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Samuel Ames, The Revised Statutes of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: To Which are Prefixed, The Constitutions of the United States and of the State Page 614, Image 629 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Discipline, Inspection, Etc. § 9. No non-commissioned officer or private shall unnecessarily, or without orders from his superior officer, come on to any place of parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot or other dang...

Discipline, Inspection, Etc. § 9. No non-commissioned officer or private shall unnecessarily, or without orders from his superior officer, come on to any place of parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot or other dangerous substance, or shall so load with same while on parade.

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Samuel Ames, The Revised Statutes of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: To Which are Prefixed, The Constitutions of the United States and of the State Page 204-205, Image 219-220 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Of Bowling-alleys, Billiard Tables and Shooting Galleries, § 2. Any person who shall keep any pistol gallery, rifle gallery or other building or enclosure where fire-arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot in the compact part of t...

Of Bowling-alleys, Billiard Tables and Shooting Galleries, § 2. Any person who shall keep any pistol gallery, rifle gallery or other building or enclosure where fire-arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot in the compact part of the city of Newport, shall be fined two hundred dollars for the first offence, and five hundred dollars for each subsequent offence. § 3. The town council of each town shall define the limits of the compact part of such town ; which limits shall be taken and deemed to comprehend the compact part of such town within the meaning of this chapter. . . § 7. . . and a tax not exceeding two hundred dollars per annum on any person who shall own or keep a pistol gallery, rifle gallery, or other building or enclosure referred to in the second section hereof.

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1851 R.I. Pub. Laws 9, An Act In Amendment Of An Act Entitled An Act Relating To Theatrical Exhibitions And Places Of Amusement, §§ 1-2

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§ 1. No pistol gallery, or rifle gallery, or any other building, or enclosure, where fire arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot, shall hereafter be kept in the compact part of the town of Newport, under a penalty of two hundred ...

§ 1. No pistol gallery, or rifle gallery, or any other building, or enclosure, where fire arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot, shall hereafter be kept in the compact part of the town of Newport, under a penalty of two hundred dollars for the first offence and five hundred dollars for every subsequent offense; to be recovered, to and for the use of the State, by indictment in any court proper to try the same. And the town council of said town is hereby authorized and directed to define the limits of the compact part of said town, which limits shall be taken and deemed, to all intents under this act, to comprehend the compact part of the town. § 2: The town council of said town is hereby authorized and required to assess, levy and collect a tax not exceeding two hundred dollars per annum on any person who shall own or keep a pistol gallery, rifle gallery, or other building or enclosure, referred to in the preceding section, which tax shall be collected and appropriated in the same manner as is provided in the fifth section of the act of which this is an amendment in regard to the tax therein mentioned.

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1851 R.I. Pub. Laws 9, An Act In Amendment Of An Act Entitled An Act Relating To Theatrical Exhibitions And Places Of Amusement, §§ 1 and 2

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§ 1. No pistol gallery or rifle gallery, or any other building or enclosure, where fire arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot, shall hereafter be kept in the compact part of the town of Newport, under a penalty of two hundr...

§ 1. No pistol gallery or rifle gallery, or any other building or enclosure, where fire arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot, shall hereafter be kept in the compact part of the town of Newport, under a penalty of two hundred dollars for the first offence and five hundred dollars for every subsequent offense.; to be recovered, to and for the use of the State, by indictment in any court proper to try the same. And the town council of said town is hereby authorized and directed to define the limits of the compact part of said town, which limits shall be taken and deemed, to all intents under this act, to comprehend the compact part of said town. § 2. The town council of said town is hereby authorized and required to assess, levy and collect a tax not exceeding two hundred dollars per annum on any person who shall own or keep a pistol gallery, rifle gallery, or other building or enclosure, referred to in the preceding section, which tax shall be collected and appropriated in the same manner as is provided in the fifth section of the act of which this is in amendment in regard to the tax therein mentioned.

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1844 R.I. Pub. Laws 501, An Act To Regulate The Militia, §§1, 45

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§ 1. Every able bodied white male citizen in this state, who is or shall be of the age of eighteen years, and not exceeding the age of forty-five years, excepting persons absolutely exempted by the provisions of this act, and idiots, lunatics, com...

§ 1. Every able bodied white male citizen in this state, who is or shall be of the age of eighteen years, and not exceeding the age of forty-five years, excepting persons absolutely exempted by the provisions of this act, and idiots, lunatics, common drunkards, paupers, vagabonds, an persons convicted of any infamous crime shall be enrolled in the militia . . . § 45. No officer, non-commissioned officer, or private, shall unnecessarily or without orders from his superior officer, come to any place of parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot or other dangerous substance, or shall so load the same while on parade.

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1843 R.I. Sess. Laws 13, An Act to Regulate The Militia, § 38

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No non-commissioned officer or private, shall unnecessarily, or without orders from his superior officer, come on to any place of parade, with his musket, rifle, or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot, or other dangerous substance, or shall so load t...

