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Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel, 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 Independence; 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 Sates; 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. Vol. 5., 10 vols. Page 121, Image 136 (Vol. 5, 1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Laws of the State of Texas, An Act Authorizing the Corporate Authorities of the Town of Dangerfield, Fairfield and Springfield, to tax ten pin alleys, billiard tables and pistol galleries [(1860)]. § 1 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State...

Laws of the State of Texas, An Act Authorizing the Corporate Authorities of the Town of Dangerfield, Fairfield and Springfield, to tax ten pin alleys, billiard tables and pistol galleries [(1860)]. § 1 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the corporate authorities of the Town of Dangerfield, in Titus county, Fairfield, in Freestone county, and Springfield in Limestone county, Texas, be and they are hereby authorized to levy a tax, of not more than five hundred dollars per annum, on ten pin alleys, billiard tables or pistol galleries, to be paid before any such alley, table or gallery is put in operation. § 2. That this authority shall extend to alleys on which ten or any number of pins are used; and this act shall take effect from its passage.

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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 Independence; 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 172, Image 349 (Vol. 2, 1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Laws of the Republic of Texas, [An Act Concerning Slaves (1840),] § 6. Be it further enacted, That no slave in this Republic shall carry a gun or other deadly weapon without the written consent of his master, mistress or overseer; such arms or oth...

Laws of the Republic of Texas, [An Act Concerning Slaves (1840),] § 6. Be it further enacted, That no slave in this Republic shall carry a gun or other deadly weapon without the written consent of his master, mistress or overseer; such arms or other weapons shall be liable to be taken by any person from any such negro, and all such property forfeited, if it does not exceed ten dollars in value; but any such property may be reclaimed by the owner on paying ten dollars to the person who may have so taken the same.

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1839 Tex. Gen. Laws 214, An Act To Incorporate The City Of Austin, § 7

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That the Mayor and Counsel shall have full power and authority … to prevent gunpowder being stored within the city and suburbs in such quantities as to endanger the public safety. . .

1839 Tex. Gen. Laws 172, An Act Concerning Slaves, § 6

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That no slave in this republic shall carry a gun or other deadly weapon without the written consent of his master, mistress or overseer; such arms or other weapons shall be liable to be taken by any person from any such negro, and all such property for...

That no slave in this republic shall carry a gun or other deadly weapon without the written consent of his master, mistress or overseer; such arms or other weapons shall be liable to be taken by any person from any such negro, and all such property forfeited, if it does not exceed ten dollars in value; but any such property may be reclaimed by the owner on paying ten dollars to the person who may have so taken the same.

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1836 Tex. Gen. Laws 54-55, An Act to Provide for the National Defense by Organizing the Militia, § 1.

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. . . to enrol [sic] every such citizen as aforesaid, and all those who shall from time to time arrive at the age of seventeen years or being the age of seventeen years and under the age of fifty years . . . That every citizen so enrolled and notified,...

. . . to enrol [sic] every such citizen as aforesaid, and all those who shall from time to time arrive at the age of seventeen years or being the age of seventeen years and under the age of fifty years . . . That every citizen so enrolled and notified, shall within ten days thereafter provide himself with a good musket, a sufficient bayonet and belt, six flints, knapsack and cartridge box, with twenty-four suitable ball cartridges; or with a good rifle, yauger, or shotgun, knapsack, shot pouch, powder horn, fifty balls suitable to the caliber of his gun, and a half pound of powder, and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise, or in service; and that said arms, ammunition, and accoutrements, belonging to a citizen so enrolled, shall be exempt from all suits, seizures, and sales.

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