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Year: 1884

John Prentiss Poe, The Maryland Code. Public Local Laws, Adopted by the General Assembly of Maryland March 14, 1888. Including also the Public Local Acts of the Session of 1888 Incorporated Therein Page 522-523, Image 531-532 (Vol. 1, 1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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City of Baltimore, § 742. Whenever any person shall be arrested in the city of Baltimore, charged with any crime or misdemeanor, or for being drunk or disorderly, or for any breach of the peace, and shall be taken before any of the police justices...

City of Baltimore, § 742. Whenever any person shall be arrested in the city of Baltimore, charged with any crime or misdemeanor, or for being drunk or disorderly, or for any breach of the peace, and shall be taken before any of the police justices of the peace of the said city, and any such person shall be found to have concealed about his person any pistol, dirk knife, bowie-knife, sling-shot, billy, brass, iron or any other metal knuckles, razor, or any other deadly weapon whatsoever, such person shall be subject to a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars in the discretion of the police justice of the peace before whom such person may be taken, and the confiscation of the weapon so found, which said fine shall be collected as other fines are now collected; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to those persons who, as conservators of the peace are entitled or required to carry a pistol or other weapon as a part of their official equipment.

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The Compiled Laws of Utah: The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States and Statutes of the United States Locally Applicable and Important Page 797, Image 810 (Vol. 1, 1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Toy Pistols. § 2266. Any one selling or giving a toy pistol to any person in this Territory, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Charter and Ordinances of the Town of Front Royal, Va. Page 18, Image 18 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordered, that any person in the Corporation carrying about his person, concealed from public view, any pistol, dirk, razor, or any like weapon or other weapons, shall be fined not exceeding $20.00 for each offense, and the said pistol, dirk, razor, or ...

Ordered, that any person in the Corporation carrying about his person, concealed from public view, any pistol, dirk, razor, or any like weapon or other weapons, shall be fined not exceeding $20.00 for each offense, and the said pistol, dirk, razor, or such like weapon so found, shall be confiscated by the Mayor and sold at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and the proceeds turned over to the School Fund of the Corporation.

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1884 Wyo. Sess. Laws 134, An Act Entitled an Act to Incorporate the Town of Sheridan, ch. 85, § 28, pt. 1.

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[T]o regulate the storage of gun-powder, kerosene and other dangerous material[.]

1884 Wyo. Sess. Laws 114, An Act to Amend Sections of an Act Entitled “An Act to Preserve the Public Peace by Preventing the Display of Knives and Other Deadly Weapons in the Presence of One or More Persons . . . , ch. 67, § 1.

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Whoever shall, in the presence of one or more persons, exhibit any kind of fire-arms, bowie-knife, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, or other deadly weapon, in a rude, angry or threatening manner not necessary to the defense of his person, family or property, ...

Whoever shall, in the presence of one or more persons, exhibit any kind of fire-arms, bowie-knife, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, or other deadly weapon, in a rude, angry or threatening manner not necessary to the defense of his person, family or property, shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not less than ten dollars, nor more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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W.P. Murray, City Attorney, 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 40, Image 46 (1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of the City of Saint Paul, The Common Council – Its General Powers and Duties § 19. To provide for the receipt, storage, transportation, safe keeping and dealing and traffic in gun powder, gun cotton, petroleum, kerosene or other...

[Ordinances of the City of Saint Paul, The Common Council – Its General Powers and Duties § 19. To provide for the receipt, storage, transportation, safe keeping and dealing and traffic in gun powder, gun cotton, petroleum, kerosene or other dangerous, explosive or inflammable oils or substances within said city, or within one mile of the corporate limits thereof, and to provide for the summary condemnation or destruction of any of said articles as may be kept, stored, dealt in, transported through or received in said city, contrary to such ordinance s said city may enact for the safety of life and property therein.]

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George R. Donnan, Annotated Code of Criminal Procedure and Penal Code of the State of New York as Amended 1882-5 Page 172, Image 699 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Carrying, Using, Etc., Certain Weapons, § 410. A person who attempts to use against another, or who, with intent so to use, carries, conceals or possesses any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as the slung-shot, billy, sand –cl...

Carrying, Using, Etc., Certain Weapons, § 410. A person who attempts to use against another, or who, with intent so to use, carries, conceals or possesses any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as the slung-shot, billy, sand –club or metal knuckles, or a dagger, dirk or dangerous knife, is guilty of a felony. Any person under the age of eighteen years who shall have, carry or have in his possession in any public street, highway or place in any city of this state, without a written license from a police magistrate of such city, any pistol or other fire-arm of any kind, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to the regular and ordinary transportation of fire-arms as merchandise, or for use without the city limits. § 411. Possession, Presumptive Evidence. The possession, by any person other than a public officer, of any of the weapons specified in the last section, concealed or furtively carried on the person, is presumptive evidence of carrying, or concealing, or possessing, with intent to use the same in violation of that section.

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William W. Mansfield, A Digest of the Statutes of Arkansas: Embracing All Laws of a General and Permanent Character in Force at the Close of the Session of the General Assembly of One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-three Page 490, Image 506 (Vol. 1, 1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Carrying Weapons, § 1909. Any person who shall sell, barter or exchange, or otherwise dispose of, or in any manner furnish to any person, any dirk or bowie knife, or a sword or spear in a cane, brass or metal knucks, or any pistol of any kind what...

Carrying Weapons, § 1909. Any person who shall sell, barter or exchange, or otherwise dispose of, or in any manner furnish to any person, any dirk or bowie knife, or a sword or spear in a cane, brass or metal knucks, or any pistol of any kind whatever, except such as are used in the army or navy of the United States, and known as the navy pistol or any kind of cartridges for any pistol, or any person who shall keep any such arms or cartridges for sale, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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Albert Voorhies, Ex-Justice, Revised Laws of Louisiana, Approved March 14th, 1870, with Copious References to the Acts of the Legislature from and Including the Sessions of 1870, up to and Including the Session of 1882. Second Edition Page 161, Image 171 (1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes and Offences, § 949. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat it shall be stored away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, and a written notification of the fact shall be placed in three conspicuous parts of the boa...

Crimes and Offences, § 949. When gunpowder is shipped on board of a steamboat it shall be stored away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, and a written notification of the fact shall be placed in three conspicuous parts of the boat; and in the event of such notification not being so exhibited, then for any loss of property or life for which the powder may be deemed the cause, the owner and captain shall be liable to the penalty provided in the proceeding section. § 950. Any person who shall ship or put on board, or cause to be shipped or put on board of any steamboat within this State, any gunpowder, without giving notice thereof, at the time of making the shipment, to the master or clerk of said boat, shall be liable to a penalty of two hundred dollars , which may be sued for and recovered by the owner, captain or clerk of said boat, for his own use and benefit; and in case of any loss of property in consequence of gunpowder being on board of said boat, the shipper that shall have failed to give due notice as herein required, shall be liable therefor, or for any injury done to any person or to his family; and in the case of loss of life the person who shall have shipped the same without giving due notice thereof, shall, on conviction be adjudged guilty of manslaughter.

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M. Augustus Daugherty, Supplement to the Revised Statutes of the State of Ohio Containing All the Statutes Amendatory of or Supplementary to the Revised Statutes, Together with the Miscellaneous Acts, General or Permanent in Their Nature, In Force January 1, 1884. 3d ed. Edited by James M. Williams Page 633, Image 641 (1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Licenses, § 24. All vendors of gunpowder shall pay a license fee of fifteen (15) dollars per annum. All keepers or owners of gunpowder magazines shall pay a license fee of one hundred (100) dollars per annum.