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1876 Colo. Sess. Laws 304, General Laws, § 154.

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if any person shall have upon him any pistol, gun, knife, dirk, bludgeon, or other offensive weapon, with intent to assault any person, every such person, on conviction shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the ...

if any person shall have upon him any pistol, gun, knife, dirk, bludgeon, or other offensive weapon, with intent to assault any person, every such person, on conviction shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail no exceeding six months.

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1876 Tex. Gen. Laws 29, An Act To Incorporate The City Of Galveston And to Grant A New Charter, Tit. 7, Art. II, § 108

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To direct, control and prohibit the keeping and management of houses, or any building for the storing of gun-powder and other combustible, explosive or dangerous materials, within the city; to regulate the keeping and conveying of the same, and the use...

To direct, control and prohibit the keeping and management of houses, or any building for the storing of gun-powder and other combustible, explosive or dangerous materials, within the city; to regulate the keeping and conveying of the same, and the use of candles and other lights in stables and other like houses.

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1876 Colo. Const. 30, art. II, § 13.

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That the right of no person 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 shall be construed to justify the practi...

That the right of no person 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 shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.

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Tex. Const. of 1876, Art. I, § 23

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Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power by law to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.

Consider H. Willett, Village Attorney, Laws and Ordinances Governing the Village of Hyde Park Together with Its Charter and General Laws Affecting Municipal Corporations; Special Ordinances and Charters under Which Corporations Have Vested Rights in the Village. Also, Summary of Decisions of the Supreme Court Relating to Municipal Corporations, Taxation and Assessments Page 61, Image 61 (1876) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Misdemeanors. § 6. No person shall shoot any bird or animal, nor hunt with gun or dog in any street, highway, alley, thoroughfare, park, or public grounds. . . § 8. No person shall fire, or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or ...

Misdemeanors. § 6. No person shall shoot any bird or animal, nor hunt with gun or dog in any street, highway, alley, thoroughfare, park, or public grounds. . . § 8. No person shall fire, or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or firearms of any description, or fire, explode, or set off any squib, crackers or other thing containing powder or other explosive substances on Sunday.

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1876 Pa. Laws 105, An Act To Amend And Consolidate The Several Acts Relating To Game And Game Fish, § 4

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No person shall, at any time, kill any wild duck or goose with any device or instrument known as a swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such guns as habitually are raised at arm’s length and fired from the shoulder or shall use any net,...

No person shall, at any time, kill any wild duck or goose with any device or instrument known as a swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such guns as habitually are raised at arm’s length and fired from the shoulder or shall use any net, device, instrument, or gun other than such gun as aforesaid, with intent to capture or kill any such wild duck or goose, under a penalty of ten dollars.

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1876 Wyo. Comp. Laws 273, An Act Defining Crime and Providing for the Punishment Thereof, ch. 35, tit. 9, § 127.

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If any person or persons shall have upon him any pistol, gun, knife, dirk, bludgeon or other offensive weapon, with intent to assault any person, every such person, on conviction, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or impriso...

If any person or persons shall have upon him any pistol, gun, knife, dirk, bludgeon or other offensive weapon, with intent to assault any person, every such person, on conviction, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding six months.

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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 76, Image 76 (1875) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Martinsburg,] An Ordinance in Relation to Pistol Galleries, § 1. Be it ordained by the Council of the Corporation of Martinsburg, That no pistol gallery, in which air guns or pistols, or guns or pistols in which are fired powder, is...

[Ordinances of Martinsburg,] An Ordinance in Relation to Pistol Galleries, § 1. Be it ordained by the Council of the Corporation of Martinsburg, That no pistol gallery, in which air guns or pistols, or guns or pistols in which are fired powder, is used, shall be established or carried on within the limits of the Corporation of Martinsburg by any person or persons, until the person or persons desiring to establish or carry on the same shall first obtain from the Mayor, attested by the Clerk of the Corporation, a permit authorizing the person or persons therein named to prosecute said business, and designating the place at which the same is to be carried on. § 2. That the Mayor shall not issue the permit authorized by the first section of this ordinance, unless the building to be used for said pistol gallery, is so detached from adjacent or surrounding private dwellings, that the noise incident to the carrying on of said business, shall not render the said gallery a nuisance to the surrounding or adjacent dwellings. § 3. Any person or persons violating the provisions of this ordinance, shall be fined for the first offense, not less than two nor more than ten dollars, at the discretion of the Mayor, and for any subsequent offence, not less than two or more than thirty dollars, and commitment in the county jail not exceeding thirty days, either or both of said punishment, at the discretion of the Mayor.

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Wade Keyes, The Code of Alabama, 1876 : with References to the Decisions of the Supreme Court of the State upon the Construction of the Statutes; and in Which the General and Permanent Acts of the Session of 1876-7 have been Incorporated Page 989, Image 1005 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Proceedings In Circuit and City Courts, § 4809. Carrying Concealed Weapons. – In an indictment for carrying concealed weapons, it is sufficient to charge that the defendant “carried concealed about his person a pistol, or other descrip...

Proceedings In Circuit and City Courts, § 4809. Carrying Concealed Weapons. – In an indictment for carrying concealed weapons, it is sufficient to charge that the defendant “carried concealed about his person a pistol, or other description of fire-arms,” or “a bowie-knife, or other knife or instrument of the like kind or description,” without averring the want of a legal excuse on his part; and the excuse, if any, must be proved by the defendant, on the trial, to the satisfaction of the jury.

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John Purdon A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania, from the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred to the Sixth Day of June, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-Three. 11th Edition Vol. 2 Page 1451, Image 453 (Philadelphia, 1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Railroads. Inclined-Plane Railways. § 194. If any person shall break, pull down or destroy any part or parts of said inclined plane, or other property of the said corporation, or shall willfully obstruct the passage in or to said inclined plane, o...

Railroads. Inclined-Plane Railways. § 194. If any person shall break, pull down or destroy any part or parts of said inclined plane, or other property of the said corporation, or shall willfully obstruct the passage in or to said inclined plane, or any part or parts thereof, each such person shall forfeit and pay to the said corporation the sum of ten dollars for each and every such offence, to be recovered as other debts of a like amount are recoverable; and if any person shall be guilty of carrying a lighted cigar or pipe, or carrying fire into the station-houses and buildings of the corporation, in any manner except in a lantern, or shall discharge any pistol or gun, or any fire-works in or near the building of the said company; each one so offending shall forfeit and pay the said corporation the sum of five dollars for every such offence, to be recovered in like manner as aforesaid; but no suit shall be brought for any of the aforesaid offences unless commenced within thirty days after it shall be known who committed said offences; and he, she or they shall remain liable to action at the suit of the corporation for any of the wrongs enumerated in this clause, if the sums herein mentioned be not sufficient to repair or satisfy the damage.

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