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1913 S.D. Sess. Laws 292, An Act to Regulate the Sale of Dynamite or Other High Explosives, and to Provide a Penalty for the Violation Thereof, § 1.

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No person, firm, or corporation shall sell any dynamite or other high explosive, except ordinary gun powder in the state of South Dakota, to any person unknown to the seller, unless introduced by some person known to the seller, and on every sale the s...

No person, firm, or corporation shall sell any dynamite or other high explosive, except ordinary gun powder in the state of South Dakota, to any person unknown to the seller, unless introduced by some person known to the seller, and on every sale the seller shall before delivery, make entry on a book kept for that purpose stating the date of sale, the name and address of the purchaser, the name and quantity of the article sold, the purpose for which it is required and the name of the person, if any, who introduced them. Any person failing to comply with the requirements of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1911 N.Y. Laws 444-45, An Act to Amend the Penal Law, in Relation to the Sale and Carrying of Dangerous Weapons. ch. 195, § 2.

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Such chapter is hereby amended . . . § 1914. Sale of pistols, revolvers and other firearms. Every person selling a pistol, revolver or other firearm of a size which may be concealed upon the person whether such seller is a retail dealer, pawnbroke...

Such chapter is hereby amended . . . § 1914. Sale of pistols, revolvers and other firearms. Every person selling a pistol, revolver or other firearm of a size which may be concealed upon the person whether such seller is a retail dealer, pawnbroker or otherwise, shall keep a register in which shall be entered at the time of sale, the date of sale, name, age, occupation and residence of every purchaser of such a pistol, revolver or other firearm, together with the calibre [sic], make, model, manufacturer’s number or other mark of identification on such pistol, revolver or other firearm. Such person shall also, before delivering the same to the purchaser, require such purchaser to produce a permit for possessing or carrying the same as required by law, and shall also enter in such register the date of such permit, the number thereon, if any, and the name of the magistrate or other officer by whom the same was issued. Every person who shall fail to kep a register and enter therein the facts required by this section, or who shall fail to exact the production of a permit to possess or carry such pistol, revolver or other firearm, if such permit is required by law, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Such register shall be open at all reasonable hours for the inspection of any peace officer. Every person becoming the lawful possessor of such pistol, revolver or other firearm, who shall sell, give or transfer the same to another person without first notifying the police authorities, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to wholesale dealers.

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1911 Wis. Sess. Laws 572, An Act . . . Relating to Child Labor, ch 479, §4.

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§ 1728f. 1. No child under the age of eighteen years shall be employed . . . in or about establishments where nitroglycerine, dynamite, dualin, guncotton, gunpowder or other high or dangerous explosive is manufactured, compounded or stored[.]

1911 Wis. Sess. Laws 227-28, An Act . . . Relating to the Regulation of the Manufacture and Storage of Gunpowder and Black Blasting Powder, and Providing a Penalty, ch. 223, § 1.

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§ 1. . . § 4393a-1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to manufacture gunpowder or black blasting powder in any quantity whatsoever within the corporate limits of any city or village or within one hundred rods of any oc...

§ 1. . . § 4393a-1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to manufacture gunpowder or black blasting powder in any quantity whatsoever within the corporate limits of any city or village or within one hundred rods of any occupied dwelling house or any church, schoolhouse, town hall, depot or other place in which people are accustomed to assemble. § 4393a-2. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation engaged in the manufacture of gunpowder or black blasting powder to store, or permit to be stored on the land or premises where gunpowder or black blasting powder is manufactured, any dynamite or explosive other than that manufactured at such gunpowder or black blasting powder manufacturing plant or within one mile of any plant where gunpowder of black blasting powder is manufactured. § 4393a-3. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the manufacture of gunpowder or black blasting powder, to store or to keep in storage or permit to be stored or kept in storage, at any plant where gunpowder or black blasting powder is manufactured, more than one hundred twenty-five thousand pounds of gunpowder or black blasting powder in any building or storage magazine at such plant[.]

