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1885 R.I. Pub. Laws 6, An Act In Amendment Of And in Addition To Chapter 242 Of The Public Statutes, Entitles “Of Offenses Against Private Property.” § 1

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§ 1. Every person who shall knowingly deliver or cause to be delivered to any person or carrier any box, can or other package of nitro-glycerine, gunpowder, naptha or other equally explosive material, not marked with a plain and legible label desc...

§ 1. Every person who shall knowingly deliver or cause to be delivered to any person or carrier any box, can or other package of nitro-glycerine, gunpowder, naptha or other equally explosive material, not marked with a plain and legible label describing its contents, or who shall remove or cause to be removed any such label or mark shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years.

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W.B. Hvland, Wilmington City Code. The Ordinances of the City of Wilmington, Delaware. Also, the Original Borough Charter, the Charter of the City of Wilmington, and the Acts of the Legislature, Now in Force Relating to the City Page 689, Image 689 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Wilmington] City Ordinances, § 2. For the purpose of supplying retailers of gunpowder within the City of Wilmington, it shall and may be lawful to introduce the same in kegs, containing not more than twenty-five pounds each, carefully enclosed in...

[Wilmington] City Ordinances, § 2. For the purpose of supplying retailers of gunpowder within the City of Wilmington, it shall and may be lawful to introduce the same in kegs, containing not more than twenty-five pounds each, carefully enclosed in good bags, or by putting a sheet of canvas under and around the said kegs, sufficient to prevent the gunpowder from scattering from the said carriage, wagon or other vehicle in which it is conveyed, and no one carriage or other vehicle shall contain, at any one time, more than ten of the above described kegs of gunpowder, and if any gunpowder shall be brought into this city, except in the manner and in the quantity herein set forth, and contrary to the provisions of this ordinance, the person or persons owing the said gunpowder, and the person or persons, so conveying the same shall, for each and every such offense, forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred dollars, one moiety to be paid into the city treasury and the other moiety to the person informing and prosecuting the offender to conviction. Provided, That this section shall not extend to that part of the Christiana river included within the city limits; vessels loaded with powder being free to pass in said river along the city front.

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Charter and Ordinances of the City of Syracuse: Together with the Rules of the Common Council, the Rules and Regulations of the Police and Fire Departments, and the Civil Service Regulations Page 215, Image 216 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Offenses Against the Public Peace and Quiet,] § 7. Any person who shall carry about his or her person any dirk, bowie knife, sword or spear cane, pistol, revolver, slung shot, jimmy, brass knuckles, or other deadly or unlawful weapon, or shall us...

[Offenses Against the Public Peace and Quiet,] § 7. Any person who shall carry about his or her person any dirk, bowie knife, sword or spear cane, pistol, revolver, slung shot, jimmy, brass knuckles, or other deadly or unlawful weapon, or shall use any deadly or unlawful weapon, with intent to do bodily harm to any person, shall be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars, or to imprisonment in the penitentiary of the county for not less than thirty days nor longer than three months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

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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. Fourth Edition Page 298, Image 824 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act to Limit the Carrying and Sale of Pistols and other fire arms in the cities of this state. Chap. 375, § 1. No person under the age of eighteen years shall have, carry or have in his possession in any public street, highway or place in any o...

An Act to Limit the Carrying and Sale of Pistols and other fire arms in the cities of this state. Chap. 375, § 1. No person under the age of eighteen years shall have, carry or have in his possession in any public street, highway or place in any of the cities of this state, any pistol or other firearms of any kind, and no person shall in such cities sell or give any pistol or other fire-arms to any person under such age. § 2. Any person violating any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and in all trials or examinations for said offense the appearance of the person so alleged or claimed to be under the age of eighteen years shall be evidence to the magistrate or jury as to the age of such person. § 3. Nothing herein contained shall apply to the regular and ordinary transportation of pistols or fire-arms as articles of merchandise in said cities, or to the carrying of a gun or rifle through a street or highway of any city, with the intent to use the same outside the said city; nor to any person under such age carrying an pistol or firearms under license given by the mayor of said cities; but no license so given shall be in force more than one year from its date; and all such licenses may be revoked at the pleasure of the mayor, and a full complete and public record shall be kept by the mayor of said cities of all such licenses and the terms and date thereof.

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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. Fourth Edition Page 172, image 699 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Making Selling, Etc., Dangerous Weapons, § 409. A person who manufactures, or causes to be manufactured, or sells or keeps for sale, or offers, or gives, or disposes of, any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung-shot, billy, sand...

