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Year: 1881

David E. Baily, The General Statutes of the State of Nevada. In Force. From 1861 to 1885, Inclusive. With Citations of the Decisions of the Supreme Court Relating Thereto Page 1077, Image 1085 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons by minors. § 1. Every person under the age of twenty-one (21) years who shall wear or carry any dirk, pistol, sword in case, slung shot, or other dangerous or deadly weapon concealed upon his pe...

An Act to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons by minors. § 1. Every person under the age of twenty-one (21) years who shall wear or carry any dirk, pistol, sword in case, slung shot, or other dangerous or deadly weapon concealed upon his person, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than twenty nor more than two hundred ($200) dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than thirty days nor more than six months or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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1881 Kan. Sess. Laws 92, c. 37, § 24.

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The Council shall prohibit and punish the carrying of firearms, or other dangerous or deadly weapons, concealed or otherwise, and cause to be arrested and imprisoned, fined or set to work, all vagrants, tramps, confidence men and persons found in said ...

The Council shall prohibit and punish the carrying of firearms, or other dangerous or deadly weapons, concealed or otherwise, and cause to be arrested and imprisoned, fined or set to work, all vagrants, tramps, confidence men and persons found in said city without visible means of support or some legitimate business.

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Elliott Fitch Shepard, Ordinances of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York, in Force January 1, 1881; Adopted by the Common Council and Published by Their Authority Page 214-215, Image 214-215 (1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Carrying of Pistols, § 264. Every person except judges of the federal, state and city courts, and officers of the general, state and municipal governments authorized by law to make arrests, and persons to whom permits shall have been issued, as he...

Carrying of Pistols, § 264. Every person except judges of the federal, state and city courts, and officers of the general, state and municipal governments authorized by law to make arrests, and persons to whom permits shall have been issued, as hereinafter provided, who shall have in his possession within the city of New York a pistol of any description concealed on his person, or not carried openly, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished, on conviction by a fine not exceeding ten dollars, or, in default of payment of such fine by imprisonment not exceeding ten days. § 265. Any person, except as provided in this article, who has occasion to carry a pistol for his protection, may apply to the officer in command at the station-house of the precinct where he resided, and such officer, if satisfied that the applicant is a proper and law abiding person, shall give said person a recommendation to the superintendent of police, or the inspector in command at the central office in the absence of the superintendent, who shall issue a permit to the said person allowing him to carry a pistol of any description of any description. Any non-resident who does business in the city of New York, and has occasion to carry a pistol while in said city, must make application for permission to do so to the officer in command of the station-house of the police precinct in which his so does business, in the same manner as is required by residents of said city, and shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions.

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1881 Del. Laws 987, An Act Providing for the Punishment of Persons Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons, ch. 548, § 1.

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That if any person shall carry concealed a deadly weapon upon or about his person other than an ordinary pocket knife, or shall knowingly sell a deadly weapon to a minor other than an ordinary pocket knife, such person shall, upon conviction thereof, b...

That if any person shall carry concealed a deadly weapon upon or about his person other than an ordinary pocket knife, or shall knowingly sell a deadly weapon to a minor other than an ordinary pocket knife, such person shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned in the county jail for not less than ten nor more than thirty days, or both at the discretion of the court: Provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to the carrying of the usual weapons by policemen and peace officers.

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1881 Wash. Sess. Laws 121-22, An Act to Incorporate the City of Port Townsend, ch. 2, § 21.

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The City of Port Townsend has power to prevent injury or annoyance from anything dangerous, offensive, or unhealthy, and . . . to regulate the transportation and keeping of gunpowder, or other combustibles, and to provide or license magazines for the s...

The City of Port Townsend has power to prevent injury or annoyance from anything dangerous, offensive, or unhealthy, and . . . to regulate the transportation and keeping of gunpowder, or other combustibles, and to provide or license magazines for the same[.]

