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Subject: Firing Weapons

1924 Ky. Acts 76, Malicious Shooting, Stabbing or Poisoning; Deadly Weapon, § 1166.

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If any person shall willfully and maliciously shoot at another without wounding (or shoot at or into any railroad passenger coach, station, station platform, waiting room, or steamboat occupied by any employee, passenger or other person or persons, or cas...

If any person shall willfully and maliciously shoot at another without wounding (or shoot at or into any railroad passenger coach, station, station platform, waiting room, or steamboat occupied by any employee, passenger or other person or persons, or cast at or into the same a stone or other dangerous or deadly missile, or draw or present a pistol with intent to willfully and maliciously shoot in or on a railway passenger coach, station, station platform, waiting room or steamboat occupied by any employee, passenger or other person or persons), or shoot at and wound another with the intention to kill him, so that he does not die thereby, or shall wound a person other than the person shot at, so that he does not die thereby, with a gun, or other instrument loaded with leaden bullet or other substance, or shall willfully and maliciously cut, strike or stab another with a knife, sword or other deadly weapon with intention to kill, if the person so stabbed, cut or bruised die not thereby, or shall willfully and maliciously administer poison to another, if death do not ensue in consequence thereof, he, and any person who aided, counselled or advised or encouraged him, shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years.

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1912 La. Acts 505, Twenty-fifth.

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To regulate the buying, caring, storing, selling and using of gun powder and fire crackers, and fireworks manufactured or prepared therefrom, and all other combustible or explosive substances, the exhibition of fireworks, the discharge of firearms and ...

To regulate the buying, caring, storing, selling and using of gun powder and fire crackers, and fireworks manufactured or prepared therefrom, and all other combustible or explosive substances, the exhibition of fireworks, the discharge of firearms and the lights, in barns, stables and other buildings, and restrain the making of bonfires at any place within the limits of the city.

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1909 Iowa Acts 258, Ordinances Legalized, § 1, Ordinance No. 29.

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“An ordinance providing for the punishment of parties discharging missiles from air guns and other weapons within the corporate limits of the town” (This statute legalized ordinances passed under a mayor who was not yet a U.S. citizen).

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“An ordinance providing for the punishment of parties discharging missiles from air guns and other weapons within the corporate limits of the town” (This statute legalized ordinances passed under a mayor who was not yet a U.S. citizen).

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1907 N.J. Laws 116-17, An Act Concerning the Government of Certain Cities in This State and Constituting a Municipal Board of Public Works and Other Officers Therein, and Defining the Powers and Duties of Such Boards and Relating to the Municipal Affairs and Departments of Such Cities Placed under the Control and Management of Such Board, and Providing for the Maintenance of Said Board, ch. 62, § 2.

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For greater certainty it is hereby specified that, in addition to the other powers hereby conferred upon said board, are the following: . . . To regulate and prohibit the use of guns, pistols, firearms and fireworks of all descriptions within the city....

For greater certainty it is hereby specified that, in addition to the other powers hereby conferred upon said board, are the following: . . . To regulate and prohibit the use of guns, pistols, firearms and fireworks of all descriptions within the city.

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1906 Ga. Laws 600-01, § 27.

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Be it further enacted, That the mayor and aldermen of said city shall have the right and authority to provide for the inspection of steam boilers, to regulate and prevent the storage of gunpowder, tar, pitch . . . or other combustible or explosive subs...

Be it further enacted, That the mayor and aldermen of said city shall have the right and authority to provide for the inspection of steam boilers, to regulate and prevent the storage of gunpowder, tar, pitch . . . or other combustible or explosive substances or material, with the limits of said city; and to regulate the use of lights in stables and shops or other places, or building bonfires; to regulate or prevent the sale and use of fireworks, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, firing of guns, pistols, anvils and every kind of gaming or hunting within the corporate limits of said city.

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1905 W.Va. Acts 70, An Act to Amend and Re-Enact Chapter 99 . . . Entitled “An Act to Amend the Charter of the City of Bluefield, in the County of Mercer,” and to Define the Powers Thereof . . . , ch. 3, § 46.

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The council shall have power to pass ordinances prohibiting the firing of guns, crackers, roman candles, sky-rockets, or any other fireworks, or the throwing of fire balls, or the firing of any other combination of gunpowder or other combustible or dan...

The council shall have power to pass ordinances prohibiting the firing of guns, crackers, roman candles, sky-rockets, or any other fireworks, or the throwing of fire balls, or the firing of any other combination of gunpowder or other combustible or dangerous material within the city. . .

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1905 Minn. Laws 162-63, An Act Amending General Statutes of 1894, § 6445, Relating to Manslaughter, ch. 125, § 1.

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Such homicide is manslaughter in the first degree when committed without a design to effect death, either 1. By a person engaged in committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor, affecting the person or property, either of the person killed, or of a...

Such homicide is manslaughter in the first degree when committed without a design to effect death, either 1. By a person engaged in committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor, affecting the person or property, either of the person killed, or of another; or 2. In the heat of passion, but in a cruel and unusual manner, or by means of a dangerous weapon; 3. By shooting another with a gun, or other firearm when resulting from carelessness in mistaking the person shot for a deer or other animal.

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1904 Md. Laws 772, An Act to Add an Additional Section to Article 27 of the Code of Public General Laws of the STate of Maryalnd, title “Crimes and Punishments,” sub-title “Distrubance of Public Peace,” to be known as Section 67A, ch. 447,§ 67A.

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It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, body politic or corporate, or other form or association, to practice shooting at any mark, board, sign, tree, bank, or other object with any gun, rifle, cannon, mortar, pistol or other firearm within the ...

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, body politic or corporate, or other form or association, to practice shooting at any mark, board, sign, tree, bank, or other object with any gun, rifle, cannon, mortar, pistol or other firearm within the limits of this State, whether on land or water, for military drill, amusement or skill, without first obtaining in writing the consent to so use any such firearms of all freeholders, tenants or occupants of real estate residing within the carrying capacity of such firearm, and secondly, without first obtaining leave of the Commissioners of the county within which said shooting is proposed to be carried on, and the petition to said County Commissioners for such leave shall be accompanied with the written consent of each and every of such freeholder, tenant, . . . and the Board of County Commissioners aforesaid shall in no case grant such leave to practice with firearms if in their opinion the use of the public highways or streets of any real estate sub-division be endangered by the use of such firearms . . .

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1903 Pa. Laws 198, An Act to prohibit the discharge of flobert rifles, air guns, spring guns, in cities and boroughs of this Commonwealth. §§ 1 and 2.

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§ 1. Be it enacted that six months after the passage of this act it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, on the streets or alleys, of any city or borough in this Commonwealth, a flobert rifle, air gun, spring gun, or any implement which ...

§ 1. Be it enacted that six months after the passage of this act it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, on the streets or alleys, of any city or borough in this Commonwealth, a flobert rifle, air gun, spring gun, or any implement which impels with force a metal pellet of any kind. § 2. Any person violating this act shall be arrested, and fined in the sum of five dollars before any committing magistrate; and for the second offense, shall be fined in the sum of fifteen dollars, and may undergo an imprisonment in the county jail for a period not less than ten days and not exceeding thirty days, the person so offending to pay all costs of prosecution.

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1903 Or. Laws 31, Reg. Sess., Spec. Laws, An Act to Incorporate the City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, and to Provide a Charter Therefor, and to Repeal All Acts or Parts of Acts in Conflict Therewith, ch. 3, art. 4, § 73, pt. 38.

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To regulate and prohibit the use of all guns, pistols, and firearms, missle [sic] weapons, firecrackers, bombs and detonators of all description[.]