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1835-36 Tenn. Pub. Acts 168, An Act to Amend the Penal Laws of the State, ch. 58, § 1.

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Any free person who, without the consent of the owner, shall sell, loan or give to any slave, any gun, pistol, sword, or dirk, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, on conviction by presentment or indictment, be fined not less than fifty dollars...

Any free person who, without the consent of the owner, shall sell, loan or give to any slave, any gun, pistol, sword, or dirk, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, on conviction by presentment or indictment, be fined not less than fifty dollars, and imprisoned not less than ten days.

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1825 Tenn. Priv. Acts 306-07, An Act to Amend an Act Passed at Murfreesboro, October 20, 1821, Incorporating Winchester and Reynoldsburgh, ch. 292, § 3.

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That said mayor and aldermen may, and shall, have power and authority to make any rules and laws regulating the police of said town, and the inhabitants thereof, to restrain and punish drinking, ramingn[sic], fighting, breaking the sabbath, shooting an...

That said mayor and aldermen may, and shall, have power and authority to make any rules and laws regulating the police of said town, and the inhabitants thereof, to restrain and punish drinking, ramingn[sic], fighting, breaking the sabbath, shooting and carrying guns, and enact penalties and enforce the same, so that they do not conflict or violate the constitution of this State, and are consistent with the laws of this State.

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1825 Tenn. Priv. Acts 306, An Act to Amend an Act Passed at Murfreesboro, October 20, 1821, Incorporating Winchester and Reynoldsburgh, ch. 292.

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§ 3. Be it enacted, That said mayor and aldermen may, and shall, have power and authority to make any rules and laws regulating the police of said town and the inhabitants thereof, to restrain and punish drinking, gaming, fighting, breaking the sa...

§ 3. Be it enacted, That said mayor and aldermen may, and shall, have power and authority to make any rules and laws regulating the police of said town and the inhabitants thereof, to restrain and punish drinking, gaming, fighting, breaking the sabbath, shooting and carrying guns, and enact penalties and enforce the same, so that they do not conflict or violate the constitution of this State, and are consistent with the laws of this state.

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Robert Looney Caruthers, A Compilation of the Statutes of Tennessee, of a General and Permanent Nature, from the Commencement of the Government to the Present time: With References to Judicial Decisions, in Notes, to Which is Appended a New Collection of Forms Page 100-101; Image 105-106 (1836) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act of 1825, § 1. When any sheriff, coroner, or constable, shall know of his own knowledge, or upon the representation of any person, or if he or they, shall have good reason to suspect, any person of being armed with the intention of committin...

An Act of 1825, § 1. When any sheriff, coroner, or constable, shall know of his own knowledge, or upon the representation of any person, or if he or they, shall have good reason to suspect, any person of being armed with the intention of committing a riot or affray, or the wounding or killing any person, it shall be the duty of all such officers, immediately to arrest all such persons so suspected, and return them before some justice of the peace, whose duty it shall be, upon proof being made, that there was reasonable ground to suspect such person or persons for being armed, with intent to disturb or commit a breach of the peace, to bind such person or persons in a bond with two or more good and sufficient securities, in a sum of not less than two hundred and fifty dollars, and not exceeding two thousand dollars, conditioned for his or their good behavior and peaceable deportment for the term of twelve months thereafter. § 2. If any justice of the peace shall know of his knowledge, or have reasonable cause to suspect, any person or persons of being armed with intent to commit a breach of the peace, it shall be the duty of such justice of the peace, to cause such offender or offenders, to be arrested and immediately brought before him or some other justice for examination, and upon its being satisfactory made to appear, that such person or persons was armed or about to be armed with intent to commit a breach of the peace, such justice shall bind such offender or offenders in bond and security, as specified in the first section of this act. § 3. The bonds by this act required to be given, shall be made payable to the chairman of the county court in which the same shall be executed, and his successors in office, and shall be filed in the office of the clerk of said court; and it shall be the duty of the solicitor for the state, when he shall believe such bond be forfeited, to issue scire facias thereon against such offender and his securities, and the amount collected shall be by the sheriff paid to the county trustee for county purposes. § 4. Any justice of the peace, sheriff, coroner, or constable, when acting under the provisions of this act, shall have power and authority to summon as many persons as they may think proper, to assist in arresting and securing any such offender, and any person so summoned who shall fail or refuse to assist such officer, for the purposes aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars and cost, to be recovered before any justice of the peace, for the use of the county; and it shall be the duty of such officer, when he may have summoned any person to assist as aforesaid, and such person shall fail or refuse to obey such summons, to prosecute such defaulter before some justice of the peace, for the above penalty, and give evidence, of such summons and default. § 5. When any person shall be brought before any justice of the peace as required by the first and second sections of this act, and shall fail or refuse to give the security required, it shall be the duty of such justice, to commit such offender to the nearest sufficient jail for safe keeping, until such security is given, or he shall be discharged by due course of law.

