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Revised Ordinances of the City of Victoria Texas Page 75, Image 77 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Victoria,] Revised Penal Ordinances: Discharging Firearms, § 1. If any person shall discharge any gun, pistol or firearm of any description on or across any public square, street or alley, or elsewhere within the corpora...

[Ordinances of the City of Victoria,] Revised Penal Ordinances: Discharging Firearms, § 1. If any person shall discharge any gun, pistol or firearm of any description on or across any public square, street or alley, or elsewhere within the corporate limits of the City of Victoria, whether the premises on or across which such fire arm is discharged be public or private he shall be fined in any sum not to exceed ten dollars. § 2. Exceptions. The provisions of the foregoing section shall not be construed to apply to gunsmiths discharging fire arms brought to them for repairs, or to training guns or pistols of their own make, when done with the permission and at a place approved by the City Marshal; nor shall parties shooting in galleries licensed by the city come within the meaning of the preceding article. § 3. If any person shall discharge any gun, pistol or fire arm of any description as alarm for fire, or upon the discovery of any fire, or during the progress of any fire, he shall be fined in any sum not to exceed twenty-five dollars.

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Revised Code of Ordinances of the City of Mckinney. Revised Page 40, Image 41 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of McKinney,] Storing of Gun Powder and Other Explosives. Be it ordained by the city council of the city of McKinney: That it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to have or keep stored within the limits of the ...

[Ordinances of the City of McKinney,] Storing of Gun Powder and Other Explosives. Be it ordained by the city council of the city of McKinney: That it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to have or keep stored within the limits of the city of McKinney, at any one time, more than four kegs either of blasting powder or gun powder nor a greater amount of any other high explosive than is reasonably necessary for one day’s business and none of the same shall be kept within the corporate limits of the city of McKinney for wholesale purposes at all. § 2. That any person guilty of a violation of this ordinance shall on conviction be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars for each offense. And further, That each day any person, firm or corporation shall have or keep any amount of such material as is mentioned in section No. 1 stored within the city limits of the city of McKinney in excess of the amounts designated in this ordinance shall constitute a separate offense.

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Revised Code of Ordinances of the City of McKinney Page 16, Image 17 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of McKinney,] Ordinance No. 26, Firing Guns, Firecrackers, Etc., Be it ordained by the city council of the city of McKinney: § 1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to fire or shoot any gun, pistol, firecracker or any...

[Ordinances of the City of McKinney,] Ordinance No. 26, Firing Guns, Firecrackers, Etc., Be it ordained by the city council of the city of McKinney: § 1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to fire or shoot any gun, pistol, firecracker or any kind of fireworks or pyrotechnics in the corporate limits of the city of McKinney, tending to annoy persons passing in the streets, alleys or along the sidewalks or public highways of said city of McKinney, or to frighten horses or teams in any of the streets, alleys, or public square or highways of said city.

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Theodore Harris, Charter and Ordinances of the City of San Antonio. Comprising All Ordinances of a General Character in Force August 7th, Page 220, Image 225 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of San Antonio, Ordinances, ch. 22, § 4. If any person shall, within the city limits, draw any pistol, gun, knife, sword-cane, club or any other instrument or weapon whereby death may be caused, in a threatening manner, or f...

Ordinances of the City of San Antonio, Ordinances, ch. 22, § 4. If any person shall, within the city limits, draw any pistol, gun, knife, sword-cane, club or any other instrument or weapon whereby death may be caused, in a threatening manner, or for the purpose of intimidating others, such person shall be deemed guilty of an offense.

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Revised Code of Ordinances of the City of McKinney, Texas, Primary Sources Page 5, Image 6 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law.

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Ordinances of the City of McKinney, Disturbance of the Peace, § 1. That if any person shall go into or near any public place, or into or near any private house and shall use loud and vociferous or obscene, vulgar or indecent language or swear or c...

Ordinances of the City of McKinney, Disturbance of the Peace, § 1. That if any person shall go into or near any public place, or into or near any private house and shall use loud and vociferous or obscene, vulgar or indecent language or swear or curse, or yell or shriek or expose his person or rudely display any pistol or other deadly weapon in a manner calculated to disturb the inhabitants of such public place or private house, he shall be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars. § 2. A public place within the meaning of Ordinances Nos. 5 and 38 of this code of ordinances is in any public road, street or alley of the City of McKinney or any inn, tavern, store, grocery or workshop, or place at which people are assembled or to which people commonly resort for purposes of business, amusement, recreation or other lawful purpose.

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The Laws of Texas 1822-1897. Austin’s Colonization Law and Contract; Mexican Constitution of 1824; Federal Colonization Law; Colonization Laws of Coahuila and Texas; Colonization Law of State of Tamaulipas; Fredonian Declaration of Indpendence; Laws and Decrees, with Constitution of Coahuila and Texas; San Felipe Convention; Journals of the Consultation; Proceedings of the General Council; Goliad Declaration of Independence; Journals of the Convention at Washington; Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation; Declaration of Independence; Constitution of the Republic; Laws, General and Special, of the Republic; Annexation Resolution of the United States; Ratification of the Same by Texas; Constitution of the United States; Constitutions of the State of Texas, with All the Laws, General and Special, Passed Thereunder, Including Ordinances, Decrees, and Resolutions, with the Constitution of the Confederate States and the Reconstruction Acts of Congress Page 234-235, Image 734-735 (Vol. 6, 1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[An Act to Incorporate the Town of Round Top, County of Fayette, . . . Article Tenth. That from and after the passage of this act it shall be unlawful to fire any pistol, rifle, shot gun, or other kind of fire-arms, within the limits of the town of Rou...

