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Ordinance no. 1, §§ 6-8, THE MINING ECHO, Jul. 7, 1877 at 1 (Empire City, Kansas).

“ORDINANCE NO. 1.

    Be it ordained by the Mayor and Councilmen of the city of Empire City.
SEC. 1 Any three or more persons, who shall assemble together, within the limits of this city, with the intent to do any unlawful act against the peace, and to the terror of the people, or to do any act against the peace, quiet, security, or repose of any person or persons, or being unlawfully assembled, shall agree with each other to do any such act; or being so unlawfully assembled, shall, without any agreement, by words, acts, or signs, make any preparations, or movements to do any unlawful act, as aforesaid, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction be fined in a sum not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars. 
    SEC. 2. Every person who shall disturb the peace or quiet of this city, or of any lawful assembly of persons within the limits of this city, or any neighborhood, by any indecent, obscene, tumultuous or offensive language, conversation or conduct, or by any device or misconduct whatever, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction be fined in a sum not less than $5.00 nor more than $50.00
    SEC. 3. Any person or persons who shall assault strike, fight or challenge any other person or persons within the limits of this city shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, be fined in a sum not less than $2.00 nor more than $50.00.
    SEC. 4. Any person who shall be found drunk in any Street, Alley, Side-walk or public place of any kind, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction be fined in a sum not less than $1.00 nor more than $25.00.
    SEC. 5. Any person who shall appear in any Street, Alley, Side-walk, or public place of any kind, or who shall appear publicly, in or from any place whatever, naked or in any indecent or lewd dress, or shall be guilty of any indecent behavior or lewd act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction hereof, be fined in a sum not less than $5.00 nor more than $100.
    SEC. 6. Any person who shall carry any concealed pistol, dirk, or other deadly weapon, within the limits of thi- city, shall he deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, be fined in a sum not less than $10 nor more than $50.
    SEC. 7. Any person who shall discharge any gun, pistol, or other firearms, within the limits of this city, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, be fined in a sum not less than $5.00 nor more than $20.
    SEC. 8 Any person who shall, while exercising the right to carry firearms, not concealed, be intoxicated, or shall do any act or thing calculated to cause apprehension or alarm to any citizen within the limits of this city shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction be fined in a sum not less than $3.00 nor more than $20.00.
    SEC. 9. Any person who shall destroy or injure any shade or ornamental tree, shrub or plant not his own, within the limits of this city, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction be fined in a sum not less than $5.00 nor more than $25.00
    SEC. 10. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force on and after its publication. Approved July 2, A. D. 1877.
                        SOLON L. CHENEY, Mayor.
    GEO. S. HAMPTON, Clerk.
                        [Published July 3, 1877.]”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): 1877, KS, Ordinance No. 1, The Mining Echo, Jul. 7, 1877 (Empire City, KS)


“Ordinance No. 1.” The Mining Echo, July 7, 1877, p. 1. Volume 1, Number 10. Ordinance No. 1, §§ 6-8. Approved July 2, 1877; In Effect July 3, 1877. (Empire City, KS).




An Ordinance Relating to the Carrying of Fire Arms and Other Deadly Weapons, THE ABILENE CHRONICLE, May 12, 1870, at 1 (Abilene, Kansas).

AN ORDINANCE

Relating to the Carrying of Fire Arms and other Deadly Weapons.


Be it ordained by the Trustees of the town of Abilene,

    SEC. 1. That any person who shall carry, within the limits of the town of Abilene, or commons, a pistol, revolver, gun, musket, dirk, bowie-knife, or other dangerous weapon upon his or their person or persons, either openly or concealed, except to bring the same and forthwith deposit it or them at their house, boarding house, store room or residence, shall be fined in a sum not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty dollars; and it shall be the duty of any town constable, or policeman of this town, to arrest and disarm any person violating this ordinance, and to deposit the nrms so taken with the captain of the town police, to be by him kept until he is, by the magistrate taking cognizance of the offense of carrying arms as aforesaid, authorized to deliver the same to the person or persons from whom the same shall have been taken.

    SEC. 2. Any and every person who shall be in violation of this ordinance, within the town of Abilene, or commons, and who shall refuse to deposit his or their arms with the constable or policeman aforesaid or shall resist any officer who may attempt to disarm him or them according to the provisions of section one of this ordinance, shall be imprisoned in the common goal of the town not less than twenty-four hours nor more than ten days, and fined not less than $10 nor more than one hundred dollars: Provided, that the provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to the constable or any officer of the town of Abilene, while in the discharge of their duties as such constable or policeman.

    SEC. 3. That any person who shall intentionally discharge any pistol, revolver or gun, within the town of Abilene, in any street, alley, highway, lot, house or other place where life or limb of any person could be endangered, shall be punished by a fine not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.

    SEC. 4. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from the 20th of May 1870.

                                T. C. HENRY, Chairman.

    Attest: G. L. BRINKMAN, Clerk.”

Full Text: (From Newspapers.com): The Abilene Chronicle, May 12, 1870


“An Ordinance Relating to the Carrying of Fire Arms and Other Deadly Weapons.” The Abilene Chronicle, May 12, 1870, p. 1. Volume 1, Number 9. An Ordinance Relating to the Carrying of Fire Arms and Other Deadly Weapons, §§ 1-4. In Effect May 20, 1870. (Abilene, KS).




Ordinance no. 8, LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD, Apr. 12, 1889, at 7 (Los Angeles, California).

ORDINANCE NO. 8.


AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AN “ORDINANCE REGULATING THE CARRYING OF DEADLY OR DANGEROUS WEAPONS.”


The Mayor and Council of the City of Los Angeles, do ordain as follows:

    SECTION 1.  That Section 1 of an ordinance entitled an “Ordinance regulating the carrying of deadly or dangerous weapons,” approved the 6th day of January, 1888, be amended so as to read as follows: It shall be unlawful for any persons, excepting peace officers or persons actually travelling through said city, to wear or carry concealed upon their persons any dirk, bowie-knife, sword cane, pistol, revolver, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, within the corporate limits of the City oi Los Angeles, without a duly issued permit.
    SEC. 2. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this ordinance, and cause the same to be published once in the LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD and thereupon and thereafter it shall take effect and be in force.
    I hereby certify that the foregoing ordinance was adopted by the Council of the Ciiy of Los Angeles, at its meeting of April 8th, 1889.
                        FREEMAN G. TEED,
                                              City Clerk. 
    Approved this 10th day of April, 1889. 
    a12 1t          HENRY T. HAZARD, Mayor.

