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Eighteenth Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Albion Female College, and Wesleyan Seminary 32 (1860-1861)

PROHIBITIONS. . . . Gunpowder, firearms, or deadly weapons of any kind on the premises. 

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Laws of Illinois College, 1850, in Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society for the Year 1906, at 245

Chapter XII. Of Crimes and Immoralities. 

Sec. 5. No student shall carry deadly weapons upon his person, on penalty of admonition, dismission or expulsion, according to the aggravation of the offense. 

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The Laws of Kemper College, Near St. Louis, Missouri 9 (1840)

Chapter VIII. Miscellaneous. . . .

6. No Student shall keep arms of any sort, or keep or fire powder on the College premises.

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Law of the University of Nashville for the moral conduct of the students, in American Annals of Education and Instruction for the Year 1837, at 185 (1837)

No student shall bring, or cause to be brought into College, or, on any occasion, keep in his room, any spirituous or fermented liquors; nor any fire-arms or ammunition of any kind; nor a sword, dirk, sword-cane or any deadly weapon whatever, upon penalty of such censure or punishment as the Faculty may judge the offence to deserve. 

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Laws of Waterville College, Maine (1832)

CHAPTER VI. Moral Deportment and Miscellaneous Regulations.

6. No Student shall keep firearms, or any deadly weapon whatever. He shall bring no gunpowder upon the College premises; nor shall cats or dogs be kept by Students for their private use or pleasure.

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Constitution & Laws of the Institution of Learning Under the Care of the Mississippi Presbytery, Oakland College (Miss.), at 10 (1831)

Chapter XI. Of Misdemeanors, Offences and Punishments. 

Sec. 1. Neglect of study-interrupting the studies of others-profaneness-playing at games of cards or chance-duelling, or aiding or abetting it-wearing or carrying a dirk or other deadly weapon-intemperance in any degree-keeping company with persons of known immoral character-resorting to places of expensive amusement, & every other species of immoral conduct, of which the Faculty are the sole judges, are offences; and shall be punished as hereinafter directed.

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Laws and Regulations of the College of William and Mary, Volume 276 (1830)

Regulations of the Society.

29. Students are strictly forbidden to keep, or to have about their person, any dirk, sword or pistol. Firing squibs or crackers in and about College or elsewhere is also strictly forbidden.

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The statutes of Dickinson College, as revised and adopted by the Board of Trustees, April 16, 1830, 22-23

Chapter VI. Of the deportment of the students, of misdemeanors and their punishment

Section 1. . . . 12.–If any student shall keep for his use or pleasure any riding beast, dog, gun, fire arms or ammunition, sword-dirk, sword-cane, or any deadly weapon whatever, or shall ride out unless the Principal may think his health or any special circumstance may require it, and grant him permission to do so, he shall be publicly admonished, suspended, or dismissed. 

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Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College: May 1745-May 1763, Annals, at 8 (1745)

14. If any Scholar Shall keep a Gun or Pistol, or Fire one in the College-Yard or College, or Shall Go a Gunning, Fishing, or Sailing, or Shall Go more than Two Miles from College upon any Occasion whatsoever : or Shall be Present at any Court, Election, Town-Meeting, Wedding or Meeting of young People for Diversion or any Such-like Meeting which may Occasion Mispence of precious Time without Liberty first obtain’d from the President or his Tutor, in any of the cases abovesaid he Shall be fined not exceeding Two Shillings. 

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A Copy of the Laws of Harvard College, 1655, at 10

Thirdly concerneing penall lawes. . . .

8. No undergraduate shall buy, sell, barter, or exchange books, apparrell or any thing of considerable value ; but by the leave of the President or his Tutor, Guardian or Parent, or If he shall sell or pawne any thing to any scholler, the President shall make the bargaine and admoni[sh] [the] student noe students shall be suffered to have [a g]un in his or theire chambers or studies, or keepeing for theire use any where else in the town, or If they be found to have such by the President or Theire Tutors, then they shall be admonished by the President or theire Tutors to put it away : which If they shall refuse to doe, the President shall have power to take it quite away from them, and If they resist the President herein, they shall upon due proofe be expelled out of the Colledge by the advise of the Colledge overseers : the same penalty is appointed to any student that shall make resistance against or offer violence unto the President or fellows.

