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Year: 1882

Chapter XII, Article III: Offenses Affecting Public Safety, undated, reprinted in Digest of the Acts Repealing the Charters of Certain Municipal Corporations…and the Ordinances of the Taxing District of Shelby County, Tennessee 188, 189 (C.W. Heiskell ed., 1882).

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It shall be deemed a misdemeanor to do, or cause to be done, any of the following acts; and any person convicted thereof shall be fined not less than one nor more than fifty dollars: . . . Subsec. 8. To discharge any firearm within the Taxing Distri...

It shall be deemed a misdemeanor to do, or cause to be done, any of the following acts; and any person convicted thereof shall be fined not less than one nor more than fifty dollars:

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Subsec. 8. To discharge any firearm within the Taxing District, unless in self-defense, or wile executing some law.

Subsec. 9. To carry concealed on or about the person any pistol, bowie-knife, dirk or other deadly weapon. Or to carry any pistol, slung-shot, dangerous knife, or any other deadly weapon of like character at all or in any manner, except in self-defense or while executing some law, or to carry through the streets or other public place in the District, any loaded gun.

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John H. Herry, Digest of the Laws and Ordinances of the City of Little Rock, with the Constitution of the State of Arkansas; General Incorporation Laws; and All Acts of the General Assembly Relating to the City; in Force March 10, 1882 Page 149, Image 334 (1882) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the] City of Little Rock, [§ 344. That it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, exercise or pursue any of the following avocations or business without first having obtained and paid for a license therefor from the proper ci...

[Ordinances of the] City of Little Rock, [§ 344. That it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, exercise or pursue any of the following avocations or business without first having obtained and paid for a license therefor from the proper city authorities the amount of which licenses are hereby fixed as follows, to wit: . . . ]§ 27. Shooting galleries, or pistol galleries, $25 per annum, in advance.

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Barber, Orion M. The Vermont Statutes, 1894: Including the Public Acts of 1894, with the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitutions of the United States, and the State of Vermont Page 918, Image 935 (1895) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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A person who has in his possession a toy pistol for the explosion of percussion caps or blank cartridges, with intent to sell or give away the same, or sells or gives away, or offers to sell or give away the same, shall be fined not more than ten nor l...

A person who has in his possession a toy pistol for the explosion of percussion caps or blank cartridges, with intent to sell or give away the same, or sells or gives away, or offers to sell or give away the same, shall be fined not more than ten nor less than five dollars; and shall be liable for all damages resulting from such selling or giving away, to be recovered in an action on the case.

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Simeon Eben Baldwin, The Public Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Enacted November 19, 1881; to take effect February 1, 1882. with the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth, A Schedule of Acts and Resolves and Parts of Acts and Resolves Expressly Repealed, Tables Showing the Disposition of the General Statutes and of Statutes Passed since the General Statutes, Glossary, and Index Page 381, Image 425 (1882) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Gunpowder, § 29. Gunpowder manufactured in this commonwealth shall be put into strong and tight casks containing twenty-five pounds, fifty pounds, or one hundred pounds each, or well secured in copper, tin, or brass canisters holding not more than...

Gunpowder, § 29. Gunpowder manufactured in this commonwealth shall be put into strong and tight casks containing twenty-five pounds, fifty pounds, or one hundred pounds each, or well secured in copper, tin, or brass canisters holding not more than five pounds each, and closely covered with copper, brass, or tin covers. § 30. Each cask containing gunpowder manufactured within this commonwealth, or brought into the same by land or by water and landed, shall be marked on the head with black paint in legible characters with the word gunpowder, the name of the manufacturer, the weight of the cask, and the year in which the powder was manufactured; and each canister of gunpowder shall be marked with the word gunpowder. § 31. Whoever knowingly marks a cask of gunpowder with the name of any person other than the manufacturer of the same, or changes gunpowder from a cask marked with the name of one manufacturer into a cask marked with the name of another manufacturer, shall for each offence forfeit a sum not exceeding twenty dollars.

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S. J. Quincy, Revised Ordinances of the City of Sioux City. Sioux City, Iowa Page 62, Image 62 (1882) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Sioux City, Iowa, § 4. No person shall, within the limits of the city, wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol, revolver, slung-shot, cross-knuckles, knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, or an...

Ordinances of the City of Sioux City, Iowa, § 4. No person shall, within the limits of the city, wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol, revolver, slung-shot, cross-knuckles, knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, or any bowie-knife, razor, billy, dirk, dirk-knife or bowie-knife, or other dangerous weapon. Provided, that this section shall not be so construed as to prevent any United States, State, county, or city officer or officers, or member of the city government, from carrying any any such weapon as may be necessary in the proper discharge of his official duties.

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1882 Md. Laws 257, An Act to . . . Exempt All That Portion of the Waters of the Chesapeake Bay Lying Northward of a Certain Line Therein Described from the Operation and Effect of Sections One and Three . . ., ch. 180, § 8

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. . . the special police appointed by this act are authorized to arrest any person or persons who may be discovered in the act of hunting or shooting crippled ducks, or in purloining ducks that have been killed by other persons having a proper license ...