Making Selling, Etc., Dangerous Weapons, § 409. A person who manufactures, or causes to be manufactured, or sells or keeps for sale, or offers, or gives, or disposes of, any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung-shot, billy, sand club or metal knuckles, or who, in any city in this state, without the written consent of a police magistrate, sells or gives any pistol or other fire-arm to any person under the age of eighteen years is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1885 Mont. Laws 74, Deadly Weapons, An Act to Amend § 62 of Chapter IV of the Fourth Division of the Revised Statutes, § 62-63.

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Every person in this territory having, carrying, or procuring from another person, any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, pistol, gun, or other deadly weapon, who shall in the presence of one or more persons, draw or exhibit any of said deadly weapon...

Every person in this territory having, carrying, or procuring from another person, any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, pistol, gun, or other deadly weapon, who shall in the presence of one or more persons, draw or exhibit any of said deadly weapons in a rude or angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self defense, or who shall in any manner unlawfully use the same in any fight or quarrel, the person or persons so offending, upon conviction thereof in any criminal court in any county in this territory shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not less than one month nor more than three months, at the discretion of the court, or by both such fine and imprisonment, together with the costs of prosecution, which said costs shall in all cases be computed and collected in the same manner as costs in civil cases; and all fines and forfeitures arising under the provisions of this act shall be paid into the county treasury for school purposes: Provided, that no sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, marshal, or other peace officer, shall be held to answer, under the provisions of this act, for drawing or exhibiting any of the weapons hereinbefore mentioned while in the lawful discharge of his or their duties.

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Revised Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, 1873-1884 Page 207, image 205 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance Regulating the Carrying of Weapons and Prohibiting the Carrying of the Same Concealed, § 1. Any person carrying concealed on or about his person any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, s...

Ordinances of the City of Fort Worth, An Ordinance Regulating the Carrying of Weapons and Prohibiting the Carrying of the Same Concealed, § 1. Any person carrying concealed on or about his person any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, spear, brass knuckles, Bowie knife, or any other kind of knife manufactured or sold for the purpose of offense or defense, unless having or carrying the same on or about his person for the lawful defense of the State as a militiaman, in actual service, or as a peace officer or policeman, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars. Provided, that this section shall not be so construed as to prohibit any person from keeping or bearing arms on his or her own premises, or at his or her own place of business; nor to prohibit sheriffs or other revenue officer and other civil officer from keeping and bearing arms while engaged in the discharge of their official duties nor to prohibit persons traveling in this State from keeping or carrying arms with their baggage. Provided, further, that members of the legislature shall not be included under the erm “civil officer, as used in this ordinance.

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1885-86 Va. Acts 275, An Act To Incorporate The Smithfield Evergreen Cemetery, Near The Town Of Smithfield, In The county Of Isle Of Wight, Virginia, ch. 258, § 10

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Any person who shall willfully destroy, injure or remove any tombstone or monument placed in the said cemetery . . . or shall shoot of or discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm within the said enclosure, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall,...

Any person who shall willfully destroy, injure or remove any tombstone or monument placed in the said cemetery . . . or shall shoot of or discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm within the said enclosure, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than five dollars. . .

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1885 N.J. Laws 52, An Amendment to an Act to Prevent Vending, Using, or Exploding of Guns, Pistols, Toy Pistols, or Other Fire-Arms to or by Persons under the Age of Fifteen Years in this State, ch. 44, § 2.

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That it shall not be lawful to sell, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other fire-arms; or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pistol, toy pistol...

That it shall not be lawful to sell, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other fire-arms; or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other fire-arms; nor for any person under the age of fifteen years to carry, fire or use any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other fire-arms, except in the presence of his father or guardian, or for the purpose of military drill in accordance with the rules of a school.

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1885 Ill. Laws 54, An Act to Protect Cemeteries and to Provide for their Regulation and Management, § 1.

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. . . That any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate or injure any tomb, monument, stone, vault, tree, shrub or ornament, or any object whatever, in any cemetery, or in any avenue, lot or part thereof, or shall hunt, shoot or discharge any gun, ...

. . . That any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate or injure any tomb, monument, stone, vault, tree, shrub or ornament, or any object whatever, in any cemetery, or in any avenue, lot or part thereof, or shall hunt, shoot or discharge any gun, pistol or other missile, with the limits of any cemetery, or shall cause any shot or missile to be discharged into or over any portion thereof, or shall violate any of the rules made and established by the board of directors of such cemetery . . . .

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