“Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Alabama, That it shall not be lawful for any person, persons or body of men, whether uniformed or not uniformed, to be associated, assembled or congregated together by or under any name whatsoever, in a military capacity for the purpose of drilling, parading or marching, at any time or place in State of Alabama, or otherwise taking up or bearing arms in any such capacity, unless authorized by law and granted by the governor. Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not apply to any school or college where military tactics are taught, to the Order of Knights Templar, Order of Knights of Pythias, or Patriarchs Militant.
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That any person violating the provisions of this act is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars.”
Acts of the General Assembly of Alabama Passed at the Session of 1888-9, Held in the City of Montgomery, Commencing Tuesday, November 13th, 1888. With a Separate Index to the General and Local Laws (Montgomery, AL: The Brown Printing Co., 1889), 82. Act No. 94, H. B. 423, §§ 1-2, An Act to Prohibit the Taking up or Bearing Arms by Any Person, Persons or Body of Men in a Military Capacity, Unless Authorized by Law. Approved February 28, 1889.