Repository of Historical Gun Laws

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  • Text: That if any person or persons shall presume to sport game or play at any manner of game or games or shooting out any gun or shall set tipling & drinking in any tavern alhouse ordinary or vitling house on the first day of the week more than neccesity requireth and upon examination of the fact it shall be judged by any Justice of the Peace and the Person or Persons so offending as aforesaid. Upon conviction before one Justice of Peace Shall by the said Justice of the Peace be sentenced for every the aforesaid offences to set in the stocks three hours or pay five shillings in money for the use of the poor of the town or place where the offence was committed.
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1636
  • Text: Laws from a meeting of the Governor and Council of Rhode Island January 22, 1676-77. Ordered, the Council taking in their serious considerations not only the inconveniencies, but the discontent which arises in several inhabitants of this Island, by reason that several Indians do pass and repass on and off this Island, with guns and ammunition, showing no ticket or order so to do, these are to order and authorize any inhabitant of this Island that shall meet any Indian or Indians with either gun or guns, or ammunition to take them from him or them, and bring both guns, ammunition, and Indians before the governor or Deputy Governor, to be examined of the reason of their so doing, and to dispose of them according to either their discretions.
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1677
  • Text: And be it further Enacted by the Authority Aforesaid, That every person who shall import gunpowder into the town of Newport aforesaid shall cause the same to be conveyed immediately to the powder house at the North Easterly part of town, before the vessel in which the said Powder shall be imported, be brought to any Wharf; upon the penalty of paying into the Town-Treasury of the said Town of Newport, a Fine of Ten Shillings Lawful Money, for every cask which shall not be conveyed to the Powder House as aforesaid. That every other person who shall have Gun-powder in his or her Possession and shall neglect or refuse to cause the whole of the same to be conveyed to the said Powder-House immediately excepting 25lb. which shall be kept in a Tin Powder-Flask, shall pay as a fine into the Town Treasury aforesaid, the Sum of Ten Shillings Lawful Money, for every Cask he or she shall neglect or refuse to cause to be conveyed to the Powder-House as aforesaid, and in Proportion for any less Quantity. That no Vessel of War or other Vessel shall take on board any Powder before they go from the Wharf, upon the Penalty of paying a Fine of Ten Shillings Lawful Money, for every Cask so taken on board. And that the Keeper of the Powder-House be allowed the same Fees as heretofore hath been allowed by Law, for delivering out every Hundred Weight of Powder, and in Proportion for a greater of less quantity.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1762
  • Text: And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no person whatsoever shall fire a gun or other fireworks within one hundred yards of the said powder house, upon the penalty of paying a fine of ten shillings lawful money, for every such offence, to be recovered by the Town Treasurer, fo rthe use of the said Town.
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1762
  • Text: An Act for the Inspection of Gunpowder, Manufactured within this State (1776). Be it enacted by this General Assembly, and by the authority thereof, it is enacted, that if any person or persons, within this state, shall vend or expose to sale any gunpowder, manufactured within the same, unless said gunpowder be packed in a good dry cask, marked with the two first letters of the manufacturer’s name, and hath been examined and approved by the inspector of gunpowder, for said state, and by him marked with the letters U.S.A., and such other marks as are necessary to distinguish the several sorts of gunpowder: the person or persons so offending shall forfeit and pay £6 lawful money, for every cask so exposed to sale; to be recovered by bill, plaint or information, upon conviction before any court of record within this state; which forfeiture shall one moiety thereof be given to the informer, and the other be paid in to the general treasury of the state. And be it further enacted by the authority, aforesaid, that the said inspector be paid out of the general treasury nine-pence, lawful money, for every cask so marked and inspected by him.
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1776
  • Text: § 10. And it is further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That every Corporal who shall neglect to warn the Men to appear at every Rendezvous mentioned in this Act, when thereunto required as aforesaid without sufficient excuse, shall forfeit the Sum of Twelve Shillings, Lawful Money: That every non-commissioned officer or private who shall neglect to appear at the regimental Rendezvous, shall forfeit the sum of Six Shillings and for every day he shall neglect to appear at the company parade, he shall forfeit Four Shillings and Sixpence. And if he shall not be armed and equipped according other said Act of congress, when so appearing, without sufficient excuse, he shall, for appearing without a gun, forfeit one shilling and sixpence; without bayonet and belt six pence; without a Bayonet and Belt, Sixpence; without a Cartouch-Box and Cartridges, Sixpence. . .
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1794
  • Text: § 1. Be it therefore enacted by hte General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is hereby enacted, That no person or persons shall hereafter keep or deposit gunpowder, in a greater quantity than twenty-eight pounds, in any shop, building or other place, in the town of Providence, except such place or places as the Town Council of said town shall allow and designate for that purpose. § 2. And be it further enacted, That all and every person and persons whomsoever, who shall hereafter keep or depsoit gunpowder, in a greater quantity than twenty eight pounds, in any shop or shops, building or buildings , or in any other place or places in said town, except only such place or places as the Town-Council of said town shall allow and designate for that purpose, shall forfeit and pay the sume of twenty dollars, for each and every such offence, to be recovered by bill, plaint or information, before one or more of the Justices of the Peace for said town, and for hte use of the poor of said town. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said quantity of twenty-eight pounds of gun-powder, shall be kept in tin canisters, and in no other vessels; and if any person or persons, whomsoever, shall keep the same in any vessl or thing, except said tin canisters, the person or persons guilty thereof, shall, for each and every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars, to be recovered and appropriated as aforesaid.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1798
  • Text: § 3. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall, at any time hereafter, fire any gun or pistol in any of the streets, roads, lanes, buildings, or from any of the walls or fences thereto contiguous, and within the compact part of said town, without justifiable cause, such person or persons shall upon complaint and conviction thereof as aforesaid, pay a fine not less than two dollars nor more than four dollars for the first offense, and the sum of four dollars for each and every subsequent offence, to be paid and appropriated as aforesaid.
