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Year: 1877

Ga. Const. of 1877, art. I , § 22.

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The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.

William G. Bishop, Charter of the City of Brooklyn, Passed June 28, 1873. As Subsequently Amended. With the Charter of April 17, 1854, and the Amendments Thereto, and Other Laws Relating to Said City. Also, the Ordinances of the Common Council of the City of Brooklyn, as Codified and Revised and Adopted Dec.10, 1877 Page 192, Image 196 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Brooklyn, Miscellaneous Provisions,] § 15. It shall not be lawful for any person to have kegs of gunpowder, or cause to be kept in any store, storehouse, manufactory or other building within the city of Brooklyn, any qua...

[Ordinances of the City of Brooklyn, Miscellaneous Provisions,] § 15. It shall not be lawful for any person to have kegs of gunpowder, or cause to be kept in any store, storehouse, manufactory or other building within the city of Brooklyn, any quantity of gunpowder exceeding twenty-five pounds in weight, under the penalty of the forfeiture of the gun-powder and an additional penalty of fifty dollars; and all gunpowder which may be kept in any building within said city shall be kept in tin canisters, and said canisters shall, at all times, be kept securely closed, except when necessary for its delivery on sale.

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George H. Hand, The Revised Codes of the Territory of Dakota, A. D. 1877. Comprising the Codes and General Statutes Passed at the Twelfth Session of the Legislative Assembly, and All other General Laws Remaining in Force Page 798, Image 826 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources. (An entry for this law is included for both North and South Dakota because it passed during the Dakota Territory period.)

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Penal Code – Discharging Firearms, § 495. Every person who willfully discharges any species of firearms, air-gun or other weapon, or throws any other missile in any public place, or in any place where there is any person to be endangered the...

Penal Code – Discharging Firearms, § 495. Every person who willfully discharges any species of firearms, air-gun or other weapon, or throws any other missile in any public place, or in any place where there is any person to be endangered thereby, although no injury to any person shall ensue, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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Edward O. Wolcott, The Ordinances of Georgetown Passed June 7th, A.D. 1877, Together with the Charter of Georgetown, and the Amendments Thereto: A Copy of the Patent Heretofore Issued to Georgetown by the Government of the United States, and the Rules and Order of Business Page 100, Image 101 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offenses Affecting Streets and Public Property, § 9. If any person or persons, within the corporate limits of Georgetown, shall be found carrying concealed, upon his or her person, any pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other deadly weapon, such pers...

Offenses Affecting Streets and Public Property, § 9. If any person or persons, within the corporate limits of Georgetown, shall be found carrying concealed, upon his or her person, any pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other deadly weapon, such person shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in a sum not less than five dollars, nor more than fifty dollars.

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George H. Hand, The Revised Codes of the Territory of Dakota, A. D. 1877. Comprising the Codes and General Statutes Passed at the Twelfth Session of the Legislative Assembly, and All other General Laws Remaining in Force Page 798, Image 826 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources. (An Entry for this statute exists for both North and South Dakota because it was passed during the territorial period.)

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Penal Code – Discharging Firearms, § 495. Every person who willfully discharges any species of firearms, air-gun or other weapon, or throws any other missile in any public place, or in any place where there is any person to be endangered the...

Penal Code – Discharging Firearms, § 495. Every person who willfully discharges any species of firearms, air-gun or other weapon, or throws any other missile in any public place, or in any place where there is any person to be endangered thereby, although no injury to any person shall ensue, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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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 Permenent Acts of the Session of 1876-7 have been Incorporated Page 901, Image 917 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offenses Against Public Health, § 4229. Shooting and horse-racing on public road. – Any person who discharges a gun, or any other kind of fire-arms, along or across any public road, or engages in a horse race on any public road, must, on con...

Offenses Against Public Health, § 4229. Shooting and horse-racing on public road. – Any person who discharges a gun, or any other kind of fire-arms, along or across any public road, or engages in a horse race on any public road, must, on conviction, be fined not less than ten, nor more than fifty dollars.

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George H. Hand, The Revised Codes of the Territory of Dakota. A.D. 1877. Comprising the Codes and General Statutes Passed at the Twelfth Session of the Legislative Assembly, and All Other General Laws Remaining in Force. To Which is Prefixed the Organic Law and the Constitution of the United States Page 732-733, Image 775-776 (1880) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources. (An Entry for this statute exists for both North and South Dakota because it was passed during the territorial period.)

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Duels and Challenges, § 294. Duel Defined. A duel is any combat, with deadly weapons, fought between two persons by previous agreement or upon a previous quarrel. § 295. Punishment for Fighting. Every person guilty of fighting any duel, altho...

