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Year: 1887

An Act to Prohibit the Unlawful Carrying and Use of Deadly Weapons, Feb. 18, 1887, reprinted in Acts of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of New Mexico, Twenty-Seventh Session 55, 58 (1887).

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Sec. 1. That any person who shall hereafter carry a deadly weapon, either concealed or otherwise, on or about the settlements of this territory, except it be in his or her residence, or on his or her landed estate, and in the lawful defense of his or her ...

Sec. 1. That any person who shall hereafter carry a deadly weapon, either concealed or otherwise, on or about the settlements of this territory, except it be in his or her residence, or on his or her landed estate, and in the lawful defense of his or her person, family or property, the same being then and there threatened with danger, or except such carrying be done by legal authority, upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars, nor more than three hundred, or by imprisonment not less than sixty days, nor more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court or jury trying the same.

Sec. 2. Any person who shall draw a deadly weapon or another, or who shall handle a deadly weapon in a threatening manner, at or towards another, in any part of this territory, except it be in the lawful defense of himself, his family or his property, or under legal authority, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than one hundred dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment at hard labor in the county fail or territorial penitentiary not less than three months nor more than eighteen months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court or jury trying the same.

Sec. 3. Any person who shall unlawfully assault or strike at another with a deadly weapon, upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment at hard labor in the county jail or territorial penitentiary, not exceeding three years, in the discretion of the court or jury trying the same.

Sec. 4. Any person who shall unlawfully draw, flourish or discharge a rifle, gun or pistol within the limits of any settlement in this territory, or within any saloon, store, public hall, dance hall or hotel, in this territory, except the same be done by lawful authority, or in the lawful defense of himself, his family or his property, upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for a term of not more than three years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court or jury trying the same. The word “settlement,” as used in this act, shall be construed to mean any point within three hundred yards of any inhabited house, in the territory of New Mexico.

Sec. 5. Any person being armed with a deadly weapon, who shall, by words, or in any other manner, insult or assault another, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars, not more than three hundred dollars, or by imprisonment at hard labor in the county jail or territorial penitentiary for not less than three months, nor more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court or jury trying the same.

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Sec. 8. Deadly weapons, within the meaning of this act, shall be construed to mean all kinds and classes of pistols, whether the same be a revolved, repeater, derringer, or any kind or class of pistol or gun; any and all kinds of daggers, bowie knives, poniards, butcher knives, dirk knives, and all such weapons with which dangerous cuts can be given, or with which dangerous thrusts can be inflicted, including sword canes, and any kind of sharp pointed canes; as also slung shots, bludgeons or any other deadly weapons with which dangerous wounds can be inflicted.

Sec. 9. Persons traveling may carry arms for their own protection while actually prosecuting their journey and may pass through settlements on their road without disarming; but if such travelers shall stop at any settlement for a longer time than fifteen minutes they shall remove all arms from their person or persons, and not resume the same until upon eve of departure.

Sec. 10. Sheriffs and constables of the various counties, and marshals and police of cities and towns, in this territory, and their lawfully appointed deputies, may carry weapons, in the legal discharge of the duties of their respective offices, when the same may be necessary, but it shall be for the court or the jury to decide from the evidence whether such carrying of weapons was necessary or not, and for an improper carrying or using deadly weapons by an officer, he shall be punished as other persons as punished, for the violation of the preceding sections of this act.

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1887 Mich. Pub. Acts 251, Local Acts, An Act To Incorporate The City Of Marshall . . . , ch. 18, § 11, pt. 7.

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To direct the location of all buildings for storing gunpowder or other combustible or explosive substances; to make regulations concerning the buying, carrying, selling, keeping and using gunpowder, fire-crackers or fire-works, or other combustible, in...

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O. P. Ergenbright, Revised Ordinances of the City of Independence, Kansas: Together with the Amended Laws Governing Cities of the Second Class and Standing Rules of the City Council Page 162, Image 157 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Weapons, § 27. Any person who in this city shall draw any pistol or other weapon in a hostile manner, or shall make any demonstration or threat of using such weapon on or against any person; or any person who shall carry or have on his or her pers...

