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Year: 1888

Ordinance No. 22: An Ordinance Relating to the Promotion of the Public Peace, Feb. 7, 1888, reprinted in Charter and Ordinances of the City of New Ulm, Minnesota 110–11 (Jos. A. Eckstein ed., 1888).

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Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the limits of this city to carry or wear under his clothes or concealed about his person, any pistol, dirk, sling-shot, or knuckle of brass or other metal, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. Any su...

Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the limits of this city to carry or wear under his clothes or concealed about his person, any pistol, dirk, sling-shot, or knuckle of brass or other metal, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. Any such weapon duly adjudged by any justice court of said city to have been worn or carried by any person in violation of this section, shall be adjudged and declared forfeited or confiscated to the city of New Ulm: and every such person so offending, on conviction, may in addition to the penalty hereinafter described, be required to furnish surities for keeping the peace for a term not exceeding six months.

Sec. 3. The prohibition in the preceding section shall not apply to police, peace, and other officers of courts, whose duty may be to secure warrants or make arrests, nor to persons whose business or occupation may require the carrying of weapons for protection. Nothing in the ordinances of this city shall be construed to prohibit within the city limits any firing of a gun, pistol or other firearm when done in the lawful defense of person, property or family, or in the necessary enforcement of the laws.

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John Prentiss Poe, The Maryland Code. Public Local Laws, Adopted by the General Assembly of Maryland March 14, 1888. Including also the Acts of the Session of 1888 Incorporated Therein, and Prefaced with the Constitution of the State Page 538, Image 638 (Vol. 1, 1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Crimes and Punishments, Rogues and Vagabonds, § 246. If any person shall be apprehended having upon him any pick-lock, key, crow, jack, bit, or other implement, at places and under circumstances from which an intent may be presumed feloniously to ...

Crimes and Punishments, Rogues and Vagabonds, § 246. If any person shall be apprehended having upon him any pick-lock, key, crow, jack, bit, or other implement, at places and under circumstances from which an intent may be presumed feloniously to break and enter into any dwelling-house, warehouse, store-house, stable or out-house, or shall have upon him any pistol, hanger, cutlass, bludgeon, or other offensive weapon, also at places and under circumstances from which may be presumed an intent feloniously to assault any person, or shall be found in or upon any dwelling-house, warehouse, storehouse, stable or outhouse, or in any enclosed yard or garden or area belonging to any house, with an intent to steal any goods or chattels, every such person shall be deemed a rogue and vagabond, and on being convicted thereof, shall be sentenced to the penitentiary for not less than one month nor more than two years, or to imprisonment in jail, at the discretion of the court, for a like term.

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Compiled Statutes of Montana, Enacted at the Regular Session of the Fifteenth Legislative Assembly of Montana Embracing the Laws of a General and Permanent Nature, in Force at the Expiration of the Fifteenth Regular Session of the Legislative Assembly. Also Special Laws Enacted at Said Session, to Which are Prefixed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and Amendments Thereto, Provisions of the Revised Statutes of the United States Common to All Territories, and Those Particularly Relating to Montana, and Session Laws of the United States Relating to Montana Enacted Subsequent to the Revision Page 513, Image 525 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Act of March, 5, 1883, § 66. It shall be unlawful for any person within the limits of any city, town or village in this territory, to bear concealed upon his person any dirk, dagger, pistol, revolver, or other deadly weapon. Any person violatin...

An Act of March, 5, 1883, § 66. It shall be unlawful for any person within the limits of any city, town or village in this territory, to bear concealed upon his person any dirk, dagger, pistol, revolver, or other deadly weapon. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars, nor more than one hundred dollars. This section shall not apply to peace officers in the discharge of their official duties.

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Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council. Page 177, Image 180 (La Crosse, 1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, An Ordinance to Provide for the Government and Good Order of the City of La Crosse, for the suppression of vice and immorality, and the prevention of Crime. City Ordinances. § 19. It shall be unlawful for any p...

Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, An Ordinance to Provide for the Government and Good Order of the City of La Crosse, for the suppression of vice and immorality, and the prevention of Crime. City Ordinances. § 19. It shall be unlawful for any person to use firearms or to shoot off a gun or pistol or to hunt game or birds within the limits of any cemetery in the city of La Crosse; or to rob or disturb birds’ nests therein, or to enter any cemetery except by the gate, and then only at such times as the same may be open to the public; or to enter the same as a thoroughfare in going from one place to another. Any person violating any provisions of this section, shall upon conviction, be fined in a sum not more than ten dollars, and in case of a second conviction shall be imprisoned not more than sixty days nor less than ten days.