. . . the special police appointed by this act are authorized to arrest any person or persons who may be discovered in the act of hunting or shooting crippled ducks, or in purloining ducks that have been killed by other persons having a proper license to shoot, as well as other persons violating the provisions of this section, and upon conviction thereof before any justice of the peace of Cecil or Harford Counties, the license of such persons or persons shall be revoked, and such persons or persons, whether licensed or not, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars for each offense, and shall forfeit the boat and gun or guns, and material so employed in violation of the provisions of this section, which boat and gun or guns, and material shall be sold, and the proceeds of such fine and sale, after the costs of prosecution have been paid, shall go to the officer or officers making the arrest. . .

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W. P. Murray, The Municipal Code of Saint Paul: Comprising the Laws of the State of Minnesota Relating to the City of Saint Paul, and the Ordinances of the Common Council; Revised to December 1, 1884 Page 289, Image 295 (1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Concealed Weapons – License, § 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the limits of the city of St. Paul, to carry or wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol or pistols, dirk, dagger, sword, slungshot, cross...

Concealed Weapons – License, § 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the limits of the city of St. Paul, to carry or wear under his clothes, or concealed about his person, any pistol or pistols, dirk, dagger, sword, slungshot, cross-knuckles, or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, bowie-knife, dirk-knife or razor, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. § 2. Any such weapons or weapons, duly adjudged by the municipal court of said city to have been worn or carried by any person, in violation of the first section of this ordinance, shall be forfeited or confiscated to the said city of St. Paul, and shall be so adjudged. § 3. Any policeman of the city of St. Paul, may, within the limits of said city, without a warrant, arrest any person or persons, whom such policeman may find in the act of carrying or wearing under their clothes, or concealed about their person, any pistol or pistols, dirk, dagger, sword, slungshot, cross-knuckles, or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, bowie-knife, dirk-knife or razor, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, and detain him, her or them in the city jail, until a warrant can be procured, or complaint made for the trial of such person or persons, as provided by the charter of the city of St. Paul, for other offenses under said charter, and for the trial of such person or persons, and for the seizure and confiscation of such of the weapons above referred to, as such person or persons may be found in the act of carrying or wearing under their clothes, or concealed about their persons.

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The Charter and By-Laws of the Borough of Wallingford Page 55, Image 60 (1882) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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By-Laws of the Borough of Wallingford. § 15. . . . the discharging any pistol, gun, cannon or other fire-arms, by any person or military company in any street, park or public ground, provided this section does not apply to the use of such weapons ...

By-Laws of the Borough of Wallingford. § 15. . . . the discharging any pistol, gun, cannon or other fire-arms, by any person or military company in any street, park or public ground, provided this section does not apply to the use of such weapons in lawful defense of the person, family or property of any one, in the performance of any duty required by law. . . without the consent of the warden or court of burgesses, are hereby prohibited; and every person who shall, without such consent of said warden or court of burgesses first had or obtained, do any of the acts prohibited in this section, shall forfeit and pay for each offense a sum not exceeding twenty-five dollars for the use of the borough . . .

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1882 Md. Laws 656

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Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That it shall be unlawful for any person or persons within the State of Maryland to manufacture or sell, barter or give away the cartridge toy pistol to any one whomsoever Sec. 2. Be it enac...

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That it shall be unlawful for any person or persons within the State of Maryland to manufacture or sell, barter or give away the cartridge toy pistol to any one whomsoever Sec. 2. Be it enacted, That it shall be unlawful for any person, be he or she licensed dealer or not, to sell, barter or give away any firearm whatsoever or other deadly weapons, except shotgun, fowling pieces and rifles, to any person who is a minor under the age of twenty-one years. Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this act shall, on conviction thereof, pay a fine of not less than fifty nor more than two hundred dollars, together with the cost of prosecution, and upon failure to pay said fine and cost, be committed to jail and confined therein until such fine and costs are paid, or for the period of sixty days, whichever shall first occur.

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Fitchburg Approved February 7, 1893, with the City Charter, the Rules and Orders of the City Council and of Each of the Two Branches, the Special Statutes, a List of General Statutes Adopted or Accepted, Together with an Index Page 179, Image 179 (1893) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Fitchburg Revised Ordinances. § 75. No person shall sell or keep for sale, within the limits of the city of Fitchburg, any toy pistol, toy cannon, or any other such article in which explosive compounds of any kind are used, or of which such compou...

Fitchburg Revised Ordinances. § 75. No person shall sell or keep for sale, within the limits of the city of Fitchburg, any toy pistol, toy cannon, or any other such article in which explosive compounds of any kind are used, or of which such compounds form a part. § 76. No person shall have, use, explode, fire off or discharge, within the limits of the city of Fitchburg, any toy pistol, toy cannon, or any other such article in which explosive compounds of any kind are used, or of which such compounds form a part.

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