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Year: 1856

1856 Mass. Acts 85-87, An Act to Incorporate the Proprietors of Oak Grove Cemetery, chap. 154, § 6

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Any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, grave-stone, or other structure placed in the cemetery aforesaid . . . or discharge any gun or other fire-arms, within the said limits, shall be deemed guilt...

Any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, grave-stone, or other structure placed in the cemetery aforesaid . . . or discharge any gun or other fire-arms, within the said limits, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof before any justice of the peace, or other court of competent jurisdiction, shall be punished by a fine not less than five dollars, nor more than one hundred dollars…

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Revised Ordinances of the Corporation of Winchester, with the Act of Incorporation and Certain Other Acts of the General Assembly Concerning the Town of Winchester, and the Constitution of Virginia Page 78, Image 78 (1856) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the [City of Winchester,] Of Certain Offences Punishable by Fine or Otherwise within the Corporation of Winchester, § 3. Any person who shall fire a gun, pistol or other firearm within this Corporation, except in case of necessity in...

Ordinances of the [City of Winchester,] Of Certain Offences Punishable by Fine or Otherwise within the Corporation of Winchester, § 3. Any person who shall fire a gun, pistol or other firearm within this Corporation, except in case of necessity in the discharge of a public duty, or at military parade by order of the officer in command, shall for each offense forfeit the sum of one dollar.

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W. H. Gaylord, Standing Rules of Order of the Cleveland City Council: With a Catalogue of the Mayors and Councils of the City of Cleveland, from Its Organization, April, 1836, to April, 1871, and Officers of the City Government for 1872 Page 101, Image 124 (1872) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Cleveland,] An Ordinance to Prevent the Firing of Guns and Fire-works, § 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Cleveland, That no person shall fire any cannon, gun, rifle, pistol, or fire-arms of any kind,...

[Ordinances of the City of Cleveland,] An Ordinance to Prevent the Firing of Guns and Fire-works, § 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Cleveland, That no person shall fire any cannon, gun, rifle, pistol, or fire-arms of any kind, or fire or explode any squib, rocket, cracker, Roman candle, or other combustible fire-works within the city. § 2. This ordinance shall not apply to any military company, when drilling under command of any officer thereof, or to the use of fire-arms in the lawful defense of the person, family or property of any person, or to the killing of any dog whose owner or possessor has not complied with the provisions of the ordinance relating to dogs. § 3. The board of city improvements may, at its discretion, give permission to any person or persons to discharge fire-arms or fire-works on the fourth day of July; such permission may be given through any public paper of the city, or otherwise. § 4. That any person violating any provision of this ordinance shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not exceeding twenty dollars.

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1856 Ala. Acts 17, To Amend the Criminal Law, §1.

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That anyone who shall sell or give or lend, to any male minor, a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description, by whatever name called, or air gun or pistol, shall, on conviction be fined not less than three hundred, nor more tha...

That anyone who shall sell or give or lend, to any male minor, a bowie knife, or knife or instrument of the like kind or description, by whatever name called, or air gun or pistol, shall, on conviction be fined not less than three hundred, nor more than one thousand dollars.

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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 125, Image 794 (Vol. 2, 1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offences Against Public Policy and Economy. § 4864. Any person who sells, loans, or gives, to any minor a pistol, bowie-knife, dirk, Arkansas tooth-pick, hunter’s knife, or like dangerous weapon, except a gun for hunting or weapon for defens...

Offences Against Public Policy and Economy. § 4864. Any person who sells, loans, or gives, to any minor a pistol, bowie-knife, dirk, Arkansas tooth-pick, hunter’s knife, or like dangerous weapon, except a gun for hunting or weapon for defense in traveling, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars, and be imprisoned in the county jail at the discretion of the court.

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John W.A. Sanford, The Code of the City of Montgomery, Prepared in Pursuance of an Order of the City Council of Montgomery Page 7-9, Image 12 (1861) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[An Act to Incorporate the City of Montgomery, Approved December 23d, 1837] § 6. And be it further enacted, That the said Mayor and Aldermen, shall have power and authority for the ordinary current expenses of said city, to assess, levy and collec...

[An Act to Incorporate the City of Montgomery, Approved December 23d, 1837] § 6. And be it further enacted, That the said Mayor and Aldermen, shall have power and authority for the ordinary current expenses of said city, to assess, levy and collect annually, a tax on. . . pistol galleries, fifty dollars…

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1856-1857 N.C. Sess. Laws 34, Pub. Laws, An Act Entitled “Revenue,” ch. 34, § 23, pt. 4.

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On every pistol, except such as are used exclusively for mustering, and on every bowie-knife, one dollar and twenty five cents; on dirks and swordcanes, sixty five cents: Provided, however, That of said arms, only such shall be taxable, as at some time...

On every pistol, except such as are used exclusively for mustering, and on every bowie-knife, one dollar and twenty five cents; on dirks and swordcanes, sixty five cents: Provided, however, That of said arms, only such shall be taxable, as at some time within the year have been used, worn or carried about the person of the owner, or of some other, by his consent.

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Chas. Ben. Darwin, Ordinances of the City of Burlington, with Head Notes and an Analytic Index Page 159, Image 159 (1856) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Burlington City Ordinances, [To Prevent Fires,] § 9. The Mayor, wharf master, or either fire warden may give such directions as either of them may think proper, relative to the location of any boat having on board gunpowder, gun cotton, hay or oth...

Burlington City Ordinances, [To Prevent Fires,] § 9. The Mayor, wharf master, or either fire warden may give such directions as either of them may think proper, relative to the location of any boat having on board gunpowder, gun cotton, hay or other combustible materials; each of said officers are hereby respectively empowered to put in force any order or direction given under this section. Any person refusing or neglecting to obey such orders or directions shall be liable to the penalty provided in the last section of this Ordinance.

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1856-1857 N.C. Sess. Laws 22, Pub. Laws, An Act to Declare the Meaning of that Portion of the Revised Code which Relates to Fire Hunting by Night, ch. 24, § 1.

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[T]he true intent and meaning of the 95th section of the 34th chapter of the Revised Code was and is hereby declared to be to prevent fire hunting for deer with a gun or guns in the night time, and nothing more.

W.H. Gaylord, Standing Rules of Order of the Cleveland City Council: With a Catalogue of the Mayors and Councils of the City of Cleveland, from Its Organization, April, 1836, to April, 1871, and Officers of the City Government for 1872 Page 128, Image 152 (1872) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Cleveland,] Gunpowder, An Ordinance to Establish a Magazine, and Regulate the Sale of Powder. Be it ordained by the City Council of the city of Cleveland... § 3. No person shall keep within the city, any quantity of gunp...

[Ordinances of the City of Cleveland,] Gunpowder, An Ordinance to Establish a Magazine, and Regulate the Sale of Powder. Be it ordained by the City Council of the city of Cleveland… § 3. No person shall keep within the city, any quantity of gunpowder exceeding twenty-five pounds, or of gun cotton exceeding five pounds, for a longer period than twenty-four hours, except in the powder magazine; and said twenty-five pounds shall be kept in tin or copper canisters, neither of which shall contain over seven pounds and shall be labelled “gunpowder,” and be kept near the front or rear entrance of every building in which it is contained. § 4. Any person violating the provisions of this ordinance shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not exceeding twenty dollars.

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