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Chapter XII, Article III: Offenses Affecting Public Safety, undated, reprinted in Digest of the Acts Repealing the Charters of Certain Municipal Corporations…and the Ordinances of the Taxing District of Shelby County, Tennessee 188, 189 (C.W. Heiskell ed., 1882).

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It shall be deemed a misdemeanor to do, or cause to be done, any of the following acts; and any person convicted thereof shall be fined not less than one nor more than fifty dollars: . . . Subsec. 8. To discharge any firearm within the Taxing Distri...

It shall be deemed a misdemeanor to do, or cause to be done, any of the following acts; and any person convicted thereof shall be fined not less than one nor more than fifty dollars:

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Subsec. 8. To discharge any firearm within the Taxing District, unless in self-defense, or wile executing some law.

Subsec. 9. To carry concealed on or about the person any pistol, bowie-knife, dirk or other deadly weapon. Or to carry any pistol, slung-shot, dangerous knife, or any other deadly weapon of like character at all or in any manner, except in self-defense or while executing some law, or to carry through the streets or other public place in the District, any loaded gun.

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1931 Tenn. Priv. Acts 1089,  vol. 2, An Act to Be Entitled, “An Act to Incorporate the City of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee . . . ,” ch. 429, art. 3, § 4, pt. 46.

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To regulate, restrain, and prevent the carrying on of manufactories dangerous in causing or producing fires; and to regulate and suppress the sale of firearms, and to prevent and suppress the selling, carrying, using or firing of pistols, rifles, guns,...

To regulate, restrain, and prevent the carrying on of manufactories dangerous in causing or producing fires; and to regulate and suppress the sale of firearms, and to prevent and suppress the selling, carrying, using or firing of pistols, rifles, guns, bowie knives, dirks, firearms, or other deadly weapons.

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1929 Tenn. Priv. Acts 2018, vol. 2, An Act to Amend . . . an Act Entitled an Act to Incorporate the Town of Lebanon in the County of Wilson, State of Tennessee . . . ,  ch. 685, art. 2, § 1, pt. 38.

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[T]o regulate or prevent the discharging, firing, shooting, or carrying of guns, pistols and fireworks in the City.

1925 Tenn. Priv. Acts 298, vol. 1, An Act to Create and Incorporate the City of Brownsville, in Haywood County, Tennessee . . . , ch. 92, § 25, pt. 21.

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To regulate the storage and transportation of illuminating oil and gunpowder and other high explosives, and to regulate and prohibit the use of firearms.

1911 Tenn. Priv. Acts 1431, A Bill to Be Entitled “An Act to Amend the Charter of the City of Knoxville, Tenn. . . . ,” ch. 498, § 45.

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That no officer of Election or Commissioner of Election shall be in, at, or near any ballot box or voting precinct during any election or the canvassing of the returns armed with pistol, gun, or other deadly weapon[.]

1907 Tenn. Pub. Acts 208, An Act Entitled “An Act to Amend the Charter of the Town of Huntingdon, in the County of Carroll” . . . , ch. 74, § 2, pt. 11.

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[T]o regulate the discharging, firing, shooting, or carrying of guns, pistols, and fireworks in the town; to regulate or prohibit the selling within the limits of the town fireworks of any kind whatever.

1903 Tenn. Pub. Acts 376-77, A Bill for an Act to Be Entitled An Act for the Protection of Game in the State of Tennessee . . . , ch. 169, § 6.

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[N]o person or persons shall . . . for the purpose of taking or destroying birds or animals not protected by this Act, use any swivel or punt gun, or gun other than a gun held in the hands and fired from the shoulder, and of the gauge not lar...

[N]o person or persons shall . . . for the purpose of taking or destroying birds or animals not protected by this Act, use any swivel or punt gun, or gun other than a gun held in the hands and fired from the shoulder, and of the gauge not larger than No. 8[.]

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1901 Tenn. Pub. Acts. 406, An Act to Incorporate the Town of Carthage, in Smith County, Tennessee, and Conferring and Defining the Corporate Powers Thereof, ch. 186, § 10.

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Be it further enacted, That the Council shall have power by ordinance to . . . regulate the storage of gunpowder and other explosives, and noisome or offensive substances. . .

1901 Tenn. Pub. Acts 437, An Act to Incorporate the Town of Dresden, Tennessee, and to Define Its Rights and Powers, ch. 202, § 3, pt. 16.

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To regulate and suppress the shooting of guns and pistols and other firearms in the corporate limits.

1899 Tenn. Pub. Acts 327, An Act to Repeal the Charter of the Town of Waverly, in Humphreys County, and to Incorporate Said Town and Define Its Rights, Powers, etc.,  ch. 174, § 11, pt. 10.

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[The Town has power] To regulate, restrain, or prevent the carrying on of manufactories dangerous in causing or producing fires, and to prevent and suppress the sale of firearms, fireworks, Roman candles, crackers, sky rockets, etc., and toy pistols.

[The Town has power] To regulate, restrain, or prevent the carrying on of manufactories dangerous in causing or producing fires, and to prevent and suppress the sale of firearms, fireworks, Roman candles, crackers, sky rockets, etc., and toy pistols.

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