THE FOLLOWING ACT OF ASSEMBLY passed March, 1886, is published for the benefit of those who are in the habit of carrying guns, &c., on days of election:
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That from and after the passage of this Act it shall not be lawful for any person in St. Mary’s county to carry on the days of election and primary election, within three hundred yards of the polls, secretly or otherwise, any gun, pistol, dirk, dirk-knife, razor, billy or bludgeon; and any person violating the provisions of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof by the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s county, having criminal jurisdiction thereof, or before any Justice of the Peace of said county shall be fined not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars for each offence, and on refusal or failure to pay said fine shall be committed to the jail of said county until the same is paid.
SEC. 3. And be it enacted, That any constable of said county, or sheriff thereof, who shall refuse to arrest any person violating any of the provisions of this Act upon information of such offense, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof before the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s county, shall be fined not less than fifty nor more than one hundred dollars, and shall in the discretion of the court be discharged from office.
J. PHILIP GREENWELL.
Sheriff of St. Mary’s county.”
Full Text (From Newspapers.com): 1887, Saint Mary’s Beacon, Oct 13, 1887
This newspaper seems to be referencing a law that is in the repository as a state law, under the title of “1886 Md. Laws 315, An Act to Prevent the Carrying of Guns, Pistols, Dirk-knives, Razors, Billies or Bludgeons by any Person in Calvert County, on the Days of Election in said County, Within One Mile of the Polls, ch. 189, § 1.”
The law is included here again because this newspaper’s instance provides greater context, contains slightly different wording, includes a greater portion of the law’s text, and covers a different county.
“Notice.” Saint Mary’s Beacon, October 13, 1887, p. 2. Volume 48, Number 357. (Leonard Town, MD).