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Subject: Manufacturing, Inspection and Sale of Gunpowder and Firearms

N.Y., N.Y. Ordinance Ordained and Established by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonality of the City of New-York, image 118-119 (1793).

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(IV) And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that it shall and may be lawful for the mayor or recorder, or any two Alderman of the said city, upon application made by any inhabitant or inhabitants of the said city, and upon his or their m...

(IV) And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that it shall and may be lawful for the mayor or recorder, or any two Alderman of the said city, upon application made by any inhabitant or inhabitants of the said city, and upon his or their making oath of reasonable cause of suspicion (of the sufficiency of which the said mayor or recorder, or Aldermen, is and are to be the judge or judges) to issue his or their warrant or warrants, under his or their hand and seal, or hands and seals for searching for such gun powder, in the day time, in any building or place whatsoever, within the limits aforesaid, or in any ship or other vessel, within forty-eight hours after her arrival in the harbor, or at any time after such ship or other vessal shall and may have hauled along side any wharf, pier or key, within the limits aforesaid: And that upon any such search it shall be lawful for the persons finding any such gun powder, immediately to sieze, and at any time within twelve hours after such seizure, to convey the same to one of the magazines aforesaid; and the same gun powder so removed, to detain and keep, until it shall be determined by the Mayor or Recorder and any two Aldermen of the said city, whether the same is forfeited by virtue of this Act: And the person or persons so detaining the same, shall not be subject or liable to any action or suit for the detention thereof. Provided always, that nothing in this clause of this Act contained, shall be construed to authorize any person having such warrant to take advantage of the same for serving any civil process of any kind whatsoever. Provided also, that nothing in this Act contained shall extend to ships of war, or packets in the service of the United States or any of them, or of any foreign Prince or State; nor to authorise the searching for gun powder on board of any such ship or vessel while laying in the stream, and upwards of one hundred yards from the wharf or shore.

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1927 N.J. Laws 742, A Further Supplement to an Act Entitled, “An Act for the Punishment of Crimes,” ch. 321, § 1.

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1. No pawnbroker shall hereafter sell or have in his possession for sale or to loan or give away, any machine gun, automatic rifle, revolver, pistol, or other firearm, or other instrument of any kind known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sa...

1. No pawnbroker shall hereafter sell or have in his possession for sale or to loan or give away, any machine gun, automatic rifle, revolver, pistol, or other firearm, or other instrument of any kind known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sandbag, bludgeon, metal knuckles, dagger, dirk, dangerous knife, stiletto, bomb or other high explosive. Any pawnbroker violating the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a high misdemeanor and punished accordingly.

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1927 (vol II) Fla. Laws 212, pt. 15.

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The City Council shall have the power to pass ordinances on the following subjects as it deems necessary . . to prohibit or regulate the sale of firearms, cartridges, gun shells or other ammunition for firearms.

1925 W.Va. Acts 31-32, 1st Extraordinary Sess., An Act to Amend and Re-Enact Section Seven . . . Relating to Offenses Against the Peace . . . , ch. 3, § 7, pt. b.

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It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to place or keep on public display to passersby on the streets, for rent or sale, any revolver, pistol, dirk, bowie knife, slung shot or other dangerous weapon of like kind or character or any ma...

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to place or keep on public display to passersby on the streets, for rent or sale, any revolver, pistol, dirk, bowie knife, slung shot or other dangerous weapon of like kind or character or any machine gun, sub-machine gun or high powered rifle or any gun of similar kind or character, or any ammunition for the same. All dealers licensed to sell any of the forgoing arms or weapons shall take the name, address, age and general appearance of the purchaser, as well as the maker of the gun, manufacturer’s serial number and caliber, and report the same at once in writing to the superintendent of the department of public safety. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, rent, give or lend any of the above mentioned arms to an unnaturalized person.

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1923 N.M. Laws 179, An Act Making It a Felony to Transport or Place a Bomb, Dynamite or Other High Explosive in or upon Any Public Service Passenger Coach or Passenger Train, or to Maliciously Use or Handle Dynamite or Other Explosive, ch. 115, § 1.

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Any person who knowingly transports or takes into or upon any public service passenger car or passenger coach in the State of New Mexico, any bomb, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, vigorite, Giant or Hercules powder, gunpowder or other chemical compound or e...

Any person who knowingly transports or takes into or upon any public service passenger car or passenger coach in the State of New Mexico, any bomb, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, vigorite, Giant or Hercules powder, gunpowder or other chemical compound or explosive shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of not less than three years nor more than five years.

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1923 Fla. Laws 431-32, An Act for the Protection of Person Who Use Shot-guns in the Pursuit of Game and for Sport . . ., ch. 9340, § 1.

