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Ch. 6—Miscellaneous Ordinances, Art. 7—Fire Arms, Fire Works And Cannons, §§ 258-261 in The Municipal Code of Berlin (1890).

         “Sec. 258. Any person who shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, fowling piece, or other fire arm, within the limits of the City of Berlin except in the necessary defense of his person or property, shall pay a fine of not less than one dollar, nor more than ten dollars for each offense.
         Sec. 259. Any person who shall sell, loan or furnish to any minor, any gun, pistol, fowling piece or other firearm within this City, shall pay a fine of not less than five dollars, nor more than twenty-five dol ars[sic] for each such offense.
         Sec. 260. Any person who shall fire, discharge or set off within the limits of the City of Berlin, any rocket, cracker, torpedo, squib or other fire works or thing containing any substance of explosive nature, shall pay a fine of not less than one dollar nor more than ten dollars for each such offense. Provided that the Mayor may by proclamation permit the use of fire works on the Fourth day of July and on such other days as he may deem proper.
         Sec. 261. Any person who shall discharge, or fire off any cannon, or piece of artillery in any street, or avenue, alley, park or place, within the corporate limits of this City, without a written permission from the Mayor, shall pay a fine of not less than ten dollars, nor more than thirty dollars for each such offense.”

1890, WI, The Municipal Code of Berlin, Ch. 6—Miscellaneous Ordinances, Art. 7—Fire Arms, Fire Works And Cannons, §§ 258-261


The Municipal Code of Berlin Comprising the Charter and the General Ordinances of the City Codified and Revised (Berlin, WI: Courant Steam Print, 1890), 112-113. Chapter 6—Miscellaneous Ordinances, Article 26—Concealed Weapons, §§ 483-468. Passed, adopted, and approved on June 4, 1890.




Chapter 6—Miscellaneous Ordinances, Article 26—Concealed Weapons, §§ 483-468 in The Municipal Code of Berlin (1890).

        “Sec. 483. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the limits of the City of Berlin, to carry or wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol, colt or slung shot, cross knuckles, or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal or bowie knife, dirk knife or dirk, razor or dagger, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon.
And any person who shall violate any provision of this section, shall pay a fine of not less than one dollar nor more than fifty dollars for each offense.
        Sec. 484. The provisions of this article shall not apply to the officers or members of the police force of said City when on duty, nor to any officer whose duty it may be to serve warrants or make arrests; nor to persons who shall have obtained from the Mayor a license to carry such weapons for their protection as hereinafter provided.
        Sec. 485. The Mayor may grant, to such persons as he may deem proper, license to carry concealed weapons and may revoke such license at his pleasure.
        Sec. 486. Application for such license shall be made to the Mayor, and, when granted, the person so licensed shall pay to the City Treasurer the sum of one dollar, and thereupon a license shall be issued by the City Clerk and signed by the Mayor. Every such license shall state the name, age, occupation, and residence of the person to whom it is granted and shall expire on the thirtieth day of April next following.”

1890, WI, The Municipal Code of Berlin, Ch. 6—Miscellaneous Ordinances, Art. 26—Concealed Weapons, §§ 483-468


The Municipal Code of Berlin Comprising the Charter and the General Ordinances of the City Codified and Revised (Berlin, WI: Courant Steam Print, 1890), 112-113. Chapter 6—Miscellaneous Ordinances, Article 26—Concealed Weapons, §§ 483-468. Passed, adopted, and approved on June 4, 1890.




How Firearms May Be Used and what Quantity of Gun Powder May Be Kept, Ordinances of the City of Kenosha, Ordinance no. 8, §1 & §5 (1858).

“Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the common council of the city of Kenosha: That no person shall fire or discharge any cannon, rifle, gun, pistol, or fire arms of any description, or fire, explode, or set off any squib, cracker, or other thing containing powder or other combustible or explosive material in any street, alley, or public ground within this city south of a line running through Lemon street from the lake to the west line of the corporation, and east of West Main Street, without the permission of the common council, or the written permission of the mayor, which permission shall limit the time of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked by the mayor or common council at any time after it has been granted. — Any person who shall violate this section shall for each offence forfeit and pay a penalty of three dollars; and in default of the payment of such penalty, shall be imprisoned in the county jail two days, and one half of each fine imposed in such case when collected shall be paid to the person who shall make the complaint before any justice of the peace.”

