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  • Text: [An Ordinance Regulating the Police of the City of Quincy], § 5. Be it further ordained by the City Council of the City of Quincy, That no person shall, within the limits of said city, fire or discharge any cannon, musket, rifle, fowling piece, or other fire arms, or air-gun, except in cases of necessity, or in the performance of a public or lawful act of duty, or discharge or set of any cracker, rocket, torpedo, squib, or other fire works, within the limits of said city, without permission first obtained from the Mayor or one of the Aldermen, or Marshal of said city; and every person so offending shall forfeit and pay, for the use of said city, not less than one dollar, nor more than three dollars, for every such offense.
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1841
  • Text: Criminal Jurisprudence, § 139. If any person shall be found,, having upon him or her, any pick-lock, crow, key, bit, or other instrument or tool, with intent feloniously to break and enter into any dwelling house, store, warehouse, shop or other building containing valuable property, or shall be found in any of the aforesaid buildings with intent to steal any goods and chattels, every such person so offending, shall, on conviction, be deemed a vagrant, and punished by confinement in the penitentiary, for any term not exceeding two years. And if any person shall have upon him any pistol, gun, knife, dirk, bludgeon or other offensive weapon, with intent to assault any person, every such person, on conviction, shall be fined, in a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, or imprisoned, not exceeding three months.
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1845
  • Text: Ordinances of the City of Chicago: Regulating the Keeping and Conveying Gun Powder and Gun Cotton; § I. (Be it ordained by the Common Council of the city of Chicago) That no person shall keep, sell, or give away gun powder or gun cotton in any quantity without permission of the common council or mayor in writing, signed by the mayor and clerk and sealed with the corporate seal, under a penalty of twenty-five dollars for every offence. § II. All applications for permits shall be addressed to the common council or mayor in writing, signed by the applicant. Not exceeding four permits shall be granted in any block. When the number of applications in any block shall at any time exceed the number to be granted, the requisite number shall be chosen by ballot. When issued the clerk shall make an entry thereof in a register to be provided for the purpose which entry shall state the name and place of business and date of permit. Persons to whom permits may be issued shall not have or keep at their place of business or elsewhere within the city, a greater quantity of gun powder or gun cotton than fifty pounds at one time, and the same shall be kept in tin canisters or cases containing not to exceed thirteen pounds each, and in a situation remote from fires or lighted lamps, candles or gas from which they may be easily removed in case of fire. Nor shall any person sell or weigh any gun powder or gun cotton after the lighting of lamps in the evening, unless in sealed canisters or cases. It shall be the duty of every person to whom a permit shall be given to keep a sign at the front door of his place of business with the words “gun powder and gun cotton” painted or printed theron in large letters. A violation of any clause of this section shall subject the offender to a fine of not less than ten dollars nor exceeding one hundred dollars. § III. No person shall convey or carry any gun or carry any gun powder or gun cotton, (exceeding one pound in quantity), through any street or alley in the city, in any cart, carriage, wagon, dray, wheelbarrow, or otherwise, unless the gun powder or gun cotton be secured in tight cases or kegs well headed and hooped, and put into and entirely covered with a leather bag or case, sufficient to prevent such gun powder or gun cotton from being spilled or scattered under a penalty of one hundred dollars. IV. No vessel, laden in whole or in part with gun powder or gun cotton, shall land at, or make fast to any dock or wharf upon the Chicago river, or either branch thereof, between the south line of the school section and Chicago avenue, or to discharge such gun powder or gun cotton within said limits. If any master, or owner of any vessel, or other person shall violate any provision of this section, he shall be subject to a fine of not less then twenty-five dollars and not exceeding one hundred dollars. § V. The mayor shall have power to cause any vessel to be removed form the limits mentioned in the previous section, to any place beyond the same, by a written order, which shall be executed by the marshal or some other member of the police. If any person shall neglect or refuse to obey such order, or shall resist any officer in the execution of the same, he shall be subject to a penalty of one hundred dollars. § VI. Al permissions granted under this ordinance shall expire on the tenth day of June each year. And no permit shall be granted to any retailer of intoxicating liquors or to any intemperate person. The clerk shall be entitled to a fee of one dollar for every permit so issued. § VII. It shall be the duty of the officers of the police department, fire-wardens, and firemen, to report all violations of this ordinance which may come to the knowledge of the city attorney for prosecution.
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1851
  • Text: If any person hereafter shall willfully and maliciously, or by agreement, fight a duel or single combat with any engine, instrument or weapon, the probable consequence of which might be the death of either party, and in so doing shall kill his antagonist, or any person or persons, or shall inflict such wound as that the party injured shall die thereof within one year thereafter, every such offender, his second, as well as the second of the person killed, and all aiders, abettors, and counselors, being thereof duly convicted, shall be considered to have committed a high misdemeanor, and shall be punished by confinement to labor in the penitentiary for any term not exceeding five years, nor less than one year.
    Subject: Dueling
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1855
  • Text: Any person who shall . . . shoot off or discharge any gun or other firearms within the said limits shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor . . . .
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1855
  • Text: [The town council shall have the power] To regulate the storage of tar, pitch, rosin, gun-powder and other combustible materials.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1855
  • Text: Revised Ordinances [of Galesburg, Ill.], Gunpowder-Fires, Fire-Arms, § 1. The keeping for sale or selling gunpowder, without a license therefor, is prohibited, and no license shall be issued allowing the keeping in store more than twenty-five pounds of gun powder at any one time, unless kept in some secure magazine or fire-proof powder house, located at least one hundred feet from any other occupied building, and when kept in a store or place for retail it shall be kept in tin or other metallic canisters or cases, and in a part of the building remote from any fire, lamp, candle or burning matter liable to produce explosion, and whoever shall violate this section, or any provision of it, shall be subject to a penalty of twenty dollars. § 2. Each person licensed to sell gunpowder shall keep a sign, with the words “Gunpowder for Sale,” in plain letters, in some conspicuous place in the front of the building where such powder is kept. And no sales of gunpowder, except in unopened cans shall be sold after night, and any person convicted of violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a penalty of ten dollars. § 3. Whoever shall bring or cause to be brought into the city any gunpowder concealed in any box or other package, or in any package marked as containing other articles, in which such powder is contained, shall be subject to a penalty of twenty-five dollars. §4. The carrying gunpowder through the streets or other public places, in a careless or negligent manner, or the remaining with such powder in any place longer than necessary for the transportation of the same from one place to another, shall subject the party offending to a penalty of not less than five dollars. . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1869
  • Text: [The Town council shall have power and authority] to regulate the storage of gunpowder and other combustible materials.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1869
  • Text: Revised Ordinances [of the City of Peoria: Public Safety and Convenience], § 1. That it shall not be lawful for any person in said city, without permission from the mayor or superintendent of police, to fire or discharge any cannon, musket, rifle, fowling-piece, pistol, or other fire-arms or air guns, except it is done in cases of necessity, or in the performance of a public act of lawful duty, or by military companies when on parade or in the discharge of duty; and every person violating the provisions of this section shall, on conviction, forfeit and pay not less than one dollar nor more than one hundred dollars for every offense.
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1869
  • Text: Ordinances of Chicago: An Ordinance Prohibiting the Sale to or Furnishing Minors with Firearms. § 1. That no person within said city shall sell to or in any manner furnish any minor with any gun, pistol, revolver, or other firearms; and any person offending against this ordinance shall on conviction be fined in a sum not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for each offense.
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1873
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