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1902 Ga. Laws 434-35, § 16.

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Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the mayor and aldermen of the said city of Forsyth shall have full power to license, regulate and control by ordinance all . . . gun shops, dealers in guns or pistols . . . .

1901 Utah Laws 76, An Act Relating to the Marketing of Explosives, Inflammable Substances or Dangerous Acids, Chemicals and Compounds for Storage or Transportation, and Providing Penalties for the Violation of This Act, ch. 77, § 1.

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Penalty for delivering dangerous explosive for storage or transportation. That every person who knowingly leave with or delivers to another, or to any express or railway company or other common carrier, or to any warehouse or storehouse any package con...

Penalty for delivering dangerous explosive for storage or transportation. That every person who knowingly leave with or delivers to another, or to any express or railway company or other common carrier, or to any warehouse or storehouse any package containing nitro-glycerine, dynamite, guncotton, gunpowder, or other highly explosive compound, or any benzine [sic], gasoline, phosphorus, or other highly inflammable substance or any vitriol, . . . or other dangerous acid . . . to be handled, stored, shipped or transported, without plainly marking and indicating on such package the name and nature of the contents thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and punishable by a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months.

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1901 Mich. Pub. Acts 154, Local Acts, An Act to Revise and Amend the Charter of the City of Muskegon . . . , tit.7, § 24, pt. 11.

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To regulate, restrain and prohibit the buying, carrying and selling gunpowder, fire crackers [sic] or fireworks manufactured and prepared therefrom, or other combustible materials, the exhibition of fireworks and the discharge of firearms, and lights i...

To regulate, restrain and prohibit the buying, carrying and selling gunpowder, fire crackers [sic] or fireworks manufactured and prepared therefrom, or other combustible materials, the exhibition of fireworks and the discharge of firearms, and lights in barns, stables and other buildings, and to restrain the making of bonfires in streets, yards and public grounds[.]

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1899 Tenn. Pub. Acts 327, An Act to Repeal the Charter of the Town of Waverly, in Humphreys County, and to Incorporate Said Town and Define Its Rights, Powers, etc.,  ch. 174, § 11, pt. 10.

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[The Town has power] To regulate, restrain, or prevent the carrying on of manufactories dangerous in causing or producing fires, and to prevent and suppress the sale of firearms, fireworks, Roman candles, crackers, sky rockets, etc., and toy pistols.

[The Town has power] To regulate, restrain, or prevent the carrying on of manufactories dangerous in causing or producing fires, and to prevent and suppress the sale of firearms, fireworks, Roman candles, crackers, sky rockets, etc., and toy pistols.

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Dorset Carter, Annotated Statutes of the Indian Territory: Embracing All Laws of a General and Permanent Character in Force at the Close of the Second Session of the Fifty-fifth Congress Page 757, Image 841 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Indian Territory, § 4345 Every person other than an Indian, who within the Indian country, purchases or receives of any Indian in the way of barter, trade or pledge, a gun, trap or other article commonly used in hunting, any instrument of husbandr...

Indian Territory, § 4345 Every person other than an Indian, who within the Indian country, purchases or receives of any Indian in the way of barter, trade or pledge, a gun, trap or other article commonly used in hunting, any instrument of husbandry, or cooking utensils of the kind commonly obtained by the Indians in the intercourse with the white people, or any article of clothing except skins or furs, shall be liable to penalty of fifty dollars.

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Woburn. Revised Woburn, Massachusetts Page 91 Image 91 (1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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License to Sell Gunpowder in the City of Woburn. No person shall sell any gunpowder within the city, without such license. Every license shall be in force one year from the date thereof; provided, that any license may be rescinded by the City Council, ...