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That from and after the passage of this Act it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to offer for sale or sell in the state of Florida any loaded shot-gun shells which have been divested of their interstate character unless such loaded ...

That from and after the passage of this Act it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to offer for sale or sell in the state of Florida any loaded shot-gun shells which have been divested of their interstate character unless such loaded shot-gun shell shall be plainly printed on the box or carton in which they are sold, and also printed plainly, or stamped, on the top and outside with words and figures plainly indicating the character, quality and quantity of powder contained in such shell.

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1919 Vt. Acts and Resolves 136, An Act to Regulate the Transportation of Dynamite, Gunpowder and Other Explosives by Common Carriers, § 1.

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It shall be unlawful to transport, carry or convey from one place in this state to another place in this state, any dynamite, gunpowder, or other explosive on any vessel or vehicle of any description operated by a common carrier, which vessel or vehicl...

It shall be unlawful to transport, carry or convey from one place in this state to another place in this state, any dynamite, gunpowder, or other explosive on any vessel or vehicle of any description operated by a common carrier, which vessel or vehicle is carrying passengers for hire[.]

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1917 N.H. Laws 727-28, An Act for the Regulation of the Sale and Use of Explosives and Firearms, ch. 185, §§ 1-3.

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§ 1. No person shall manufacture, sell, or deal in firearms or in gunpowder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, or other form of high explosive, unless he shall first obtain, from the selectmen of the town or the chief of police of the city where such bus...

§ 1. No person shall manufacture, sell, or deal in firearms or in gunpowder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, or other form of high explosive, unless he shall first obtain, from the selectmen of the town or the chief of police of the city where such business is to be conducted, a written license therefor, and no person shall conduct such business within the state but outside the limits of any organized town or city, unless he shall first obtain such license from the county commissioners of the county in which such business is to be conducted; which license shall specify the building where such business is to be carried on or material deposited or used. § 2. No such licensed person shall sell or deliver firearms to any person not a citizen of the United States, unless he shall have legally declared his intention of becoming a citizen, or any such explosive material or compound to any person, except upon presentation of a permit such as is hereinafter provided for, nor unless satisfied that the same is to be used for a lawful purpose. § 3. Every person so licensed shall keep, on blanks to be furnished by the secretary of state, a record of the names and residences of all persons to whom he shall sell or deliver firearms or any such explosive material or compound, the purpose of which the same is to be used¸ the date of sale, the amount paid, the date of the purchaser’s permit, the name and title of the person by whom the permit was issued, and, within five days after such sale or delivery, shall file such record thereof with the clerk of the city or town wherein he sale or delivery was made, or with the county commissioners in case of sales or deliveries within the state, but outside the limits of any organized city or town. The records thus filed shall at all times be open to the inspection of the police departments, or other public authorities. He shall also affix to the receptacle containing such explosive material or compound a label with the name of the compound, his own name, and the date of sale.

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1913 N.H. Laws 639, An Act to Regulate the Transportation of Dynamite, Gunpowder and Explosives, ch. 128, § 1.

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It shall be unlawful to transport, carry, or convey from one place in this state to another place in this state, any dynamite, gunpowder, or other explosive on any vessel or vehicle of any description operated by a common carrier, which vessel or vehic...

It shall be unlawful to transport, carry, or convey from one place in this state to another place in this state, any dynamite, gunpowder, or other explosive on any vessel or vehicle of any description operated by a common carrier, which vessel or vehicle is carrying passengers for hire: Provided, that it shall be lawful to transport on any such vessel or vehicle small arms ammunition in any quantity, and such fuses, torpedoes, rockets, or other signal devices, as may be essential to promote safety in operation; and properly packed and marked samples of explosives for laboratory examination, not exceeding a net weight of one-half pound each, and not exceeding twenty samples at one time in a single vessel or vehicle; but such samples shall not be carried in that part of a vessel or vehicle which is intended for transportation of passengers for hire: Provided further, that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the transportation of military or naval forces with their accompanying munitions of war on passenger equipment vessels or vehicles.

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1913 Del. Laws 439, § 18.

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No child under the age of fifteen years shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work . . . in or about establishments wherein nitroglycerine, dynamite, dualin, guncotton, gunpowder or other high or dangerous explosives are manufactured, compounded ...

No child under the age of fifteen years shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work . . . in or about establishments wherein nitroglycerine, dynamite, dualin, guncotton, gunpowder or other high or dangerous explosives are manufactured, compounded or stored; unless said establishment are insured under the approval of the board of insurance underwriters of the district where said establishment is situated.

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