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Year: 1779

1779 Pa. Laws 193, An Act. . . for Disarming Persons Who Shall not Have Given Attestations of Allegiance and Fidelity to this State, §§ 4-5.

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§ 4. And whereas it is very improper and dangerous that persons disaffected to the liberty and independence of this state shall possess or have in their own keeping, or elsewhere, any firearms, or other weapons used in war, or any gun powder. &sec...

§ 4. And whereas it is very improper and dangerous that persons disaffected to the liberty and independence of this state shall possess or have in their own keeping, or elsewhere, any firearms, or other weapons used in war, or any gun powder. § 5. … That from and after the passing of this act, the lieutenant or any sub lieutenant of the militia of any county or place within this state, shall be, and is hereby empowered to disarm any person or persons who shall not have taken any oath or affirmation of allegiance to this or any other state and against whom information on oath shall be given before any justice of the peace, that such person is suspected to be disaffected to the independence of this state, and shall take from every such person any cannon, mortar, or other piece of ordinance, or any blunderbuss, wall piece, musket, fusee, carbine or pistols, or other fire arms, or any hand gun; and any sword, cutlass, bayonet, pike or other warlike weapon, out of any building, house or place belonging to such person.

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1779 Vt. Acts & Resolves 59, An Act for Forming and Regulating the Militia; and for Encouragement of Military Skill, for the Better Defense of This State.

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That every listed soldier and other householder, shall always be provided with, and have in constant readiness, a well fixed firelock, the barrel not less than three feet and a half long, or other good firearms, to the satisfaction of the commissioned ...

That every listed soldier and other householder, shall always be provided with, and have in constant readiness, a well fixed firelock, the barrel not less than three feet and a half long, or other good firearms, to the satisfaction of the commissioned officers of the company to which he doth belong, or in the limits of which he dwells; a good sword, cutlass, tomahawk or bayonet; a worm, and priming wire, fit for each gun; a cartouch box or powder and bullet pouch; one pound of good powder, four pounds of bullets for his gun, and six good flints; on penalty of eighteen shillings, for want of such arms and ammunition as is hereby required, and six shillings for each defect; and like sum for every weeks he shall remain unprovided[.]

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1779 Pa. Laws 184-85, An Act for the Suppression of Vice and Immorality, § 13.

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That if any person within this commonwealth shall challenge the person of another to fight at sword, pistol, rapier or other dangerous weapon, such person so challenging shall forfeit and pay for every such offense (being lawfully convicted by the test...

That if any person within this commonwealth shall challenge the person of another to fight at sword, pistol, rapier or other dangerous weapon, such person so challenging shall forfeit and pay for every such offense (being lawfully convicted by the testimony of one or more credible witnesses, or by the confession of the party offending,) the sum of five hundred pounds, or suffer twelve months imprisonment without bail or mainprise, and the person accepting such challenge shall in like manner forfeit and pay the like sum of five hundred pounds, or suffer the like imprisonment; and moreover the said challenger, and challenged (when he accepts) shall be disabled ever after from holding any office of profit or honor within this state. And if any person or persons shall willingly and knowingly carry and deliver any written challenge or verbally deliver any message meant as a challenge, and shall thereof be legally convicted as above, he or they so offending, shall for every such offense forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred pounds, or suffer twelve months imprisonment, and be disabled as in the case of giving or receiving challenges.

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The Public Records Of The State Of Connecticut Page 271-272, Image 275-276 (Vol. 2, 1895) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Prevent the Practice of Dueling. Be it enacted by the Governor, Council and Representatives, in General Court Assembled, and by the authority of the same, That if any person within this State shall challenge the person of another, or shall ac...

An Act to Prevent the Practice of Dueling. Be it enacted by the Governor, Council and Representatives, in General Court Assembled, and by the authority of the same, That if any person within this State shall challenge the person of another, or shall accept any such challenge to fight at sword, pistol, rapier or other dangerous weapon, such person so challenging or accepting shall forfeit and pay into the treasury of this State for every such offence, being thereof convicted before the superior court of the testimony of one or more credible witnesses, confession of the party offending, or other sufficient evidence, the sum of one thousand pounds, and shall also find sufficient sureties to the acceptance of such court for his good behaviour during life; and such person shall also be disabled ever after from holding any office of profit or honour under this State; and if such convict shall be unable or neglect to pay the said forfeiture, he or they shall be closely imprisoned for the term of one full year.

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