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Year: 1855

1855 Ill. Laws, 25, An Act To Incorporate the Town of Daville, § 16.

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[The town council shall have the power] To regulate the storage of tar, pitch, rosin, gun-powder and other combustible materials.

1855 Ill. Laws 465, An Act to Incorporate the Springdale Cemetery Association, § 15.

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Any person who shall . . . shoot off or discharge any gun or other firearms within the said limits shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor . . . .

1855 Ill. Criminal Code 365, Offenses Against the Persons of Individuals, Div. V, § 43.

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If any person hereafter shall willfully and maliciously, or by agreement, fight a duel or single combat with any engine, instrument or weapon, the probable consequence of which might be the death of either party, and in so doing shall kill his antagoni...

If any person hereafter shall willfully and maliciously, or by agreement, fight a duel or single combat with any engine, instrument or weapon, the probable consequence of which might be the death of either party, and in so doing shall kill his antagonist, or any person or persons, or shall inflict such wound as that the party injured shall die thereof within one year thereafter, every such offender, his second, as well as the second of the person killed, and all aiders, abettors, and counselors, being thereof duly convicted, shall be considered to have committed a high misdemeanor, and shall be punished by confinement to labor in the penitentiary for any term not exceeding five years, nor less than one year.

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George W. Malambre, Laws and General Ordinances of the City of Dayton, Containing the Laws of the State upon Municipal Government; All the General Ordinances in Force August 30th, 1855; a List of the Officers of the City under the New Act of Incorporation, Together with the Amount of Taxes Levied in Each Year for General and Special Purposes, since 1851, and the Total Amount in Each Year, of Property Subject to Taxation Page 214, Image 219 (1855) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Dayton. Offenses. § 38. Sec. XXXIX. If any person, or persons, shall fire any cannon, gun, or other firearms, within the bounds of the building lots, or cemetery ground in this city, or within one hundred yards of any pub...

Ordinances of the City of Dayton. Offenses. § 38. Sec. XXXIX. If any person, or persons, shall fire any cannon, gun, or other firearms, within the bounds of the building lots, or cemetery ground in this city, or within one hundred yards of any public road, within this corporation, except by permission of council, and except in proper situations for firing salutes, or by command of a military officer in performance of military duty, every person, so offending, on conviction thereof, shall pay a fine not exceeding ten dollars, and costs.

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1855 Ky. Acts 139, An Act to Incorporate the Town of Baltimore, Hickman County, ch. 475, § 10.

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Any person who shall shoot off a gun or pistol, or shall run or gallop a horse creature in said town, shall be liable to a fine of not less than two nor more than four dollars . . . .

William H. R. Wood, Digest of the Laws of California: Containing All Laws of a General Character Which were in Force on the First Day of January, 1858; Also, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, Articles of Confederation, Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798-99, Acts of Congress Relative to Public Lands and Pre-Emptions. Together with Judicial Decisions, Both of the Supreme Court of the United States and of California, to Which are Also Appended Numerous Forms for Obtaining Pre-Emption and Bounty Lands, Etc., Etc. Page 334, Image 340 (1861) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes and Punishments, Art. 1904. That any person in this state having, carrying or procuring from another person any dirk, dirk-knife, bowie-knife, sword, sword-cane, pistol, gun or other deadly weapon, who shall, in the presence of two or more perso...

Crimes and Punishments, Art. 1904. That any person in this state having, carrying or procuring from another person any dirk, dirk-knife, bowie-knife, sword, sword-cane, pistol, gun or other deadly weapon, who shall, in the presence of two or more persons, draw or exhibit any of said deadly weapons in a rude, angry and threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, or who shall, in any manner, unlawfully use the same, in any fight or quarrel, the person or persons so offending, upon conviction thereof in any criminal court in any county of this state, shall be fined in any sum not less than one hundred, nor more than five hundred dollars, or imprisonment in the county jail not less than one nor more than six months, at the discretion of the court, or both such fine and imprisonment, together with the costs of prosecution; which said costs shall, in all cases be computed and collected in the same manner as costs in civil cases. . . provided, nevertheless, that no sheriff, deputy sheriff, marshal, constable or other peace officer, shall be held to answer under the provisions of this act, for drawing or exhibiting any of the weapons herein-before mentioned, while in the lawful discharge of his or their duties. . .

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Edmund William McGregor Mackey, The Revised Statutes of the State of South Carolina, Prepared by Commissioners under an Act of the General Assembly, Approved March 9, 1869, to Which is Prefixed the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of South Carolina Page 404, Image 482 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Hunting, General Provisions, § 21. That it shall not be lawful for any non-resident of this State to use a gun, set a trap or decoy, or to employ any other device for killing or taking deer, turkeys, ducks or other game, not to set a trap, seine, ...

Hunting, General Provisions, § 21. That it shall not be lawful for any non-resident of this State to use a gun, set a trap or decoy, or to employ any other device for killing or taking deer, turkeys, ducks or other game, not to set a trap, seine, or net, or draw or use the same, or any other contrivance for taking or killing fish, within the territorial limits of this State.

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John F. Dillon, The Revised Ordinances of the City of Davenport, Revised and Digested by Order of the City Council, Containing the Original and Amended City Charters, with Notes and References to Judicial Decisions Page 145, Image 145 (1866) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary

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[Ordinances of Davenport Iowa,] Chapter 19, An Ordinance to Prohibit the Discharge of fire-arms, fire-crackers, and rockets within the city, § 1. No person shall discharge any gun, pistol or other fire-arms, or use or discharge any fire-crackers, ...

[Ordinances of Davenport Iowa,] Chapter 19, An Ordinance to Prohibit the Discharge of fire-arms, fire-crackers, and rockets within the city, § 1. No person shall discharge any gun, pistol or other fire-arms, or use or discharge any fire-crackers, rockets, or any other description of fire-works, within the limits of said city, without permission in writing from the Mayor. § 2. Any person violating any provision of this ordinance, shall pay a fine of not less than two dollars nor more than ten dollars for each offense.

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Edward W. Gantt, A Digest of the Statutes of Arkansas Embracing All Laws of a General and Permanent Character in Force at the Close of the Session of the General Assembly of One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Three Page 383, Image 383 (1874) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources. .

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Sabbath Breaking. § 1622. If any person shall be found hunting with a gun, with intent to kill game, or shooting for amusement on the Sabbath day, on conviction thereof he shall be fined in any sum not less than five nor more than twenty-five doll...

Sabbath Breaking. § 1622. If any person shall be found hunting with a gun, with intent to kill game, or shooting for amusement on the Sabbath day, on conviction thereof he shall be fined in any sum not less than five nor more than twenty-five dollars for each separate offense.

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1855-1856 Tenn. Pub. Acts 34, An Act to Amend and Reduce into One, the Acts Relating to the Charter of the Town of Clarkeville, ch. 32, § 2, pt. 20.

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To provide for the prevention and extinguishment of fires; to organize, establish and equip fire companies, hose companies, and hook and ladder companies; to regulate, restrain or prohibit the erection of wooden or combustible buildings in any part of ...

To provide for the prevention and extinguishment of fires; to organize, establish and equip fire companies, hose companies, and hook and ladder companies; to regulate, restrain or prohibit the erection of wooden or combustible buildings in any part of the city; to regulate and to prevent the carrying on of manufactories dangerous in causing or producing fires; to regulate the storage of gun powder, tar, pitch, rosin, saltpetre [sic], gun cotton and all other combustible or explosive material[.]

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