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Laws of the City of Johnstown, Pa., Embracing City Charter, Act of Assembly of May 23, 1889, for the Government of Cities of the Third Class, General and Special Ordinances, Rules of Select and Common Councils and Joint Sessions Page 86, Image 86 (1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Ordinance for the Security of Persons and Property of the Inhabitants of the City of Johnstown; The preservation of the Public Peace and Good Order of the City, and Prescribing Penalties for Offenses Against the Same, § 12. No person shall willfully carry concealed upon his or her person any pistol, razor, dirk or bowie-knife, black jack, or handy billy, or other deadly weapon, and any person convicted of such offense shall pay a fine of not less than five dollars or more than fifty dollars with costs.




Laws of the City of Johnstown, Pa., Embracing City Charter, Act of Assembly of May 23, 1889, for the Government of Cities of the Third Class, General and Special Ordinances, Rules of Select and Common Councils and Joint Sessions Page 84, Image 84 (1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

General Ordinances [of Johnstown, PA]; General Ordinance No. 2, An Ordinance Providing for the Security of Persons and Property of the Inhabitants of the City of Johnstown; the Preservation of the Public Peace and Good Order of the City, and Prescribing Penalties for Offenses Against the Same, § 2. Any person who shall on any public street, alley, square, or public grounds, within the limits of the city, willfully discharge any gun or firearm – excepting in necessary defense of self or property – or shall wantonly throw any metal, stone, brick, bullet, or other missile, or who shall willfully explode any torpedo, bomb, fire-cracker, or fire-works in any place on either public or private grounds, or on the street corners or alleys, shall upon conviction pay a fine of not less than one dollar or more than fifty dollars with costs.




Ordinances of the Borough of Shamokin, Pa. Page 71-72, Image 78-79 (1896) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the Borough of Shamokin, PA, An Ordinance Regulating the Storage of Coal, Oil, Benzene and Other Inflammable Oils and Regulating the Hauling and Storage of Gun Powder and other Explosives in the Borough of Shamokin, § 3. That no person shall convey or cause to be conveyed through any of the streets, lanes or alleys of the Borough in any cart, wagon or other vehicle, at any one time, any greater quantity of gun powder, blasting powder, or other explosives than twenty five pounds without a sheet of canvass under, around and over the same sufficient to prevent it from being scattered from the said cart, wagon or vehicle, or being ignited by sparks or otherwise under the penalty of forfeiture of the said gun powder, blasting powder or other explosive, and for every such offense the person so offending upon conviction thereof before the Chief Burgess or any Justice of the Peace within the Borough shall pay a fine of not less than One Dollar nor more than Ten Dollars to be collected as penalties of like amount are not by law collectible. § 4. No person or persons, firm or corporation, shall keep, in any house, store, cellar, shop, shed, yard or other place within the borough a greater quantity of gun powder, blasting powder or other explosive at any one time than two kegs thereof under a penalty of not less than One Dollar nor more than Ten Dollars for every keg of powder or other explosive so kept over and above two kegs as above mentioned except in stone buildings erected for that purpose not less than two hundred yards from any other building or public road.




Annual Message of the Mayor and Annual Reports of the City Controller, Commissioners of the Water and Lighting Department, City Engineer, Building Inspector, Sanitary Committee, Chief of Police, Superintendent of the fire and Police Alarm Telegraph, Chief Engineer of the Fire Department and Ordinances Passed and approved During the Session of 1895, of the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania., for the Year 1895 Page 180, Image 190 (Vol. 2, 1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources

Ordinances of Harrisburg, PA: An Ordinance Prohibiting the use of bow guns, air guns, cattys and sling shots, the playing of shinny or golf in the city of Harrisburg. § 1. Be it ordained by the Select and Common Councils of the city of Harrisburg, and it is hereby ordained by authority of the same, That any person who shall discharge any bow guns, air guns, sling shots, or play the game of catty, shinny or golf or any device dangerous to person or property, shall upon conviction thereof before the mayor or any alderman be fined not less than two nor more than twenty dollars, and in default of payment thereof be imprisoned not exceeding five days. § 3. That any person or persons found in possession of any bow gun, air gun, sling shot, or any device the use of which is dangerous to person or property, shall upon conviction thereof, before the mayor or any alderman, be subject to the same penalty as though discovered in the act of using the same.




