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Year: 1847

Act of Jan. 5, 1847, Ch. 75, § 3, 1846 Fla. Laws 20.

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Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person in this State to carry arms of any kind whatsoever secretly, on or about their person, and if any dirk, pistol or other arm or weapon, except a common pocket knife shall b...

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person in this State to carry arms of any kind whatsoever secretly, on or about their person, and if any dirk, pistol or other arm or weapon, except a common pocket knife shall be seen or known to be secreted upon the person of any one in this State, such person so offending, shall on conviction, be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars and not less than five dollars, or imprisoned not exceeding six months and not less than ten days, at the discretion of the court: Provided, however, That this law shall not be so construed as to prevent any person from carrying arms openly, outside of all their clothes; and it shall be the duty of the Judges of the Circuit courts in this State to give the matter contained in this act in special charge to the Grand Juries in the several counties in this State, at every session of the Courts.

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Leslie A. Thompson, A Manual or Digest of the Statute Law of the State of Florida, of a General and Public Character, in Force at the End of the Second Session of the General Assembly of the State, on the Sixth Day of January, 1847 Page 547, Image 582 (1847) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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For the Prevention of Indians Roaming at Large Throughout the State, § 1. From and after the passage of this act, if any male Indian of the years of discretion, venture to roam or ramble beyond the boundary lines of the reservations, which have be...

For the Prevention of Indians Roaming at Large Throughout the State, § 1. From and after the passage of this act, if any male Indian of the years of discretion, venture to roam or ramble beyond the boundary lines of the reservations, which have been assigned to the tribe or nation to which said Indian belongs, it shall and may be lawful for any person or persons to apprehend, seize, and take said Indian, and carry him before some Justice of the Peace, who is hereby authorized, empowered, and required, to direct (if said Indian have not a written permission from the agent to do some specific act) not exceeding thirty-nine stripes, at the discretion of the Justice, to be laid on the bare back of said Indian; moreover, to cause the gun of said Indian (if he has one) to be taken from him, and deposited with the colonel of the county, or captain of the district, in which said Indian may be taken, subject to the order of the superintendent of Indian Affairs.

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1847 Conn. Acts 11, An Act Relating To Cemeteries, chap. 9.

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That every person, who shall willfully and maliciously destroy, mutilate, deface or injure, or remove any tomb, monument or gravestone or other structure placed within any cemetery, grave yard or place of public burial . . . or shall discharge any gun ...

That every person, who shall willfully and maliciously destroy, mutilate, deface or injure, or remove any tomb, monument or gravestone or other structure placed within any cemetery, grave yard or place of public burial . . . or shall discharge any gun or other fire-arm within said cemetery, shall upon conviction thereof be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in a common gaol not exceeding six months, or by such fine and imprisonment both at the discretion of the Court having cognizance of the offence . . . .

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John C. White, Digest of the Laws and Ordinances of the Parish of East Feliciana, Adopted by the Police Jury of the Parish Page 80, Image 82 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances for the Better Regulation of Clinton, Police Jury, September Session, 1847, § 1. Be it Resolved, That shooting of guns, pistols, or any other fire arms within the limits of the town of Clinton, except in extreme cases, such as shooting ...

Ordinances for the Better Regulation of Clinton, Police Jury, September Session, 1847, § 1. Be it Resolved, That shooting of guns, pistols, or any other fire arms within the limits of the town of Clinton, except in extreme cases, such as shooting a mad dog running at large, is expressly forbidden, and whosoever shall be guilty of shooting a gun, pistol or other fire arms within said limits without a good excuse for so doing, which excuse shall be judged of by the magistrate, shall pay a fine of ten dollars, to be recovered before any Justice of the Peace of the ward wherein he resides, if residing in the Parish, and if he has no fixed residence, then before any Justice of the fifth ward, in the name of the Parish and for the use thereof, and shall moreover pay all costs.

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Joseph Barlow Felt Osgood, The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Salem, Together with the Acts of the Legislature Relating to the City: Collated and Revised Pursuant to an Order of the City Council Page 67-68, Image 77-78 (1853) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Salem,] Fire, § 18. By an act passed March, 6 1847, the inhabitants of any town, and the government of any city in this Commonwealth, may order than no gun-cotton, or other substance prepared, like it, for explosion, shall be kept w...

[Ordinances of Salem,] Fire, § 18. By an act passed March, 6 1847, the inhabitants of any town, and the government of any city in this Commonwealth, may order than no gun-cotton, or other substance prepared, like it, for explosion, shall be kept within the limits of such town or city, excepting under the regulations and penalties that were then applicable by law to gunpowder; and if it shall be considered necessary for public safety, they may restrict the quantity to be so kept to one-fifth of the weight of gunpowder allowed by law in each case provided for. . . § 22. The inhabitants of every town may order, that no gunpowder shall be kept in any place, within the limits of such town, unless the same shall be well secured in tight casks or canisters; and that no gunpowder above the quantity of fifty pounds, shall be kept or deposited in any shop, store, or other building, or in any ship or vessel which shall be within the distance of twenty-five rods from any other building or wharf; that no gunpowder, above the quantity of twenty-five pounds, shall be kept or deposited in any shop, store, or other building, within ten rods of any other building; and that no gunpowder, above the quantity of one pound, shall be kept or deposited in any shop, store, or other building, within ten rods of any other building in such town, unless the same be well secured in copper, tin, or brass canisters, holding not exceeding five pounds each, and closely covered with copper, brass or tin covers.