Duels and Challenges, § 294. Duel Defined. A duel is any combat, with deadly weapons, fought between two persons by previous agreement or upon a previous quarrel. § 295. Punishment for Fighting. Every person guilty of fighting any duel, although no death or wound ensues, is punishable by imprisonment in the territorial prison not exceeding ten years. § 296. Incapacity to Hold Office. Every person convicted of fighting a duel is thereafter incapable of holding, or being elected, or appointed to any office, place or post of trust or emolument, civil or military, under this territory. § 297. Seconds, Aids, and Surgeons. Every person who is present at the time when any duel is fought, either as second, aid or surgeon, or who advises, or gives and countenance to any duel, is punishable by imprisonment in the territorial prison not exceeding seven years. § 298. Punishment for Challenges. Every person who challenges another to fight a duel; every person who accepts any such challenge; and any person who knowingly forwards, carries or delivers any such challenge is punishable by imprisonment in the territorial prison not exceeding seven years. § 299. Challenge Defined. Any words, spoken or written, or any signs uttered or made to any person, expressing or implying, or intended to express or imply a desire, request, invitation, or demand, to fight a duel, or to meet for the purpose of fighting a duel, are deemed a challenge. § 300. Attempts to Induce Challenge. Every person guilty of sending, uttering, or making to another any words or signs whatever, with intent to provoke or induce such person to give or receive any challenge to fight a duel, is guilty of a misdemeanor. § 301. Posting for not fighting. Every person who posts or publishes another for not fighting a duel, or for not sending or accepting a challenge to fight a duel, or who uses any reproachful or contemptuous language, verbal, written, or printed, to or concerning another, for not sending or accepting a challenge to fight a duel, or with intent to provoke a duel, is guilty of a misdemeanor. § 302. Leaving Territory to Evade Laws. Every person who leaves this territory with intent to elude any of the provisions of this chapter, and to commit any act out of this territory, such as is prohibited by this chapter, and who does any act, although out of this territory, which would be punishable by said provisions, if committed within this territory, is punishable in the same manner as he would have been in case such act had been committed within this territory. § 303. Where tried. Such person may be indicted and tried in any county within this territory. § 304. Witnesses Privilege. No person shall be excused from testifying or answering any question upon any investigation or trial for a violation of either of the provisions of this chapter, upon the ground that his testimony might tend to convict him of a crime. But no evidence given upon any examination of a person so testifying shall be received against him in any criminal prosecution or proceeding.

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1877 Mo. Laws 306, An Act To Provide for the Organization and Government of the Militia of the State of Missouri, Repealing All Other Acts and Parts of Acts Inconsistent with This Act, art. IV, § 3.

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A soldier who, unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his firearms loaded with ball, slug or shot, or shall so load the same while on duty, or unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, discharge...

A soldier who, unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, comes to any parade with his firearms loaded with ball, slug or shot, or shall so load the same while on duty, or unnecessarily or without orders from a superior officer, discharge the same, when going to or returning from or upon parade, shall forfeit not less than one nor more than five dollars.

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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 914, Image 930 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offenses Against the Person, § 4315. Assault and Battery with cowhide, &c., having pistol or other deadly weapon to intimidate. – Any person who assaults and beats another, with a cowhide, stick, or whip, having in his possession at the ...

Offenses Against the Person, § 4315. Assault and Battery with cowhide, &c., having pistol or other deadly weapon to intimidate. – Any person who assaults and beats another, with a cowhide, stick, or whip, having in his possession at the time a pistol, or other deadly weapon, with intent to intimidate and prevent the person assaulted from defending himself, must, on conviction, at the discretion of the jury, be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail, or sentenced to hard labor of the county, for not more than twelve months.

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William M.Clark, General Laws of the State of Colorado: Comprising that Portion of the Revised Statutes of Colorado, and the General Acts of the Subsequent Legislative Assemblies of Colorado Territory for the Years 1870, 1872, 1874, and 1876, Still Remaining in Force, and the General Laws Enacted at the First Session of the General Assembly of the State of Colorado, Convened November 1, 1876, Together with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Amendments Thereto, the Enabling Act, the Constitution of the State of Colorado, and the Proclamation of the President of the United States Declaring the Admission of the State Page 485, Image 496 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act for the Protection of Wild Game and Insectiverous Birds, # 1286, § 5. It shall not be lawful for any person to kill, ensnare or trap in the enclosure of any other person, any elk, deer, antelope, mountain sheep, or any game whatsoever at an...

An Act for the Protection of Wild Game and Insectiverous Birds, # 1286, § 5. It shall not be lawful for any person to kill, ensnare or trap in the enclosure of any other person, any elk, deer, antelope, mountain sheep, or any game whatsoever at any time, without the consent of the proprietor or owner of said enclosure, or enter such enclosure with a gun for the purpose of hunting, without the consent of the owner. Any one violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars, and not less than twenty-five dollars for every such offense so committed; said fine shall be paid into the school fund of the county in which said offense was committed, and in case of refusal or neglect of any person so convicted, to pay the fine above the stated, he shall be confined in the county jail one day for every three dollars thereof, until said fine shall be discharged.

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