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Year: 1884

1884 Vt. Acts & Resolves 74, An Act Relating To Traps, § 1

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A person who sets a spring gun trap, or a trap whose operation is to discharge a gun or firearm at an animal or person stepping into such trap, shall be fined not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars, and shall be further liable to a pers...

A person who sets a spring gun trap, or a trap whose operation is to discharge a gun or firearm at an animal or person stepping into such trap, shall be fined not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars, and shall be further liable to a person suffering damage to his own person or to his domestic animals by such traps, in a civil action, for twice the amount of such damage. If the person injured dies, his personal representative may have the action, as provided in sections two thousand one hundred and thirty-eight and two thousand one hundred and thirty-nine of the Revised Laws.

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The Revised Ordinances of 1885, of the City of Boston, as Passed and Approved December 14, 1885. (With Amendments Thereto, Passed and Approved, to May 1, 1886): Being the Ninth Revision. To Which are Added the Revised Standing Regulations of the Board of Aldermen. 9th Rev. Page 172, Image 182 (1886) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Boston. Of Fire-Arms, Bonfires, and Brick-Kilns. § 4. No person shall sell to any child under the age of sixteen years without the written consent of a parent or guardian of such child, any cartridge or fixed ammunition o...

Ordinances of the City of Boston. Of Fire-Arms, Bonfires, and Brick-Kilns. § 4. No person shall sell to any child under the age of sixteen years without the written consent of a parent or guardian of such child, any cartridge or fixed ammunition of which any fulminate is a component part, or any gun, pistol, or other mechanical contrivance arranged for the explosion of such cartridge, or of any fulminate. But the provisions of this section shall not apply to paper caps of which the only component parts are chlorate of potash and sulphide of antimony, nor to any appliance for exploding the same. The provisions of this section shall be inserted in every license granted for the sale of gunpowder.

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1884 Miss. Laws 412, An Act To Amend And Reduce One Act The Act Incorporating The City Of Columbus And The Several Acts Amendatory Thereto, ch. 390, § 24, pt. 16.

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To regulate and prevent the storage of cotton, hay, gun powder, oil or any other combustible, explosive or inflammable [sic] material or substance; or of any material or substance offensive to public comfort or injurious to health.

1884 Iowa Acts 86.

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Section 1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, present or give any pistol, revolver or toy pistol to any minor. Sec. 2. Any violation of this act shall be punishable by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundr...

Section 1. That it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, present or give any pistol, revolver or toy pistol to any minor. Sec. 2. Any violation of this act shall be punishable by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail of not less than ten nor more than thirty days. Sec. 3. This act being deemed of immediate importance shall be in full force and take effect from and after its publication in the Iowa State Leader and Iowa State Register, newspapers published at Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Revised Statutes of the State of Maine, Passed August 29, 1883, and Taking Effect January 1, 1884 Page 928, Image 955 (1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Prevention of Crimes, § 10. Whoever goes armed with any dirk, pistol, or other offensive and dangerous weapon, without just cause to fear an assault on himself, family, or property, may, on complaint of any person having cause to fear an injury or...

Prevention of Crimes, § 10. Whoever goes armed with any dirk, pistol, or other offensive and dangerous weapon, without just cause to fear an assault on himself, family, or property, may, on complaint of any person having cause to fear an injury or breach of the peace, be required to find sureties to keep the peace for a term not exceeding one year, and in case of refusal, may be committed as provided in the preceding sections.

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Lawrence McCully, Compiled Laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom Page 86-87, Image 93 (1884) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Of the Safe Keeping of Gunpowder, § 354. The Minister of the Interior may make such regulations for the storing, keeping and transportation of gunpowder, in any town of the kingdom, as he may think the public safety requires; and no person shall s...

Of the Safe Keeping of Gunpowder, § 354. The Minister of the Interior may make such regulations for the storing, keeping and transportation of gunpowder, in any town of the kingdom, as he may think the public safety requires; and no person shall store, keep, or transport any gunpowder, in any other quantity or manner than is prescribed in such regulations. § 355. Whoever shall violate any such regulations, shall be fined for each offense, not less than twenty, nor more than one hundred dollars. § 356. All gunpowder introduced into, or kept in any town contrary to said regulations, may be seized by any sheriff, or any other officer of police, and the same shall be forfeited for the benefit of the public treasury. § 357. Any person injured by the explosion of any gunpowder, in the possession of any person contrary to the regulations prescribed by the Minister of the Interior, may have an action for damages against the person having custody or possession of the same, at the time of the explosion, or against the owner of the same, if cognizant of such neglect. § 358. All sheriffs, and other officers of police, shall have authority to enter any building, or place, to search for gunpowder supposed to be concealed there contrary to law; and any Police or District Justice, may grant a search warrant for that purpose. § 359. No regulations for the safe keeping of gunpowder shall take effect until they have been published three weeks successively in some newspaper in the town, or by posting up attested copies of them in three conspicuous places in such town.

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