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1847 Ga. Laws 138, An Act To Incorporate The Evergreen Cemetery Company Of Bonaventure, § 5.

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That any person who shall willfully or wantonly destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, gravestone, or other structure placed in the Cemetery aforesaid, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornament of the ...

That any person who shall willfully or wantonly destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, gravestone, or other structure placed in the Cemetery aforesaid, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornament of the same, or of any burial-lot within the limits aforesaid, or shall willfully or wantonly destroy, remove, cut, break or injure any tree, shrub or plant within the limits aforesaid, or shall shoot or discharge any gun or other firearms within the limits aforesaid, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor . . . .

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1847 Va. Laws 127, c. 14, § 16.

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If any person shall go armed with any offensive or dangerous weapon without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury, or violence to his person, or to his family or property, he may be required to find sureties for keeping the peace for a te...

If any person shall go armed with any offensive or dangerous weapon without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury, or violence to his person, or to his family or property, he may be required to find sureties for keeping the peace for a term not exceeding twelve months, with the right of appealing as before provided.

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A Digest of Acts of Assembly, Relating to the Incorporated District of the Northern Liberties; and of the Ordinances for the Government of the District Page 101-102, Image 101-102 (1847) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the Northern Liberties, Act of March 16, 1847. Whereas an article called gun cotton, with properties of ignition and explosion similar to those of gunpowder, and equally if not more dangerous in towns and cities, has been introduced. Ther...

Ordinances of the Northern Liberties, Act of March 16, 1847. Whereas an article called gun cotton, with properties of ignition and explosion similar to those of gunpowder, and equally if not more dangerous in towns and cities, has been introduced. Therefore, § 1. That no gun-cotton shall be introduced in Philadelphia, nor placed in storage therein, in greater bulk or quantity in any one place, than is permitted by existing laws, with regard to gunpowder; and that all the fines, penalties and forfeitures imposed by an act entitled “An act for securing the city of Philadelphia, and the neighborhood thereof, from damage by gunpowder,” passed on the twenty-eighth day of March, seventeen hundred and eighty seven, and a supplement thereto, passed on the fourteenth day of March, eighteeen hundred and eighteen, shall apply and be extended to gun-cotton in the same manner, and with the same effect, as if the word gun-cotton were inserted in the said act.

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Chas. Ben. Darwin, Ordinances of the City of Burlington, with Head Notes and an Analytic Index Page 72-73, Image 72-73 (1856) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Burlington City Ordinances, An Ordinance to Regulate the Storage and Sale of Gunpowder in the City of Burlington, § 1. Be it ordained by the city Council of the city of Burlington, That it shall not be lawful for any merchant, trader, or other per...

Burlington City Ordinances, An Ordinance to Regulate the Storage and Sale of Gunpowder in the City of Burlington, § 1. Be it ordained by the city Council of the city of Burlington, That it shall not be lawful for any merchant, trader, or other person, to retail or deliver gun-powder in said city in the night time, under a fine of five dollars. §2. It shall not be lawful for any such person to keep for sale or other purposes in said city, in his place of business, more than twenty-five pounds of gun-powder at any one time, and then only in a safe canister. § 3. It shall not be lawful for any person whatsoever to store away gun-powder for safe keeping, in any quantity whatever, in any ware-house, dwelling house, cellar, or other building or place, within the limits of said city, unless such house or place shall have first been designated by the city Council of said city and by them approbated as a suitable place for that purpose, and then only so long as the same shall from time to time be deemed suitable by the said city Council. § 4. If any person shall violate any of the provisions of the third section of this ordinance he shall forfeit for the use of the corporation all the gun-powder which the person so violating the same may have on hand, and on conviction thereof, shall also pay a fine of one hundred dollars, and the city Marshal shall seize and remove such powder to a secure place and dispose of it by sale, and pay the proceeds, reserving costs and charges, into the city treasury.

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1847 Pa. Laws 266, An Act Relating to the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, § 1.

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That if any person shall open any tomb or grave in the lands of the cemetery of Laurel Hill cemetery company of Philadelphia . . . or shall shoot or discharge any gun or other fire arms within said limits shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. . .

That if any person shall open any tomb or grave in the lands of the cemetery of Laurel Hill cemetery company of Philadelphia . . . or shall shoot or discharge any gun or other fire arms within said limits shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. . .

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