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Richard Varick, Laws and Ordinances Ordained and Established by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New-York, in Common Council Convened; for the Good Rule and Government of the Inhabitants and Residents of the Said City Page 1, Image 57 (1793) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.



An Act to prevent the Firing of Guns and other Fire-Arms within this State, on certain Days therein mentioned. Whereas great dangers have arisen, and mischief been done by the pernicious practice of firing guns, pistols, rockets, squibs and other fire-works, on the Eve of the last day of December, and first and second days of January, for prevention whereof for the future, Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York, represented in the Senate and Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That if any person or persons whomsoever, shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, rocket, squib or other firework, within a quarter of a mile of any building on the said Eve or days before mentioned, every such person or persons so offending, and being thereof convicted before any Justice of the Peace of the City or County where such offense shall be committed, either by the concession of the parties so offending or the oath of any one credible witness, shall for every such offense, forfeit the sum of forty shillings, with costs of suit, to be levied by distress and sale of the offender’s goods and chattels, by warrant under the hand and seal of said justice. . .