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1866 An Act To Prevent Shooting On The Sabbath In This Commonwealth, ch. 656, § 1.

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That No person shall, within this Commonwealth, on the Sabbath day, enter or go upon the land of another person to catch, shoot, or kill any birds, fowl, or animal of any kind; and any such person having in his possession a gun at the time, or after he...

That No person shall, within this Commonwealth, on the Sabbath day, enter or go upon the land of another person to catch, shoot, or kill any birds, fowl, or animal of any kind; and any such person having in his possession a gun at the time, or after he enters upon the premises of another as aforesaid, shall, upon proof, be guilty of a violation of this act, and, upon conviction thereof, by proceedings before any justice of the peace, in any county of the State . . . .

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R. H. Clark, The Code of the State of Georgia Page 816, Image 834 (1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offenses Against the Public Peace and Tranquility, § 4516. (4443.) Dueling. If any person shall deliberately challenge, by word or writing, the person of another, to fight with sword, pistol, or other deadly weapon, or if any person so challenged ...

Offenses Against the Public Peace and Tranquility, § 4516. (4443.) Dueling. If any person shall deliberately challenge, by word or writing, the person of another, to fight with sword, pistol, or other deadly weapon, or if any person so challenged shall accept the said challenge, in either case, such person so giving, or sending, or accepting any such challenge, shall, on conviction, be punished by a fine not less than five hundred dollars, and be imprisoned in the common jail of the county for any time not exceeding six months. Or, if the jury should so recommend, such person shall, in addition to the fine herein imposed, be punished by imprisonment and labor in the penitentiary for any time not less than one year nor longer than two years.

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1866 Mass. Acts 197, An Act Concerning The Militia, § 120

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A soldier who unnecessarily or without order from a superior officer comes to any parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with ball, slug or shot, or so loads the same while on parade, or unnecessarily or without order form a superior officer di...

A soldier who unnecessarily or without order from a superior officer comes to any parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with ball, slug or shot, or so loads the same while on parade, or unnecessarily or without order form a superior officer discharges the same when going to, returning from or upon parade, shall forfeit not less than five nor more than twenty dollars.

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1866 Ga. Laws 27-28, An Act to Authorize the Justices of the Inferior Courts of Camden, Glynn and Effingham Counties to Levy a Special Tax for County Purposes, and to regulate the same, §§ 3-4.

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§ 1. . . . collect a tax of two dollars per head on each and every dog over the number of three, and one dollar a piece on every gun or pistol, musket or rifle over the number of three kept or owned on any plantation in the counties aforesaid; the...

§ 1. . . . collect a tax of two dollars per head on each and every dog over the number of three, and one dollar a piece on every gun or pistol, musket or rifle over the number of three kept or owned on any plantation in the counties aforesaid; the said tax to be applied to such county purposes as the said courts shall direct. § 2. That the owner of every plantation in said counties shall be required to render, upon oath, a full return of every dog, gun, pistol, musket, or rifle so held or kept as aforesaid, and shall be held responsible for the tax imposed upon them, which tax the said Inferior Courts are hereby authorized and empowered to enforce, as in other cases.

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Montgomery Hunt Throop, The Revised Statutes of the State of New York; As Altered by Subsequent Legislation; Together with the Other Statutory Provisions of a General and Permanent Nature Now in Force, Passed from the Year 1778 to the Close of the Session of the Legislature of 1881, Arranged in Connection with the Same or kindred Subjects in the Revised Statutes; To Which are Added References to Judicial Decisions upon the Provisions Contained in the Text, Explanatory Notes, and a Full and Complete Index Page 2512, Image 677 (Vol. 3, 1882) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Prevent the Furtive Possession and use of slung-shot and other dangerous weapons. Ch. 716, § 1. Every person who shall within this state use, or attempt to use or with intent to use against any other person shall knowingly and secretly c...

An Act to Prevent the Furtive Possession and use of slung-shot and other dangerous weapons. Ch. 716, § 1. Every person who shall within this state use, or attempt to use or with intent to use against any other person shall knowingly and secretly conceal on his person, or with like intent shall willfully and furtively possess any possess any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as slung-shot, billy, sand club or metal knuckles, and any dirk or dagger (not contained as a blade of a pocket knife), or sword-cane or air-gun shall be deemed guilty of felony, and on conviction thereof be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or penitentiary or county jail, for a term not more than one year, or by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment. § 2. The having possession of any of the weapons mentioned in the first section of this act by any other than a public officer, willfully and secretly concealed on the person or knowingly and furtively carried thereon, shall be presumptive evidence of so concealing and possessing or carrying the same with the intent to use the same in violation of the provisions of this act.

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1866 Tex. Gen. Laws 210, An Act To Prohibit The Discharging Of Fire Arms In Certain Places Herein Named, chap. 170, § 1

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It shall not be lawful for any person to discharge any gun, pistol, or fire arms of any description whatever, on, or across any public square, street, or alley, in any city or town in this state; Provided this act shall not be so construed as to apply ...

It shall not be lawful for any person to discharge any gun, pistol, or fire arms of any description whatever, on, or across any public square, street, or alley, in any city or town in this state; Provided this act shall not be so construed as to apply to the “outer town,” or suburbs, of any city or town.

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George Washington Stone, The Penal Code of Alabama, Montgomery, 1866 Page 63, Image 63 (1866) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Miscellaneous Offenses § 204. Selling or giving fire-arms to minor. – Any person who sells, gives, or lends to any boy under eighteen years of age, any pistol, or bowie-knife, or other knife of like kind or description, must, on conviction, ...

Miscellaneous Offenses § 204. Selling or giving fire-arms to minor. – Any person who sells, gives, or lends to any boy under eighteen years of age, any pistol, or bowie-knife, or other knife of like kind or description, must, on conviction, be fined not less than fifty, nor more than five hundred dollars.

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George Washington Paschal, A Digest of the Laws of Texas: Containing Laws in Force, and the Repealed Laws on Which Rights Rest. Carefully Annotated Page 1321, Image 291 (Vol. 2, 1873) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Amend Article 382, Title XI, Chapter 3 of the Penal Code. Art. 6509. [1] Article 382, title XI, chapter III, of the penal code, shall hereafter read as follows: if any one or more persons shall, in any public place, by loud and vociferous tal...

An Act to Amend Article 382, Title XI, Chapter 3 of the Penal Code. Art. 6509. [1] Article 382, title XI, chapter III, of the penal code, shall hereafter read as follows: if any one or more persons shall, in any public place, by loud and vociferous talking, swearing, or rudely displaying any pistol, or other deadly weapon, so as to disturb the inhabitants of the place in the prosecution of their lawful business, any person engaged in such disturbance shall be fined in any sum not exceeding fifty dollars.

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