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Year: 1874

John Prentiss Poe, The Maryland Code : Public Local Laws, Adopted by the General Assembly of Maryland March 14, 1888. Including also the Public Local Acts of the Session of 1888 incorporated therein Page 1457, Image 382 (Vol. 2, 1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Election Districts--Fences. § 99. It shall not be lawful for any person in Kent county to carry, on the days of election, secretly or otherwise, any gun, pistol, dirk, dirk-knife, razor, billy or bludgeon; and any person violating the provisions o...

Election Districts–Fences. § 99. It shall not be lawful for any person in Kent county to carry, on the days of election, secretly or otherwise, any gun, pistol, dirk, dirk-knife, razor, billy or bludgeon; and any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof before any justice of the peace of said county, shall be fined not less than five nor more than twenty dollars, and on refusal to pay said fine shall be committed by such justice of the peace to the jail of the county until the same shall be paid.

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Charter and Ordinances of the City of Bridgeport: as Amended and Adopted Page 194 (1874) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Ordinance Relative to Gunpowder and Explosive Substances. Be it ordained by the Common Council of the City of Bridgeport, § 1. No person shall have, or keep for sale or for any other purpose, within the limits of this city, any quantity of gunp...

An Ordinance Relative to Gunpowder and Explosive Substances. Be it ordained by the Common Council of the City of Bridgeport, § 1. No person shall have, or keep for sale or for any other purpose, within the limits of this city, any quantity of gunpowder or gun-cotton, exceeding one pound in weight; no person shall have, keep for sale, use, or other purpose, within the city limits, any quantity of nitro-glycerine, or other explosive substances or compounds exceeding six ounces, without special license thereof from the common council. No person shall transport any gunpowder through said city without a permit first had and obtained from the fire marshal, and in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be established by said fire marshal. No person shall, within said city, place, receive, or have any gunpowder on board of any steamboat used for the carrying of passengers, with intent to transport the same therein.

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Frederick Charles Brightly, Brightly’s Annual Digest for 1873 to 1878. Annual Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania for the Years 1873 to 1878 Together with Some laws of Older Date Inadvertently Omitted in Purdon’s Digest Completing Brightly Purdon’s Digest to the Present Date Page 1835, Image 65 (1878) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Digested Laws 1873-78,] Common Carriers, 1. Carriers of explosive materials regulated. Penalties. 2. Power to open packages. Removal and sale. § 1. If any person shall knowingly deliver, or cause to be delivered to any canal, railroad, steamboat ...

[Digested Laws 1873-78,] Common Carriers, 1. Carriers of explosive materials regulated. Penalties. 2. Power to open packages. Removal and sale. § 1. If any person shall knowingly deliver, or cause to be delivered to any canal, railroad, steamboat or other transportation company, or to any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of transportation, any nitro-glycerine, dualin, dynamite, gunpowder, mining or blasting powder, gun-cotton, phosphorus, or other explosive material adapted for blasting, or for any other purpose for which the articles before mentioned, or any of them, may be used, under any false or deceptive invoice or description, or without informing such person, firm or corporation, in writing, at or before the time when such delivery is made, of the true nature of such, and without having the keg, barrel, can or package containing the same plainly marked with the name of the explosive material therein contained, together with the word “dangerous” article, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to imprisonment for thirty days, and to pay a fine of one hundred dollars; and shall be responsible for all damages to persons or property, directly or indirectly resulting from the explosion or combustion of any such article. § 2. It shall and may be lawful for any officer or agent of any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of transportation, upon affidavit made of the fact that any package tendered for transportation, not in compliance with the provisions of the first section hereof, is believed to contain explosive material such as aforesaid, to require such package to be opened, and to refuse to receive any such package unless such requirement be complied with; and if such package be opened, and found to contain any explosive material, the said package and its contents shall be forthwith removed to any lawful place for the storing of gunpowder; and after conviction of the offender, or after three months from such removal, the said package, with its contents, shall be sold at public sale, after the expiration of ten days from notice of the time and place of such sale, published in one newspaper in the county where such seizure shall have been made; and the proceeds of such sale, after deducting therefrom the expenses of removal, storage, advertisement and sale, shall be paid into the treasury of the said county.

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1874 Md. Acts 224, An Act To Protect Wild Fowl in Worcester County, ch. 164, §§ 1-2

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§ 1... no person shall, during the hours intervening between twilight at evening and twilight of the following morning, shoot or kill, or shoot at, capture with nets, by fire-light, any wild fowl within the limits of Worcester County. § 2. .....

§ 1… no person shall, during the hours intervening between twilight at evening and twilight of the following morning, shoot or kill, or shoot at, capture with nets, by fire-light, any wild fowl within the limits of Worcester County. § 2. …no person shall, at any time, kill or shoot at any wild fowl within the limits of Worcester County, with any swivel or pivot gun, or any kind of gun which cannot be conveniently discharged from the shoulder at arms length and without a rest.

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Mercer Beasley, Revision of the Statutes of New Jersey: Published under the Authority of the Legislature; by Virtue of an Act Approved April 4, 1871 Page 263, Image 309 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes, An Act Relating to the Transportation of Explosive and Dangerous Material, § 1. That if any person shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to any canal, railroad, steamboat, or other transportation company, or to any persons, firm, or cor...