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): 1889, Los Angeles Herald, April 12, Ordinance No. 8, §§ 1-2


“Ordinance No. 8.” Los Angeles Herald, April 12, 1889, p. 7. Ordinance No. 8—An Ordinance to Amend an Ordinance Entitled an “Ordinance Regulating the Carrying of Deadly or Dangerous Weapons,” §§ 1–2. Approved April 10, 1889; In Force April 12, 1889. Volume 32, Number 10. (Los Angeles, CA).




Ordinance no. 22: An Ordinance Relating to Concealed Weapons and Providing Penalty for Carrying Same, THE HARLOWTON NEWS, Jun. 18, 1909, at 3 (Harlowton, Montana).

ORDINANCE NO. 22.

    An ordinance relating to concealed weapons and providing penalty for carrying same.
    Be it ordained by the board of aldermen of the town of Harlowton.
    Sec. 1. No person in the town of Harlowton shall wear under his or her clothes or concealed on or about their person, any pistol or revolver, except by special permission from the Mayor; nor shall any person wear under his or her clothes or concealed on or about their person, any slingshot, cross knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, or any bowie-knife, razor, billy, dirk, dirk-knife or daggor, or any knife resembling a bowie-knife, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. Any person violating any provision of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdomeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not to exceed one hundred dollars, provided however, that this ordinance shall not be so construed as to prevent any United States, State, County or town officer, or any member of the town government from carrying such weapons as may be necessary in the discharge of his duties.
    Sec. 2. This ordinance shall tie in full force and effect on and after its passage and approval.
    Passed and approved this the 10th day of June A. D. 1909.
                A. T. Anderson, Mayor.
Attest:
    S. K. Campbell, Town Clerk.”

Full Text: 1909, Harlowton, MT, Ordinance No. 22, §§ 1-2


“Ordinance No. 22.” The Harlowton News, June 18, 1909, p. 3. Ordinance No. 22—An Ordinance Relating to Concealed Weapons and Providing Penalty for Carrying Same, §§ 1-2. Passed and Approved June 10, 1909. Volume 3, Number 51. (Harlowton, MT).




Ordinance no. 2: An Ordinance Relating to Concealed Weapons, THE ENTERPRISE, Oct. 20, 1909 at 1 (Malta, Montana).

ORDINANCE NO. 2

    An ordinance relating to concealed weapons.
    Be it ordained by the town council of the town of Malta,

    Section 1. No person in this town shall wear under his clothes or concealed on or about his person, any pistol or revolver, except by special permission from the Mayor; nor shall any person wear under his clothes or concealed on or about his person, any slungshot, cross-knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, or any bowie knife, razor, billy, dirk , dirk-knife or dagger, or any knife resembling a bowie-knife, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. Any person violating any provision or require- of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars. Provided, however, that this section shall not be so construed as to prevent any United States, territorial, county or city officer, or any member of the city government from carrying such weapons as may be necessary in the discharge of his duties.
    Section 2. This ordinance take shall effect and be in force from and after thirty days after the date of its passage and approval.
    Approved Oct. 5, 1909.
                               John A . Tressler, Mayor.

Attest: 
    F . W . Hall,
    Town Clerk.”

Full Text: 1909, Malta, MT, The Enterprise, Ordinance No. 2, §§ 1-2


“Paste these in your Hat: City Ordinances which Should Be Read by Every Citizen of Malta and Vicinity.” The Enterprise, October 20, 1909, p. 1. Ordinance No. 2—An Ordinance Relating to Concealed Weapons, §§ 1-2. Approved October 5, 1909. Volume 12, Number 22. (Malta, MT).




Ordinance No. 317: An Ordinance Concerning Offenses and Disorderly Conduct, THE DAILY ASTORIAN, Feb. 22, 1879 at 3. (Astoria, OR).

Ordinance No. 317.


AN ORDINANCE Concerning Offenses and disorderly conduct.

The city of Astoria does ordain at follows:

…SEC. 2. That any person or persons who shall fire any pistol, gun or rifle or any other kind of fire-arms within the corporate limits of the city, shall on conviction thereof before the Police court, be fined not less than five nor more than fifty dollars; provied, that all circumstances of necessity may be pleaded as a defense to the offence, described in this section, and provided further, that the committee on Health and Police, upon the national holidays and other days of public celebration, may permit any ap­propriate display or use of fire-ams named in this section.

…SEC. 7. Any person or persons who shall draw any kind of fire arms, or any dirk, dagger, knife or other deadly weapon upon the person of another, or who shall strike at the person of another with slung-shot, knuckles or any other dangerous weapon, within the corporate limits of the city, shall on conviction thereof before the police judge be fined not less than five nor more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than twenty days, or both.

…SEC. 9. That any person or persons who shall carry any fire arms, knife, dirk, knuckles, slung-shot or any other dangerous weapon in a concealed manner about their or his person, within the corporate limits of the city, without a permit, which permit shall be issued by the auditor and clerk of the city upon the recommendation, in writing, of the chief of police, and upon the presentation of the treasurer’s receipt, that the applicant therefore, has paid into the city treasurer the sum of five dollars for a yearly permit, or the sum of one dollar for a permit extending over the period of one month, shall upon conviction thereof before the police court, be fined not less than two nor more than twenty-five dollars, or by a term of imprisonment not exceeding twenty days, provided this section shall not apply to the officers of the law.

…SEC. 18. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its approval by the Mayor.

Passed the council, Feb. 18, 1879.
                     Attest: R. H. CARDWELL.
                                Auditor and Clerk.
Approved, Feb. 20, 1879.
                            J. H. D. GRAY. Acting Mayor.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): 1879, Astoria, OR, The Daily Astorian, Feb 22, 1879


“Ordinance No. 317. An Ordinance Concerning Offenses and Disorderly Conduct.” The Daily Astorian, Feb. 22, 1879, p. 3. Passed February 18, 1879; Approved February 20, 1879. Volume 8, Number 44. (Astoria, Oregon).




New Advertisements, THE LOS ANGELES TRI-WEEKLY NEWS, Jul. 22, 1865, at 2 (Los Angeles, California).

NEW ADVERTISEMENTS



The Mayor and Common Council of Los Angeles City do ordain as follows:

    Sec. 1.—In future, no persons, except peace officers and persons actually traveling, and immediately passing through Los Angeles city, shall wear or carry any dirk, pistol, sword in a cane, slung shot, or other dangerous or deadly weapons, concealed or otherwise, within the corporate limits of said city, under a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars fine, and imprisonment at the discretion of the Mayor, not exceeding ten days.

    Sec. 2.—It is hereby made the duty of each police officer of this city when any stranger shall come within said corporate limits wearing or carrying weapons, to as soon as possible give them information and warning of this Ordinance, and in case they refuse or decline to obey such warning, by depositing their weapons in a place of safety, to complain of them immediately, under the first section of this Ordinance.

