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The Charter and General Ordinances of the Town of Lexington, Virginia Page 87, Image 107 (1892) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the town of Lexington. Of Concealed Weapons and Cigarettes. § 2. If any person sell, barter, give or furnish, or cause to be sold, bartered, given or furnished to any minor under sixteen years of age, cigarettes, or pistols, or dirks...

Ordinances of the town of Lexington. Of Concealed Weapons and Cigarettes. § 2. If any person sell, barter, give or furnish, or cause to be sold, bartered, given or furnished to any minor under sixteen years of age, cigarettes, or pistols, or dirks, or bowie knives, having good cause to believe him or her to be a minor under sixteen years of age, shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.

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The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Richmond Page 196-197, Image 196-197 (1869) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Richmond, Police, § 42. If any person engaged in military exercise shall fire or discharge, in any street or public alley of this city, any cannon, gun, pistol, or any other firearms, except on the fourth of July, the twenty-second ...

[Ordinances of Richmond, Police, § 42. If any person engaged in military exercise shall fire or discharge, in any street or public alley of this city, any cannon, gun, pistol, or any other firearms, except on the fourth of July, the twenty-second of February and the nineteenth day of October, or at military burial or some extraordinary occasion allowed by the Mayor (and by him notified through the newspaper, or by posting handbills or otherwise), or if any person shall, in any street or public alley in said city, play at bandy or throw snowballs, stones or other missiles, or discharge arrows form a bow or cross-bow, or blow a horn, he shall be fined not less than one nor more than ten dollars.]

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Staunton, The Charter and General Ordinances of the Town of Lexington, Virginia Page 87, Image 107 (1892) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of The Town of Lexington, VA, Of Concealed Weapons and Cigarettes, § 1. If any person carrying 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 ...

Ordinances of The Town of Lexington, VA, Of Concealed Weapons and Cigarettes, § 1. If any person carrying 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 dollars nor more than one hundred dollars; and any of such weapons mentioned shall be forfeited to the town. Nothing in this section shall apply to any officer of the town, county or state while in the discharge of his duty.

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Third Edition of the Code of Virginia: Including Legislation to January 1, 1874 Page 802-803, Image 821-822 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Unlawful Hunting: Hunting on another’s land, or in the streets of a city or town, or along a public road, prohibited; penalty; how recoverable, § 5. If any person shall hunt, shoot, fowl or range with or without dogs, on the lands of another...

Unlawful Hunting: Hunting on another’s land, or in the streets of a city or town, or along a public road, prohibited; penalty; how recoverable, § 5. If any person shall hunt, shoot, fowl or range with or without dogs, on the lands of another, without the consent of the owner or tenant of such lands, or shoot along any public road, or in the streets of any town or village, in any of the counties of this commonwealth, on the lands comprehended in the survey of any proprietor, he shall be deemed guilty of a trespass, and shall be fined for each offense five dollars – the fine to be double in every instance if the offense be committed in the night or on Sunday – For the use of the owner or tenant of the lands, and for the commonwealth when the offense is committed in the public roads or in the streets of any town or village, to be recovered by warrant before any justice of the peace, together with all costs and charges attending the collection for the same, and shall moreover, forfeit as aforesaid, his gun and shooting apparatus, and his dog or dogs shall be killed if the justice shall, in his discretion, so order; and when any person shall be convicted a third time of said offense, the justice rendering judgment therefor shall require him to enter into a recognizance, with sufficient security, for his good behavior for twelve months; or, if he fail to give such security, to commit to jail for one month, unless it be sooner given, such recognizance to be forfeited if such person offend as aforesaid within the time limited in the recognizance.

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The Charters and Ordinances of the City of Richmond, with the Declaration of Rights, and Constitution of Virginia Page 227, Image 274 (1859) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Richmond,] Nuisances Not in Streets, § 11. If any person shall sell, or expose for sale in this city, any torpedos, popcrackers, squibs, or other fire-works, of any kind whatever, except in packages containing each at least one hund...

[Ordinances of Richmond,] Nuisances Not in Streets, § 11. If any person shall sell, or expose for sale in this city, any torpedos, popcrackers, squibs, or other fire-works, of any kind whatever, except in packages containing each at least one hundred, or shall without permission in writing from the mayor, discharge, or set off, in any street or alley of the city, any balloon, rocket, torpedo, popcracker, fireworks or any combination of gunpowder, or any other combustible or dangerous material; or if any person shall, except under the fortieth section of the ordinance concerning streets, without necessity fire or discharge in this city any cannon, gun, pistol, or other fire-arms of any kind, or shall make therein any unusual noise, whereby the inhabitants thereof may be alarmed, or raise or fly a kite in this city, or if any auctioneer shall use any bell or herald to notify the public of any sale, except of real property, every such person herein offending, shall pay a fine of not less than one nor more than twenty dollars.

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Revised Ordinances of the Corporation of Winchester, with the Act of Incorporation and Certain Other Acts of the General Assembly Concerning the Town of Winchester, and the Constitution of Virginia Page 78, Image 78 (1856) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the [City of Winchester,] Of Certain Offences Punishable by Fine or Otherwise within the Corporation of Winchester, § 3. Any person who shall fire a gun, pistol or other firearm within this Corporation, except in case of necessity in...

Ordinances of the [City of Winchester,] Of Certain Offences Punishable by Fine or Otherwise within the Corporation of Winchester, § 3. Any person who shall fire a gun, pistol or other firearm within this Corporation, except in case of necessity in the discharge of a public duty, or at military parade by order of the officer in command, shall for each offense forfeit the sum of one dollar.

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1852 Va. Acts 133, An Act Amending The Twentieth Section Of Chapter . . . Concerning Wild Fowl, § 20

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If any person, except from the land, shall shoot at or kill wild fowl during the night within this state, … he may be convicted thereof before a justice; and on conviction, shall surrender his gun…

1847 Va. Laws 127, c. 14, § 16.

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If any person shall go armed with any offensive or dangerous weapon without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury, or violence to his person, or to his family or property, he may be required to find sureties for keeping the peace for a te...

If any person shall go armed with any offensive or dangerous weapon without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury, or violence to his person, or to his family or property, he may be required to find sureties for keeping the peace for a term not exceeding twelve months, with the right of appealing as before provided.

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1846 Va. Acts 67

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That if any person shall unlawfully shoot at another in any public square ... with intent in so doing to maim, disfigure, disable or kill such person, or to do him some other bodily harm, ... every such offender, his aiders and abettors, shall be guilt...

That if any person shall unlawfully shoot at another in any public square … with intent in so doing to maim, disfigure, disable or kill such person, or to do him some other bodily harm, … every such offender, his aiders and abettors, shall be guilty of a high misdemeanor. and shall on conviction, be punished by imprisonment in the common jail for a period not less than six months nor more than three years…

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Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia, Passed at the Session of 1838, chap. 101, at 76, § 1

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Be it enacted by the general assembly, That if any person shall hereafter habitually or generally keep or carry about his person any pistol, dirk, bowie knife, or any other weapon of the like kind, from this use of which the death of any person might p...

Be it enacted by the general assembly, That if any person shall hereafter habitually or generally keep or carry about his person any pistol, dirk, bowie knife, or any other weapon of the like kind, from this use of which the death of any person might probabily ensue, and the same be hidden or concealed from common observation, and he be thereof convicted, he shall for every such offense forfeit and pay the sum of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned in the common jail for a term not less than one month nor more than six months, and in each instance at the discretion of the jury; and a moiety of the penalty recovered in any prosecution under this act, shall be given to any person who may voluntarily institute the same.

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