“Sec. 5. No person shall be allowed to keep any gunpowder in any occupied building within the limits of this city without permission of the council;– and no person shall keep in any such building a greater quantity than ten pounds; which shall be kept in a close tin canister or canisters. Every person violating any provisions of this section, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined twenty dollars, which it shall be lawful for the treasurer of the fire department of this city to sue for in the name of the city of Kenosha; and such fines when collected shall be paid to the said treasurer for the use of the fire department; and in default of such payment, the person or persons convicted shall be imprisoned in the county jail of this county for the term of ten days.”

1858, WI, How Firearms May Be Used and what Quantity of Gun Powder May Be Kept, Ordinances of the City of Kenosha, Ordinance no. 8, §1 & §5


The Revised Charter and Ordinances of the City of Kenosha, With the By-Laws of the Council (Kenosha, WI: Telegraph Book and Job Office, 1866), 95-97. Ordinance no. VIII, For the Security of Persons and Property, §1 & §5. Passed 20 March, 1858.




Charles H. Hamilton, ed., The General Ordinances of the City of Milwaukee to January 1, 1896: With Amendments Thereto and an Appendix (Milwaukee, WI: E. Keough, 1896), pp.692-93, Sec. 25

Chapter XX. Misdemeanors.

Section 25.  It shall be unlawful for any person except policemen, regular or special, or any officer authorized to serve process, to carry or wear concealed about his person, any pistol or colt, slung-shot, cross-knuckles, knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, or bowie -knife, dirk knife, or dirk or dagger, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, within the limits of the city of Milwaukee; provided, however, that the chief of police of said city may upon any written application to him made, issue and give a written permit to any person residing within the city of Milwaukee, to carry within the said city a pistol or revolver when it is made to appear to said chief of police that it is necessary for the personal safety of such person or for the safety of his property or of the property with which he may be entrusted, to carry such weapon; and the holding of such permit by such person shall be a bar to prosecution under this ordinance. Said chief of police shall keep the names and residences of all persons to whom he may grant such permits, in a book to be kept for that purpose, and he shall have power to revoke such permit at any time.

Said chief of police shall, upon granting each and every such permit, collect from the person to whom the same is granted, the sum of three ( 3 ) dollars, and he shall pay all moneys so collected by him upon granting such permits, into the city treasury.

Any person who shall wear or carry any such pistol , slung-shot, cross-knuckles, knuckles of brass, lead or other metal, knife, dirk or dagger, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, within the limits of the city of Milwaukee, contrary to the provisions of this chapter, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars for each and every offense.

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1872 Wis. Sess. Laws 17, ch. 7, § 1, An Act to prohibit and prevent the carrying of concealed weapons.

SECTION 1. If any person shall go armed with a concealed dirk, dagger, sword, pistol, or pistols, revolver, slung-shot, brass knuckles, or other offensive and dangerous weapon, he shall, on conviction thereof, be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not more than two years, or by imprisonment in the county jail of the proper county not more than twelve months, or by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, together with the costs of prosecution, or by both said fine and costs and either of said imprisonments; and he may also be required to find sureties for keeping the peace and against the further violation of this act for a term not exceeding two years: provided, that so going armed shall not be deemed a violation of this act whenever it shall be made to appear that such person had reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury or violence to his person, or to his family or property, or to any person under his immediate care or custody, or entitled to his protection or assistance, or if it be made to appear that his possession of such weapon was for a temporary purpose, and with harmless intent.

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1931-1933 Wis. Sess. Laws 778, An Act . . . Relating to the Sale, Possession, Transportation and Use of Machine Guns and Other Weapons in Certain Cases, and Providing a Penalty, ch. 359, § 1.

No person shall sell, possess, use or transport any machine gun or other full automatic firearm, nor shall any person sell, possess, use or transport any bomb, hand grenade, projectile, shell or other container of any kind or character into which tear gas or any similar substance is used or placed for use to cause bodily discomfort, panic, or damage to property. (2) Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than one year nor more than three years. (3) [doesn’t apply to police, military etc.].




1931-1933 Wis. Sess. Laws 245-47, An Act . . .Relating to Machine Guns and to Make Uniform the Law with Reference Thereto, ch. 76, § 1, pt. 164.01 to 164.06.