    Sec. 3.—This Ordinance shall go into effect immediately after its passage…

Revised Ordinance, City of Los Angel­es; Article 5:
    Sec. 2.—No person or persons shall fire any pistol, gun or rifle, or other description of fire arms, or discharge any air gun whatever in any street within the fire limits of the city, under a penalty of five dollars for the first offence; ten dollars for the second offence; and for the third offence not more than fifty dollars, and imprisonment at the discretion of the Mayor, not exceeding ten days.”*

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): 1865, LA, Los Angeles Tri-Weekly News, Jul. 22, 1865


*A Spanish language version of the same law is printed directly beneath this version. 



“New Advertisements.” Los Angeles Tri-Weekly News, July 22, 1865, p. 2. Unnamed Ordinance, §§ 1-3, &  Unnamed Revised Ordinance, Article 5, § 2. Passed July 17, 1856. Volume 13, Number 12. (Los Angeles).




Ordinance no. 8, §§ 1-2, LOS ANGELES HERALD, Apr. 12, 1889, at 7 (Los Angeles, California).

ORDINANCE NO. 8.


AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AN “ORDINANCE REGULATING THE CARRYING OF DEADLY OR DANGEROUS WEAPONS.”


The Mayor and Council of the City of Los Ange­ les, do ordain as follows:

    SECTION 1. That Section 1 of an ordinance entitled an “Ordinance regulating the carrying of deadly or dangerous weapons,’’ approved the 6th day of January, 1888, be amended so as to read as follows: It shall be unlawful for any persons, excepting peace officers or persons actually travelling through said city, to wear or carry concealed upon their persons any dirk, bowie-knife, sword cane, pistol, revolver, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, within the corporate limits of the City of Los Angeles, without a duly issued permit.
    SEC. 2. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this ordinance, and cause the same to be published once in the Los Angeles DAILY HERALD and thereupon and thereafter it shall take effect and be in force.
    I hereby certify that the foregoing ordinance was adopted by the Council of the Ciiy of Los Angeles, at its meeting of April 8th, 1889.
    FREEMAN G. TEED,
        City Clerk.
Approved this 10th day of April, 1889.
a12 1t HENRY T. HAZARD, Mayor.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): Los Angeles Herald, Apr. 12, 1889


“Ordinance No. 8.”  Los Angeles Herald, Apr. 12, 1889, p. 7. Ordinance No. 8, §§ 1-2, Adopted April 8, 1889; Approved April 10, 1889. Volume 32, Number 10. (Los Angeles, California).




Ordinance No. 11, §§ 1 & 9, TWIN FALLS WEEKLY NEWS, Jun. 23, 1905, at 3 (Twin Falls, Idaho).

ORDINANCE NO. 11.

To Amend Ordinance No. 11, No Ordinance Entitled: “An Ordinance Defining Offenses Against the Peace and Good Order of the Village of Twin Falls and Providing Punishment Thereof.”

Be it Ordained by the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Village of Twin Falls that Ordinance No. 11 Entitled: “An Ordinance Defining Offenses Against the Peace and Good Order of the Village of Twin Falls, and Providing Punishment Thereof,” Passed April 24th, 1905, be and Hereby is Amended to Read as Follows:

ORDINANCE NO. 11.
An Ordinance Defining Offenses Against the Peace and Good Order of the Village of Twin Falls, and Providing Punishment Thereof.
Be it Ordained by the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Village of Twin Falls:

    Section 1. Any person discharging an air gun, flipper or other similar contrivance within the limits of the village of Twin Falls, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not to exceed one hundred dollars…

    …Sec. 9. Any person, excepting peace officers, who shall carry any sling shot, or any concealed deadly weapon, without the permission of the chairman first had and obtained, within the village of Twin Falls, shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): Twin Falls Weekly News, Jun. 23, 1905


“Ordinance No. 11.” Twin Falls Weekly News, June 23, p. 3. Amended text of Ordinance No. 11, §§ 1 & 9. Passed June 22, 1905. Volume 1, Number 35.

 




Ordinance no. 12, § 2, & Ordinance no. 25, OXFORD EAGLE, Jul. 7, 1898, at 2 (Oxford, Mississippi).

“…An Ordinance of the town of Oxford declaring certain offences, committed within the limits of the town to be misdemeanors, and providing a penalty against those who are guilty of them.

12 Be it ordained, by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the town of Oxford that the following offences committed within the limits of the corporation of the town of Oxford, are, and are hereby declared to be misdemeanors…

…§2 Exhibiting deadly weapons in a rude, angry or threatening manner, and not in necessary self defense.

    Same—Carrying Concealed weapons…

…An Ordinance of the town of Ox­ford, providing a penalty against the Marshal or night-watch, for failure to report and prosecute offenders against any of the ordinances of the town. 

25 Be it ordained by the Mayor, and Board of Aldermen of the town of  Oxford, that the Marshal and night-watch of the town are hereby required to be on the lokoout for violations of the town ordinances, and to be prompt and impartial in re­porting and prosecution of same and if they or either of them fail or refuse to report, arrest, and bring to trial any one who has violated any ordinance of the town, having notice of such violation shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction before the Mayor shall be punished by a fine in the sum of $25.00 with all costs of his conviction, and shall stand com­mitted to jail until the same is paid.
    All of the foregoing ordinances numbered consecutively from 1 to 25 inclusive, were read and consid­ered by sections at a public meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alder­men held on June 22, 1898, at 3 o’clock, P, M., and the vote on their final passage was taken by yeas and nays, on each ordinance and each section of each ordinance separately, all of them having been previously reduced to writing, and the said votes herein are now entered on the minutes of the Board by the clerk. 

    Yea vote unanimous, D. T. CARTER, B. P. GRAX, W. D. PORTER, E. O. DAVIDSON, F. S. LEAVELL.
    Nay vote.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): Oxford_Eagle, Jul. 7, 1898


“Ordinances, Town of Oxford, Lafayette County, State of Mississippi.” Oxford Eagle, July 7, 1898, p. 2. Ordinance No. 12—An Ordinance of the Town of Oxford Declaring Certain Offences, Committed Within the Limits of the Town to Be Misdemeanors, and Providing a Penalty Against Those Who Are Guilty of Them, § 2; Ordinance No. 25—An Ordinance of the Town of Ox­ford, Providing a Penalty Against the Marshal or Night-Watch, for Failure to Report and Prosecute Offenders Against any of the Ordinances of the Town. Passed June 22, 1898. Volume 22, Number 30. 

 

 




Ordinance No. 2284, § 1, TACOMA REVISED CHARTER AND ORDINANCES 800, 800-03 (1905 Allen & Lamborn).

“ORDINANCE NO. 2284.

