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Year: 1900

1900 Md. Laws 271-73, An Act to Repeal All Existing Laws for Somerset County Relating to Wild Fowl and Game, Birds and Animals, and to Enact the Following in Lieu Thereof, for the Better Protection and Preservation of the Same, Ch. 203, §§ 5-6

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§ 5. And be it enacted, That no person shall trace, track or hunt for any partridge, quail, woodcock, pheasant, rabbit or other game which may be tracked in the snow, while the fields or woods are covered with snow sufficient to permit such tracki...

§ 5. And be it enacted, That no person shall trace, track or hunt for any partridge, quail, woodcock, pheasant, rabbit or other game which may be tracked in the snow, while the fields or woods are covered with snow sufficient to permit such tracking; and whosoever shall be found traversing woods or fields with dog or gun, while the same are covered with snow , as aforesaid, shall be deemed prima facie guilty of a violation of this section, and shall pay a fine of ten dollars upon conviction thereof. § 6, And be it enacted, That no person shall hunt for, shoot at or kill from boats or from the shore, with light in the night time, any muskrat, or shall hunt for, shoot at or kill at night with lights any partridge, quail or wild duck, under a penalty of five dollars for every such muskrat, bird or duck so killed; and if at the trial it shall be proved that the person charged with hunting for, shooting at or the killing of the said game in the night time, was at or about the place where the shot was fired, and that he had a gun in his possession on the night in question in the vicinity where such shooting occurred, either prior to, or at the time of, or after the shooting, such fact shall be deemed prima facie evidence of his having violated the provisions of this section, and the offender shall pay a fine of ten dollars therefor.

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1900 Ohio Laws 730, An Act to Provide a License on Trades, Business and Professions Carried on . . . , §§24-25.

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§ 24. All keepers or owners of gun powder magazines shall pay a license fee of one hundred dollars ($100) per annum, and shall notify the chief of the fire department, in writing, of the place where the same is kept or stored; but no license shall...

§ 24. All keepers or owners of gun powder magazines shall pay a license fee of one hundred dollars ($100) per annum, and shall notify the chief of the fire department, in writing, of the place where the same is kept or stored; but no license shall be issued under this section without the consent of the mayor. § 25. All keepers of shooting galleries shall pay a license fee of fifty dollars ($50) per annum, or for a less period of one year at a rate of ten dollars ($10) per month, no license to be issued for a less period than one month.

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Revised Ordinances and Charter of the City of Laramie, Wyo., with Constitutional Provisions and Legislative Enactments Governing the Same Page 200-201, Image 206-207 (1900) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Laramie, Gunpowder and Explosives, § 12. No person shall keep at his place of business or elsewhere within this city, a greater quantity of gunpowder, gun-cotton, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, giant powder or other explosives than twen...

[Ordinances of Laramie, Gunpowder and Explosives, § 12. No person shall keep at his place of business or elsewhere within this city, a greater quantity of gunpowder, gun-cotton, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, giant powder or other explosives than twenty-five pounds at one time; and the same shall be kept in tin or copper canisters or cases not exceeding five pounds in each, and in a position remote from fires, lighted lamps and candles, and from which they may be easily removed in case of fire; and no person or persons shall weigh or sell any gunpowder or gun cotton on after the lighting of lamps in the evening, unless in sealed canisters or cases; and no person shall be allowed to keep nitro-glycerine in any part of said city. A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall subject the offended to a fine of not less than ten nor exceeding fifty dollars. § 13. It shall be lawful for the chief of the fire department, when he shall have cause to suspect that any gunpowder, gun cotton, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, giant powder or other explosives is concealed or kept within the city, in violation of the provisions of this ordinance, to search any place in said city for the purpose of determining whether any gunpowder, gun-cotton, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, giant powder or other explosives are concealed or kept as aforesaid. Any person who shall obstruct or hinder such officer making search in the execution of his duties under this section, shall forfeit and pay to said city for each offense a sum no tless than ten dollars, nor more than fifty dollars.]

