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  • Text: Section I. Whereas the welfare and happiness of the good people of this commonwealth, do, next under God, entirely depend upon the maintaining and supporting the independence and sovereignty of the state, as declared by congress Sect. 2. Be it therefore enacted . . . That all male white inhabitants of this state above the age of eighteen years, who have not hiterhto taken the oath or affirmation mentioned and appointed to be taken in the act of assembly . . . shall, on or before the first day of June next, take and subscribe the same in manner and form as by the said act is directed; and that every such person neglecting to take the said oath or affirmation, shall, during the time of such neglect, be liable to all the disabilities, incapacities and penalties to which to which they are subjected by the said act; and also shall be disabled, from and after the said day, to sue or use any action, bill, plaint or information, in course of law, or to prosecute any suit in equity or otherwise howsoever, or to be gaurdian of the person or estate of any child, or executor or administrator of any person, or capabale of any legacy or deed of gift, or to make any will or testament, and moreover shall be liable and compelled to pay double the taxes, which another person of equal estate, who has taken such oath or affirmation, shall be rated or assessed at . . . Sect. 3. And be it further enacted, that all trustees, provosts, rectors, professors, masters and tutors of any college or academy, and all schoolmasters and ushers; merchants and traders; and every person who shall act as serjeant at law, counsellor at law, barrister, advocate, attorney, solicitor, proctor, clerk or notary, by practicing in any manner as such in any court or courts whatsoever; apothecary or druggist, and very person practicing physic or surgery in any manner for fee or reward; who shall at any time after the first day of June next, be admitted into or enter upon any of the beforementioned preferments, offices or places, or shall come into any such capacity, or shall take upon him or them any such practice, employment, or business as aforesaid, without having first taken and subscribed the beforementioned oath or affirmation, he or they shall be ipso facto adjudged incapable an disabled in law, to all intents and purposes whatsoever, to have, occupy or enjoy the said preferment or preferments, office or offices, employment or employments, or any part of them, or any matter or thing aforesaid, or any profit or advantage appertaining to them, or any of them; and every such office or place of trust shall be void, and is hereby adjudged void . . . Sect. 5. And be it further enacted, That every such person who shall refuse or neglect to take the oath or affirmation before mentioned on or before the said first day of June next, and shall refuse or neglect to deliver up his arms to the lieutenant, or one of the sublieutenants, of the city or county where he inhabits, on or before the tenth day of June next, or who shall, from and after the same day last mentioned, carry any arms about his person or keep any arms or ammunition in his house or elsewhere, shall forfeit the said arms and ammunition to the state . . . Sect. 10 And be it further enacted, That the act, intitled "an Act obliging the male white inhabitants of this state to give assurances of allegiance to the same, and for other purposes therein mentioned," enacted the thirteenth day of June last, and the supplement thereto, enacted the twelfth day of Octobor last, and every clause, matter and thing therein contained, except for such parts thereof as are by this act altered, amended or supplied, shall be and remain in full force and effect; any thing herein contained to the contrary nothwithstanding.
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1778
  • 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: [I]f any person or persons whomsoever shall be known to hunt in this state on the Sabbath with a dog or dogs, or shall be found off of their premises on the Sabbath, having with him or them a shot-gun, rifle or pistol, he or they shall be subject to indictment; and, upon conviction, shall pay a fine not to exceed fifty dollars at the discretion of the Court, two-thirds of such fine to enure to the benefit of the free public schools in the County of which such convict is a resident, the remainder to the informant.
    Jurisdiction: North Carolina
    Year: 1868
  • Text: . . . or shall be found off their premises on the Sabbath, having with him or them a shot-gun, rifle or pistol, he or they shall be subject to indictment; and upon conviction, shall pay a fine not to exceed fifty dollars at the discretion of the Court, two-thirds of such fine to ensure to the benefit of the free public schools in the County of which such convict is a resident, the remainder to the informant.