An ordinance defining who are disorderly persons and to provide for their punishment, and repealing Ordinances No. 2 N. T., No. 3 N. T., No. 4 O. T., No. 5 O. T., No. 91, No. 134, No. 968, No. 1366, No. 1574 and all ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict herewith.

Be it ordained by the City of Tacoma:

    SECTION 1.  That the following persons are hereby declared to be disorderly persons:

    …All persons (except police officers and other persons whose duty it is to execute process or warrants or make arrests) who shall carry upon their persons any concealed weapons, consisting of a revolver, pistol or other firearms (except by written permit from the Chief of Police) or any knife (other than an ordinary pocket knife) or any dirk or dagger, sling shot or metal knuckles or any instrument by the use of which injury can be inflicted upon the person or property of any other persons.

    All persons (except peace officers as aforesaid) who shall draw, exhibit or attempt to use any deadly weapon upon, to or against another person within said City with intent to do bodily injury to such person.

    All persons (except peace officers as aforesaid and persons practicing at target shooting in a shooting gallery, duly licensed) who shall within the City limits fire off or discharge any gun or pistol or firearm of any kind, or bomb…”

Full Text: 1905, Tacoma, WA, Revised Charter and Ordinances, Ordinance No. 2284


W. Roys, ed., Revised Charter and Ordinances of the City of Tacoma Washington (Tacoma, WA: Allen & Lamborn Printing Co., 1905), 800-803. Ordinance 2284—An ordinance defining who are disorderly persons and to provide for their punishment, and repealing Ordinances No. 2 N. T., No. 3 N. T., No. 4 O. T., No. 5 O. T., No. 91, No. 134, No. 968, No. 1366, No. 1574 and all ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict herewith, § 1. Approved January 26, 1905.




City Ordinances of the City of Needles, ch. 4, art. 4, §§ 60-61, THE NEEDLES EYE, Nov. 29, 1913, at 2, 3 (Needles, California).

“ARTICLE IV.
CONCEALED WEAPONS.

SEC. 60. If any person shall wear or carry concealed, any pistol, revolver, dirk, derringer, dagger, bowie-knife, razor, brass knuckles, slungshot, sand bag, or other dangerous or deadly weapon within the said City of Needles, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall in addition to the penalty therefore, also forfeit to said City of Needles the weapons so unlawfully worn or carried by him for which conviction is had, to be declared in such conviction.

SEC. 61. The provisions of the foregoing section, shall not apply to any person in actual service as a militiaman not to any peace officer, or person summoned to his aid, not to any revenue or other civil officer, engaged in the discharge of his duties, nor to the carrying of any of said arms on one’s premises or place of business, and the President of the Board of Trustees may grant a permit in writing to carry or wear any such weapon or weapons, when in his judgment a necessity exists for same, and stating therein the time for which permit is given and a copy of such permit shall be filed with the City Clerk within twenty-four hours from the time of giving the same.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): The Needles Eye, Nov. 29, 1913


“City Ordinances of the City of Needles.” The Needles Eye, November 29, 1913, p. 3.  Chapter 4, Article 4—Concealed Weapons, §§ 60-61. Approved November 28, 1913. Volume 25, Number 48. (Needles, California).




Ordinance No. 126: An Ordinance Relating to the Carrying of Concealed Weapons, THE VIRGINIA ENTERPRISE, Feb. 9, 1912, at 12 (Virginia, Minnesota).

ORDINANCE NO. 126


An Ordinance Relating to the Carrying of Concealed Weapons.


 

The City Council of the City of Virginia do ordain as follows:
    Section 1. No person shall go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword, pistol, revolver, air-gun, stiletto, metallic knuckles, pocket billie, sand bag, skull cracker, sling shot, razor or other offensive and dangerous weapon or instrument concealed upon his person, within the limits of the City of Virginia. Provided this ordinance shall not apply to public officers of the City of Virginia when on duty, nor to any person whose occupation or business may seem to require the carrying of weapons for protection, and who shall have obtained from the Mayor of said city a license so to do.
    Sec. 2. The Mayor of the City of Virginia may grant to such persons as he may deem proper, a license to carry concealed weapons, which permits shall be issued for a period not to exceed six months, and such permits may be revoked by the Mayor at any time. Applications for such license shall be made to the Mayor in writing, and, when granted, the person applying therefor shall pay to the City Treasurer the sum of One Dollar and thereupon a license shall be issued by the City Clerk and signed by the Mayor, which license shall state the name, age, occupation and residence of the person to whom it is granted, and the date of expiration.
    Sec. 3. Any instrument or weapon duly adjudged by the Municipal Court of said city to have been worn or carried in violation of Section (1) of this ordinance shall be forfeited to the city of Virginia, and shall be so adjudged, and all weapons so forfeited shall be delivered to the Chief of Police and shall be kept by him, and at the first meeting of the City Council after January 1st and July 1st of each year, he shall report to the council a list of all articles so received by him, and the council shall sell or dispose of said property in such manner as the council may determine.
    Sec. 4. Any person violating any provisions in this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not less than Ten ($10.00) Dollars and not more than One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars, or imprisonment in the county jail or the city jail for not to exceed ninety days.
    Sec. 5. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage, approval and publication.

Moved by Alderman E. C. A. Johnson, supported by Alderman Moilan, that the ordinance be adopted.
Ayes: Ald. Weber, Kimball, Moilan. E. C. A. Johnson, Mr. President-5.
Nays—None.
Adopted Jan. 30, 1912.

Attest
ALBERT E . BICKFORD,
City Clerk.
Presented to the Mayor Jan. 31, 1912.
Returned by the Mayor Feb. 5, 1912.
A. C. OSBORN.
President of the City Council

Approved Feb. 5, 1912.
A. HAWKINSON, Mayor.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): The Virginia Enterprise, Feb. 9, 1912


“Ordinance No. 126: An Ordinance Relating to the Carrying of Concealed Weapons.” The Virginia Enterprise, Feb. 9, 1912, p. 12. Ordinance 126,  §§ 1-5. Approved February 5, 1912. Volume 20, Number 1. (Virginia, Minnesota).




Ordinance No. 160: An Ordinance Defining Offenses Against the Peace and Good Order of the City of Caldwell, and Providing Punishment Therefore, THE CALDWELL TRIBUNE, May 27, 1910, at 2 (Caldwell, Idaho).

“ORDINANCE No. 160.

AN ORDINANCE

DEFINING OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE AND GOOD ORDER OF THE CITY OF CALDWELL, AND PROVIDING PUNISHMENT THEREFORE.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CALDWELL.

