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Year: 1903

1903 N.J. Laws 337-38, An Act to Amend an Act Entitled “An Act for the Punishment of Crimes,” ch. 169, § 1.

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It shall not be lawful to sell, barter, exchange, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years, any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other firearms, or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pisto...

It shall not be lawful to sell, barter, exchange, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years, any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other firearms, or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other firearms, nor for any person under the age of fifteen years to carry, fire or use a gun, pistol¸ toy pistol or other firearms, except in the presence of his father or guardian, or for the purpose of military drill in accordance with the rules of a school; it shall be the duty of all persons selling, hiring, bartering or exchanging pistols, revolvers, guns or other firearms, to keep and maintain a book of registry of the same, in which said book of registry shall be entered the number of the article sold, if any, the name of the maker, together with such other means of identification as may be obtainable concerning the same, and also the name and address of the person to whom such pistol, revolver, gun or other firearm is sold, bartered, exchanged or hired[.]

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1903 Wilson’s Rev. & Ann. St. Okla. 643, Concealed Weapons, ch. 25, art. 45, § 583.

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It shall be unlawful for any person in the Territory of Oklahoma to carry concealed on or about his person, saddle, or saddle bags, any pistol, revolver, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, sword, cane, spear, metal knuckles, or any other kind of kn...

It shall be unlawful for any person in the Territory of Oklahoma to carry concealed on or about his person, saddle, or saddle bags, any pistol, revolver, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, sword, cane, spear, metal knuckles, or any other kind of knife or instrument manufactured or sold for the purpose of defense except as in this article provided.

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1903 Mont. Laws 135-36, An Act to Amend Section 908 of Chapter I Title VIII Part IV Division I of the Civil Code of Montana, and to Repeal Section 689 of the Penal Code, ch. 66, § 1.

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If any railroad corporation within this State shall . . . transport within this State on any of its passenger cars, any oil of vitrol, gun powder, Lucifer matches, nitro glycerine, glynon oil, nytroleum or blasting oil, or nitrates oil, or powder mixed...

If any railroad corporation within this State shall . . . transport within this State on any of its passenger cars, any oil of vitrol, gun powder, Lucifer matches, nitro glycerine, glynon oil, nytroleum or blasting oil, or nitrates oil, or powder mixed with any such oil, or fiber saturated therewith, or duolin or giant powder, or blasting powder, or any other goods in a dangerous nature . . . shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined for the first offense in the sum of one thousand dollars, and for the second violation of the same provision, two thousand dollars, and for every other and further violation of any provision of which it has been twice before found guilty, a sum not less than five nor more than ten thousand dollars.

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1903 Va. Acts 331-32, An Act . . . to Prevent the Extermination of Partridges (or Quails) in the State of Virginia, ch. 227, §2070a.

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. . . It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot at, kill or capture any wild water fowl or wild turkey at any time during the night in this State. . . or to shoot at any game on land or water in this State with a gun larger than an eight bore. . . T...

. . . It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot at, kill or capture any wild water fowl or wild turkey at any time during the night in this State. . . or to shoot at any game on land or water in this State with a gun larger than an eight bore. . . The possession of any of said guns, sneak boats, nets, traps, reflectors, or other unlawful appliances shall be prima facie evidence of the guilt of the person in whose possession they are found.

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1903 N.C. Sess. Laws 154, An Act Supplemental to an Act. . . Relating to Hunting and Fishing in Currituck County, ch. 136, § 3.

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And it shall be unlawful for any persons or persons, either before or after they have put out decoys in the waters of Currituck Sound, to sail or row or propel a boat in any way after wild fowls in the waters of said sound for the purpose of forcing th...

And it shall be unlawful for any persons or persons, either before or after they have put out decoys in the waters of Currituck Sound, to sail or row or propel a boat in any way after wild fowls in the waters of said sound for the purpose of forcing them on the wing or to shoot them with rifle or shot gun from any boat while sailing at any time.

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1903 Or. Laws 31, Reg. Sess., Spec. Laws, An Act to Incorporate the City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, and to Provide a Charter Therefor, and to Repeal All Acts or Parts of Acts in Conflict Therewith, ch. 3, art. 4, § 73, pt. 38.

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To regulate and prohibit the use of all guns, pistols, and firearms, missle [sic] weapons, firecrackers, bombs and detonators of all description[.]

1903 Ga. Laws 71, An Act for the Protection of the Officers and Employees of the Georgia Penitentiary at the Various Camps throughout the State, and for all other purposes, § 1.

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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, and it is hereby enacted by authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this Act it shall be unlawful for any person in the State of Georgia to come inside of the guard-lines ...

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, and it is hereby enacted by authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this Act it shall be unlawful for any person in the State of Georgia to come inside of the guard-lines established, with gun, pistol or any other weapon, or any intoxicating liquors without the knowledge and consent of the deputy wardens in charge.

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1903 S.D. Sess. Laws 168-69, Prohibiting the Use of Fire Arms by Persons under Fifteen Years of Age, ch. 144, §§ 1-3.

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§1. It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of fifteen years to carry, use or discharge any rifle, shot gun, revolver or other fire arms except with the consent and knowledge of their parents or guardians. § 2. It shall be unlawful ...

§1. It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of fifteen years to carry, use or discharge any rifle, shot gun, revolver or other fire arms except with the consent and knowledge of their parents or guardians. § 2. It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian, having the legal charge or control of any minor under the age of fifteen years, to allow or permit such minor to use or carry while loaded any of the arms mentioned in section one of this act within the platted portion or within the distance of one mile of the platted portion of any city, town or village. § 3. Any person or persons violating the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not exceeding Fifty Dollars.

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1903 Or. Laws 209, Reg. Sess., Spec. Laws, An Act to Incorporate the Town of Stayton, in Marion County, Oregon . . . , ch. 4, § 7, pt. 31.

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To regulate and prohibit the carrying of deadly or dangerous weapons in a concealed manner, and to provide a penalty therefor, and to define, by ordinance, what shall constitute a dangerous weapon, and the carrying of the same in a concealed manner[.]<...

To regulate and prohibit the carrying of deadly or dangerous weapons in a concealed manner, and to provide a penalty therefor, and to define, by ordinance, what shall constitute a dangerous weapon, and the carrying of the same in a concealed manner[.]

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1903 S.C. Acts 124, An Act to Protect Fish by the Regulation of the Sale of Dynamite and Other Similar Explosives: § 1.

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§ 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That no person shall sell, deliver or dispose of dynamite or similar powerful explosives, except ordinary gunpowder, unless such person knows the purchaser or the party to ...

§ 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That no person shall sell, deliver or dispose of dynamite or similar powerful explosives, except ordinary gunpowder, unless such person knows the purchaser or the party to receive the same and is satisfied that the explosive is not to be used for killing fish, and then only upon a written application from party desiring to purchase, stating the purpose for which he desires to use the said explosives; and a person selling, delivering or disposing of such explosives, shall keep a book in which shall be recorded the name of the purchaser or party to whom the explosive is delivered, the quantity so sold or delivered, and the date of such sale or delivery.

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