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1819-21 R.I. Pub. Laws 289, An Act To Prevent Certain Disorders In The Town Of Bristol, § 3

| | 1819

§ 3. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall, at any time hereafter, fire any gun or pistol in any of the streets, roads, lanes, buildings, or from any of the walls or fences thereto contiguous, and within the compact part o...

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1818 Vt. Acts & Resolves 64-65, An Act Regulating and Governing the Militia of This State, § 42.

| | 1818

No noncommissioned officer, private or citizen shall unnecessarily fire a gun, single musket or pistol, in any public road, or near any house or place of parade, on the evening preceding, on the day or evening of the same, on which any troop company, b...

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1812 Del. Laws 329, An Act to Prevent the Discharging of Fire-Arms Within the Towns and Villages, and Other Public Places Within this State, and for Other Purposes. §1

| | 1812

If any person or persons shall presume to fire or discharge any gun, ordinance, musket, fowling piece, fuse or pistol within any of the towns or villages of this State or within the limits thereof, or where the limits cannot be ascertained, within one ...

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1795 N.H. Laws 525, An Act in Addition to an Act, Entitled, “An Act for Regulating the Militia within this State.”

| | 1795

[N]o non-commissioned officer or private soldier, shall upon any muster day, or the evening of the same day, discharge and fire off a musket or gun in any public road, or near thereto, or in, or near to any house, or on, or near to the place of parade,...

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1788-1801 Ohio Laws 42, An Act for Suppressing and Prohibiting Every Species of Gaming for Money or Other Property, and for Making Void All Contracts and Payments Made in Furtherance Thereof,  ch. 13, § 4.

| | 1788

[I]f any person shall presume to discharge or fire, or cause to be discharged or fire, any gun or other fire arms at any mark or object, or upon any pretence whatever, unless he or she shall at the same time be with such gun or fire-arms a the dis...

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1788-1801 Ohio Laws 42, An Act for Suppressing and Prohibiting Every Species of Gaming for Money or Other Property, and for Making Void All Contracts and Payments Made in Furtherance Thereof, ch. 13, § 4.

| | 1788

[I]f any person shall presume to discharge or fire, or cause to be discharged or fired, any gun or other fire arms at any mark or object, or upon any pretence whatever, unless he or she shall at the same time be with such gun or fire-arms at the distan...

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Richard Varick, Laws and Ordinances Ordained and Established by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New-York, in Common Council Convened; for the Good Rule and Government of the Inhabitants and Residents of the Said City Page 1, Image 57 (1793) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1785

An Act to prevent the Firing of Guns and other Fire-Arms within this State, on certain Days therein mentioned. Whereas great dangers have arisen, and mischief been done by the pernicious practice of firing guns, pistols, rockets, squibs and other fire-...

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James Kent, Laws of the State of New-York Page 41-42, Image 44-45 (Vol. 1, 1802-1812) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1785

An Act of April 22, 1785, An Act to Prevent the Firing of Guns and Other Fire-Arms within this State, on certain days therein mentioned. Whereas great dangers have arisen, and mischief been done by the pernicious practice of firing guns, pistols, rocke...

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1776 Del. Const, art. 28.

| | 1776

To prevent any violence or force being used at the said elections, no person 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 oth...

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Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from the Fourteenth Day of October, One Thousand Seven Hundred, to the Twentieth Day of March, One Thousand 293Eight Hundred and Ten Page 421-422, Image 480-481 (Vol. 1, 1810) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1774

An act to suppress the disorderly practice of firing guns, etc. on the times therein mentioned. § 1. Whereas a disorderly practice prevails in many parts of this province, of firing guns at or near new-year’s-day, which is frequently attende...

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By-Laws and Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh, and the Acts of Assembly Relating Thereto; with Notes and References to Judicial Decisions Thereon, and an Appendix, Relating to Several Subjects Connected with the Laws and Police of the City Corporation Page 28-29, Image 30-31 (1828) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1774

Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh, An Act to Suppress the Disorderly Practice of Firing Guns, etc on the times therein mentioned, § 1. That if after the publication of this act, any person or persons shall, on any thirty-first day of December, ...

