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Year: 1848

The Revised Ordinances of the City of Portland, 1848 Page 22, Image 22 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Portland,] Of Gunpowder, § 1. No person not licensed to keep and sell gunpowder shall keep or have in his shop, store, dwelling house or other tenement, at any one time, a larger quantity of gunpowder than one pound. &se...

[Ordinances of the City of Portland,] Of Gunpowder, § 1. No person not licensed to keep and sell gunpowder shall keep or have in his shop, store, dwelling house or other tenement, at any one time, a larger quantity of gunpowder than one pound. § 2. No person licensed to keep and sell gunpowder shall have or keep in his store, shop, dwelling house or in any other tenement or place whatever at any one time, a larger quantity of gunpowder then twenty-five pounds. § 3. Every person licensed to keep and sell gunpowder shall provide himself with a strongly made copper chest or box with a copper cover well secured, with hinges and a lock of the same material, and the keg or canister in which said powder may be, shall be kept in said copper chest or box, which shall at all times be placed near the outer door of the building in which it is kept, in convenient place to remove in case of fire. § 4. No person shall haul unto, or lay at any wharf in the city, any vessel having on board a quantity of gunpowder exceeding twenty-five pounds, or receive gunpowder on board exceeding twenty-five pounds, without first having obtained a permit from the mayor and aldermen, and said permit shall designate the wharf at which said powder may be landed, or received on board.

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1848 Ala. Acts 121–22, An Act To Prevent the Storage of Gun-powder in Larger Quantities Than One Hundred Pounds Within the City of Mobile, § 1.

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It shall not be lawful for the Corporation of the City of Mobile, or any person or persons, to receive or keep, or have on storage in any building of any kind within three miles of the Mobile River, or Bay, gun-powder or gun-cotton or any explosive mat...

It shall not be lawful for the Corporation of the City of Mobile, or any person or persons, to receive or keep, or have on storage in any building of any kind within three miles of the Mobile River, or Bay, gun-powder or gun-cotton or any explosive material, in larger quantities than one hundred pounds, unless the same be kept on one of the islands in the Mobile river or bay, in the neighborhood of the city of Mobile, but then the same shall not be kept at any point within the distance of one mile of the eastern bank of said river.

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1848 Pa. Laws 137, An Act To Incorporate A Company To Erect A Bridge Over The River Schuylkill, At Or Near Laurensville, In The county Of Chester, § 13

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. . . and if any person shall be guilty of carrying any lighted cigar . . . or who shall discharge any pistol or gun, or any fire arms on or near said bridge, so that the said bridge, by possibility, be set on fire, or injured by said cause, he or she ...

. . . and if any person shall be guilty of carrying any lighted cigar . . . or who shall discharge any pistol or gun, or any fire arms on or near said bridge, so that the said bridge, by possibility, be set on fire, or injured by said cause, he or she so offending shall forfeit and pay to the said corporation, the sum of five dollars for every such 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 68, Image 70 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the Parish of East Feliciana,] Of Slaves, § 5. No slave shall carry a gun to hunt, except on the plantation of his master or mistress; nor then unless accompanied by the overseer or some other free white member of the family, or has...

[Ordinances of the Parish of East Feliciana,] Of Slaves, § 5. No slave shall carry a gun to hunt, except on the plantation of his master or mistress; nor then unless accompanied by the overseer or some other free white member of the family, or has a written permit from his owner or overseer, which permit shall state for what said slave is hunting: Any person having the charge of slaves, who shall permit this section to be violated, shall pay a fine of twenty dollars, for the use of the parish, upon information to any Justice, whose duty it is to take cognizance of the case.

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The Revised Charter and Ordinances of the City of Detroit Page 150, Image 151 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Detroit,] Prevention of Fires, § 9. No person shall fire or set off any squib, cracker, gunpowder or fire works, or fire any gun or pistol in any part of this city, unless by written permission of the Mayor or two Aldermen, which pe...

[Ordinances of Detroit,] Prevention of Fires, § 9. No person shall fire or set off any squib, cracker, gunpowder or fire works, or fire any gun or pistol in any part of this city, unless by written permission of the Mayor or two Aldermen, which permission shall limit the time of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked at any time by the Common Council; and any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this section, shall forfeit the penalty of five dollars for each and every offence. § 10. Every person firing a cannon within this city, unless by permission of the Mayor or two Aldermen, shall forfeit the penalty of twenty-five dollars: Provided, that nothing in this or the preceding section shall be construed to prohibit any military company from firing any gun or cannon when authorized by their commanding officer or officers.

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The Municipal Register, Containing the City Charter, with Rules and Orders of the City Council, Also the Ordinances, and a List of the Officers of the City of Roxbury, for 1848-49 Page 58, Image 58 (1848) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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City Ordinances [of the City of Roxbury, To Prevent unlawful and Injurious Practices in the Streets and Other Public Places, ]§ 16. No person shall, except in the performance of some duty required by law, discharge any gun, pistol, or other fire a...

City Ordinances [of the City of Roxbury, To Prevent unlawful and Injurious Practices in the Streets and Other Public Places, ]§ 16. No person shall, except in the performance of some duty required by law, discharge any gun, pistol, or other fire arm, loaded with balls or shot, or with powder only, within the city, in or upon any street, lane, alley, public place, or wharf, or within fifty rods thereof, or within fifty rods of any building in the city, in any yard, garden or field therein.

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