Ordinances of Tyrone Borough, Pennsylvania Page 35, Image 41 (1893) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[Ordinances of Tyrone, PA,] Ordinance No. 51, Fire Arms, § 1. That from and after the passage of this Ordinance it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any gun, pistol, or other fire arm (in or upon any of the streets or alleys) within the limits of the borough of Tyrone. §2. Any person violating the provisions of this Ordinance, shall, upon conviction before the Burgess, be subject to a fine of not less than one ($1) dollar nor more than fifty ($50) dollars at the discretion of the Burgess, and in default of payment thereof be confined in the lock-up not exceeding forty-eight (48) hours.




A Revised Edition of Acts of Assembly and Ordinances Relating to the Borough of Gettysburg, Together with a Brief History of the Town from Its Foundation to the Present Time, 1887. Revised Edition Page 62-63, Image 63-64 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the City of Gettysburg, Keeping Powder or Gun Cotton for Sale, § 9. That no person shall keep or have in their possession or cause to be kept within said borough, rock or gun powder, gun or explosive cotton, or other combustible matter likely to prove dangerous, unless the same is preserved carefully and without danger to the citizens in a safe magazine constructed and used solely for that purpose and at a distance of at least 500 feet from any dwelling, and the person offending against this section shall, upon conviction before the burgess or any Justice of the Peace, pay a fine and penalty of twenty dollars. To be collected as all such fines are now by law collectible.




John Purdon, A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania: From the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Sixth Day of July, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-Three.11th Edition Page 423-424, Image 472-473 (Vol. 1, 1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Crimes, Carrying and Sale of Explosives, § 113. Any person who shall knowingly and willfully sell or cause to be sold to any person under sixteen years of age, any cannon, revolver, pistol or other such deadly weapon, or who shall knowingly and willfully sell, or cause to be sold, to any such minor, any imitation or toy cannon, revolver or pistol so made, constructed or arranged as to be capable of being loaded with gunpowder or other explosive substance, cartridges, shot, slugs or balls and being exploded, fired off and discharged, and thereby become a dangerous or deadly weapon, or who shall knowingly and willfully sell, or cause to be sold to any such minor, any cartridge, gunpowder or other dangerous and explosive substance, shall in every such case, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars.




Act of June 10, 1881, § 1

makes any person, “who shall knowingly and willfully sell or cause to be sold, to any person under sixteen years of age, any cannon, revolver, pistol or other such deadly weapon, … shall, in every such case, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars.”




1876 Pa. Laws 105, An Act To Amend And Consolidate The Several Acts Relating To Game And Game Fish, § 4

No person shall, at any time, kill any wild duck or goose with any device or instrument known as a swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such guns as habitually are raised at arm’s 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 ten dollars.




John Purdon A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania, from the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Sixth Day of June, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-Three. 11th Edition Vol. 2 Page 1451, Image 453 (Philadelphia, 1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Railroads. Inclined-Plane Railways. § 194. If any person shall break, pull down or destroy any part or parts of said inclined plane, or other property of the said corporation, or shall willfully obstruct the passage in or to said inclined plane, or any part or parts thereof, each such person shall forfeit and pay to the said corporation the sum of ten dollars for each and every such offence, to be recovered as other debts of a like amount are recoverable; and if any person shall be guilty of carrying a lighted cigar or pipe, or carrying fire into the station-houses and buildings of the corporation, in any manner except in a lantern, or shall discharge any pistol or gun, or any fire-works in or near the building of the said company; each one so offending shall forfeit and pay the said corporation the sum of five dollars for every such offence, to be recovered in like manner as aforesaid; but no suit shall be brought for any of the aforesaid offences unless commenced within thirty days after it shall be known who committed said offences; and he, she or they shall remain liable to action at the suit of the corporation for any of the wrongs enumerated in this clause, if the sums herein mentioned be not sufficient to repair or satisfy the damage.