“Sect. 21. No person shall discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm in any of the streets, highways, public squares or commons in the city ; provided, this section shall not apply to the use of such weapons in the lawful defense of the person, family or property of any one, or in the performance of any duty required by law, nor to the firing of a salute of cannon or artillery by permission of the mayor and aldermen.”
City Charter and Amendments, and Special Statutes; City Ordinances, Rules and Orders, of the Board of Aldermen and of the Common Council, and the Joint Rules and Orders of the City Council of the City of Springfield (Springfield, MA: Samuel Bowles & Company, Printers, 1871), 128. Ordinance No. 44 §21 Firearms, not to be discharged in streets, &c., except, &c.