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1819
  • Text: § 3. That if any person or persons shall, at any time hereafter, fire any gun or pistol in any of the streets, roads, lanes, buildings, or from any of the walls or fences thereto contiguous, and within the compact part of said town, without justifiable cause, such person or persons shall upon complaint and conviction thereof as aforesaid pay a fine not less than two dollars nor more than four dollars for the first offense and the sum of four dollars for each and every subsequent offense, to be paid and appropriated as aforesaid.
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1820
  • Text: An Act Regulating the Storage, Safe Keeping and Transportation of Gunpowder in the Town of Providence, (1821) § 2. And be it further enacted, That is shall not be lawful for any person or persons to sell any gunpowder which may at the time be within the town of Providence in any quantity, by wholesale or retail, without first having obtained from the town council of said town a license to sell gunpowder; and every such license shall be written or printed, and signed by the president of said council or their clerk, on a paper upon which shall be written or printed a copy of this act; and every such license shall be in force for one year from the date thereof, unless annulled by said council, and no longer; but such license may, prior to the expiration of that time, be renewed, by endorsement thereon, for a further term of one year, and so from year to year: provided, always, that the said town council may annul any such license, if in their opinion the person or persons licensed have forfeited the right of using the same by any violation of the law relative thereto; and every person who shall receive a license as aforesaid shall pay therefor the sum of five dollars, and on having the same renewed shall pay therefor the sum of one dollar, which shall be paid to the clerk of said council, for their use, for the purpose of defraying the expense of carrying this act into execution. § 3. And be it further enacted, That any person or persons who shall keep, have, possess or transport any gunpowder within the town of Providence, contrary to the provisions of this act, or who shall sell any gunpowder therein, without having a license therefor, then in force, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not less than twenty dollars, and not exceeding five hundred dollars, for each and every offence; and if any gunpowder kept contrary to the provisions of this act shall explode in any shop, store, dwelling-house, ware-house or other building, or in any place in said town, the occupant, tenant or owner of which has not a license in force to keep and sell gunpowder therein, or which gunpowder shall have been kept in a manner contrary to the terms and conditions of such license, such occupant tenant or owner shall forfeit and pay a fine of not less than twenty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars. . . § 6. And be it further enacted, That the said firewards, or any of them, may enter the store or place of any person or persons licensed to sell gunpowder, to examine and ascertain whether the laws relating thereto are strictly observed; and also whenever there may be an alarm or fire; and in such last case may cause the powder there deposited to be removed to a place of safety, or to be destroyed by wetting or otherwise, as the exigency of the case may require; and it shall be lawful for any one or more of the firewards aforesaid to enter any dwelling house, store, building or other place in said town to search for gunpowder which they may have reason to suspect to be concealed or unlawfully kept therein; first having obtained from some justice of the peace of said town a search warrant therefor; which warrant any one of the justices of said town is hereby respectively authorized to issue, upon the complaint of such fireward or firewards, supported by his or their oath or affirmation. . . And be it further enacted, That all persons who wish have a license to keep and sell gunpowder within the town shall make application to the town council in writing, stating the place of business and whether they wish to sell by wholesale or retail, or both; and to each person or firm who may be approbated, a certificate of license shall be granted, on payment of the fee established by law. § 14. And be it further enacted, That every person or firm who may be licensed to sell gunpowder by retail, shall be allowed to keep in the place or building designated in the license, twenty-five pounds of gunpowder, and no more, at one time, which shall always be kept in tin or copper canisters, capable of containing no more than twelve and a half pounds each with a small aperture at the top, and a tin or copper cover thereto. § 15. And be it further enacted, That every person or firm who may be licensed to sell gunpowder by wholesale, shall provide and keep a tine or copper chest, with two handles and a tight cover, furnished with a hinge, and secured with a padlock, all of tin or copper chest, with two handles and a tight cover furnished with a hinge and secured padlock, all of tin or copper; such chest shall always be kept on the lower floor, on the right side of and close to the principal door or entrance from the street into the building so licensed, except when otherwise designated by the council and shall always be kept locked, except when powder is put in or taken out; and such person or firm, so licensed shall be allowed to deposit and keep, in such tin or copper chest, a quantity of gunpowder not exceeding four casks of twenty-five pounds each; the heads of each cask not to be opened, and each cask to be kept in a strong leather bag, closely tied and marked as aforesaid. § 16. And be it further enacted, that every person or firm licensed to keep and sell gunpowder as aforesaid, by wholesale or retail, shall have and keep a signboard placed over the door or building in which such powder is kept, on which shall be painted in Roman capitals the words “Licensed to sell Gunpowder”
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1821
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