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1821 Tenn. Pub. Acts 63, An Act to Amend the Militia Laws of This State, ch. 55, §§ 2-3.

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§ 2. [T]he commissioned and staff officers of the infantry are hereby required to meet at the place of holding their battalion musters at eleven o’clock on the day preceding said muster, armed with a rifle, musket, or shot gun and dress...

§ 2. [T]he commissioned and staff officers of the infantry are hereby required to meet at the place of holding their battalion musters at eleven o’clock on the day preceding said muster, armed with a rifle, musket, or shot gun and dressed in the uniform prescribed by law, for the purpose of being trained as at regimental drills, and the commanding or senior officer present shall call, or cause the roll to be called, and make a return of all delinquents to the next regimental or battalion court martial. § 3. That regimental courts martial shall have power to fine delinquents, field or staff officers, and it shall be the duty of the commanding or senior officer present at any regimental, battalion or drill muster, to make a return of all such delinquents to the next regimental or battalion court martial, and they shall have a discretionary power to assess fines or not as they may think proper on delinquents.

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1821 Tenn. Pub. Acts 78-79, An Act to Prohibit the Improper Practice of Shooting at Marks within the Limits of the Towns of this State . . . , ch. 93, § 1.

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[A]ny person or persons who shall after the first of January next, shoot at a mark within the bounds of any town, or within two hundred yards of any public road of the first or second class within the state, such person or persons so offending shall be...

[A]ny person or persons who shall after the first of January next, shoot at a mark within the bounds of any town, or within two hundred yards of any public road of the first or second class within the state, such person or persons so offending shall be subject to a fine of ten dollars each[.]

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1821 Tenn. Pub. Acts 15-16, An Act to Prevent the Wearing of Dangerous and Unlawful Weapons, ch. 13.

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[E]ach and every person so degrading himself, by carrying a dirk, sword cane, French knife, Spanish stiletto, belt or pocket pistols . . . shall pay a fine of five dollars for every such offence[.]

Robert Looney Caruthers, A Compilation of the Statutes of Tennessee, of a General and Permanent Nature, from the Commencement of the Government to the Present time: With References to Judicial Decisions, in Notes, to Which is Appended a New Collection of Forms Page 100, Image 105 (1836) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act of 1821, § 1. Every person so degrading himself by carrying a dirk, sword cane, Spanish stiletto, belt or pocket pistols, either public or private, shall pay a fine of five dollars for every such offence, which may be recovered by warrant b...

An Act of 1821, § 1. Every person so degrading himself by carrying a dirk, sword cane, Spanish stiletto, belt or pocket pistols, either public or private, shall pay a fine of five dollars for every such offence, which may be recovered by warrant before any justice of the peace, in the name of the county for its use, in which the offence may have been committed; and it shall be the duty of a justice to issue a warrant on the application, on oath, of any person applying; and it shall be the duty of every judge, justice of the peace, sheriff, coroner, and constable within this state, to see that this act shall have its full effect: Provided, that nothing herein contained shall affect any person that may be on a journey to any place out of his county or state.

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Judge Edward Scott, Laws of the State of Tennessee: Including Those of North Carolina Now in Force in this State: From the Year 1715 to the Year 1820, Inclusive Page 710, Image 714 (Vol. 1, 1821) The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act for the Restraint of Idle and Disorderly Persons § 6. Be it enacted, That if any person or persons shall publicly ride or go armed to the terror of the people, or privately carry any dirk, large knife, pistol or any other dangerous weapon,...

An Act for the Restraint of Idle and Disorderly Persons § 6. Be it enacted, That if any person or persons shall publicly ride or go armed to the terror of the people, or privately carry any dirk, large knife, pistol or any other dangerous weapon, to the fear or terror of any person, it shall be the duty of any judge or justice, on his own view, or upon the information of any other person on oath, to bind such person or persons to their good behavior, and if he or they fail to find securities, commit him or them to jail, and if such person or persons shall continue so to offend, he or they shall not only forfeit their recognizance, but be liable to an indictment, and be punished as for a breach of the peace, or riot at common law

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