164.01 Definitions (a) “Machine gun” applies to and includes a weapon of any description by whatever name known from which more than two shots or bullets may be discharged by a single function of the firing device. . . 164.02 Use of Machine Gun is a Separate Crime. Possession or use of a machine gun in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of a crime of violence is hereby declared to be a crime punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term of not less than twenty years. 164.03 Possession for Aggressive Purpose. Possession or use of a machine gun for offensive or aggressive purpose is hereby declared to be a crime punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term not less than ten years. 164.04 Possession when Presumed For Aggressive Purpose. Possession or use of a machine gun shall be presumed to be for offensive or aggressive purpose; (1) when the machine gun is on premises not owned or rented, for a bona fide permanent residence or business occupancy, by the person in whose possession the machine gun may be found; or (2) when in the possession of, or used by, an unnaturalized foreign-born person, or a person who has been convicted of a crime of violence in any court of record, state or federal, of the United States of America, its territories or insular possessions; or (3) When the machine gun is of the kind described in section 164.08 and has not been registered as in said section required; or (4) When empty or loaded pistol shells of 30 (.30 in. or 7.63 mm.) or larger caliber which have been used or are susceptible of use in the machine gun are found in the immediate vicinity thereof. 164.05 Presumptions from Presence of Gun. The presence of a machine gun in any room, boat, or vehicle shall be evidence of the possession or use of the machine gun by each person occupying the room, boat, or vehicle shall be evidence of the possession or use of the machine gun by each person occupying the room, boat, or vehicle where the weapon is found. 164.06 Exceptions. Nothing contained in this chapter shall prohibit or interfere with the manufacture for, and sale of , machine guns to the military forces or the peace officers of the United States or of any political subdivision thereof, or the transportation required for that purpose; the possession of a machine gun for scientific purpose, or the possession of a machine gun not usable as a weapon and possessed as a curiosity, ornament, or keepsake; the possession of a machine gun other than one adapted to use pistol cartridges of 30 (.30 in. or 7.63 mm.) or larger caliber, for a purpose manifestly not aggressive or offensive. . . [manufacturers and owners required to register].




1928-1929 Wis. Sess. Laws 157, An Act to Create . . . the Statutes, Relating to Machine Guns and Providing a Penalty, ch. 132, § 1.

Any person who shall own, use or have in his possession a machine gun shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term the minimum of which shall be one year and the maximum fifteen years. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting police officers, national guardsmen, sheriffs and their deputies from owning, using or having in their possession a machine gun while actually engaged in the performance of their lawful duties; nor shall any person or organization be prohibited form possessing any machine gun received from the government as a war trophy.




Wisconsin Statutes 1927 9th Edition Vol. 1, Pages 1244 to 2455 Page 2285, Image 1042 (Madison, 1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Use of Firearms, etc., Near Park, etc. § 340.61. Any person who shall discharge or cause the discharge of any missile from any firearm, slung shot, bow and arrow or other weapon, within forty rods of any public park, square or enclosure owned or controlled owned or controlled by any municipality within this state and resorted to for recreation or pleasure, when such park square or enclosure is wholly situated without the limits of such municipality, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding sixty days or by fine of not more than twenty-five dollars nor less than one dollar.




1921 Wis. Sess. Laws 870, An Act . . . Relating to Wild Animals,ch. 530, § 1.

(29.22)(1) No person shall hunt game with any means other than the use of a gun held at arm’s length and discharged from the shoulder; or place, spread or set any net, pitfall, spring gun, pivot gun, swivel gun, or other similar contrivance for the purpose of catching, or which might catch, take or ensnare game . . . and no person shall carry with him in any automobile any gun or rifle unless the same is unloaded, and knocked down or unloaded and inclosed within a carrying case[.]




1919 Wis. Sess. Laws 282, An Act . . . Relating to Powers of Town Meetings, ch. 261, § 1.

To regulate the storage of gunpowder and other dangerous materials[.]




1917 Wis. Sess. Laws 1243-44, An Act to Repeal Sections . . . to Create a New Chapter to Be Numbered 29 . . . Relating to Wild Animals, and the Regulation of the Enjoyment, Disposition and Conservation Thereof, Prescribing Penalties, and Creating a Conservation Fund, ch. 668, § 3, pt. 29.57 (4).

