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Year: 1875

Revised Ordinances and Resolutions of the City Council of Salt Lake City, in the Territory of Utah, with Congressional and Territorial Laws on Townsites and Great Salt Lake City Charter, and Amendments Page 161-162, Image 196-197 (1875) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of Salt Lake City, Relating to Gunpowder, Gun Cotton and Nitro-Glycerine, § 1. Be it ordained, by the City Council of Salt Lake City, that it shall not be lawful for any person or persons to keep, sell or give away, gunpowder, gun-cotto...

Ordinances of Salt Lake City, Relating to Gunpowder, Gun Cotton and Nitro-Glycerine, § 1. Be it ordained, by the City Council of Salt Lake City, that it shall not be lawful for any person or persons to keep, sell or give away, gunpowder, gun-cotton, or nitro-glycerine, in any quantity without permission of the City Council; Provided, any person may keep, for his own use, not exceeding five pounds of gun powder, one pound of gun cotton, or one ounce of nitro-glycerine. § 2. All permits , when issued , shall be registered by the Recorder, and shall state the name and place of business, and date of permit, and the same shall not be granted for a longer time than one year; and no person to whom any permits may be issued, shall have or keep, at his place of business or elsewhere, within the city, (except in such places as may be approved by the City Council), a greater quantity of gunpowder or guncotton than twenty-five pounds, and the same shall be kept in tin canisters or cases, and nitro-glycerine not to exceed five ounces, and in a situation remote from fires lighted lamps or candles. Nor shall any person sell or weigh gunpowder, gun cotton, or nitro-glycerine, after the lighting of lamps or gas in the evening , unless in sealed canisters or cases. It shall be the duty of every person to whom a permit shall be given to keep a sign at the front door of his place of business, with the word gunpowder painted or printed thereon in large letters. § 3. No person shall convey or carry any gunpowder exceeding one pound in quantity through any street or alley in the city, unless the said gunpowder is secured in tight cans, kegs or cases, sufficient to prevent the same from being spilled or scattered , and in no quantity exceeding one hundred pounds, except under the direction of a police officer. § 4. A violation of any clause of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine, for each offence, in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars.

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1875 Va. Acts 109, An Act To Amend And Re-enact Section Twelve, Chapter Ninety-nine, Code of Eighteen Hundred And Seventy-Three, for the Protection Of Wild Fowl in the Counties Bordering on the Potomac And Rappahannock, ch. 100, § 12

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If any person shall, at any time, either in the night or day-time, shoot at wild fowl in any county bordering . . . with any gun which cannot be conveniently discharged from the shoulder at arm’s length without a rest, or have such gun in his pos...

If any person shall, at any time, either in the night or day-time, shoot at wild fowl in any county bordering . . . with any gun which cannot be conveniently discharged from the shoulder at arm’s length without a rest, or have such gun in his possession on a boat, a justice of any such county shall require such gun to be surrendered, and shall order it to be destroyed, and shall fine the offender ten dollars. . .

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Mo. Const. of 1875, art. II, § 17.

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Right to bear arms, when – That the right of no citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power, when hereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained is in...

Right to bear arms, when – That the right of no citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power, when hereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained is intended to justify the practice of wearing concealed weapons.

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1875 Cal. Stat. 628, Statutes of California.

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[T]o prohibit the establishment and maintenance of such slaughter-houses, or the storage of gunpowder and other combustibles and explosive substances within the incorporated limits of the city.

1875 Ky. Acts 450, An Act to Amend an Act Entitled “An Act to Amend and Reduce into One Several Acts in Regard to the Town of Vanceburg, in Lewis County”, § 43.

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No person, except watchmen, gunsmiths and militiamen in the discharge of their duty, or unless in defense of life or property, shall fire a gun or pistol within the city limits: any person thus offending shall be fined not less than one dollar nor more...

No person, except watchmen, gunsmiths and militiamen in the discharge of their duty, or unless in defense of life or property, shall fire a gun or pistol within the city limits: any person thus offending shall be fined not less than one dollar nor more than five dollars.

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Thomas M. Patterson, The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Denver, as Adopted Since the Incorporation of the City and Its Organization, November, 1861, to the First Day of February, A.D., 1875, Revised and Amended, Together with an Act of the Legislature of the Territory of Colorado, in Relation to Municipal Corporations, Page 78, Image 78 (1875) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[City of Denver,] Charter and Ordinances: Offenses Affecting Public Safety, § 1. If any person shall, within this city, fire or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or fire arms of any description, or fire, explode or set off any squib...

[City of Denver,] Charter and Ordinances: Offenses Affecting Public Safety, § 1. If any person shall, within this city, fire or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or fire arms of any description, or fire, explode or set off any squib, cracker, or other thing containing powder or other combustible or explosive material, without permission from the Mayor (which permission shall limit the time of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked by the Mayor or City Council at any time after the same has been granted), every such person shall, on conviction, be fined in a sum not less than one dollar and not exceeding one hundred dollars: Provided, that no permission shall be granted to any person or persons to hold or conduct any shooting match or competitive trial of skill with fire arms within the limits of this city.

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J. Nelson Wisner, Ordinances and By-Laws of the Corporation of Martinsburg: Berkeley Co., West Virginia, Including the Act of Incorporation and All Other Acts of a Special or General Nature Page 25, Image 25 (1875) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Martinsburg, An Ordinance to Prevent Certain Improper Practices Therein Specified,] § 3. If any person shall fire or discharge within such parts of the town which are or shall be laid out into lots, or within two hundred yards of sa...

[Ordinances of Martinsburg, An Ordinance to Prevent Certain Improper Practices Therein Specified,] § 3. If any person shall fire or discharge within such parts of the town which are or shall be laid out into lots, or within two hundred yards of said limits, any cannon, gun, pistol or fire-arms, or any cracker, squib, rocket or fire-works, except it be in case of necessity, or in the discharge of some public duty, or at a military parade by order of the officer in command, or with the permission of the Mayor or Council of the town, such person for every such offence shall forfeit any pay to the town not less than one nor more than five dollars.

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1875 Ind. Acts 62, An Act Defining Certain Misdemeanors, and Prescribing Penalties Therefor, § 1.

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. . . That if any person shall draw or threaten to use any pistol, dirk, knife, slung-shot, or any other deadly or dangerous weapon upon any other person, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction therefor, shall be fined in any s...

. . . That if any person shall draw or threaten to use any pistol, dirk, knife, slung-shot, or any other deadly or dangerous weapon upon any other person, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction therefor, shall be fined in any sum not less than one nor more than five hundred dollars, to which may be added imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months; Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not apply to persons drawing or threatening to use such dangerous or deadly weapons in defense of his person or property, or in defense of those entitled to his protection by law.

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