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Year: 1897

Laws of the City of Johnstown, Pa., Embracing City Charter, Act of Assembly of May 23, 1889, for the Government of Cities of the Third Class, General and Special Ordinances, Rules of Select and Common Councils and Joint Sessions Page 86, Image 86 (1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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An Ordinance for the Security of Persons and Property of the Inhabitants of the City of Johnstown; The preservation of the Public Peace and Good Order of the City, and Prescribing Penalties for Offenses Against the Same, § 12. No person shall will...

An Ordinance for the Security of Persons and Property of the Inhabitants of the City of Johnstown; The preservation of the Public Peace and Good Order of the City, and Prescribing Penalties for Offenses Against the Same, § 12. No person shall willfully carry concealed upon his or her person any pistol, razor, dirk or bowie-knife, black jack, or handy billy, or other deadly weapon, and any person convicted of such offense shall pay a fine of not less than five dollars or more than fifty dollars with costs.

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1897 Tex. Gen. Laws 214, An Act To Preserve And Protect The Wild Game, Birds, And Wild Fowl, Of The State And Provide Adequate Penalties For The Unlawful Taking, Slaughter, Sale Or Shipment Thereof, And To Repeal All Laws And Parts Of Laws In Conflict Therewith, Chap. 149, § 4.

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It shall be unlawful to destroy any wild geese or wild ducks by any means otherwise than by an ordinary gun, capable of being held to and shot from the shoulder, and whoever violates the provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor...

It shall be unlawful to destroy any wild geese or wild ducks by any means otherwise than by an ordinary gun, capable of being held to and shot from the shoulder, and whoever violates the provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars.

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Annotated Code of the State of Iowa Containing All the Laws of a General Nature Enacted by The Twenty-Sixth General Assembly at the Extra Session, Which Adjourned July 2, 1897 Page 1955, Image 787 (Vol. 1, 1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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§ 5004. Selling Firearms to Minors. No person shall knowingly sell, present or give any pistol, revolver or toy pistol to any minor. Any violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred d...

§ 5004. Selling Firearms to Minors. No person shall knowingly sell, present or give any pistol, revolver or toy pistol to any minor. Any violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten nor more than thirty days.

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William K. Amick, The General Ordinances of the City of Saint Joseph (A City of the Second Class) Embracing all Ordinances of General Interest in Force July 15, 1897, together with the Laws of the State of Missouri of a General Nature Applicable to the City of St. Joseph. Compiled and Arranged Page 508, Image 515 (1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Concealed Weapons – Carrying of, § 7. Any person who shall in this city wear under his clothes or carry concealed upon or about his person, or be found having upon or about his person concealed, any pistol or revolver, colt, billy, slung sho...

Concealed Weapons – Carrying of, § 7. Any person who shall in this city wear under his clothes or carry concealed upon or about his person, or be found having upon or about his person concealed, any pistol or revolver, colt, billy, slung shot, cross knuckles or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, dirk, dagger, razor, bowie knife, or any knife resembling a bowie knife, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

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William Logan Martin, The Code of Alabama, Adopted by Act of the General Assembly of the State of Alabama, Approved February 16, 1897, Entitled “An Act to Adopt a Code of Laws for the State of Alabama,” With such Statutes Passed at the Session of 1896-97, as are Required to be Incorporated Therein by Act Approved February 17, 1897; and with Citations to the Decisions of the Supreme Court of the State Construing or Mentioning the Statutes Page 171, Image 181 (1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Assaults, Presenting Firearms at Another, § 4342. Any person who presents at another person any gun, pistol, or other firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, must on conviction, be fined not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars.

Annotated Code of the State of Iowa Containing All the Laws of a General Nature Enacted by The Twenty-Sixth General Assembly at the Extra Session, Which Adjourned July 2, 1897 Page 1898, Image 730 (Vol. 1, 1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Carrying Concealed Weapons, § 4775. If any person carry upon his person any concealed weapon, or shall willfully draw and point a pistol, revolver or gun at another, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and be fined not more than one hundred dolla...

Carrying Concealed Weapons, § 4775. If any person carry upon his person any concealed weapon, or shall willfully draw and point a pistol, revolver or gun at another, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and be fined not more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not more than thirty days; but this section shall not apply to police officers and other persons whose duty it is to execute process or warrants, or make arrests. Note – The intent or purpose with which the weapon is carried is not an element of the offense, nor is it required that it be carried with defendant’s knowledge, or willfully, that is, with set purpose. The obvious purpose is to forbid the carrying of weapons on the person with the knowledge of the accused that the weapon is so carried, and that it was a weapon. If the weapon was carried through restraint, or ignorance, or for any innocent or lawful purpose, such fact may be shown by the defense; it need not be negatived in the indictment (State v. Williams, 70-52)

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1897 Neb. Laws 162, An Act To Amend . . . Compiled Statutes of 1895 for the Government of Cities, ch. 14, § 24, pt. 38.

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To . . . regulate and prevent the transportation of gun powder or other explosives or combustible articles, tar, pitch, rosin, coal, oil, benzine [sic], turpentine, hemp, cotton, nitroglycerine, dynamite, petroleum, or any other productions thereof and...

To . . . regulate and prevent the transportation of gun powder or other explosives or combustible articles, tar, pitch, rosin, coal, oil, benzine [sic], turpentine, hemp, cotton, nitroglycerine, dynamite, petroleum, or any other productions thereof and other materials of like nature[.]

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1897 Fla. Laws 59, An Act to Punish the Improper Exhibition of Dangerous Weapons, chap. 4532, § 1.

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If any person, having or carrying any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, gun, pistol or other deadly weapon, shall in the presence of one or more persons exhibit the same, in a rude, careless, angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defenc...

If any person, having or carrying any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, gun, pistol or other deadly weapon, shall in the presence of one or more persons exhibit the same, in a rude, careless, angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defence, the person so offending shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment not exceeding three months, or by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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1897 Id. Sess. Laws 89, § 2, pt. 18.

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To regulate the storage and sale of gun powder, or other combustible material, and to prevent by all possible and proper means, danger or risk of injury or damage by fire arising from carelessness, negligence or otherwise.

1897 Ga. Laws 96-97, An Act to make it Unlawful for any Person to Fire any Pistol, Gun or other Firearm on any Excursion Train or at any Picnic, Except in his or her Defense, and to Prescribe a Penalty for Violating Same, and for other Purposes, § 1.

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. . . it shall be unlawful for any person to fire any pistol, gun or other firearm on any excursion train, or at any picnic, except in his or her defense.