“Article 1. That hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person to carry a dangerous weapon, concealed or otherwise, into a theatre, public hall, tavern, pic-nic ground, place for shows or exhibitions, house or other place of public entertainment or amusement.
Art. 2. That any person violating the provisions of the first section of this ordinance, by carrying a dangerous weapon, not concealed, into any of the places designated in said section, shall be subject to the payment of a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars, or to imprisonment in the parish prison not to exceed twenty days, to be imposed by the Recorder within whose jurisdiction the offense is committed.
Art. 3. That any person violating the provisions of the first section of this ordinance by carrying a dangerous weapon concealed about his person, in any of the places designated in said section, shall be arrested and prosecuted for violation of the law relative to the carrying of dangerous weapons concealed about the person.
Art. 4. That the Chief of Police and the members of the police force of the city of New Orleans be charged with the enforcement of this ordinance, and to that end they are authorized and required to examine all persons entering any of the places specified in section one of this ordinance, and to arrest and prefer the proper charge against all persons violating this ordinance.
Art. 5. That the provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to the officers and members of military organizations, when acting as such, nor to the carrying of arms or weapons intended to be used in any show, exhibition or other entertainment.
Art. 6. That a printed copy of the ordinances concerning public balls, theatres and public exhibitions, be placed in a conspicuous position within the enclosure of said balls, theatres and public exhibitions, for the purpose of reference; and, that in case of neglect or refusal of the managers or owners of such places to comply with the provisions of this section, they shall be liable to a fine of fifty dollars for said offence, recoverable before any court of competent jurisdiction; and the police officers on duty shall compel the owners of the balls, theatres, etc., to close for that night.”
The Laws and Ordinances of the City of New Orleans From the Consolidation of the Municipalities in 1852 to the 1st of January, 1882, in Edwin L. Jewell, Jewell’s Digest of the City Ordinances: Together With the Constitutional Provisions, Acts of the General Assembly And Decisions of the Courts Relative to the Government of the City of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA: L. Graham & Son, 1882), 1-2. Title 1—Amusements, Chapter 1—General Ordinances, Articles 1-6. Article 1 “enacted” in May of 1879; article 6 “posted” December 1856.