    Section 1. Any person discharging an air gun, sparrow gun, flipper or other similol contrivance within the limits of the City of Cald­well. shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in anp sum not to exceed one hundred dollars…

    …Section 10. Any person excepting peace officers who shall carry any sling shot, or any concealed deadly weapon without the permision of the mayor first had and obtained within the City of Caldwell, shall upon conviction thereof, be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars…

    …Section 19. Any person not an officer discharging any firearms within the limits of the City of Caldwell, without a sufficient breastworks or battery for the protection of the citizens, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars…”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): The Caldwell Tribune, May 27, 1910


“Ordinance No. 160: An Ordinance Defining Offenses Against the Peace and Good Order of the City of Caldwell, and Providing Punishment Therefore.” The Caldwell Tribune, May 27, 1910, p. 2. Ordinance 160, §§ 1, 10, & 19.  Passed by the Council May 16, 1910; Approved by the Mayor May 17, 1910. Volume 30, Number 2. (Caldwell, Idaho). 




Ordinance No. 32: An Ordinance to Define Misdemeanors and Provide Penalty Therefor, and for Other Purposes, THE DAILY MORNING ALASKAN, Jun. 18, 1903, at 2 (Skagway, Alaska).

“…ARTICLE I

    Offenses against public peace and quiet.

    …Section 3. Every person who shall, in the presence of one or more persons, exhibit any pistol, bowie-knife or other dangerous weapon in a threatening manner shall, on conviction thereof, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the municipal jail not more than ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment…

    …Section 10. Every person who shall carry or wear under his or her clothes, or concealed about his or her person, any weapon, shall, upon conviction thereof, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars, or by imprisonment in the municipal jail not more than thirty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, this section shall not apply to officers carrying weapons in the discharge of their official duties; provided further, that the ex-officio mayor may, upon request, if he deems it advisable, grant to any person not herein granted the privilege a permit in writing to carry a pistol or revolver concealed upon his person.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): The Daily Morning Alaskan, Jun. 18, 1903



“Ordinance No. 32: An Ordinance to Define Misdemeanors and Provide Penalty Therefor, and for Other Purposes.” The Daily Morning Alaskan, June 18, 1903, p. 2. Ordinance 32—An Ordinance to Define Misdemeanors and Provide Penalty Therefor, and for Other Purposes, Article 1—Offenses Against Public Peace and Quiet, §§ 3 & 10. Passed June 1, 1903. Volume 6, Number 123. (Skagway, Alaska). 




Ordinance No. 13: An Act to Prohibit the Carrying of Concealed Weapons, OKEENE EAGLE, Mar. 10, 1902, at 1 (Okeene, Oklahoma).

“ORDINANCE NO. 13: AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE CARRYING OF CONCEALED WEAPONS.

    An ordinance to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons and fixing a penalty for the vio­lation of the same.

    Be it ordained by the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Town of Okeene, Blaine county, Oklahoma Territory.

SEC. 1  It shall be unlawful for any person to carry upon his person any concealed pistol, revolver, dirk, bowie knife, billy, sling shot, metal knuckles, or other dangerous or deadly weapons of any kind, expecting only officers of the law in the discharge of their duties; and any person so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be subject to the penalty hereinafter provided.

SEC. 2  Any such weapon or weapons, duly adjudged by the Justice of the Peace, of said town to have been worn or carried by any person in violation of the first section of this ordinance shall be forfeited or confiscated to the town of Okeene, and shall be so adjudged.

SEC. 3  The Town Marshall or any other police officer of said town, may within the limits of said town, without warrant arrest any person or persons found in the act of carrying or wearing any of said weapons so concealed, and detain him or them, until a warrant can be procured.

SEC. 4  Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this ordinance, shall upon conviction pay a fine of not more than ten dollars, and be committed until such fine and costs are paid.

SEC. 5  The Chairman may grant to so many and such persons as he may desire, licenses to carry concealed weapons, and may revoke any and all of such licenses at his pleasure. Every such license shall state the name, age, occupation and residence of the person to whom granted, and shall be good for one month.

    Whereas an emergency exists this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval as by law required.

    Passed and approved this 10 day of March 1902.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): The Okeene Eagle, Mar 14, 1902


“Ordinance No. 13: An Act to Prohibit the Carrying of Concealed Weapons.” Okeene Eagle, March 10, 1902, p. 1. Ordinance No. 13—An Act to Prohibit the Carrying of Concealed Weapons, §§ 1-5. Passed March 10, 1902. Volume 8, Number 21.




An Ordinance to Revise the General Ordinances of the City of Madison, ch. 22, §§ 1-4, MADISON, CHARTER AND GEN. ORDINANCES 292, 292-93 (Law Passed 1917; Published 1917 by Cantwell Printing).

CHAPTER XXII
OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC SAFETY

    Report of Sale of Firearms.  SECTION 1. (1) Every person, firm, association or corporation engaged in the business of selling firearms at retail in the city of Madison, shall at the close of business on each day during which any such person, firm, association or corporation shall sell any firearms, make a report to the chief of police, giving a brief description of each firearm sold and the name and address of the purchaser.

    (2) The city clerk shall provide suitable forms upon which such reports may be made, which shall be furnished upon request to persons, firms, associations or corporations engaged in selling firearms at retail in the city of Madison.

    Regulate Carrying of Weapons.  SECTION 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, except policemen or any officer authorized to serve process, to carry or wear concealed about his person, any pistol or revolver, slung shot, cross-knuckles, knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, or bowie knife, dirk knife, or dirk or dagger, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, within the limits of the city of Madison; provided, however, that the chief of police of said city may, upon any written application to him made, issue and give a written permit to any person residing within the city of Madison to carry within the said city, for reasonable length of time, to be specified in the permit, a pistol or revolver when it is made to appear to said chief of police that it is necessary for the personal safety of such person or for the safety of his property or for the property with which he may be entrusted, to carry such weapon; and the holding of such permit by such person shall be a bar to prosecution under this section. Said chief of police shall keep the names and residences of all persons to whom he may grant such permits in a book, to be kept for that purpose, and he shall have power to revoke such permit at any time.

    Said chief of police shall, upon granting each and every such permit, collect from the person to whom the same is granted, the sum of one dollar, and he shall pay all moneys so collected by him, upon granting such permits, into the city treasury.

    Any person who shall violate the provisions of this section, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.

    Discharging of Fire-Arms and Explosives—Burning of Inflammable Matter.  SECTION 3. No person shall fire or discharge any cannon, or fire arm of any description, or any air gun, or fire, explode, or set off any squib, cracker or other thing containing powder, or other combustible or explosive material without written permission of the mayor or chief of police, which permission shall limit the time of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked by the common council. No person shall set fire any grass, leaves or any other inflammable material, or suffer or permit the same to be done, unless the same may be ignited without danger of the spread of fire, and unless some competent person shall be in constant attendance from the time the same are ignited until the same are totally extinguished.