License to Sell Gunpowder in the City of Woburn. No person shall sell any gunpowder within the city, without such license. Every license shall be in force one year from the date thereof; provided, that any license may be rescinded by the City Council, at their discretion. § 3. Every person so licensed shall keep a sign over and outside of the principal entrance from the street of the building in which the powder is kept, in which shall be printed in capitals the words: “License to keep and sell gunpowder” § 4. The city clerk shall keep a record of all licenses, and of the places designated therein, which places shall not be changed, unless by consent of the City Council, in writing. Every person who receives a license shall sign his name to a copy of the rules prescribed in this chapter, as evidence of his assent thereto. §5. The provisions of the foregoing four sections shall not apply or extend to the keeping or storing of metallic cartridges in fire proof magazines, nor to cartridge manufacturers, so long as they shall keep their powder in canisters, as prescribed in section one, and in fire proof magazines, located and built to the satisfaction of the City Council so long as such manufacturers allow no more than one hundred pounds of gunpowder in any magazine, or five pounds of gunpowder not made into cartrdiges, in any workshop at any one time.

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Edward D. McLaughlin, The Revised Statutes and Codes of the State of Washington Page 686, Image 738 (1896) available at the Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources

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Public Nuisance, § 3910 – Certain Defined. It is a public nuisance—5. To carry on the business of manufacturing gun powder, nitroglycerine or other highly explosive substance, or mixing or grinding the materials therefor, in any buildi...

Public Nuisance, § 3910 – Certain Defined. It is a public nuisance—5. To carry on the business of manufacturing gun powder, nitroglycerine or other highly explosive substance, or mixing or grinding the materials therefor, in any building within fifty rods of any valuable building, erected at the time such business may be commenced.

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Revised Ordinances of 1892, of the City of Boston, and the Revised Regulations of 1892, of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Boston, Being the Eleventh Revision, Third Edition, Containing All Ordinances Passed Between March 3, 1892, and February 1, 1895, and All Regulations of the Board of Aldermen Passed Between July 22, 1892, and February 1, 1895 Page 115, Image 129 (1895) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of Boston, Prohibitions and Penalties, § 91. No person shall manufacture or sell, or expose for sale, any guncotton, nitro-glycerine, or any compounds of the same, nor any fulminate or substance, except gunpowder, intended to be used by...

Ordinances of Boston, Prohibitions and Penalties, § 91. No person shall manufacture or sell, or expose for sale, any guncotton, nitro-glycerine, or any compounds of the same, nor any fulminate or substance, except gunpowder, intended to be used by exploding or igniting it, in order to produce a force to propel missiles, or to rend substances apart, except in accordance with a permit from the board of fire commissioners; nor shall any person send or carry through the public streets any such substance, except in the manner and in the quantities allowed by statute or ordinance.

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1895 Neb. Laws 233, Laws of Nebraska Relating to the City of Lincoln, An Ordinance Regulating and Prohibiting the Use of Fire-arms, Fire-works and Cannon in the City of Lincoln . . . Prescribing Penalties for Violation of the Provisions of This Ordinance, and Repealing Ordinances in Conflict Herewith, Art. XXV, § 17.

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No person shall keep, sell, or give away any gunpowder or guncotton in any quantity without permission in writing signed by the Chief of Fire Department and City Clerk, and sealed with the corporate seal, under a penalty of twenty-five dollars for ever...

No person shall keep, sell, or give away any gunpowder or guncotton in any quantity without permission in writing signed by the Chief of Fire Department and City Clerk, and sealed with the corporate seal, under a penalty of twenty-five dollars for every offense: Provided, any person may keep for his own defense a quantity of gunpowder or guncotton not exceeding one pound.

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1891 N.H. Laws 332, Safe-keeping of Gunpowder and Other Explosives, ch. 117, § 7.

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If any person shall carry from town to town, or from place to place, any gunpowder for the purpose of peddling or selling it by retail in quantities less than twenty-five pounds, or shall sell, or offer to sell, by retail, any gunpowder in any highway ...

If any person shall carry from town to town, or from place to place, any gunpowder for the purpose of peddling or selling it by retail in quantities less than twenty-five pounds, or shall sell, or offer to sell, by retail, any gunpowder in any highway or street, or on any wharf, parade, or common, or if any person shall sell or deal out any gunpowder in the night time, between sunset and sunrise, he shall forfeit for each offense a sum not more than five dollars.

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