    Jurisdiction: North Carolina
    Year: 1868
  • Text: An Act Regulating the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Art. 6511. If any person shall go into any church or religious assembly, any school-room or other place where persons are assembled for educational, literary, or scientific purposes, or into a ball room, social party, or other social gathering, composed of ladies and gentleman, or to any election precinct on the day or days of any election, where any portion of the people of this state are collected to vote at any election, or to any other place where people may be assembled to muster or to perform any other public duty, or any other public assembly, and shall have about his person a bowie-knife, dirk, or butcher-knife, or fire-arms, whether known as a six shooter, gun, or pistol of any kind, such person so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not less than fifty or more than five hundred dollars, at the discretion of the court or jury trying the same: Provided, That nothing contained in this section shall apply to locations subject to Indian depredations: And provided further, That this act shall not apply to any person or persons whose duty it is to bear arms on such occasions in discharge of duties imposed by law.
    Jurisdiction: Texas
    Year: 1870
  • Text: That if any person shall go into any church or religious assembly, any school room or other place where persons are assembled for educational, literary or scientific purposes, or into a ballroom, social party or other social gathering composed of ladies and gentlemen, or to any election precinct on the day or days of any election, where any portion of the people of this State are collected to vote at any election, or to any other place where people may be assembled to muster or to perform any other public duty, or any other public assembly, and shall have about his person a bowie-knife, dirk or butcher-knife, or fire-arms, whether known as a six shooter, gun or pistol of any kind, such person so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not less than fifty or more than five hundred dollars, at the discretion of the court or jury trying the same. . .
    Jurisdiction: Texas
    Year: 1870
  • Text: An Act for the Protection of Wild Game and Insectiverous Birds, # 1286, § 5. It shall not be lawful for any person to kill, ensnare or trap in the enclosure of any other person, any elk, deer, antelope, mountain sheep, or any game whatsoever at any time, without the consent of the proprietor or owner of said enclosure, or enter such enclosure with a gun for the purpose of hunting, without the consent of the owner. Any one violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars, and not less than twenty-five dollars for every such offense so committed; said fine shall be paid into the school fund of the county in which said offense was committed, and in case of refusal or neglect of any person so convicted, to pay the fine above the stated, he shall be confined in the county jail one day for every three dollars thereof, until said fine shall be discharged.
    Subject: Hunting
    Jurisdiction: Colorado
    Year: 1877
  • Text: [A]ny student of any university, college or school, who shall carry concealed, in whole or in part, any weapon of the kind or description in the first section of this Act described, or any teacher, instructor, or professor who shall, knowingly, suffer or permit any such weapon to be carried by any student or pupil, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction, be fined not exceeding three hundred dollars, and if the fine and costs are not paid, condemned to hard labor under the direction of the board of supervisors or of the court.
    Jurisdiction: Mississippi
    Year: 1878
  • Text: Hereafter it shall be unlawful for any person in this State, except he be a sheriff or other officer, in the discharge of official duty to discharge or fire off any gun, pistol or fire-arms of any description in the immediate vicinity of any court house, church or building used for school or college purposes.
    Jurisdiction: Missouri
    Year: 1879
  • Text: Carrying Concealed Weapons, § 2986. It shall not be lawful for any person to sell to any minor or person intoxicated knowing him to a a minor or in a state of intoxication, any weapons of the kind or description in the foregoing section described, or any pistol cartridge and on conviction he shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars, and if the fine and costs are not paid, be condemned to hard labor under the direction of the board of supervisors or of the court not exceeding six months. § 2987. Any father who shall knowingly suffer or permit any minor son under the age of sixteen years to carry concealed, in whole or in part, any person of the kind or description in the forgoing section described, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars, nor more than two hundred dollars, and if the fine and costs are not paid, shall be condemned to hard labor as provided in the proceeding section. § 2988. Any student of any university, college, or school, who shall carry concealed, in whole or in part, any weapon of the kind or description in the foregoing section described, or any teacher, instructor or professor who shall knowingly, suffer or permit any such weapon to be carried by any student or pupil, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction be fined not exceeding three hundred dollars, and if the fine and costs are not paid, be condemned to hard labor as above provided.
    Jurisdiction: Mississippi
    Year: 1880
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