    Sale of Toy Pistols and Firecrackers.  SECTION 4. No person shall sell or place on sale, or give away or fire or explode any toy, cap or cartridge pistol or any fire cracker exceeding ¼ inch in diameter and 2 inches in length; nor any so-called “dago bomb” or any similar bomb unless used for exhibition purposes and then only by an experienced agent.”

Full Text: 1917, Madison, WI, An Ordinance to Revise the General Ordinances, ch. 22, §§ 1-4


 V. M. Stolts, ed., Charter and General Ordinances of the City of Madison, Wisconsin Together With the Rules of Order of the Common Council and a Complete List of the Officers of the City From 1856-1917, Inclusive (Madison, WI: Cantwell Printing Company, 1917), 292-293. Chapter 22—Offenses Against Public Safety, §§ 1-4. Passed June 26, 1917.




Use of Firearms and Explosives; Toy Pistols; Cannon Firecrackers; Toy Weapons, ch. 6, art. 2, §§ 505-509, COLORODO SPRINGS, CODE 274, 274-75 (Law Dates Uncertain; Published 1914 by Joslyn Quick Printery).

ARTICLE 2.
OFFENSES AFFECTING THE SAFETY OF
PERSONS AND PROPERTY.

    §505. Use of Firearms and Explosives. (Sec. 241)* No person shall fire or discharge any cannon, gun, pistol or other firearms or set off, fire or explode any torpedo, firecracker, fireball, rocket or other fireworks whatsoever or make or kindle any bonfire, provided, however, that the mayor may by proclamation, suspend the operation of the provisions of this section in whole or in part on the 4th day of July or on any other day of public rejoicing; and provided, further, that the discharge of firearms by the members of any military company when on parade and in accordance with the command of the commanding officer, or by any city officer or other person in the discharge of any regular duty, or necessary or lawful act, the same being done in a proper and careful manner, shall not be deemed a violation hereof. [Ord. No. 730, passed Apr. 3, 1907.]*

    §506. Toy Pistols. Cannon Firecrackers. (Sec. 1) It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city of Colorado Springs, to have in possession, use, sell or give away any instrument, toy or weapon commonly known as a toy pistol, using fulminate paper caps or copper shelled blank cartridges, or to have in possession, use, sell or give away any explosive bombs known as cannon firecrackers.
    §507. Penalty. (Sec. 2) Every person convicted of a violation of this ordinance shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than forty dollars for each offense. [Ord. No. 673, passed June 27, 1904.]
    §508. Toy Weapons. (Sec. 1) It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city of Colorado Springs to have in possession, or to make, use, sell or offer for sale any instrument, toy or weapon commonly known as a pea-shooter, sling or beany, made for the purpose of throwing projectiles by means of elastic rubber, cords or bands, or other India rubber parts, or by means of springs or any air-gun, whether such instrument is called by any name above set forth, or by any other name.
    §509. Penalty. (Sec. 2) Every person convicted of a violation of this ordinance shall be fined in a sum not less than one dollar, nor more than twenty dollars for each offense. [Ord. No. 513, passed Dec. 27, 1897.]”

Full Text: 1914, Colorado Springs, ch. 6, art. 2, §§ 505-509


* The parenthetical references to sections and the bracketed references to ordinances may refer to the original manuscripts mentioned in pp. v-vi of the introduction: “the City Clerk as above required shall certify under his hand and seal of the City of Colorado Springs as to the correctness thereof by comparison with the original manuscripts on file in his office…” These pages are included in the attached PDF; however, the reader should do independent further research to confirm the correct and exact source of the parenthetical and bracketed citations.  



Frank Exline, ed., The Code of Colorado Springs: Comprising Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, the Charter, Amendments Thereto, and General Ordinances of the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1914 (Colorado Springs, CO: the Joslyn Quick Printery, 1914), 274-275. Chapter 6—Of Public Offenses and Penalties, Article 2—Offenses Affecting the Safety of Persons and Property, §§ 505-509. (Date uncertain; dates possibly range from those provided within brackets appended to certain sections: December 27, 1897 to April 3, 1907).




Carrying Concealed Weapons, ch. 6, art. 1, § 501, COLORODO SPRINGS, CODE 271, 271-273 (Law Undated; Published 1914 by Joslyn Quick Printery).

Ҥ501. Carrying Concealed Weapons. (Sec. 260)*

No person shall carry or wear under his clothes or concealed about his person, any pistol, revolver, bowie knife, dirk or other deadly weapon. No person shall display or flourish any deadly weapon in a threatening or boisterous manner. This section shall not apply to police officers when on duty, and the mayor may grant to any and all such persons as he may think proper, license to carry concealed weapons and may revoke any and all such licenses at his pleasure. Each such license shall state the name, age, occupation and residence of the person to whom it is granted and each such license shall expire with the current municipal year.”

Full Text: 1914, Colorado Springs, ch. 6, art. 1, § 501—Carrying Concealed Weapons


* The parenthetical reference to Sec. 260 may refer to the original manuscripts mentioned in pp. v-vi of the introduction: “the City Clerk as above required shall certify under his hand and seal of the City of Colorado Springs as to the correctness thereof by comparison with the original manuscripts on file in his office…” These pages are included in the attached PDF; however, the reader should do independent further research to confirm the correct and exact source of the parenthetical citation.  



Frank Exline, ed., The Code of Colorado Springs: Comprising Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, the Charter, Amendments Thereto, and General Ordinances of the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1914 (Colorado Springs, CO: the Joslyn Quick Printery, 1914), 273. Chapter 6—Of Public Offenses and Penalties, Article 1—Offenses Concerning the Public Peace, § 501— Carrying Concealed Weapons. (Undated).




Acts 46-48, 1631 Va. Acts 173, 173.

“ACT XLVI.


ALL trade with the Savages prohibited, as well publique as private.

ACT XLVII.


NOE man shall goe or send abroade without a sufficient party well armed.

ACT XLVIII.


NOE man shall goe to worke in the grounds without theire armes, and a centinell uppon them.”

 

Full Text: 1631, VA, Acts 46-48


William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, From the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. Published Pursuant to an Act of the General Assembly of Virginia, Passed on the Fifth Day of February One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight, vol. 1 (New York, NY: R. & W. & G. BARTOW, 1823), 173. Acts 46-48. Dated by closest dated prior act, viz., Act 37, to March 2, 1631.




An Ordinance Prohibiting the Unlawful Carrying of Arms, DAILY DEMOCRATIC STATESMAN, May 29, 1880, at 4 (Austin, TX).

AN ORDINANCE

    Prohibiting the Unlawful Carrying of Arms.

    ARTICLE 141a—SECTION 1.  Be it ordained by the City Council of the city of Austin, That if any person in this city hall carry on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddle bags any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword-cane, spear, brass knuckles, bowie knife or other kind of knife manufactured or sold for purposes of offense or defense, he shall be punished by fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars; and in addition thereto shall forfeit to the city of Austin the weapon or weapons so carried.

