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Ordinances of the Council of the City of Dallas and Annual Reports of City Officers from October 1st, 1886 to June 25th, 1888 Page 80, Image 80 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Ordinance Prohibiting and Punishing the Unlawful Carrying of Arms, § 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Dallas, that if any person in the City of Dallas shall carry on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddle-bags, any pi...

An Ordinance Prohibiting and Punishing the Unlawful Carrying of Arms, § 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Dallas, that if any person in the City of Dallas shall carry on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddle-bags, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slungshot, sword- cane, spear, or knuckles made of any metal or hard substance, bowie knife, or any other kind of knife manufactured or sold for purposes of offense or defense, he shall be punished by fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars and shall be confined in the city prison not less than twenty nor more than sixty days. § 2. That the preceding section shall not apply to a person in actual service as a militiaman, nor to a peace officer, or policeman or person summoned to his aid, nor to a revenue or other civil officer engaged in the discharge of official duty, nor to the carrying of arms on one’s own premises or place of business, nor to persons traveling, nor to one who has reasonable ground for fearing an unlawful attack upon his person, and the danger is so imminent and threatening as not to admit of the arrest of the party about to make such attack upon legal process.

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, 1873-1884 Page 207, image 205 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance Regulating the Carrying of Weapons and Prohibiting the Carrying of the Same Concealed, § 1. Any person carrying concealed on or about his person any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, s...

Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance Regulating the Carrying of Weapons and Prohibiting the Carrying of the Same Concealed, § 1. Any person carrying concealed on or about his person any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, spear, brass knuckles, Bowie knife, or any other kind of knife manufactured or sold for the purpose of offense or defense, unless having or carrying the same on or about his person for the lawful defense of the State as a militiaman, in actual service, or as a peace officer or policeman, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars. Provided, that this section shall not be so construed as to prohibit any person from keeping or bearing arms on his or her own premises, or at his or her own place of business; nor to prohibit sheriffs or other revenue officer and other civil officer from keeping and bearing arms while engaged in the discharge of their official duties nor to prohibit persons traveling in this State from keeping or carrying arms with their baggage. Provided, further, that members of the legislature shall not be included under the erm “civil officer, as used in this ordinance.

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George Clark, The Criminal Laws of Texas. Comprising the Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, as Published by Authority, with Annotations of All Decisions in Criminal Cases from Dallam to Eighth Court of Appeals Reports Inclusive Page 205-208, Image 253-256 (1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offences Against the Person, Dueling, Article 610. Dueling, Etc. How punished. – Any person who shall, within this State, fight a duel with deadly weapons, or send or accept a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, either within the State...

Offences Against the Person, Dueling, Article 610. Dueling, Etc. How punished. – Any person who shall, within this State, fight a duel with deadly weapons, or send or accept a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, either within the State or out of it, or who shall act as a second, or knowingly aid or assist in any manner those thus offending, shall be deemed guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary not less than two nor more than five years.

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, 1873-1884 Page 64-65, Image 62-63 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance prohibiting the shooting off, firing or discharging of Fire-arms; the firing, exploding or setting off of Squibs, Firecrackers, Torpedoes, Roman Candles, Sky-rockets or other things containing powder o...

Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance prohibiting the shooting off, firing or discharging of Fire-arms; the firing, exploding or setting off of Squibs, Firecrackers, Torpedoes, Roman Candles, Sky-rockets or other things containing powder or other explosive matter, or the throwing of any fire balls, or making of any bon-fires in the corporate limits of the City of Fort Worth. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Fort Worth: § 1. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to shoot off, fire, or discharge any gun, pistol, revolver or any firearm of any description, or to fire, explode or set off any squib, firecracker, torpedo, roman candle, sky-rocket, or other thing containing powder or other explosive matter, or to throw any fire-ball or make any bon-fire in the corporate limits of this city, and that any person or persons violating the provisions of this ordinance, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than one dollar nor more than one hundred dollars. Provided that this shall not apply to any licensed shooting gallery nor to the shooting of dogs running at large in violation of the city ordinances

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, 1873-1884 Page 113-114, Image 111-112 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth. An Ordinance defining and punishing affrays and Disturbances of the Peace, . . .§ 2. If any person shall go into any public place, or into or near any private house, or along any public street or highway near ...

Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth. An Ordinance defining and punishing affrays and Disturbances of the Peace, . . .§ 2. If any person shall go into any public place, or into or near any private house, or along any public street or highway near any private house, and shall use loud and vociferous, or obscene, vulgar, or indecent language, or swear or curse, or expose his person, or rudely display any pistol or other deadly weapon in such public place, or upon such public street or highway, or near such private house, in a manner calculated to disturb the inhabitants thereof, he shall be fined in a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars. § 3. A public place, within the meaning of the two preceding sections, is any public road, street or alley, inn, tavern, store, grocery, workshop, or any place to which people resort for purposes of business, recreation, or amusement.

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1876 Tex. Gen. Laws 29, An Act To Incorporate The City Of Galveston And to Grant A New Charter, Tit. 7, Art. II, § 108

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To direct, control and prohibit the keeping and management of houses, or any building for the storing of gun-powder and other combustible, explosive or dangerous materials, within the city; to regulate the keeping and conveying of the same, and the use...

To direct, control and prohibit the keeping and management of houses, or any building for the storing of gun-powder and other combustible, explosive or dangerous materials, within the city; to regulate the keeping and conveying of the same, and the use of candles and other lights in stables and other like houses.

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Tex. Const. of 1876, Art. I, § 23

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Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power by law to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.

George Washington Paschal, Reporter A Digest of the Laws of Texas: Containing Laws in Force, and the Repealed Laws on Which Rights Rest. Carefully Annotated. 3rd ed. Vol. 2 Page 1317-1318, Image 287-288 (Washington D.C., 1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Criminal Code, Riots and Unlawful Assemblies at Elections Violence Used Towards Electors, Art. 6490. (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry any gun, pistol, bowie knife, or other dangerous weapon, concealed or unconcealed, on any day of elect...

Criminal Code, Riots and Unlawful Assemblies at Elections Violence Used Towards Electors, Art. 6490. (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry any gun, pistol, bowie knife, or other dangerous weapon, concealed or unconcealed, on any day of election, during the hours the polls are open, within a distance of one half mile of any place of election. (2) Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars, and by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than one month: Provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any officer of the election, police officer, or other person authorized to preserve the peace on the days of election.

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, 1873-1884 Page 206, Image 204 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance in Regard to Carrying Deadly Weapons, § 1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person any pistol, Bowie knife or other deadly or unlawful weapon while within the corporate ...

Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance in Regard to Carrying Deadly Weapons, § 1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person any pistol, Bowie knife or other deadly or unlawful weapon while within the corporate limits of this city. § 2. Any person who shall be guilty of violating the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be fined in a sum not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars.

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George Washington Paschal, A Digest of the Laws of Texas: Containing Laws in Force, and the Repealed Laws on Which Rights Rest Page 1321-1322, Image 291-292 (Vol. 2, 1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Prohibit the Carrying of Firearms on Premises or Plantations of Any Citizen Without the Consent of the Owner, Art. 6510. It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to carry firearms on the enclosed premises or plantation of any citizen,...

An Act to Prohibit the Carrying of Firearms on Premises or Plantations of Any Citizen Without the Consent of the Owner, Art. 6510. It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to carry firearms on the enclosed premises or plantation of any citizen, without the consent of the owner or proprietor, other than in the lawful discharge of a civil or military duty, and any person or persons so offending shall be fined a sum not less than one nor more than ten dollars, or imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten days, or both, in the discretion of the court or jury before whom the trial is had.

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