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1887 Mich. Pub. Acts 144, An Act to Prevent The Carrying Of Concealed Weapons, And To Provide Punishment Therefor, § 1.

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It shall be unlawful for any person, except officers of the peace and night-watches legitimately employed as such, to go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword, pistol, air gun, stiletto, metallic knuckles, pocket-billie, sand-bag, skull-cracker, slung-shot,...

It shall be unlawful for any person, except officers of the peace and night-watches legitimately employed as such, to go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword, pistol, air gun, stiletto, metallic knuckles, pocket-billie, sand-bag, skull-cracker, slung-shot, razor, or other offensive and dangerous weapon or instrument concealed upon his person.

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Charles H. Price, The Compiled Laws of the Territory of Dakota, A. D. 1887. Comprising the Codes and General Statutes in Force at the Conclusion of the Seventeenth Session of the Legislative Assembly Page 523, Image 545 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources. (An Entry for this statute exists for both North and South Dakota because it was passed during the territorial period.)

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Political Code. § 2372. If any person shall kill or shoot any wild duck, goose or brant with any swivel gun, or any kind of gun except such as is commonly shot from the shoulder, or shall use medicated or poisoned food to capture or kill any of th...

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M.J. Sullivan, The Revised Ordinance of the City of St. Louis, 1887. To Which are Prefixed the Constitution of the United States, Constitution of the State of Missouri, a Digest of Acts of the General Assembly Relating to the City, the Scheme for the Separation of the Governments of the City and County of St. Louis and the Charter of the City Page 689-690, Image 698-699 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Revised Ordinances [of the City of St. Louis], Gunpowder, § 688. Not exceeding five pounds of gunpowder shall be allowed to be kept by any person or persons in any store, dwelling, building, or other place within the city, except that retailers or...

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Thomas D. Davis, The Code of the City of Lynchburg, Va., Containing the Charter of 1880, with the Amendments of 1884, 1886 and 1887, and the General Ordinances in Force July 1st, 1887, Also a Digest of Acts of Assembly and of Ordinances Affecting the Rights and Interests of the City of Lynchburg and its Citizens, Together with a Brief Sketch, Historical and Statistical Page 116, Image 127 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Lynchburg, Public Safety,] Revised Ordinance, § 14. No person shall set off any fireworks or explode any popcrackers within the city limits. No person shall discharge any gun, pistol or other fire-arm within the city limits. No pers...

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Richard Z. Johnson, The Revised Statutes of Idaho Territory: Enacted at the Fourteenth Session of the Legislative Assembly: In Force June 1, 1887 Page 729, Image 733 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Chapter VI, Assaults with Intent to Commit Other Felony, Assaulting and Intimidation, § 6706. If any person assaults and beats another with a cowhide, stick, or whip, having at the time in his possession, a pistol or other deadly weapon, with inte...

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The Code of Virginia: With the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States; and the Constitution of Virginia Page 897, Image 913 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offences Against the Peace, § 3780. Carrying Concealed Weapons, How Punished. Forfeiture and Sale of Weapons. If any person carry about his person, hid from common observation, any pistol, dirk, bowie-knife, razor, slung-shot, or any weapon of the...

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Thomas D. Davis, The Code of the City of Lynchburg, Va., Containing the Charter of 1880, with the Amendments of 1884, 1886 and 1887, and the General Ordinances in Force July 1st, 1887, Also a Digest of Acts of Assembly and of Ordinances Affecting the Rights and Interests of the City of Lynchburg and its Citizens, Together with a Brief Sketch, Historical and Statistical Page 117, Image 128 (1887) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Lynchburg,] Public Safety, § 19. No person shall carry gunpowder, blasting powder, dynamite or other explosives on a vehicle in any part of the city unless the same shall be secured in kegs, boxes, or canisters, so that no part ther...

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