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Acts of the General Assembly and Ordinances of the Trustees, for the Organization and Government of the University of North Carolina, Laws for the Government of the University, at 15 Chapter V (1838)

CHAPTER V. Of the Moral and Religious conduct of the Students, and their conduct towards the Faculty. . . .

13. No Student shall keep a dog, or fire arms, or gunpowder. He shall not carry, keep, or own at the College, a sword, dirk, sword-cane, or any deadly weapon; nor shall he use fire arms without permission from the President.

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University of Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 6-7 (October 4–5, 1824)

No Student shall, within the precincts of the University, introduce, keep or use any spirituous or vinous liquors, keep or use weapons or arms of any kind, or gunpowder, keep a servant, horse or dog, appear in school with a stick, or any weapon, nor, while in school, be covered without permission of the Professor, nor use tobacco by smoking or chewing, on pain of any of the minor punishments, at the discretion of the Faculty, or of the board of Censors, approved by the Faculty.

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The Minutes of the Senatus Academicus of the State of Georgia, 1799–1842, at 86 (1810)

And be it further ordained that no student shall be allowed to keep any gun, pistol, Dagger, Dirk sword cane or any other offensive weapon in College or elsewhere, neither shall they or either of them be allowed to be possessed of the same out of the college in any case whatsoever.

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1903 Mont. Laws 49, § 3

Section 3. If any person shall go into an church or religions 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 or any place of registration, on the day or days of any election or registration, where any portion of the people of the State are collected to register or vote at any election, or to any other place where people may be assembled to perform any public duty, or at any public assembly, and shall have or carry concealed or partially concealed about his person a pistol or other firearm, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, knuckles, or bowie knife, he shall. be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars.

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R.H. Thompson, The Annotated Code of the General Statute Laws of the State of Mississippi 327, § 1030 (1892)

1030 (2988). The same; college students not to have, etc.-A student of any university, college, or school, who shall carry, bring, receive, own, or have on the campus, college or school grounds, or within two miles thereof, any weapon the carrying of which concealed is prohibited, or a teacher, instructor, or professor who shall knowingly suffer or permit any such weapon to be carried, or so brought, received, owned, or had by a student or pupil, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction, be fined not exceeding three hundred dollars or imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding three months, or both.

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Del. Const. of 1776, art. XXVIII

28. To prevent any violence or force being used at the said elections, no persons shall come armed to any of them; and no muster of the militia shall be made on that day, nor shall any battalion or company give in their votes immediately succeeding each other, if any other voter who offers to vote objects thereto; nor shall any battalion or company in the pay of the continent, or of this or any other state, be suffered to remain at the time and place of holding the said elections, nor within one mile of the said places respectively, for twenty-four hours before the opening said elections, nor within twenty-tour hours after the fame are closed, so as in any manner to impede the freely and conveniently carrying on the said election: Provided always, that every elector may in a peaceable and orderly manner give in his vote on the said day of election.

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R. H. Clark, The Code of the State of Georgia (1873) § 4528 – Deadly weapons not to be carried in public places

No person in this State is permitted or allowed to carry about his or her person, any dirk, bowie knife, pistol or revolver, or any kind of deadly weapon, to any Court of justice, or any election ground, or precinct, or any place of public worship, or any other public gathering in this State, except militia muster grounds; and if any person or persons shall violate any portion of this section, he, she or they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty nor more than fifty dollars for each and every such offense, or imprisonment in the common jail of the county not less than ten nor more than twenty days, or both, at the discretion of the Court.

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Act of Mar. 18, 1889, 1889 Ariz. Sess. Laws 16–17

Sec. 1. If any person within any settlement, town, village or city within the Territory shall carry on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddlebags, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, spear, brass knuckles, bowie knife, or any other kind of knife manufactured or sold for purposes of offense or defense, he shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars; and in addition thereto, shall forfeit to the County in which he is convicted, the weapon or weapons so carried.

