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Year: 1869

Ordinance No. 1: Protecting Public Morality, Order and Safety, undated, reprinted in Ordinances of the Town of Bedford (1869) (Indiana).

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. . . Sec. 4. Every person, not being a traveler, who shall wear or carry any dirk, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, sword in cane, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon concealed, or who shall carry or wear such weapon with the intent and avowed purpose...

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Sec. 4. Every person, not being a traveler, who shall wear or carry any dirk, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, sword in cane, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon concealed, or who shall carry or wear such weapon with the intent and avowed purpose of injuring his fellow man, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not more than ten dollars.

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Sec. 16. Every person who shall shoot or fire any gun, pistol, or other firearms, on or across any street, sidewalk, or alley, within the corporate limits of said town, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding three dollars.

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1869 Wash. Sess. Laws 203-04, An Act Relative to Crimes and Punishments, and Proceedings in Criminal Cases, ch. 2, § 32.

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Every person who shall, in a rude, angry or threatening manner, in a crowd of two or more persons, exhibit any pistol, bowie knife, or other dangerous weapon, shall on conviction thereof, be imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding one year and be fine...

Every person who shall, in a rude, angry or threatening manner, in a crowd of two or more persons, exhibit any pistol, bowie knife, or other dangerous weapon, shall on conviction thereof, be imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding one year and be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars.

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1869 Ky. Acts 481, An Act to Amend and Reduce into One the Several Acts in Reference to the Town of Princeton, art. V, pt. 14.

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To regulate the keeping and conveying of gun-powder and other combustible and dangerous materials.

1869 Wash. Sess. Laws 203, An Act Relative to Crimes and Punishments And Proceedings In Criminal Cases, ch. 2, § 31.

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Every person who shall assault and beat another with a cowhide or whip, having with him at the time a pistol or other deadly weapon, shall, on conviction thereof, be imprisoned in the county jail not more than one year nor less than three months, and b...

Every person who shall assault and beat another with a cowhide or whip, having with him at the time a pistol or other deadly weapon, shall, on conviction thereof, be imprisoned in the county jail not more than one year nor less than three months, and be fined in any sum not exceeding one thousand dollars.

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The Municipal Register Containing the City Charter and Ordinances, Together with the Rules and Orders of the City Council and a List of the past and Present City Officers of the City of Newburyport Page 130, Image 132 (1869) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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City Ordinances [of Newburyport], § 15. No person shall fire any rocket, squib, cracker, or other thing formed of gunpowder or other explosive substance, in whole or in part; nor make any bonfire of tar barrels or any other substances, nor, except...

City Ordinances [of Newburyport], § 15. No person shall fire any rocket, squib, cracker, or other thing formed of gunpowder or other explosive substance, in whole or in part; nor make any bonfire of tar barrels or any other substances, nor, except in the performance of some duty authorized by law, discharge any field piece, gun or other firearm in or upon any street or other way, or upon any wharf or landing within the city.

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The Charter and General Ordinances of the Town of Lexington, Virginia Page 87, Image 107 (1892) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the town of Lexington. Of Concealed Weapons and Cigarettes. § 2. If any person sell, barter, give or furnish, or cause to be sold, bartered, given or furnished to any minor under sixteen years of age, cigarettes, or pistols, or dirks...

Ordinances of the town of Lexington. Of Concealed Weapons and Cigarettes. § 2. If any person sell, barter, give or furnish, or cause to be sold, bartered, given or furnished to any minor under sixteen years of age, cigarettes, or pistols, or dirks, or bowie knives, having good cause to believe him or her to be a minor under sixteen years of age, shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.

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Lewis Mayer, The Baltimore City Code: Comprising the Statutes and Ordinances Relating to the City of Baltimore Page 877, Image 887 (1869) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Baltimore,] Regulations, § 141. If any person shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol or firearms within the city, unless it be on some occasion of military parade, and then by order of some officer having the command, every such pe...

[Ordinances of Baltimore,] Regulations, § 141. If any person shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol or firearms within the city, unless it be on some occasion of military parade, and then by order of some officer having the command, every such person, for every such offence, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding five dollars; and if any gun, pistol or firearms shall be discharged from on board any vessel within the harbor of Baltimore, the captain of the vessel, as well as the offender, shall be liable to the said penalty.

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The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Richmond Page 196-197, Image 196-197 (1869) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Richmond, Police, § 42. If any person engaged in military exercise shall fire or discharge, in any street or public alley of this city, any cannon, gun, pistol, or any other firearms, except on the fourth of July, the twenty-second ...

[Ordinances of Richmond, Police, § 42. If any person engaged in military exercise shall fire or discharge, in any street or public alley of this city, any cannon, gun, pistol, or any other firearms, except on the fourth of July, the twenty-second of February and the nineteenth day of October, or at military burial or some extraordinary occasion allowed by the Mayor (and by him notified through the newspaper, or by posting handbills or otherwise), or if any person shall, in any street or public alley in said city, play at bandy or throw snowballs, stones or other missiles, or discharge arrows form a bow or cross-bow, or blow a horn, he shall be fined not less than one nor more than ten dollars.]

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1868-1869 N.C. Sess. Laws 407-08, Pub. Laws, An Act in Relation to Punishment, ch. 167, § 7.

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Every person who commits any assault upon the person of another, with any deadly or dangerous weapon, or who unlawfully shoots or attempts to shoot at another with any kind of fire-arms, with intent to injure any person, without intent to kill such per...

Every person who commits any assault upon the person of another, with any deadly or dangerous weapon, or who unlawfully shoots or attempts to shoot at another with any kind of fire-arms, with intent to injure any person, without intent to kill such person or to commit any felony, shall be punished upon conviction, by imprisonment in the State’s prison not exceeding five years.

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1868-1869 N.C. Sess. Laws 59-60 Pub. Laws, An Act To Prohibit Hunting On The Sabbath, Chap 18, § 1.

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The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That if any person or persons whomsoever shall be known to hunt in this State on the Sabbath with a dog or dogs, or shall be found off of their premises on the Sabbath, having with him or them a shot-gun...

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That if any person or persons whomsoever shall be known to hunt in this State on the Sabbath with a dog or dogs, or shall be found off of their premises on the Sabbath, having with him or them a shot-gun, rifle or pistol, he or they shall be subject to indictment; and upon conviction, shall pay a fine not to exceed fifty dollars . . .

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