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1762 R.I. Pub. Laws 132

| | 1762

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no person whatsoever shall fire a gun or other fireworks within one hundred yards of the said powder house, upon the penalty of paying a fine of ten shillings lawful money, for every such offen...

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Clement S. Miller, A Digest of the Ordinances of the Corporation of the City of Philadelphia; and of the Acts of Assembly Relating Thereto Page 87, Image 91 (1828) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1760

Ordinances of Philadelphia, Act of April 9, 1760, § 7. No person whatsoever shall presume to shoot at, or kill with a fire arm, any pigeon, dove, partridge, or other fowl, in the open streets of the city of Philadelphia, or in the gardens, orchard...

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A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania 270 (1818), Act of April 9th, 1760.

| | 1760

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no person whatsoever shall presume to shoot at or kill with a firearm any pigeon, dove, partridge, or other fowl in the open streets of the city of Philadelphia, or in the gardens, orchards and...

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1759-76 N.H. Laws 115-16, An Act in Addition to the Act for Regulating the Militia.

| | 1759

[N]o person or persons whatever in any town or garrison within this province, shall during the time of war, or of keeping a military watch in such town or garrison, presume to discharge or shoot off any gun or guns after sun-setting, or before the sun'...

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1718-1741 N.J. Laws 101, An Act to Prevent Killing of Deer out of Season and against Carrying of Guns and Hunting by Persons not Qualified, ch. 35, § 4.

| | 1741

[T]hat if any Person or Persons shall presume, at any Time after the Publication hereof, to carry any Gun, or hunt on the improved or inclosed Lands in any Plantation, other than his own unless he have Licence or Permission from the Owner of such Lands...

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An Alphabetical Digest Of The Public Statute Law Of South-Carolina. Charleston, 1814 Page 37, Image 41 (1814) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1740

Malicious Mischief. § 13. And whereas an ill custom has prevailed in this province, of firing guns in the night time; for the prevention thereof for the future, Be it enacted, That if any person shall fire or shoot off any gun or pistol in the nig...

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The Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania, c. 142, p. 254, An Act to Prevent the Killing of Deer out of Season, And Against Carrying of Guns or Hunting by Persons not qualified.

| | 1721

Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall presume, at any time after the sixteenth day of November, in this present year on thousand seven hundred and twenty one, to carry any gun or hunt on the improved or inclosed ...

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The Charters And General Laws Of The Colony And Province Of Massachusetts Bay Page 343, Image 350 (1814) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1700

Province Laws. An Act for Putting the Milita of this Province into a Readiness for Defense of the Same. § 3. Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that no person or persons whatsoever in any town or garrison, shall during the time of w...

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The Charters And General Laws Of The Colony And Province Of Massachusetts Bay Page 190, Image 197 (1814) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| | 1663

Colony Laws. § 4. Be it also enacted by the authority of this court, that no masters of ships, or seamen, having their vessels riding within any of our harbors in this jurisdiction, shall presume to drink healths, or suffer any healths to be drunk...

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1636-1748 R.I. Pub. Laws 31, At A General Assembly Held For Rhode Island Colony At Newport 6th of May, 1679

| | 1636

That if any person or persons shall presume to sport game or play at any manner of game or games or shooting out any gun or shall set tipling & drinking in any tavern alhouse ordinary or vitling house on the first day of the week more than neccesit...

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4 Hen 4, c. 29

, | | 1403

It is ordained and established, that from henceforth no Man be armed nor bear defensible armor to Merchant Towns Churches nor Congregations in the same, nor in the Highways, in affray of the Peace or the King's Liege people, upon pain of imprisonment, ...

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7 Edw. 2, 170 (1313)

| | 1313

The King [to the Justices of his Bench,] sendeth Greeting, Whereas of late before certain Persons deputed to treat upon sundry debates had between Us and certain great Men of our Realm, amongst other things it was accorded, That in our next Parliament ...

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