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The Code of Virginia: With the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States; and the Constitution of Virginia Page 897, Image 913 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offences Against the Peace, § 3780. Carrying Concealed Weapons, How Punished. Forfeiture and Sale of Weapons. If any person carry about his person, hid from common observation, any pistol, dirk, bowie-knife, razor, slung-shot, or any weapon of the...

Offences Against the Peace, § 3780. Carrying Concealed Weapons, How Punished. Forfeiture and Sale of Weapons. If any person carry about his person, hid from common observation, any pistol, dirk, bowie-knife, razor, slung-shot, or any weapon of the like kind, he shall be fined not less than twenty nor more than one hundred dollars, and such pistol, dirk, bowie-knife, razor, slung-shot, or any weapon of the like kind, shall be forfeited to the commonwealth and may be seized by an officer as forfeited; and upon the conviction of the offender the same shall be sold and the proceeds accounted for and paid over as provided in section twenty-one hundred and ninety: Provided, that this section shall not apply to any police officer, town or city sergeant, constable, sheriff, conservator of the peace, or collecting officer, while in the discharge of his official duty.

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Thomas D. Davis, The Code of the City of Lynchburg, Va., Containing the Charter of 1880, with the Amendments of 1884, 1886 and 1887, and the General Ordinances in Force July 1st, 1887, Also a Digest of Acts of Assembly and of Ordinances Affecting the Rights and Interests of the City of Lynchburg and its Citizens, Together with a Brief Sketch, Historical and Statistical Page 117, Image 128 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Lynchburg,] Public Safety, § 19. No person shall carry gunpowder, blasting powder, dynamite or other explosives on a vehicle in any part of the city unless the same shall be secured in kegs, boxes, or canisters, so that no part ther...

[Ordinances of Lynchburg,] Public Safety, § 19. No person shall carry gunpowder, blasting powder, dynamite or other explosives on a vehicle in any part of the city unless the same shall be secured in kegs, boxes, or canisters, so that no part thereof can fall out or escape.

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1885-86 Va. Acts 275, An Act To Incorporate The Smithfield Evergreen Cemetery, Near The Town Of Smithfield, In The county Of Isle Of Wight, Virginia, ch. 258, § 10

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Any person who shall willfully destroy, injure or remove any tombstone or monument placed in the said cemetery . . . or shall shoot of or discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm within the said enclosure, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall,...

Any person who shall willfully destroy, injure or remove any tombstone or monument placed in the said cemetery . . . or shall shoot of or discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm within the said enclosure, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than five dollars. . .

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Charter and Ordinances of the Town of Front Royal, Va. Page 18, Image 18 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordered, that any person in the Corporation carrying about his person, concealed from public view, any pistol, dirk, razor, or any like weapon or other weapons, shall be fined not exceeding $20.00 for each offense, and the said pistol, dirk, razor, or ...

Ordered, that any person in the Corporation carrying about his person, concealed from public view, any pistol, dirk, razor, or any like weapon or other weapons, shall be fined not exceeding $20.00 for each offense, and the said pistol, dirk, razor, or such like weapon so found, shall be confiscated by the Mayor and sold at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and the proceeds turned over to the School Fund of the Corporation.

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1879 Va. Acts 104, City Council – Powers, Duties, etc., ch. V, § 19

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To direct the location of all buildings for storing gun-powder or other combustible substances; to regulate the sale and use of gunpowder, fire-crackers, fire-works, kerosene oil, nitroglycerine . . . the discharge of firearms . . .

1877 Va. Acts 301, Carrying Concealed Weapons, ch. VI, § 7

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If a person habitually carry about his person, hid from common observation, any pistol, dirk, bowie-knife, or any weapon of the like kind, he shall be fined not more than fifty dollars.

1877 Va. Acts 305, Offenses Against The Peace, § 21

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If any person carrying any gun, pistol, bowie-knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon, to any place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held at such place, or without good and sufficient cause therefor, shall carry any such weap...

If any person carrying any gun, pistol, bowie-knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon, to any place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held at such place, or without good and sufficient cause therefor, shall carry any such weapon on Sunday at any place other than his own premises, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars. If any offense under this section be committed at a place of religious worship, the offender may be arrested on the order of a conservator of the peace, without warrant, and held until warrant can be obtained, but not exceeding three hours.

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1875 Va. Acts 109, An Act To Amend And Re-enact Section Twelve, Chapter Ninety-nine, Code of Eighteen Hundred And Seventy-Three, for the Protection Of Wild Fowl in the Counties Bordering on the Potomac And Rappahannock, ch. 100, § 12

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If any person shall, at any time, either in the night or day-time, shoot at wild fowl in any county bordering . . . with any gun which cannot be conveniently discharged from the shoulder at arm’s length without a rest, or have such gun in his pos...

If any person shall, at any time, either in the night or day-time, shoot at wild fowl in any county bordering . . . with any gun which cannot be conveniently discharged from the shoulder at arm’s length without a rest, or have such gun in his possession on a boat, a justice of any such county shall require such gun to be surrendered, and shall order it to be destroyed, and shall fine the offender ten dollars. . .

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The Charter and General Ordinances of the Town of Lexington, Virginia Page 108, Image 128 (1892) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the Town of Lexington, Of discharging fire-arms or arrows from a bow or cross-bow in streets, playing bandy, throwing snow balls, stones, etc, § 1. If any person, in any street or public alley, shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol...

Ordinances of the Town of Lexington, Of discharging fire-arms or arrows from a bow or cross-bow in streets, playing bandy, throwing snow balls, stones, etc, § 1. If any person, in any street or public alley, shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol or other fire-arms, or play bandy, or throw snow balls, stones or other missiles, or discharge arrows from a bow or cross-bow, he shall be fined not less than one dollar nor more than five dollars.

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1870 Va. Acts 510, An Act to Amend and Re-enact Section 7, Chapter 195 of the Code of 1860, with Regard to Carrying Concealed Weapons, ch. 349, § 7 [as codified in Virginia Code, tit. 54 (1873)]

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If a person habitually carry about his person, hid from common observation, any pistol, dirk, bowie knife, or any weapon of the like kind, he shall be fined fifty dollars, and imprisoned for not more than twelve months in the county or corporation jail...

If a person habitually carry about his person, hid from common observation, any pistol, dirk, bowie knife, or any weapon of the like kind, he shall be fined fifty dollars, and imprisoned for not more than twelve months in the county or corporation jail. The informer shall have half of such fine.

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