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Year: 1903

1903 Tenn. Pub. Acts 376-77, A Bill for an Act to Be Entitled An Act for the Protection of Game in the State of Tennessee . . . , ch. 169, § 6.

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[N]o person or persons shall . . . for the purpose of taking or destroying birds or animals not protected by this Act, use any swivel or punt gun, or gun other than a gun held in the hands and fired from the shoulder, and of the gauge not lar...

[N]o person or persons shall . . . for the purpose of taking or destroying birds or animals not protected by this Act, use any swivel or punt gun, or gun other than a gun held in the hands and fired from the shoulder, and of the gauge not larger than No. 8[.]

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1902-1904 Va. Acts 261, An Act to Prevent the Sale or Gift of Toy Firearms to Persons Under Twelve Years of Age, and to Provide a Penalty Therefor, ch. 186, §§ 1-2

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1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of Virginia, That it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or association, to sell, barter, exchange, furnish, or dispose of by purchase, gift, or in any other manner, any toy gun, pistol, rifle, ...

1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of Virginia, That it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or association, to sell, barter, exchange, furnish, or dispose of by purchase, gift, or in any other manner, any toy gun, pistol, rifle, or other toy firearm, if the same shall, by means of powder or other explosive discharge blank or ball charges, to any person under the age of twelve years. Any firm, corporation, or association violating the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, or confined in jail for a period not less than thirty, nor more than ninety days, either or both. 2. Each sale of any of the articles hereinbefore specified to any person under the age mentioned shall constitute a separate offense, and any person over the age of twelve years who shall purchase, accept, or in any manner acquire any of the toy articles of the kind hereinbefore enumerated for any person under the age of twelve years, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred dollars, or confined in jail for a period not less than thirty days nor more than six months, either or both.

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S.D. Rev. Code, Penal Code 1150 (1903) §§ 470 and 471

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Every person who carries upon his person, whether concealed or not, or uses or attempt to use against another, any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, or of any similar kind, is guilty of a felony. § 471. Every person who...

Every person who carries upon his person, whether concealed or not, or uses or attempt to use against another, any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, or of any similar kind, is guilty of a felony. § 471. Every person who carries concealed about his person any description of firearms, being loaded or partly loaded, or any sharp or dangerous weapons, such as is usually employed in attack or defense of the person, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1903 Or. Laws 309-10, An Act to Regulate and Prohibit the Sale, Barter, Exchange, or Gift of Explosives, Firearms or Other Articles of a Like Kind, to Children Under the Age of Fourteen Years, and to Punish the Violation of the Provisions of this Act. §§ 1-2.

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§ 1. It shall be unlawful to sell, exchange, barter, or give to any child, under the age of fourteen years, any explosive article or substance, other than an ordinary firecracker, containing ten grains of gunpowder; or to sell, exchange, barter, o...

§ 1. It shall be unlawful to sell, exchange, barter, or give to any child, under the age of fourteen years, any explosive article or substance, other than an ordinary firecracker, containing ten grains of gunpowder; or to sell, exchange, barter, or give to any such child any firearms, or other device of a like kind, ordinarily used or ordinarily capable of being used in discharging gunpowder in a greater quantity than ten grains; and it is herby made unlawful in any event to sell, exchange, barter, or give to any child, under the age of fourteen years, any instrument or apparatus, the chief utility of which consists in the fact that it is used, or is ordinarily capable of being used, as an article or device to increase the force or intensity of such explosive, or to direct or control the discharge of any such explosive. § 2. Any person violating the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1903 Or. Laws 106, Spec. Sess., An Act to Incorporate the City of North Bend, and to Provide a Charter Therefor . . . , § 27, pt. 23.

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To regulate the transfer of gunpowder, dynamite, nitro-glycerine, and other combustibles and explosives through the streets  or alleys of the city[.]

1903 Pa. Laws 198, An Act to prohibit the discharge of flobert rifles, air guns, spring guns, in cities and boroughs of this Commonwealth. §§ 1 and 2.

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§ 1. Be it enacted that six months after the passage of this act it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, on the streets or alleys, of any city or borough in this Commonwealth, a flobert rifle, air gun, spring gun, or any implement which ...

§ 1. Be it enacted that six months after the passage of this act it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, on the streets or alleys, of any city or borough in this Commonwealth, a flobert rifle, air gun, spring gun, or any implement which impels with force a metal pellet of any kind. § 2. Any person violating this act shall be arrested, and fined in the sum of five dollars before any committing magistrate; and for the second offense, shall be fined in the sum of fifteen dollars, and may undergo an imprisonment in the county jail for a period not less than ten days and not exceeding thirty days, the person so offending to pay all costs of prosecution.

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1903 N.J. Laws 671, An Act Concerning Railroads, ch. 257, § 49.

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No person shall be entitled to carry or require any company to carry on any railroad any aqua fortis, oil or vitriol, gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, matches, or other goods of a dangerous nature¸ and if any person sends by the railway any such goods...

No person shall be entitled to carry or require any company to carry on any railroad any aqua fortis, oil or vitriol, gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, matches, or other goods of a dangerous nature¸ and if any person sends by the railway any such goods without distinctly marking their nature on the outside of the package containing the same, or otherwise giving notice in writing to the agent of the company with whom the same are left at the time of so sending, he shall forfeit to the company twenty dollars for every such offense, and be besides liable to all damage that may occur therefrom, and the company may refuse to take any parcel that they may suspect to contain goods of a dangerous nature or may require the same to be opened to ascertain the fact.

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1903 Utah Laws 155, An Act to Amend Sections . . . Relating to Fish and Game . . . , ch. 116, § 24.

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It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person to use any gun larger than ten gauge while hunting for fowl or birds.

1903 Okla. Sess. Laws 107, An Act to Amend Sections . . . of the Statutes of Oklahoma, 1893, Relating to Cities[,] Towns and Villages, and for Other Purposes, ch. 7, art. 1, § 4.

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The board of trustees shall have the following powers. . . to regulate the storage of gunpowder and other materials[.]

1903 Pa. Laws 178, An Act Requiring non-resident hunters, and unnaturalized, foreign born, resident-hunters, to procure a license before hunting in the Commonwealth … §§1 and 2

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§ 1. . . . every non-resident and every unnaturalized foreign-born resident of this Commonwealth shall be required to take out a license from the treasurer of the county in which he proposes to hunt. . . § 2. Possession of a gun, in the field...

§ 1. . . . every non-resident and every unnaturalized foreign-born resident of this Commonwealth shall be required to take out a license from the treasurer of the county in which he proposes to hunt. . . § 2. Possession of a gun, in the fields or in the forests or on the waters of this Commonwealth, by an unnaturalized, foreign-born resident or a non-resident of this Commonwealth, without having first secured the license required by this act, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of its provisions; and any person so offending shall be liable to a penalty of twenty-five dollars for each offense. . .

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