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1909 N.C. Sess. Laws 777, Priv. Laws, An Act for a New Charter for the City of Southport, North Carolina, ch. 345, § 23, pt. 14.

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[O]n dealers in pistols, guns, dirks, bowie knives, sling shots, brass or metal knuckles or other like deadly weapons, in addition to all other taxes, a license tax not exceeding fifty dollars; on dealers in firecrackers, Roman candles, skyrockets, toy...

[O]n dealers in pistols, guns, dirks, bowie knives, sling shots, brass or metal knuckles or other like deadly weapons, in addition to all other taxes, a license tax not exceeding fifty dollars; on dealers in firecrackers, Roman candles, skyrockets, toy pistols or fireworks of any kind, a tax not exceeding fifty dollars.

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1930 Conn. Stat. 903, Dealing in Explosives; License., ch. 147, § 2644.

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No person shall manufacture, store, sell, or deal in gunpowder or any material or compound . . . unless he shall first obtain from the commissioner of state police or the fire marshal of the town where such business is conducted a written license there...

No person shall manufacture, store, sell, or deal in gunpowder or any material or compound . . . unless he shall first obtain from the commissioner of state police or the fire marshal of the town where such business is conducted a written license therefor . . . which license shall specify the building where such business is to be carried on or such material deposited or used.

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1905 N.C. Sess. Laws 547, Priv. Laws, An Act to Amend the Charter of the Town of Pine Bluff, in Moore County, ch. 188, § 6.

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That the commissioners of said town shall have authority to pass all necessary by-laws and ordinances for the proper government of the town, and to enforce the same by means of suitable fines and penalties. Among the powers specifically conferred upon ...

That the commissioners of said town shall have authority to pass all necessary by-laws and ordinances for the proper government of the town, and to enforce the same by means of suitable fines and penalties. Among the powers specifically conferred upon the commissioners are the following: . . . to prescribe conditions under which may be sold and used fire-arms of all kinds including toy guns and pistols and air-guns, brass knuckles, loaded canes, dirks, bowie and other knives used as weapons, ammunition and fire-works, not inconsistent with the general laws of the State[.]

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1903 Or. Laws 106, Spec. Sess., An Act to Incorporate the City of North Bend, and to Provide a Charter Therefor . . . , § 27, pt. 23.

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To regulate the transfer of gunpowder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, and other combustibles and explosives through the streets  or alleys of the city[.]

1903 N.J. Laws 671, An Act Concerning Railroads, ch. 257, § 49.

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No person shall be entitled to carry or require any company to carry on any railroad any aqua fortis, oil or vitriol, gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, matches, or other goods of a dangerous nature¸ and if any person sends by the railway any such goods...

No person shall be entitled to carry or require any company to carry on any railroad any aqua fortis, oil or vitriol, gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, matches, or other goods of a dangerous nature¸ and if any person sends by the railway any such goods without distinctly marking their nature on the outside of the package containing the same, or otherwise giving notice in writing to the agent of the company with whom the same are left at the time of so sending, he shall forfeit to the company twenty dollars for every such offense, and be besides liable to all damage that may occur therefrom, and the company may refuse to take any parcel that they may suspect to contain goods of a dangerous nature or may require the same to be opened to ascertain the fact.

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1903 S.C. Acts 124, An Act to Protect Fish by the Regulation of the Sale of Dynamite and Other Similar Explosives: § 1.

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§ 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That no person shall sell, deliver or dispose of dynamite or similar powerful explosives, except ordinary gunpowder, unless such person knows the purchaser or the party to ...

§ 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That no person shall sell, deliver or dispose of dynamite or similar powerful explosives, except ordinary gunpowder, unless such person knows the purchaser or the party to receive the same and is satisfied that the explosive is not to be used for killing fish, and then only upon a written application from party desiring to purchase, stating the purpose for which he desires to use the said explosives; and a person selling, delivering or disposing of such explosives, shall keep a book in which shall be recorded the name of the purchaser or party to whom the explosive is delivered, the quantity so sold or delivered, and the date of such sale or delivery.

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