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George Brooks Young. General Statutes of the State of Minnesota in Force January 1, 1889 Page 1006, Image 1010 (Vol. 2, 1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Making, Selling, etc., Dangerous Weapons, § 333. 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, sand-club, o...

Making, Selling, etc., Dangerous Weapons, § 333. 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, sand-club, or metal knuckles, or who, in any city of this state, without the written consent of a magistrate, sells or gives any pistol or fire-arm to any person under the age of eighteen years, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Carrying, using, etc., certain Weapons, § 334. 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 a slung-shot, sand-club, or metal knuckles, or a dagger, dirk, knife, pistol or other fire-arm, or any dangerous weapon, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council Page 176, Image 179 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Ordinance to Provide for the Government and Good Order of the City of La Crosse, for the suppression of vice and immorality, and the prevention of Crime,] § 15. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a policeman or other officer authori...

An Ordinance to Provide for the Government and Good Order of the City of La Crosse, for the suppression of vice and immorality, and the prevention of Crime,] § 15. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a policeman or other officer authorized to maintain the peace and to serve process to carry or wear any pistol, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk or any other dangerous weapon, and any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars. In all cases of conviction hereunder, any and all dangerous weapons found on the person of the accused shall be confiscated and become the property of the city of La Crosse, and may be sold for the benefit thereof at such times and in such manner as the common council may from time to time direct.

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Henry Smith Kelley, Laws Applicable to and Governing the City of Saint Joseph, Mo., As a City of the Second Class, Contained in the Revised Statutes of 1879, and Subsequent Legislative Enactments; Also the General Ordinances Now in Force, Revised and Made to Conform to the Laws Governing Such Cities Page 192, Image 222 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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General Ordinances [of the City of St. Joseph], [Amusement-Shows,] Shooting Gallery; license for. -- § 3. No person shall carry on or take part in carrying on, any pistol gallery or shooting gallery, without a license therefor from said city; and ...

General Ordinances [of the City of St. Joseph], [Amusement-Shows,] Shooting Gallery; license for. — § 3. No person shall carry on or take part in carrying on, any pistol gallery or shooting gallery, without a license therefor from said city; and the charge for such license shall be five dollars per month.

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1888 Id. Sess. Laws 23, An Act Regulating the Use and Carrying of Deadly Weapons in Idaho Territory, § 1

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That it is unlawful for any person, except United States officials, officials of Idaho Territory, County officials, Peace officers, Guards of any jail, and officers or employees of any Express company on duty, to carry, exhibit or flourish any dirk, di...

That it is unlawful for any person, except United States officials, officials of Idaho Territory, County officials, Peace officers, Guards of any jail, and officers or employees of any Express company on duty, to carry, exhibit or flourish any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, pistol, gun or other deadly weapons, within the limits or confines of any city, town or village or in any public assembly of Idaho Territory. Every person so doing is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by fine not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than twenty days nor more than fifty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council Page 202, Image 205 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Ordinance in Relation to the Discharge of Firearms and firecrackers and to the use and exhibition of fireworks, § 1. No person shall fire or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or firearms of any description, or fire, explode or se...

An Ordinance in Relation to the Discharge of Firearms and firecrackers and to the use and exhibition of fireworks, § 1. No person shall fire or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or firearms of any description, or fire, explode or set off any squib, cracker or other thing containing powder or other combustible or explosive material, or set off or exhibit any fireworks within the limits of the city of La Crosse, without having first obtained written permission from the mayor, which permission shall limit the time and fix the place of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked at any time after the same may have been granted. Any violation of this ordinance shall subject the person or persons so violating the same to a fine of not less than one dollar nor exceeding twenty-five dollars; but this ordinance shall not be construed to prohibit the discharge of firearms by the chief of police or any of his subordinates or any peace officer when required or made necessary in the performance of any duty imposed by law.

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Charter and Ordinances of the City of La Crosse, with the Rules of the Common Council Page 25-26, Image 28-89 (1888) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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The common council has power. . . Pt. 36. To regulate or prohibit the carrying or wearing by any person, any pistol, slung-shot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk or any other dangerous weapon, and to provide for the confiscation and sale of such weapons.

The common council has power. . . Pt. 36. To regulate or prohibit the carrying or wearing by any person, any pistol, slung-shot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk or any other dangerous weapon, and to provide for the confiscation and sale of such weapons.

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