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Year: 1785

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.

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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-...

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-works, on the Eve of the last day of December, and first and second days of January, for prevention whereof for the future, Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York, represented in the Senate and Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That if any person or persons whomsoever, shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, rocket, squib or other firework, within a quarter of a mile of any building on the said Eve or days before mentioned, every such person or persons so offending, and being thereof convicted before any Justice of the Peace of the City or County where such offense shall be committed, either by the concession of the parties so offending or the oath of any one credible witness, shall for every such offense, forfeit the sum of forty shillings, with costs of suit, to be levied by distress and sale of the offender’s goods and chattels, by warrant under the hand and seal of said justice. . .

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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.

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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...

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, rockets, squibs, and other fire-works, on the eve of the last day of December, and first and second days of January: For prevention whereof for the future: Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York, represented in the Senate and Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that if any person or persons whomsoever, shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, rocket, squib or other fire-work, within a quarter of a mile of any building, on the said eve or days before mentioned, every such person or persons so offending and being thereof convicted before any justice of the peace of the city or county where such offense shall be committed, either by the confession of the party or parties so offending, or the oath of any one credible witness, shall for every such offence, forfeit the sum of forty shillings, with costs of suit to be levied by distress and sale of the offenders goods and chattels, by warrant under the hand and seal of the said of the said justice before whom such conviction or convictions shall be had as aforesaid. . .

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1784-1785 N.Y. Laws 152, An Act to Prevent Firing of Guns and Other Firearms within this State, on Certain Days Therein Mentioned, ch. 81.

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Whereas great dangers have arisen, and mischief been done, by the pernicious practice of firing guns, pistols, rockets, squibs, and other fire works on the eve of the last day of December, and the first and second days of January . . . if any person or...

Whereas great dangers have arisen, and mischief been done, by the pernicious practice of firing guns, pistols, rockets, squibs, and other fire works on the eve of the last day of December, and the first and second days of January . . . if any person or persons whomsoever, shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, rocket, squib or any other firework, within a quarter of a mile of any building, of the said eve, or days beforementioned, every such person so offending, and being thereof convicted before an justice of the peace, of the city or county where such offence shall be committed either by the confession of the party or parties so offending, or the oath of any one credible witness, shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of forty shillings with costs of suit, to be levied by distress and sale of the offenders [sic] goods and chattles, but warrant under the hand and seal of said justice, before whom such conviction or convictions shall be had as aforesaid, the one moiety of which forfeiture, to be applied to the use of the poor, of the town or place wherein such offender shall be convicted, and the other moiety to the use of the person or persons who shall prosecute for the same and for want of sufficient distress, whereon to levy the same, every such justice is hereby impowered [sic] and required, by warrant under his hand and seal to commit every such person or persons, so as aforesaid offending, to the common gaol of the county wherein the said forfeiture shall arise, there to remain without bail or mainprize for the space of one month, unless such forfeiture or forfeitures shall sooner be paid.

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