64, An Act to Incorporate the City of Junction and Repeal An Act Entitled “An Act to Incorporate the City of Junction;” approved October 20, 1872, § 6.

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[The] Mayor and common council . . . shall have exclusive power within the corporate limits of said city . . . to regulate . . . the discharge of firearms or other preparation of gunpowder or combustibles of any kind[.]

1885 Or. Laws 33, An Act to Prevent Persons from Carrying Concealed Weapons and to Provide for the Punishment of the Same, §§ 1-2.

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§ 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person in any manner whatever any revolver, pistol, or other fire-arm, or any knife (other than an ordinary pocket knife), or any dirk or dagger, slung-shot or metal knuckles, o...

§ 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person in any manner whatever any revolver, pistol, or other fire-arm, or any knife (other than an ordinary pocket knife), or any dirk or dagger, slung-shot or metal knuckles, or any instrument by the use of which injury could be inflicted upon the person or property of any other person. § 2. Any person violating any of the provisions of section one of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars nor more than two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than five days nor more than one hundred days, or by both fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.

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J.C. Moreland, Charter and Ordinances of the City of Portland and Table of Grades: Together with the Rules of Order, Reports of officers, etc. Page 207, Image 212 (1879) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances [of the City of Portland], Concerning Offenses and Disorderly Conduct, § 2. The City of Portland does ordain as follows... That any person or persons who shall fire any pistol, gun or rifle, or any other species of fire-arms, within the...

Ordinances [of the City of Portland], Concerning Offenses and Disorderly Conduct, § 2. The City of Portland does ordain as follows… That any person or persons who shall fire any pistol, gun or rifle, or any other species of fire-arms, within the corporate limits of the city, shall, on conviction thereof before the Police Court, be fined not less than five dollars nor more than fifty dollars: Provided, That all circumstances of necessity may be plead as a defense to the offense described in this section; and, provided further, that the Chief of Police may permit upon the national holidays and other days of public celebration any appropriate display of firearms named in this section.

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1878 Or. Laws 136, An Act to Incorporate the Town of Independence, in the County of Polk, and State of Oregon, § 4.

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[T]o regulate the storage of gunpowder and other combustible material, and the use of candles, lamps and other lights in shops, halls and other places[.]

Ordinances of the Town of Jacksonville, to Which Are Prefixed the Town Charter and Other Acts of the Legislature of Oregon Relating to Towns, Together with Amendments to the Charter and Ordinances Page 44-45, Image 45-46 (Jacksonville, 1876) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the Town of Jacksonville, For the Better Protection of the Cemetery, § 9. All persons are forbidden to shoot or fire off any gun within said cemetery enclosures, or put or turn loose any animal therein.

Charter of the City of Portland, Street and Fire Department Laws, Ordinances, Regulations &C. Page 225-227, Image 226-228 (1872) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Portland, To Regulate the Storage and Sale of Gunpowder, and Other Explosive Materials, § 1. No person shall keep for sale any gunpowder in any building, store or place in the City of Portland, without having first obtain...

Ordinances of the City of Portland, To Regulate the Storage and Sale of Gunpowder, and Other Explosive Materials, § 1. No person shall keep for sale any gunpowder in any building, store or place in the City of Portland, without having first obtained a license therefor. § 2. The license for selling gunpowder shall be five dollars per quarter, to be issued as other licenses are issued under the provisions of Ordinance 984, entitled “An Ordinance to impose and regulate licenses in the City of Portland.” § 3. No person shall receive, keep or store, or aid or assist any person in receiving, keeping or storing gunpowder in a larger quantity than five pounds, in or into any building, or upon any premises, unless the person receiving, keeping or storing the same is duly licensed to sell gunpowder. § 4. No person or persons duly authorized to sell gunpowder, as hereinbefore provided, shall keep, store, or have in any one place more than twenty five pounds of powder, which shall be kept in any air-tight metallic vessel marked with the word “Gunpowder,” in plain Roman letters, not less than three inches in height, and of proportionate width, which vessel shall be placed or kept at all times, conspicuously in view near the entrance of the premises where kept, and convenient for removal therefrom. § 5. Upon the front of every building or premises where powder is kept in a conspicuous place a sign with the word “gunpowder” painted thereon in Roman letters, not less than three inches in height. § 6. No person shall convey, cause to be conveyed, or assist in conveying in any vehicle and gunpowder, unless the same shall be securely packed in close packages, nor unless such packages shall be securely covered while on the vehicle. § 7. No vessel shall be allowed to remain at any wharf more than twenty-four hours with gunpowder on board, except such as may be kept for ship’s use, and if such vessel shall be at the wharf overnight, a watchman shall be kept on duty on board all night. All gunpowder landed or placed on a wharf, sidewalk, street or public way for forwarding or shipment shall be forwarded or shipped immediately after it shall be so landed or placed. § 8. The provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed to apply to “giant powder” “gun cotton” or any other explosive substance having an explosive power equal to that of ordinary gunpowder. § 9. Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this ordinance, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction before the Police Judge, shall be fined not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the city jail not less than two nor more than twenty days, or both, at the discretion of the Police Judge. § 10. The officers of the Fire Department and Police are directed to see that the provisions of this Ordinance are enforced, and to make complaint before the Police Judge for the violation of its provisions.

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1872 Or. Laws 26, An Act for the Protection of Game and Fish, § 6.

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It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, at any time, to place, or use, in any of the streams or rivers of this State, any drugs, charms, or powder, or to use any giant blasting or gun powder, or other explosive material, for the purpose of catc...

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, at any time, to place, or use, in any of the streams or rivers of this State, any drugs, charms, or powder, or to use any giant blasting or gun powder, or other explosive material, for the purpose of catching, killing or destroying fish; and any person violating the provision of this section, shall be fined twenty dollars for the first offence, double that sum for the second and treble that sum for the each succeeding offense, to which may be added imprisonment for any time not exceeding ninety days.

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1868 Or. Laws 18-19, An Act to Protect the Owners of Firearms, §§ 1-2.

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Whereas, the constitution of the United States, in article second of amendments to the constitution, declares that “the right to the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;” and the constitution for the state of Oregon, in arti...

Whereas, the constitution of the United States, in article second of amendments to the constitution, declares that “the right to the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;” and the constitution for the state of Oregon, in article first, section twenty-seven, declares that “the people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state;” therefore . . . § 1. Every white male citizen of this state above the age of sixteen years, shall be entitled to have, hold, and keep, for his own use and defense, the following firearms, to wit: either or any one of the following-named guns, and one revolving pistol: a rifle, shot-gun (double or single barrel), yager, or musket; the same to be exempt from execution, in all cases, under the laws of Oregon. § 2. No officer, civil or military, or other person, shall take from or demand of the owner any fire-arms mentioned in this act, except where the services of the owner are also required to keep the peace or defend the state.

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