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Year: 1857

Samuel Ames, The Revised Statutes of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: To Which are Prefixed, The Constitutions of the United States and of the State Page 614, Image 629 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Discipline, Inspection, Etc. § 9. No non-commissioned officer or private shall unnecessarily, or without orders from his superior officer, come on to any place of parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot or other dang...

Discipline, Inspection, Etc. § 9. No non-commissioned officer or private shall unnecessarily, or without orders from his superior officer, come on to any place of parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot or other dangerous substance, or shall so load with same while on parade.

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Samuel Ames, The Revised Statutes of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: To Which are Prefixed, The Constitutions of the United States and of the State Page 204-205, Image 219-220 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Of Bowling-alleys, Billiard Tables and Shooting Galleries, § 2. Any person who shall keep any pistol gallery, rifle gallery or other building or enclosure where fire-arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot in the compact part of t...

Of Bowling-alleys, Billiard Tables and Shooting Galleries, § 2. Any person who shall keep any pistol gallery, rifle gallery or other building or enclosure where fire-arms are used for practicing in firing with ball or shot in the compact part of the city of Newport, shall be fined two hundred dollars for the first offence, and five hundred dollars for each subsequent offence. § 3. The town council of each town shall define the limits of the compact part of such town ; which limits shall be taken and deemed to comprehend the compact part of such town within the meaning of this chapter. . . § 7. . . and a tax not exceeding two hundred dollars per annum on any person who shall own or keep a pistol gallery, rifle gallery, or other building or enclosure referred to in the second section hereof.

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1857 D.C. Code 570, Of Proceedings to Prevent and Detect the Comission of Crime, ch. 141, ยง 16.

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If any person shall go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword, pistol, or other offensive and dangerous weapon, without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury or violence to his person . . . he may, on complaint of any person having reasonable c...

If any person shall go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword, pistol, or other offensive and dangerous weapon, without reasonable cause to fear an assault or other injury or violence to his person . . . he may, on complaint of any person having reasonable cause to fear an injury or breach of the peace, be required to find sureities for keeping the peace for a term not exceeding six months, with the right of appealing as before provided.

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Louis J. Dupree, A Digest of the Ordinances of the City Council of Memphis, from the Year 1826 to 1857 Together with All Acts of the Legislature of Tennessee Which Relate Exclusively to the City of Memphis, with an Appendix Page 161, Image 161 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Memphis, Pistols and Guns, § 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to fire any pistol, gun or other firearm within the limits of this city, unless it be on the occasion of a military parade, and then only by the order o...

[Ordinances of the City of Memphis, Pistols and Guns, § 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to fire any pistol, gun or other firearm within the limits of this city, unless it be on the occasion of a military parade, and then only by the order of an officer of a military company. Nor shall any person raise a kite or any like paper, or balloon, in the limits of the city. Any person violating any of the terms and provisions of this ordinance shall be fined by the recorder not less than five nor more than fifty dollars. If the offense be committed by a slave, he shall receive such corporal punishment as shall be adjudged by the recorder.]

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Henry Jefferson Leovy, The Laws and General Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, Together with the Acts of the Legislature, Decisions of the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Provisions, Relating to the City Government. Revised and Digested, Pursuant to an Order of the Common Council Page 242, Image 268 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of New dueOrleans,] Revenue – Taxes and Licenses, § No. 680. Every keeper of a pistol gallery, the whole tax being levied on each and every gallery, sixty dollars.

William Lewis Sharkey, The Revised Code of the Statute Laws of the State of Mississippi Page 610, Image 614 (1857) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Sabbath, Violation of, Art. 229. If any person shall be found hunting with a gun, on the Sabbath, he shall, on convicted thereof, be fined not less than five, nor more than twenty dollars.

Leovy, Henry Jefferson, et al. The laws and general ordinances of the city of New Orleans : together with the acts of the Legislature, decisions of the Supreme Court and constitutional provisions relating to the city government. Printed by E.C. Wharton, 1857. Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926, https://link-gale-com.proxy.lib.duke.edu/apps/doc/CY0108981050/SABN?u=duke_perkins&sid=SABN&xid=5cff6ac4. Accessed 10 Jan. 2020.

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Evening Gun.No. 251. That the captains of police of the first, second, third and fourth districts be, and are hereby, instructed to purchase the powder necessary for firing the evening guns in said districts, and present the vouchers for the same, after t...

Evening Gun.No. 251. That the captains of police of the first, second, third and fourth districts be, and are hereby, instructed to purchase the powder necessary for firing the evening guns in said districts, and present the vouchers for the same, after they have been approved by the chief of police, and it shall be the duty of the said captains to detail a member of the police force of each of said districts to fire the said evening guns, without extra compensation.

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