    SEC. 2 That the preceding section shall not apply to a person in actual service as a militiaman, nor to a peace officer or policeman, or person summoned to his aid, nor to a revenue or other civil officer engaged in the discharge of his official duty, nor to the carrying of arms on one’s own premises or place of business, nor to persons travelling, nor to one who has reasonable grounds for fearing an unlawful attack upon his person and the danger is so imminent and threatening as not to admit of the arrest of the party about to make such attack, upon legal process.

    SEC. 3.  That any person violating any of the provisions of the two preceding sections may be arrested without warrant by any peace officer and carried before the mayor of this city for trial; and any policeman of this city who shall fail or refuse to arrest such person on his own knowledge or upon information from some credible person, shall be punished by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.

    Passed May 3, A. D. 1880

    -Approved May 4, A. D. 1880

                J. C. DEGRESS, Mayor.

Attest: L. M. BRADLEY, City Clerk, *[???]

 

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): 1880, Austin, TX, Austin American Statesman, May 29, 1880


*The text following the word “Clerk” is not at all clear, and the bracketed question marks in the above transcription are meant to indicate that. It is possible that the text was meant to read “May 10th,” however, it is not clear enough to include in the transcription itself.


“An Ordinance.” Daily Democratic Statesman, May 29, 1880, p. 4. Article 141a, §§ 1-3. Volume 9, Number 276. (Austin, Texas).




General Ordinances of the Village of St. Joseph, ST. JOSEPH SATURDAY HERALD, Oct. 5, 1889, at 7. (St. Joseph, MI).

  “SEC. 8. No person shall shoot any bird or animal, or hunt with gun or dog in any street, alley, park or public ground.
    SEC. 9. No person, except peace officers, shall carry or wear under their clothes, or concealed about their person any pistol, revolver or slung-shot, knuckles, bowie-knife, dirk, dagger or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, except by written permission of the President.
    SEC. 10. Any such weapon duly adjudged by a competent Court to have been worn, carried, drawn or flourished by any person in violation of either of the last two sections shall be forfeited and confiscated to the village of St. Joseph in addition to other penalties provided.

    SEC. 16. No person except peace officers in the discharge of their duty, or a citizen in self-defense, shall draw, handle or flourish a revolver, pistol or gun in any street, alley, park or other public place.”

Full Text (From Newspapers.com): 1889, MI, St. Joseph Saturday Herald, Oct. 5, 1889


“General Ordinances of the Village of St. Joseph.” St. Joseph Saturday Herald, Oct. 5, 1889, p. 7. Ordinance 1—Relative to the Appointment and Duties of Certain Officers, §§ 8, 9, 10, & 16. In effect October 15, 1889. Volume 30, Number 24. (St. Joseph, MI).




An Ordinance to Prohibit the Carrying of Concealed Deadly Weapons, MARYSVILLE DAILY DEMOCRAT, Feb. 7, 1889 at 4. (Marysville, CA).

“AN ORDINANCE
______

    An ordinance to prohibit the carrying of concealed deadly weapons.
    The Common Council of the city of Marysville do ordain as follows:

    SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, not being a public officer or traveler, or not having a written permit from the Marshal of the city of Marysville, to wear or carry concealed, or otherwise, within the limits of the city of Marysville, any pistol, dirk, or other dangerous or deadly weapon.

    SEC. 2. Such person and no others shall be termed “travelers” within the meaning of this ordinance as may be actually engaged in making a journey at the time.

    Any person violating the provisions of this ordinance upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment not to exceed ten days, or by both.

    SEC. 3. The Marshal may grant written permission to any person whose profession or occupation may require him to be out at late hours of the night, to carry concealed deadly weapons for his own protection.

    The Marshall may at any time revoke any permit, and after notice to the person holding a permit and a demand for the return thereof, such permit shall immediately become void.

    SEC. 4. The Marshall shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book in which shall be recorded, the name of the person to whom a permit is granted. The date of such permit and the time the permit continues; the date when the permit is discontinued, and the date when the permit is revoked.   

    This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage end the same shall be published in the DAILY DEMOCRAT, a newspaper published in the City of Marysville, for five days
    Approved this 4th day of February,

[Seal]     P. C. SLATTERY,
Mayor of the City of Marysville.

    I, F. E. Smith, Clerk of the City of Marysville, hereby certify the foregoing to be an ordinance passed by the Common Council of the City of Marysville at a meeting of said Council held on the 4th day of February 1889. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the corporate seal of said city to be attached this 4th day of Feb, 1889.

        F. E. SMITH,

f5 10t        Clerk of the City of Marysville.”

Full Text: 1889, Marysville Daily Democrat


“An Ordinance to Prohibit the Carrying of Concealed Deadly Weapons.” Marysville Daily Democrat, February 7, 1889, p. 4. Volume 9, Number 85. (Marysville, CA).




An Act to Regulate the Keeping and Beariing of Deadly Weapons, ch. 34, §§ 1-9, 1871 TEX. GEN. LAWS 1ST SESS. 25, 25-27 (1898 Gammel Book Company).

CHAPTER XXXIV.

An Act to regulate the keeping and beariing of deadly weapons.

    Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That any person carrying on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddle bags, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, sword-cane, spear, brass-knuckles, bowie-knife, or any other kind of knife manufactured or sold for the purposes of offense or defense, unless he has reasonable grounds for fearing an unlawful attack on his person, and that such ground of attack shall be immediate and pressing; or unless having or carrying the same on or about his person for the lawful defense of the State, as a militiaman in actual service, or as a peace officer or policeman, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof shall, for the first offense, be punished by fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars, and shall forfeit to the county the weapon or weapons so found on or about his person; and for every subsequent offense may, in addition to such fine and forfeiture, be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding sixty days; and in every case of fine under this section the fines imposed and collected shall go into the treasury of the county in which they may have been imposed; provided, that this section shall not be so construed as to prohibit any person from keeping or bearing arms on his or her own premises, or at his or her own place of business, nor to prohibit sheriffs or other revenue officers, and other civil officers, from keeping or bearing arms while engaged in the discharge of their official duties, nor to prohibit persons traveling in the State from keeping or carrying arms with their baggage; provided, further, that members of the Legislature shall not be included under the term “civil officers” as used in this act.     
    Sec. 2. Any person charged under the first section of this act, who may offer to prove, by way of defense, that he was in danger of an attack on his person, or unlawful interference with his property, shall be required to show that such danger was immediate and pressing, and was of such a nature as to alarm a person of ordinary courage; and that the weapon so carried was borne openly and not concealed beneath the clothing; and if it shall appear that this danger had its origin in a difficulty first commenced by the accused, it shall not be considered as a legal defense. 
    Sec. 3. If any person shall go into any church or religious assembly, any school room, or other place where persons are assembled for amusement or for educational or scientific purposes, or into any circus, show, or public exhibition of any kind, or into a ball room, social party, or social gathering, or to any election precinct on the day or days of any election, where any portion of the people of this State are collected to vote at any election, or to any other place where people may be assembled to muster, or to perform any other public duty, (except as may be required or permitted by law,) or to any other public assembly, and shall have or carry about his person a pistol or other firearm, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, spear, brass-knuckles, bowie-knife, or any other kind of knife manufactured and sold for the purposes of offense and defense, unless an officer of the peace, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall, for the first offense, be punished by fine of not less than fifty, nor more than five hundred dollars, and shall forfeit to the county the weapon or weapons so found on his person; and for every subsequent offense may, in addition to such fine and forfeiture, be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not more than ninety days.
    Sec. 4. This act shall not apply to, nor be enforced in any county of the State, which may be designated, in a proclamation of the Governor, as a frontier county, and liable to incursions of hostile Indians.
    Sec. 5. All fines collected under the provisions of this act shall be paid into the treasury of the county, and appropriated exclusively to the keeping in repair and maintenance of public roads, and all weapons forfeited to the county under the provisions of this act shall be sold as may be prescribed by the county court, and the proceeds appropriated to the same purpose.
    Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of all sheriffs, constables, marshals, and their deputies, and all policemen, and other peace officers, to arrest any person violating the first or third sections of this act, and to take such person immediately before a justice of the peace of the county where the offense is committed, or before a mayor or recorder of the town or city in which the offense is committed, who shall investigate and try the case without delay. On all such trials the accused shall have the right of a trial by jury, and of appeal to the district court; but, in case of appeal, the accused shall be required to give bond with two or more good and sufficient sureties in a sum of not less than one hundred nor more than two hundred dollars, if convicted under the first section and in a sum of not less than two hundred nor more than one thousand dollars, if convicted under the third section of this act; said bond to be payable to the State of Texas, and approved by the magistrate, and conditioned that the defendant will abide the judgment of the district court that may be rendered in the case; and in case of forfeiture the proceedings thereon shall be as is or may be prescribed by law in similar cases; and all moneys collected on any bond or judgment upon the same, shall be paid over and appropriated as provided in the fifth section of this act.
    Sec. 7. Any officer named in the sixth section of this act who shall refuse or fail to arrest any person whom he is required to arrest by said section on his own information, or where knowledge is conveyed to him of any violation of the first or third sections of this act, shall be dismissed from his office on conviction in the district court, on indictment or information, or by such other proceedings or tribunal as may be provided by law, and in addition, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, at the discretion of the court or jury.
    Sec. 8. That the district courts shall have concurrent jurisdiction under this act, and it is hereby made the duty of the several judges of the district courts of this State to give this act especially in charge to the grand juries of their respective counties.
    Sec. 9. It is hereby made the duty of the Governor to publish this act throughout the State; and this act shall take effect and be in force from and after the expiration of sixty days after its passage.
    Approved April 12, 1871.

Full Text: 1871, TX, ch. 34, An Act to regulate the keeping and beariing of deadly weapons

 


H. P. N. Gammel, ed., The Laws of Texas 1822-1897: Austin’s Colonization Law and Contract; Mexican Constitution of 1824; Federal Colonization Law; Colonization Laws of Coahuila and Texas; Colonization Law of State of Tamaulipas; Fredonian Declaration of Independence; Laws and Decrees, With Constitution of Coahuila and Texas; San Felipe Convention; Journals of the Consultation; Proceedings of the General Council; Goliad Declaration of Independence; Journals of the Convention at Washington; Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation; Declaration of Independence; Constitution of the Republic; Laws, General and Special, of the Republic; Annexation Resolution of the United States; Ratification of the Same by Texas; Constitution of the United States; Constitutions of the State of Texas, With All the Laws, General and Special, Passed Thereunder, Including Ordinances, Decrees, and Resolutions, With the Constitution of the Confederate States and the Reconstruction Acts of Congress, vol. 6 (Austin, TX: The Gammel Book Company, 1898), 25-27. Twelfth Legislature, General Laws, First Session, Chapter 34—An Act to Regulate the Keeping and Beariing of Deadly Weapons, §§ 1-9. Approved April 12, 1871.




NASHVILLE, TN, ORDINANCES, pt. 3, tit. 12, ch. 108, §§ 1-6 at 340, 340-41 (Marshall & Bruce 1881).

CHAPTER 108

CARRYING PISTOLS, BOWIE-KNIVES, ETC.

    SECTION 1. That every person found carrying a pistol, bowie-knife, dirk-knife, slung-shot, brass knucks or other deadly weapon, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction of such first offense, shall be fined form ten to fifty dollars, at the discretion of the court, but upon conviction of every such subsequent offense, shall be fined fifty dollars; Provided, however, that no ordinary pocket knife and common walking-canes shall be construed to be deadly weapons.

    SEC. 2. That it shall be the duty of every police officer who sees any person or persons with, or knows of any person carrying, such deadly weapons, to immediately arrest every such person, that they may be dealt with according to the provisions of this act.

    SEC. 3. That every police officer who may refuse or neglect to immediately arrest every such person seen with or known to be carrying such deadly weapons, shall be deemed guilty of dereliction of duty, and upon conviction thereof, shall be dismissed from service, and any two respectable citizens shall be deemed competent to prefer charges to the proper authorities against such police officer for such dereliction of duty.

    SEC. 4. To the end that the provisions of this act may be more fully carried out, the Police Commissioners be, and are hereby, instructed to increase the number of patrolmen to thirty-four, to be uniformed, paid and controlled in accordance with the present police law.

    SEC. 5. It is expressly understood that the provisions of this act relating to carrying such deadly weapons as are mentioned in the preceding sections, do not extend to police or other officers, or persons that are entitled by law to carry such deadly weapons, nor does it extend to the act of handling or moving such deadly weapons in any ordinary business way.

    SEC. 6. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act are hereby repealed, and this act to take effect from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.

Approved December 26, 1873.

Full Text: 1873, Nashville, TN, ch. 108—Carrying Pistols, Bowie-Knives, etc.


William King McAlister, Jr., ed., Ordinances of the City of Nashville, to Which are Prefixed the State Laws Chartering and Relating to the City, with an Appendix (Nashville, TN: Marshall & Bruce, 1881), 340-341. Part Third—Municipal Regulations, Title 12—Prohibitory Regulations, Chapter 108—Carrying Pistols, Bowie-Knives, etc. Approved December 26, 1873.