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1900 Md. Laws 143-44, § 13

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And be it enacted, That the Commissioners shall have the power, by ordinances duly enacted . . . to regulate or prevent the firing of cannon, guns, pistols, squibs, or any kind of firearms or explosives…

1900 Ohio Laws 235, An Act to Amend Section 6961 of the Revised Statutes (Bates’ Annotated) of Ohio, § 1.

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No person shall, at any time, catch, kill, or injure, or pursue, with such intent any wild duck or wild goose, by the aid or use of any swivel or punt gun, or any other gun but a common shoulder gun.

1900 Mass. Acts 150, An Act to Regulate the Shooting of Black Duck, Geese, Brant and Other Aquatic Birds in Plymouth Harbor or Bay, ch. 209, § 1

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§ 1. Whoever within the limits of Plymouth harbor or bay, . . . shoots at or kills or pursues a black duck, goose, brant or other aquatic bird, by the use of any sneak boat, raft, floating box or device of like description, not including what is k...

§ 1. Whoever within the limits of Plymouth harbor or bay, . . . shoots at or kills or pursues a black duck, goose, brant or other aquatic bird, by the use of any sneak boat, raft, floating box or device of like description, not including what is known as an ordinary dory or row boat, or by the use of any pivot gun or swivel gun, or any other firearm not usually held at and discharged from the shoulder, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars.

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William H. Baily, The Revised Ordinances of Nineteen Hundred of the City of Des Moines, Iowa Page 89-90, Image 89-90 (1900) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Ordinances City of Des Moines, Weapons, Concealed, § 209. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry under his clothes or concealed about his person, or found in his possession, any pistol or other firearms, slungshot, brass knuckles, or knuckle...

Ordinances City of Des Moines, Weapons, Concealed, § 209. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry under his clothes or concealed about his person, or found in his possession, any pistol or other firearms, slungshot, brass knuckles, or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal or material, or any sand bag, air guns of any description, dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife, or other knife or instrument for cutting, stabbing or striking, or other dangerous or deadly weapon, instrument or device. Provided, that this section shall not be construed to prohibit any officer of the United States or of any State, or any peace officer from wearing or carrying such weapons as may be convenient, necessary and proper for the discharge of his official duties.

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1900 S.C. Acts 449, An Act to amend an act entitled “An Act to Prevent Drunkenness and Shooting upon the Highway”: § 1.

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§ 1. . . That any person who shall, without just cause or excuse, or while under the influence, or feigning to be under the influence of intoxicating liquors, engage in any boisterous conduct, or who shall, without just cause or excuse, discharge ...

§ 1. . . That any person who shall, without just cause or excuse, or while under the influence, or feigning to be under the influence of intoxicating liquors, engage in any boisterous conduct, or who shall, without just cause or excuse, discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm while upon or within fifty yards of any public road or highway, except upon his own premises, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, or beimprisoned for not more than thirty days.

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John K. Davis, The Code of the City of Cedartown Containing the Charter and Amendments, School Laws of the City, General Laws Referring to Municipal Corporations and the City Ordinances Page 73, Image 74 (1900) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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The Code of Cedartown, §211. Drawing Concealed Weapons. It shall be unlawful for any person in this city to draw from a place of concealment about his person, any pistol, dirk or bowie knife.

Thomas Henry Carter, The Laws of Alaska : Embracing the Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Political Code, the Code of Civil Procedure, and the Civil Code, with the Treaty of Cession, and All Acts and Parts of Acts Relating to the District : Annotated with References to Decisions by the Courts of the United States and the Supreme Court of Oregon Page 5, Image 44 (1900) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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Offenses Against the Person, § 21. Assault, being armed with a cowhide. That whoever shall assault, or assault and beat another with a cowhide, whip, stick, or like thing, having at the time in his possession a pistol, dirk, or other deadly weapon...

Offenses Against the Person, § 21. Assault, being armed with a cowhide. That whoever shall assault, or assault and beat another with a cowhide, whip, stick, or like thing, having at the time in his possession a pistol, dirk, or other deadly weapon, with intent to intimidate and prevent such other from resisting or defending himself, shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not more than ten years nor less than one year.

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