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The Ordinances and Resolutions of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Passed at the Annual Session of 1880 and 1881 Page 162, Image 162 (Vol. 11, 1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of Baltimore, No. 120. An Ordinance to Prohibit the sale and use of the Toy Cartridge Pistol within the limits of the City of Baltimore. § 1. Be it enacted and ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That it shall not be la...

Ordinances of Baltimore, No. 120. An Ordinance to Prohibit the sale and use of the Toy Cartridge Pistol within the limits of the City of Baltimore. § 1. Be it enacted and ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That it shall not be lawful for any person or persons to sell, give away, or dispose of in any manner, what is known as “the toy cartridge pistol” within the limits of the city of Baltimore, under a penalty of ten dollars for each and every offence; the same to be collected as other fines and penalties are collected. § 2. And be it further enacted and ordained, That any person or persons who shall fire off what is known as “the toy cartridge pistol” within the limits of the city of Baltimore shall be subject to a fine of two dollars for each offence; the same to be collected as other fines and penalties are collected.

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George Clark, The Criminal Laws of Texas. Comprising the Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, as Published by Authority, with Annotations of All Decisions in Criminal Cases from Dallam to Eighth Court of Appeals Reports Inclusive Page 205-208, Image 253-256 (1881) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offences Against the Person, Dueling, Article 610. Dueling, Etc. How punished. – Any person who shall, within this State, fight a duel with deadly weapons, or send or accept a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, either within the State...

Offences Against the Person, Dueling, Article 610. Dueling, Etc. How punished. – Any person who shall, within this State, fight a duel with deadly weapons, or send or accept a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, either within the State or out of it, or who shall act as a second, or knowingly aid or assist in any manner those thus offending, shall be deemed guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary not less than two nor more than five years.

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1881 Wash. Sess. Laws 93, An Act to Incorporate the City of Dayton, chap. 2, § 20.

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The city of Dayton shall have power to prevent injury or annoyance from anything dangerous, offensive, or unhealthy, and . . . to regulate the transportation, storing and keeping of gunpowder and other combustibles and to provide or license magazines f...

The city of Dayton shall have power to prevent injury or annoyance from anything dangerous, offensive, or unhealthy, and . . . to regulate the transportation, storing and keeping of gunpowder and other combustibles and to provide or license magazines for the same[.]

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1881 Wash. Sess. Laws 76, An Act to Confer a City Govt. on New Tacoma, ch. 6, § 34, pt. 15.

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[T]o regulate the transportation, storage and sale of gunpowder, giant powder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, or other combustibles, and to provide or license magazines for the same, and to prevent by all possible and proper means, danger or risk of injury...

[T]o regulate the transportation, storage and sale of gunpowder, giant powder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, or other combustibles, and to provide or license magazines for the same, and to prevent by all possible and proper means, danger or risk of injury or damages by fire arising from carelessness, negligence or otherwise . . . to regulate and prohibit the carrying of deadly weapons in a concealed manner; to regulate and prohibit the use of guns, pistols and firearms, firecrackers, and detonation works of all descriptions[.]

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1881 Nev. Stat. 19-20, An Act to Prohibit the Use of Firearms in Public Places, ch. 7, § 1.

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Any person in this State, whether under the influence of liquor or otherwise, who shall, except in necessary self-defense, maliciously, wantonly or negligently discharge or cause to be discharged any pistol, gun or any other kind of firearm, in or upon...

Any person in this State, whether under the influence of liquor or otherwise, who shall, except in necessary self-defense, maliciously, wantonly or negligently discharge or cause to be discharged any pistol, gun or any other kind of firearm, in or upon any public street or thoroughfare, or in any theater, hall, store, hotel, saloon or any other place of public resort, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the County Jail for a term not less than two nor more than six months, or by a fine not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, that no Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Marshal, Constable, Deputy Constable or other peace officer shall be held to answer under the provisions of this Act for discharging firearms in the lawful pursuance of his or their duty.

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