No non-commissioned officer or private, shall unnecessarily, or without orders from his superior officer, come on to any place of parade, with his musket, rifle, or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot, or other dangerous substance, or shall so load the same while on parade.

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1838 R.I. Pub. Laws 3-5 (Jan. Sess.), An Act Concerning Crimes and Punishments.

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§ 6. Every person who shall be convicted of voluntarily engaging in a duel, with any dangerous weapon, to the hazard of life, shall be imprisoned not exceeding seven years, nor less than one year. § 7. Every person who shall be convicted of c...

§ 6. Every person who shall be convicted of voluntarily engaging in a duel, with any dangerous weapon, to the hazard of life, shall be imprisoned not exceeding seven years, nor less than one year. § 7. Every person who shall be convicted of challenging another to fight a duel with any with any dangerous weapon to the hazard of life, and every person who shall be convicted of accepting any challenge to fight such duel, though no duel be fought, shall be imprisoned not exceeding seven years nor less than one year. § 8. Every person, being an inhabitant of or resident of this state, who shall fight a duel without the jurisdiction of this state, by previous appointment or engagement made within the same, and in such duel shall inflict a mortal wound upon any person, whereof the person so injured shall afterward die within this state, shall be deemed guilty of murder within this state, and may be indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced in the county in which such death shall happen.

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The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Providence, with the Acts of the General Assembly Relating to the City Page 60, Image 61 (1835) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Providence, Fire-arms. An Ordinance in Relation to the Firing of Guns, Pistols and other Fire-arms. § 1. No person shall fire any gun, pistol, rifle or other fire-arm, in any street or lane, or on any public wharf, or on ...

Ordinances of the City of Providence, Fire-arms. An Ordinance in Relation to the Firing of Guns, Pistols and other Fire-arms. § 1. No person shall fire any gun, pistol, rifle or other fire-arm, in any street or lane, or on any public wharf, or on any public lands within said city, after sunrise and before sunset. § 2. Any person who shall violate any provision in the foregoing section contained, shall forfeit and pay the sum of not less than two dollars nor more than twenty dollars. § 3. No person shall open, keep, or maintain, or permit to be opened, kept, or maintained upon premises owned or occupied by him, within the distance of two hundred feet from any street, highway, gangway, or open way over which the inhabitants of this city pass or may freely pass, within the limits of the city, any pistol gallery, or room, or place for the purpose of testing or firing any pistol, rifle, musket, or other fire-arm, without using all such precautions against damage or accidents, as the city marshal may direct; and every person so transgressing shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars. § 4. Every person who shall open, keep, or maintain or permit to be opened, kept, or maintained, any place as aforesaid, after the city marshal shall have given directions as aforesaid, without using the prescribed precautions, shall for every three days during which he shall neglect to use such precautions, be deemed guilty of a violation of the third section of this ordinance and shall be fined accordingly.

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The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Providence, with the Acts of the General Assembly Relating to the City Page 60, Image 61 (1835) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Prevent the Firing of Guns within Certain Limits, § 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That if any person shall fire or discharge any musket, rifle, fowling piece, blunderbuss or other sm...

An Act to Prevent the Firing of Guns within Certain Limits, § 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That if any person shall fire or discharge any musket, rifle, fowling piece, blunderbuss or other small arms, not being at the time under military duty, within the following limits viz: the whole city of Providence, excepting the public waters and public rivers therein; also such parts of the town of Cranston and Johnston as are contained with the following limits to wit: beginning in Pawtuxet road at the Providence line, thence running Southerly on said Pawtuxet road, until it comes to a cross road heading to Cranston . . . , except upon land owned or occupied by him, or except on other days than the first day of the week, by permission of the owner or occupant of the land, on, and into which he may shoot, he shall pay as a fine the sum of five dollars for the first offence, and ten dollars for every subsequent offence; to be recovered by action of debt before any justice of the peace within the county in which said offence may be committed, by any person who may sue for the same with cost of suit. § 2. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this Act contained, shall affect the right of any person who may sustain damages by the offence aforesaid, to sue for and recover the same; and all prosecutions under this Act, shall be commenced within thirty days of the commission of the alleged offence, and not afterwards.

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The Charter of the City of Newport, R. I., and the Special State Laws Relating Thereto, Together with the Ordinances for the Government of the City.Page 39, Image 40 (1858) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Newport. Gunpowder--Firemen. § 11. And be it further enacted, That no person whosoever shall fire a gun or other fire-works within one hundred yards of the said powder-house, upon the penalty of two dollars for every such...

Ordinances of the City of Newport. Gunpowder–Firemen. § 11. And be it further enacted, That no person whosoever shall fire a gun or other fire-works within one hundred yards of the said powder-house, upon the penalty of two dollars for every such offence, to be recovered by the town treasurer for the use of said town.

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