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Welcome to the Repository of Historical Gun Laws, a searchable database of gun laws from the medieval age to 1776 in England and from the colonial era to the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. This Repository is intended as a resource for scholars and practitioners interested in historical laws concerning firearms and other similar weapons. Although the Repository seeks to be substantial, it is not comprehensive. Laws have generally been chosen to provide samples from as broad a geographic, temporal, and jurisdictional landscape as possible. The absence of a certain type of law in the Repository does not necessarily mean that such a law did not exist.

Conscientious users of this Repository should supplement their results with further legal and historical research.

If you have questions or comments about the Repository, or would like to request underlying PDFs for any laws in the Repository, please contact Ethan Margolis at: ethan.margolis@law.duke.edu.

To browse the full archive of laws in our Repository, please click here.

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