Sec. 2. The preceding article shall not apply to a person in actual service as a militiaman, nor as a peace officer or policeman, or person summoned to his aid, nor to a revenue or other civil officer engaged in the discharge of official duty, nor to the carrying of arms on one’s own premises or place of business, nor to persons traveling, nor to one who has reasonable ground 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. 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 Territory are collected to vote at any election, or to any other place where people may be assembled to minister or to perform any other public duty, 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 a knife manufactured and sol for the purposes of offense or defense, he shall be punished by a fine 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.

Sec. 4. The preceding article shall not apply to peace officers, or other persons authorized or permitted by law to carry arms at the places therein designated.

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Sec. 6. Persons traveling may be permitted to carry arms within settlements or towns of the Territory for one-half hour after arriving in such settlements or town, and while going out of such towns or settlements; and Sheriffs and Constables of the various Counties of this Territory and their lawfully appointed deputies may carry weapons in the legal discharge of the duties of their respective offices.

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An Act Defining Crime and Punishments, Ch. 49, Sec. 72, in Revised Statutes of the Territory of Iowa (Reprint 1911)

SEC. 72. If any person shall aid or assist a prisoner, lawfully committed or detained in any jail, for any offense against this territory, or who shall be lawfully confined by virue of any civil process, to make his or her escape from jail, though no escape be actually made, or if an), person shall convey or cause to be delivered to such prisoner any disguise, instrument or arms, proper to facilitate the escape of such prisoner, any person so offending, although no escape or attempt to escape be actually made, shall, on conviction, be punished by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars nor les than one hundred dollars, and imprisonment in the penitentiary, at hard labor, for a term not exceeding two years.




1933 Fla. Laws 623, An Act to Prevent Throwing of Bombs and the Discharge of Machine Guns Upon, or Across Any Public Road in the State of Florida . . ., ch. 16111, § 1.

That it shall be unlawful for any person to throw any bomb or to shoot off or discharge any machine guns upon, across or along any road, street or highway in the State of Florida, or upon or across any public park in the State of Florida, or in, upon or across any public place where people are accustomed to assemble in the State of Florida, and the casting of such bomb or the discharge of such machine gun in, upon or across such public street, or in, upon or across such public park, or in, upon or across such public place, whether indoors or outdoors, including all theatres and athletic stadiums, with intent to do bodily harm to any person or with intent to do damage to the property of any person, shall be a felony and shall be punishable by death.




1932 Del. Laws 771, An Act Prohibiting the Carrying of Gun While Training Dog or Dogs, ch. 225, § 1.

. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any person to carry a gun while training dog or dogs in closed games season.




1929 Iowa Acts 90, Use of Rifles, § 30.

No person shall at any time shoot any rifle on or over any of the public waters of the state.




1927 Conn. Acts 4286, An Act Concerning The Use of Shot Guns on Sundays by Members of Gun Clubs, ch. 214.

The provisions of section sixty-seven of chapter 222 of the public acts of 1923 are extended to apply to gun clubs are affiliated with the national rifle association of America and to the members of such gun clubs using shot guns; provided nothing in this act shall be construed as permitting Sunday hunting.




1927 Haw. Sess. Laws 236, An Act . . . Relating to the Discharge of Firearms and other Weapons upon Public Highways, § 1.

. . . Whoever wilfully discharges, upon any public highway within the Territory of Hawaii, any firearm or other weapon capable of causing death or inflicting serious personal injury, including air-guns and sling-shots, except in the lawful defense of life or property, or in the performance of official duty, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.




Wisconsin Statutes 1927 9th Edition Vol. 1, Pages 1244 to 2455 Page 2285, Image 1042 (Madison, 1898) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Use of Firearms, etc., Near Park, etc. § 340.61. Any person who shall discharge or cause the discharge of any missile from any firearm, slung shot, bow and arrow or other weapon, within forty rods of any public park, square or enclosure owned or controlled owned or controlled by any municipality within this state and resorted to for recreation or pleasure, when such park square or enclosure is wholly situated without the limits of such municipality, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding sixty days or by fine of not more than twenty-five dollars nor less than one dollar.