Duke Center for Firearms Law
Duke Law logo
Repository of Historical Gun Laws

Year: 1852

1852 Del. Laws 664, An Act To Incorporate the Town of Camden and for Other Purposes, ch. 652, § 3.

| |

Immediately upon the election of the aforesaid commissioners, they and their successors in office . . . shall, in addition to the powers hereinbefore conferred, have power to . . . to prohibit the firing of guns or pistols.

1852 Fla. Laws 137, An Act To Prevent Fire Hunting in the County of St. Johns, ch. 558, § 1.

| |

. . . [I]t shall not be lawful for any person or persons to hunt with a gun or other fire arms, by fire light in the night time at any place within the County of St. Johns in this State, except within his own enclosure such person shall on conviction b...

. . . [I]t shall not be lawful for any person or persons to hunt with a gun or other fire arms, by fire light in the night time at any place within the County of St. Johns in this State, except within his own enclosure such person shall on conviction be fined in a sum not exceeding twenty-five dollars, or imprisonment not exceeding one month at the discretion of the Court.

Read More

1852 N.M. Laws 67, An Act Prohibiting the Carrying a Certain Class of Arms, within the Settlements and in Balls, § 1.

| |

That each and every person is prohibited from carrying short arms such as pistols, daggers, knives, and other deadly weapons, about their persons concealed, within the settlements, and any person who violates the provisions of this act shall be fined i...

That each and every person is prohibited from carrying short arms such as pistols, daggers, knives, and other deadly weapons, about their persons concealed, within the settlements, and any person who violates the provisions of this act shall be fined in a sum not exceeding ten dollars, nor less than two dollars, or shall be imprisoned for a term not exceeding fifteen days nor less than five days.

Read More

1852 Del. Laws 216, § 27.

| |

to regulate the storage of gunpowder, or any other dangerously combustible matter.

Charles Anderson Wickliffe, The Revised Statutes of Kentucky, Approved and Adopted by the General Assembly, 1851 and 1852: in Force from July 1, 1852 Page 671, Image 679 (1852) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| |

Article VII, Miscellaneous Provisions, § 1. No person, except a gunsmith on his own premises, shall shoot off a gun or pistol in a town. Any person offending herein shall be fined five dollars and costs, to be collected by the trustees, and applie...

Article VII, Miscellaneous Provisions, § 1. No person, except a gunsmith on his own premises, shall shoot off a gun or pistol in a town. Any person offending herein shall be fined five dollars and costs, to be collected by the trustees, and applied to keeping the streets of the town in repair.

Read More

Seymour Dwight Thompson, A Compilation of the Statute Laws of the State of Tennessee, of a General and Permanent Nature, Compiled on the Basis of the Code of Tennessee, With Notes and References, Including Acts of Session of 1870-’71 Page 52, Image 721 (Vol. 2, 1873) available at the The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| |

Of Offences Against the Person, [Assault and Battery and Attempt to Commit Crime,] § 4628. If any person assaults and beats another with a cowhide, stick, or whip, having a the time in his possession a pistol or other deadly weapon, with intent to...

Of Offences Against the Person, [Assault and Battery and Attempt to Commit Crime,] § 4628. If any person assaults and beats another with a cowhide, stick, or whip, having a the time in his possession a pistol or other deadly weapon, with intent to intimidate the person assaulted, and prevent him from defending himself, he shall, on conviction, be imprisoned in the penitentiary not less than two nor more than ten years.

Read More

Levi Peirce, Commissioner, The Consolidation and Revision of the Statutes of the State, of a General Nature Page 185, Image 193 (1852) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| |

Crimes and Offences, Manslaughter. § 5. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat, which shall at all times be stowed away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, a written notification of the fact shall be placed in three con...

Crimes and Offences, Manslaughter. § 5. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat, which shall at all times be stowed away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, a written notification of the fact shall be placed in three conspicuous parts of the boat; and in the event of such notification not being so exhibited , then for any loss of property, or life, for which the powder shall be deemed the cause, the owner shall be liable to the shipper for the full amount of said loss or damage; and the captain, in the event of loss of life being the result of such accident, shall be adjudged guilty of manslaughter. § 6. Any person or persons who shall ship or put on board, or cause to be shipped or put on board of any steamboat, within this State, any gunpowder, without giving notice thereof a the time of making the shipment to the master clerk of said boat, shall be liable to a penalty of two hundred dollars, which may be sued for and recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction by the owner, captain or clerk of said boat, for his or her own use and benefit; and in case of any loss of property in consequence of gunpowder being on board of said boat, the shipper that shall have failed to give due notice, as herein required, shall be liable for all losses of property or damage done thereto, or for any injury done to any person or to their family; and in case of the loss of the life of an individual on board, in consequence of gunpowder being on board, the person of persons who shall have shipped the same, without giving due notice thereof, shall, on conviction thereof, be adjudged guilty of manslaughter, and punished accordingly.

Read More

1852 Va. Acts 133, An Act Amending The Twentieth Section Of Chapter . . . Concerning Wild Fowl, § 20

| |

If any person, except from the land, shall shoot at or kill wild fowl during the night within this state, … he may be convicted thereof before a justice; and on conviction, shall surrender his gun…

Charter and Ordinances of the City of Milwaukee, and Amendatory Acts, Together with a List of Officers and Rules and Regulations of the Common Council Page 126, Image 127 (1852) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

| |

Ordinances of the [City of Milwaukee], An Ordinance for the Prevention of Fire, § 3. No person shall fire or set off any squib, cracker, or gun-powder, or fire-work, or build any bonfire within one hundred feet of any building in this city, under ...

Ordinances of the [City of Milwaukee], An Ordinance for the Prevention of Fire, § 3. No person shall fire or set off any squib, cracker, or gun-powder, or fire-work, or build any bonfire within one hundred feet of any building in this city, under the penalty of five dollars for each and every offence; and the Mayor, Marshal or any Aldermen or Fire Warden may restrain or prohibit any fire work or bonfire in any part of the city, whenever, in their opinion there shall be danger therefrom.

Read More

Rev. Stats. of the State of Del. to the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-two, 333 (Dover, Delaware 1852)

| |

Any justice of the peace may also cause to be arrested . . . all who go armed offensively to the terror of the people, or are otherwise disorderly and dangerous.