Crimes, An Act Relating to the Transportation of Explosive and Dangerous Material, § 1. That if any person shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, to any canal, railroad, steamboat, or other transportation company, or to any persons, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of transportation, any nitroglycerine, dualin, dynamite, gunpowder, mining or blasting powder, gun-cotton, phosphorous, friction matches, or other explosive or dangerous material of any nature whatsoever, under any false or deceptive invoice or description, or without previously informing such person, firm or corporation, in writing, of the true nature of such article, and without having the box, keg, barrel, can or package containing the same plainly marked with the name of the explosive or dangerous material therein contained, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to imprisonment for thirty days, and to pay a fine of one hundred dollars, and shall be responsible for all damages to persons or property directly or indirectly resulting from the explosion of any such article. § 2. That it shall and may be lawful for any officer or agent of any person, firm, or corporation, engaged in the business of transportation to require any package tendered for transportation, believed to contain explosive material, to be opened by the person delivering the same, and to refuse to receive any such package unless such requirements be complied with; and if such package be opened and found to contain such explosive or dangerous material, the said package and its contents shall be forthwith removed to any lawful place for the storing of gun-powder, and after conviction of the offender, or after three months from such removal, the said package, with its contents, shall be sold at public sale, after the expiration of ten days from notice of the time and place of such sale, published in one newspaper in the county where such seizure shall have been made; and the proceeds of such sale, after deducting therefrom the expenses of removal, storage, advertisement, and sale, shall be paid into the treasury of the said county; provided, however, that nothing in this act contained shall be construed to require common carriers to transport any such explosive or dangerous articles against their consent, nor to transport them otherwise than at such times, and under such regulations for safety to persons and property, as they may from time to time prescribe in relation thereto

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1874 Pa. laws 91, An Act To Regulate The Manner Of Increasing The Indebtedness of Municipalities To Provide For The Redemption Of The Same And To Impose Penalties For The Illegal Increase Thereof, § 31, cl. 5

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If any person . . . shall discharge any pistol, or gun, or any fire-arms on or near said bridges, he, she or they so offending shall forfeit and pay to the said company the sum of five dollars each. . .

A.G. Davis, City Clerk, Charter and Ordinances, and Rules and Orders of the City Council. Revised February 1874 Page 52, Image 53 (1874) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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City Ordinances, § 4. No person shall haul unto, or lay at any wharf in the city, any vessel having on board more than twenty-five pounds of gun-powder, nor discharge or receive on board exceeding that quantity, without having first obtained from ...

City Ordinances, § 4. No person shall haul unto, or lay at any wharf in the city, any vessel having on board more than twenty-five pounds of gun-powder, nor discharge or receive on board exceeding that quantity, without having first obtained from the Mayor a permit therefor, designating the wharf at which said powder may be landed or received on board.

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1874 Ohio Laws 148, Reg. Sess vol. 71, An Act to Protect Certain Birds and Game, and to Protect Land Owners and Punish Trespassing upon Improved or Enclosed Land, and to Repeal Certain Statutes Therein Designated, § 2.

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And it shall be unlawful for any person, by the aid or use of any swivel or punt gun, or any other than the common shoulder gun, or by the aid or use of any push boat or sneak boat, used for carrying such gun, to catch, kill or wound, or destroy or to ...

And it shall be unlawful for any person, by the aid or use of any swivel or punt gun, or any other than the common shoulder gun, or by the aid or use of any push boat or sneak boat, used for carrying such gun, to catch, kill or wound, or destroy or to pursue after, with such intent upon the waters, bays, rivers, marshes, mud flats, or any cover to which wild fowl resort, within the state of Ohio, any wild goose, wild duck, or brant.

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John Riner Sayler, The Statutes of the State of Ohio: In Continuation of Curwen’s Statutes at Large and Swan & Critchfield’s Revised Statutes, Arranged in Chronological Order, Showing the Acts in Force, Repealed, Obsolete or Superseded with References to the Judicial Decisions Construing the Statutes and a Complete Analytical Index Page 3331, Image 521 (Vol. 4, 1876) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Protect Certain Birds and Game, and to Protect Land Owners and Punish Trespassing Upon Improved or Enclosed Land, and to Repeal Certain Statutes Therein Designated. § 2. . . And it shall be unlawful for any person, by the aid or use of a...

An Act to Protect Certain Birds and Game, and to Protect Land Owners and Punish Trespassing Upon Improved or Enclosed Land, and to Repeal Certain Statutes Therein Designated. § 2. . . And it shall be unlawful for any person, by the aid or use of any swivel or punt gun, or any other than the common shoulder gun, or by the aid or use of any push boat or sneak boat, used for carrying such gun, to catch, kill or wound, or destroy or to pursue after, with such intent, upon any of the waters, bays, rivers, marshes, mud flats, or any cover to which wild fowl resort, within the State of Ohio, any wild goose, wild duck, or brant.

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Revised Statutes of the State of Delaware, of Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-two, as They Have since been Amended, Together with the Additional Laws of a Public and General Nature, Which Have been Enacted since the Publication of the Revised Code of Eighteen Fifty-Two, to the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Four; to Which are Added, the Constitution of the United States and of This State, the Declaration of Independence, and Appendix Page 249, Image 313 (1874) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Laws of Delaware, Town Regulations, § 5. If any person shall discharge a gun, or pistol, within any town, or village, in this State, or within one quarter a mile of the center thereof, or within one hundred yards of a mill-dam, upon which is a pub...

Laws of Delaware, Town Regulations, § 5. If any person shall discharge a gun, or pistol, within any town, or village, in this State, or within one quarter a mile of the center thereof, or within one hundred yards of a mill-dam, upon which is a public road, he shall forfeit and pay, for the use of the poor of the county, five dollars for each offence; and upon judgment for such forfeiture, the defendant shall be committed to the public jail of the county until it is paid. But this section shall not apply to the discharging a gun, or pistol, on any day of public rejoicing; or where it is authorized by law, or required by necessity.

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