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1874 Pa. laws 91, An Act To Regulate The Manner Of Increasing The Indebtedness of Municipalities To Provide For The Redemption Of The Same And To Impose Penalties For The Illegal Increase Thereof, § 31, cl. 5

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If any person . . . shall discharge any pistol, or gun, or any fire-arms on or near said bridges, he, she or they so offending shall forfeit and pay to the said company the sum of five dollars each. . .

1871 Pa. Laws 142, An Act To Incorporate The City Of Oil City, And To Provide For The Payment Of The Debt Of The Borough Of Oil City, § 20

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To pass ordinances providing for the punishment of discharging fire-arms of any description, rockets, gun-powder and fireworks in the streets of the city or in the immediate vicinity of anybuilding.

John C. McCombs, Charter of the City of Allegheny, A Collection of Special Acts of Assembly and Ordinances of the City, Appropriately Indexed : Also, an Appendix Containing the Various Acts of Assembly, Incorporating the Borough, Town and City of Allegheny, In Operation Previous to 1870, and Such Other Acts of Assembly and Ordinances, That may be of General Interest to Citizens Page 141, Image 141 (1870) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Allegheny, Fire Arms, Fire and Squibs, § 1. Any person who shall fire off, or discharge any gun, pistol, fowling piece, or other fire-arms, within the limits of the city of Allegheny, unless the same be in defense of per...

[Ordinances of the City of Allegheny, Fire Arms, Fire and Squibs, § 1. Any person who shall fire off, or discharge any gun, pistol, fowling piece, or other fire-arms, within the limits of the city of Allegheny, unless the same be in defense of person or property, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not less than $1.00 nor more than $4.00, upon conviction.]

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1868 Pa. Laws 321, An Act Supplementary to an Act to Incorporate the City of Corry . . . , § 2, pt. 6.

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To regulate, by ordinances . . . the storage, sale of gun powder, fire works and other inflammable or dangerous articles, and the location of refineries.

John Purdon, A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania, from the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Tenth Day of July, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Two Page 323, Image 444 (Vol. 1, 1873) The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the County of Schuylkil, Carrying Concealed Weapons, (Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania – Passed 1864), . . .§ 40.] Any person, within the limits of the county of Schuylkill, (b) who shall carry any fire-arms, slung-shot, dir...

[Ordinances of the County of Schuylkil, Carrying Concealed Weapons, (Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania – Passed 1864), . . .§ 40.] Any person, within the limits of the county of Schuylkill, (b) who shall carry any fire-arms, slung-shot, dirk-knife, or other deadly weapon, concealed upon his person, with the intent, therewith, unlawfully and maliciously, to do injury to any other person, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon the conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to undergo solitary confinement, at hard labor, in the prison of said county, for a period of not less than one month, nor more than one year, and pay a fine of not less than twenty-five, nor more than one hundred dollars, or either, or both, at the discretion of the court; and the jury trying the case may infer such intent, as aforesaid, from the fact of the said defendant carrying such weapon, in the manner as aforesaid.

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John Purdon, Esq A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania, from the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Tenth Day of July, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Two. Tenth Edition Vol. 2 Page 1051, Image 186 (Philadelphia, 1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Militia. § 102. A soldier who unnecessarily, or without order from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with ball, slug or shot, or so loads the same while on parade, or unnecessarily or without order fro...

Militia. § 102. A soldier who unnecessarily, or without order from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with ball, slug or shot, or so loads the same while on parade, or unnecessarily or without order from a superior officer, discharges the same, when going to, returning from, or upon parade, shall forfeit not more than twenty dollars, to the use of the brigade fund.

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John Purdon, A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania, from the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Twenty-First Day of May, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-One Page 250, Image 279 (1862) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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§ 6. If any person shall threaten the person of another to wound, kill or destroy him, or to do him any harm in person or estate, (b) and the person threatened shall appear before a justice of the peace, and attest, on oath or affirmation, that he...

§ 6. If any person shall threaten the person of another to wound, kill or destroy him, or to do him any harm in person or estate, (b) and the person threatened shall appear before a justice of the peace, and attest, on oath or affirmation, that he believes that by such threatening he is in danger of being hurt in body or estate, such person so threatening as aforesaid, shall be bound over, with one sufficient surety, to appear at the next sessions, (c) according to law, and in the meantime to be of his good behavior, and keep the peace toward all citizens of this commonwealth. (d) If any person, not being an officer on duty in the military or naval service of the state or of the United States shall go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword or pistol, or other offensive or dangerous weapon, without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury or violence to his family, person or property, he may, on complaint of any person having reasonable cause to fear a breach of the peace therefrom, be required to find surety of the peace as aforesaid.

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John Purdon, A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania, From the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Twenty-First Day of May, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-One, 250 (9th ed., Philadelphia 1862)

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“If any person, not being an officer on duty in the military or naval service of the state or of the United States, shall go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword or pistol, or other offensive or dangerous weapon, without reasonable cause to fear an a...

“If any person, not being an officer on duty in the military or naval service of the state or of the United States, shall go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword or pistol, or other offensive or dangerous weapon, without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury or violence . . . . (he shall be punished).

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Laws Relating to, and Ordinances of the Corporation of the Borough of Minersville Page 33, Image 33 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Ordinance Prohibiting the Carrying of Concealed Weapons in the Borough of Minersville, and for other Purposes, § 1. Be it ordained by the authority of the President and Town Council of the Borough of Minersville, and it is hereby ordained by au...

An Ordinance Prohibiting the Carrying of Concealed Weapons in the Borough of Minersville, and for other Purposes, § 1. Be it ordained by the authority of the President and Town Council of the Borough of Minersville, and it is hereby ordained by authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this ordinance, any person within the limits of said Borough of Minersville, who shall carry any fire arms, slung shot, or other deadly weapon concealed upon his person with the intent therewith unlawfully and willfully to injure any other person, shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this ordinance, and, upon conviction thereof before any magistrate, shall forfeit and pay to the use of said borough, the sum of five dollars, with all costs, to be collected as penalties of like amount are collected; and the magistrate before whom any such case is tried may infer such intent, as aforesaid, from the fact of the said defendant carrying such weapons in the manner aforesaid. § 2. Any person firing any gun or pistol within the said borough, shall, upon conviction thereof before any magistrate in said borough, forfeit and pay to the use of said borough, the sum of one dollar for the first offence, two dollars for the second offence, and five dollars for the third or any subsequent offence, to be collected, with costs, as provided in section first of this ordinance.

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John Purdon, Purdon’s Digest. A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania, from the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Twenty-Eighth Day of May, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-three Page 150, Image 182 (1853) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Concealed Weapons, § 1. Any person within the limits of the city and county of Philadelphia, who shall carry any fire-arms, slung-shot or other deadly weapon concealed upon his person, with the intent therewith unlawfully and maliciously to do inj...

Concealed Weapons, § 1. Any person within the limits of the city and county of Philadelphia, who shall carry any fire-arms, slung-shot or other deadly weapon concealed upon his person, with the intent therewith unlawfully and maliciously to do injury to any other person, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon the conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to undergo solitary confinement at hard labor in the prison of said county for a period of not less than one month, nor more than one year, at the discretion of the court; and the jury trying the case may infer such intent as aforesaid, from the fact of the said defendant carrying such weapons in the manner as aforesaid

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