[An Act to Incorporate the Town of Round Top, County of Fayette, . . . Article Tenth. That from and after the passage of this act it shall be unlawful to fire any pistol, rifle, shot gun, or other kind of fire-arms, within the limits of the town of Round Top, and any person violating this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined not less than five nor more than twenty-five dollars, to be collected by the mayor of the town; but this act shall not prevent any gunsmith, within the limits of the town, from discharging on the premises thereof, fire-arms made or repaired in his shop, for the purpose of training such fire-arms; provided, that none but gunsmiths shall have the privilege of being authorized to discharge fire-arms; and for that purpose each gunsmith shall build a rock wall, in front of which he shall cause a target to be placed, The mayor shall issue a permit to any gunsmith applying for the same, for the period of one year, which permit may be renewed after its expiration.]

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1897 Tex. Gen. Laws 214, An Act To Preserve And Protect The Wild Game, Birds, And Wild Fowl, Of The State And Provide Adequate Penalties For The Unlawful Taking, Slaughter, Sale Or Shipment Thereof, And To Repeal All Laws And Parts Of Laws In Conflict Therewith, Chap. 149, § 4.

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It shall be unlawful to destroy any wild geese or wild ducks by any means otherwise than by an ordinary gun, capable of being held to and shot from the shoulder, and whoever violates the provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor...

It shall be unlawful to destroy any wild geese or wild ducks by any means otherwise than by an ordinary gun, capable of being held to and shot from the shoulder, and whoever violates the provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars.

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1897 Tex. Gen. Laws 221-22, An Act to Prevent the Barter, Sale and Gift of Any Pistol, Dirk, Dagger, Slung Shot, Sword Cane, Spear, or Knuckles Made of Any Metal or Hard Substance to Any Minor Without the Written Consent of the Parent or Guardian of Such Minor. . . , ch. 155, § 1.

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That if any person in this State shall knowingly sell, give or barter, or cause to be sold, given or bartered to any minor, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword-cane, spear or knuckles made of any metal or hard substance, bowie knife or any othe...

That if any person in this State shall knowingly sell, give or barter, or cause to be sold, given or bartered to any minor, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword-cane, spear or knuckles made of any metal or hard substance, bowie knife or any other knife manufactured or sold for the purpose of offense or defense, without the written consent of the parent or guardian of such minor, or of someone standing in lieu thereof, he shall be punished by fine of not less then twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten nor more than thirty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. And during the time of such imprisonment such offender may be put to work upon any public work in the county in which such offense is comitted.

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1889 Tex. Gen. Laws 36, Malicious Mischief, Art. 683b

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That any person who shall willfully or maliciously throw a stone or other missile or fire a gun or pistol at or into any coach or passenger car of a moving railway train, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined...

That any person who shall willfully or maliciously throw a stone or other missile or fire a gun or pistol at or into any coach or passenger car of a moving railway train, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum of not less than twenty-five dollars and not more than one thousand dollars.

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The Laws of Texas 1822-1897 Austin’s Colonization Law and Contract; Mexican Constitution of 1824; Federal Colonization Law; Colonization Laws of Coahuila and Texas; Colonization Law of State of Tamaulipas; Fredonian Declaration of Indpendence; Laws and Decrees, with Constitution of Coahuila and Texas; San Felipe Convention; Journals of the Consultation; Proceedings of the General Council; Goliad Declaration of Independence; Journals of the Convention at Washington; Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation; Declaration of Independence; Constitution of the Republic; Laws, General and Special, of the Republic; Annexation Resolution of the United States; Ratification of the same by Texas; Constitution of the United States; Constitutions of the State of Texas, with All the Laws, General and Special, Passed Thereunder, Including Ordinances, Decrees, and Resolutions, with the Constitution of the Confederate States and the Reconstruction Acts of Congress Page 1061, Image 1063 (Vol. 9, 1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Unlawfully Carrying Arms, § 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas: That Article 318 of the Penal Code shall be and the same is hereby amended so as to hereafter read as follows: Article 318. If any person in this state shall ca...

Unlawfully Carrying Arms, § 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas: That Article 318 of the Penal Code shall be and the same is hereby amended so as to hereafter read as follows: Article 318. If any person in this state shall carry on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddle-bags, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, sword-cane, spear, or knuckles made of any metal or any hard substance, bowie-knife, or any other knife manufactured or sold for purposes of offence or defense, he shall be punished by fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten nor more than thirty days, or both by such fine and imprisonment; and during the time of such imprisonment such offender may be put to work upon any public work in the county in which said offense is committed.

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