(4) Absolute Protection. No owner of lands embraced within any such wild life refuge, and no other person whatever, shall hunt or trap within the boundaries of any wild life refuge, state park, or state fish hatchery lands; nor have in his possession or under his control therein any gun or rifle, unless the same is unloaded and knocked down or enclosed within its carrying case; but nothing herein shall prohibit, prevent, or interfere with the state conservation commission or its deputies agents or employees in the destruction of injurious animals.




1913 Wis. Sess. Laws 655, An Act. . . Relating to the Hunting and Shipping of Birds and Deer, ch. 578, § 1.

. . . and it shall also be unlawful for any person carrying or being in possession of a gun to run or use a pointer or setter dog or dogs in the field, or upon lands frequented by or upon which game birds may be found between the first day of August and the seventh day of September. . .




1911 Wis. Sess. Laws 92, An Act to Create Section 4410m of the Statutes, Relating to Burglary with Explosives, ch. 89, § 1.

§ 1. . . Section 4410m. 1. Any person who, with intent to commit crime, breaks and enters either by day or by night, any building, whether inhabited or not, and opens or attempts to open any vault, safe, or other secure place by nitroglycerine, dynamite, gunpowder, or any other explosive, shall be deemed guilty of burglary with explosives. 2. Any person duly convicted of burglary with explosives shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of not less than fifteen nor more than forty years.




1911 Wis. Sess. Laws 572, An Act . . . Relating to Child Labor, ch 479, §4.

§ 1728f. 1. No child under the age of eighteen years shall be employed . . . in or about establishments where nitroglycerine, dynamite, dualin, guncotton, gunpowder or other high or dangerous explosive is manufactured, compounded or stored[.]




1911 Wis. Sess. Laws 227-28, An Act . . . Relating to the Regulation of the Manufacture and Storage of Gunpowder and Black Blasting Powder, and Providing a Penalty, ch. 223, § 1.

§ 1. . . § 4393a-1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to manufacture gunpowder or black blasting powder in any quantity whatsoever within the corporate limits of any city or village or within one hundred rods of any occupied dwelling house or any church, schoolhouse, town hall, depot or other place in which people are accustomed to assemble. § 4393a-2. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation engaged in the manufacture of gunpowder or black blasting powder to store, or permit to be stored on the land or premises where gunpowder or black blasting powder is manufactured, any dynamite or explosive other than that manufactured at such gunpowder or black blasting powder manufacturing plant or within one mile of any plant where gunpowder of black blasting powder is manufactured. § 4393a-3. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the manufacture of gunpowder or black blasting powder, to store or to keep in storage or permit to be stored or kept in storage, at any plant where gunpowder or black blasting powder is manufactured, more than one hundred twenty-five thousand pounds of gunpowder or black blasting powder in any building or storage magazine at such plant[.]




Charter and Ordinances of the City of Superior; Also Harbor Act, Municipal Court Act, Rules of the Common Council and Board of Education Page 390, Image 481 (1896) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the City of Superior, Carrying Concealed Weapons, § 18. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than a policeman or other officer authorized to maintain the peace or to serve process, to carry or wear any pistol, sling-shot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk, dagger or any other dangerous weapon within the limits of the City of Superior, and any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten (10) dollars nor more than one hundred (100) dollars.




Arthur Loomis Sanborn, Annotated Statutes of Wisconsin, Containing the General Laws in Force October 1, 1889, Also the Revisers’ Notes to the Revised Statutes of 1858 and 1878, Notes of Cases Construing and Applying the Constitution and Statutes, and the Rules of the County and Circuit Courts and of the Supreme Court Page 2226, Image 848 (Vol. 2, 1889) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Carrying Concealed Weapons, § 4397. Any person who shall go armed with any concealed and dangerous weapon, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not more than six months, or by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars: provided, this section shall not apply to any policeman or officer authorized to serve process.




Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council. Page 177, Image 180 (La Crosse, 1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, An Ordinance to Provide for the Government and Good Order of the City of La Crosse, for the suppression of vice and immorality, and the prevention of Crime. City Ordinances. § 19. It shall be unlawful for any person to use firearms or to shoot off a gun or pistol or to hunt game or birds within the limits of any cemetery in the city of La Crosse; or to rob or disturb birds’ nests therein, or to enter any cemetery except by the gate, and then only at such times as the same may be open to the public; or to enter the same as a thoroughfare in going from one place to another. Any person violating any provisions of this section, shall upon conviction, be fined in a sum not more than ten dollars, and in case of a second conviction shall be imprisoned not more than sixty days nor less than ten days.




Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council Page 176, Image 179 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Ordinance to Provide for the Government and Good Order of the City of La Crosse, for the suppression of vice and immorality, and the prevention of Crime,] § 15. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a policeman or other officer authorized to maintain the peace and to serve process to carry or wear any pistol, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk or any other dangerous weapon, and any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars. In all cases of conviction hereunder, any and all dangerous weapons found on the person of the accused shall be confiscated and become the property of the city of La Crosse, and may be sold for the benefit thereof at such times and in such manner as the common council may from time to time direct.




Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council Page 202, Image 205 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Ordinance in Relation to the Discharge of Firearms and firecrackers and to the use and exhibition of fireworks, § 1. No person shall fire or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or firearms of any description, or fire, explode or set off any squib, cracker or other thing containing powder or other combustible or explosive material, or set off or exhibit any fireworks within the limits of the city of La Crosse, without having first obtained written permission from the mayor, which permission shall limit the time and fix the place of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked at any time after the same may have been granted. Any violation of this ordinance shall subject the person or persons so violating the same to a fine of not less than one dollar nor exceeding twenty-five dollars; but this ordinance shall not be construed to prohibit the discharge of firearms by the chief of police or any of his subordinates or any peace officer when required or made necessary in the performance of any duty imposed by law.




Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council Page 25-26, Image 28-89 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

The common council has power. . . Pt. 36. To regulate or prohibit the carrying or wearing by any person, any pistol, slung-shot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk or any other dangerous weapon, and to provide for the confiscation and sale of such weapons.




Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council Page 239-242, Image 242-245 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of La Crosse, An Ordinance to Provide for Licensing Vendors of Gunpowder and Other Explosive Substances and to Regulate the Storing, Keeping and Conveying of all Dangerous and Explosive Materials and Substances within the City of La Crosse, and in relation to the Storage and Sale of Lime Therein, § 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep for sale, sell or give away any gunpowder, giant powder, nitro-glycerine, gun-cotton, dynamite or any other explosive substance of like nature or use without having first obtained a license therefor from the city of La Crosse in the manner hereinafter provided. Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of twenty-five dollars for each offense. . . § 3. It shall be unlawful for any person licensed pursuant to the foregoing sections of this ordinance to have or keep at his or her place of business an amount of gunpowder or other explosive material greater in the aggregate than fifty pounds at any one time, or to keep the same in any other than cases or canisters made of tin, or other metal holding not to exceed ten pounds each. Such gunpowder or other explosive materials shall be kept in places remote from fires and lighted lamps or candles, and where the same may be easily accessible so as to be removed in case of fire. No person shall sell any gunpowder or other explosive material after the lighting of lamps in the evening unless in sealed canisters or cases; and all places where business is carried on under any such license shall have a sign put up in a conspicuous place at or near the front door thereof with the word “gunpowder” painted thereon in large letters. Any person violating any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than fifty dollars for each offense; and upon any such conviction the common council may at its discretion by resolution duly passed revoke the license of the person so convicted. This ordinance shall not be construed as to prevent persons who are not vendors of the articles mentioned in the title thereof from keeping gunpowder in quantities not exceeding one pound for their own use.




1883 Wis. Sess. Laws 370, vol. 2, And Act to Revise, Consolidate and Amend the City Charter of the City of Fond Du Lac, ch. 6, § 8, pt. 17.

To prohibit, restrain or regulate the discharge of fire-arms and the explosion of gunpowder and guncotton, and the firing of firecrackers and fireworks of any kind within the city.




1883 Wis. Sess. Law 1034, An Act to Incorporate the City of Nicolet, ch. 351, § 32, pt. 45.

To regulate and prohibit the carrying or wearing by any person, under his clothes, or concealed about his person, of any pistol, sling-shot, or knuckles, bowie-knife, dirk knife, or dirk or dagger, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, and to provide for the confiscation or sale of such weapon.