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  • Text: Ordinances of Chicago, § 1264. No person shall keep, sell or give away any gunpowder or gun-cotton in any quantity, without permission in writing, signed by the mayor and city clerk, and sealed with the corporate seal, under a penalty of twenty-five dollars for every offense: Provided, any person may keep for his own use a quantity of gunpowder or guncotton not exceeding one pound. . . § 1271. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to carry or convey any gunpowder or guncotton (exceeding fifty pounds in quantity) through any street, alley, highway or road in the city, or within one miles of the limits thereof, in any cart, carriage, wagon, dray or wheelbarrow, or otherwise, unless the said gunpowder or guncotton be secured in tight cases or kegs well headed and hooped, and put into and entirely covered with a good tight and substantial leather bag sufficient to prevent the same from being spilled or scattered or unless the same is put into a well covered and perfectly water tight box, the bottom and sides which shall be completely covered with zinc, or unless such gunpowder or guncotton be secured in water tight patent metallic cases or kegs. . . § 1275. Any person or persons, corporation or corporations, violating any of the provisions of sections (storage, manufacturing and sale §§) shall be subject to a fine of not less than fifty dollars, and not exceeding two hundred dollars, for each and every offense, and each and every day that gunpowder or guncotton shall be kept in any place contrary to any provision of this article shall constitute a violation thereof. § 1276. No vessel laden in whole or in part with gunpowder or guncotton shall land 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 discharge such gunpowder or guncotton 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 than twenty dollars, and not exceeding one hundred dollars.
    Jurisdiction: Illinois
    Year: 1881
  • Text: Any person who shall be found in or upon any street, alley or public ground within said city, or within any saloon, shop, store, grocery, hall, church, school house, barn, building or other place within said city . . . shall use toward or in the presence of another, violent or insulting language or be guilty of any breach of the peace, or firing of any gun or pistol, or fighting or threatening to fight, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by fine not exceeding twenty-five ($25) dollars and costs of prosecution, or imprisonment in the county jail not more than ninety days, or both, in the discretion of the court.
    Jurisdiction: Wisconsin
    Year: 1883
  • Text: If any person shall carry concealed, upon or about his person, any deadly or dangerous weapon, or shall go into any church or place where people have assembled for religious worship, or into any school room or place where people are assembled for educational, literary or social purposes, or to any election precinct on any election day, or into any court room during the sitting of court, or into any other public assemblage of persons met for any lawful purpose other than for militia drill or meetings called under the militia law of this state, having upon or about his person any kind of fire arms, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, or other deadly weapon, or shall in the presence of one or more persons shall exhibit any such weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner, or shall have or carry any such weapon upon or about his person when intoxicated or under the influence of intoxicating drinks, or shall directly or indirectly sell or deliver, loan or barter to any minor any such weapon, without the consent of the parent or guardian of such minor, he shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
    Jurisdiction: Missouri
    Year: 1883
  • Text: Ordered, that any person in the Corporation carrying about his person, concealed from public view, any pistol, dirk, razor, or any like weapon or other weapons, shall be fined not exceeding $20.00 for each offense, and the said pistol, dirk, razor, or such like weapon so found, shall be confiscated by the Mayor and sold at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and the proceeds turned over to the School Fund of the Corporation.
    Jurisdiction: Virginia
    Year: 1884
  • Text: Every person in this territory having, carrying, or procuring from another person, any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, pistol, gun, or other deadly weapon, who shall in the presence of one or more persons, draw or exhibit any of said deadly weapons in a rude or angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self defense, or who shall in any manner unlawfully use the same in any fight or quarrel, the person or persons so offending, upon conviction thereof in any criminal court in any county in this territory shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not less than one month nor more than three months, at the discretion of the court, or by both such fine and imprisonment, together with the costs of prosecution, which said costs shall in all cases be computed and collected in the same manner as costs in civil cases; and all fines and forfeitures arising under the provisions of this act shall be paid into the county treasury for school purposes: Provided, that no sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, marshal, or other peace officer, shall be held to answer, under the provisions of this act, for drawing or exhibiting any of the weapons hereinbefore mentioned while in the lawful discharge of his or their duties.
    Subject: Brandishing
    Jurisdiction: Montana
    Year: 1885
  • Text: That it shall not be lawful to sell, hire or loan to any person under the age of fifteen years any gun, pistol, toy pistol, or other fire-arms; or for any person under the age of fifteen years to purchase, barter or exchange any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other fire-arms; nor for any person under the age of fifteen years to carry, fire or use any gun, pistol, toy pistol or other fire-arms, except in the presence of his father or guardian, or for the purpose of military drill in accordance with the rules of a school.
    Jurisdiction: New Jersey
    Year: 1885
  • Text: Carrying of Concealed Weapons. That it shall be unlawful for any person, except officers of the peace and night-watches legitimately employed as such, to go armed with a dirk, dagger, sword, pistol, air-gun, stiletto, metallic knuckes, pocket-billie, sand-bag, skull-cracker, slung-shot, razor, or other offensive and dangerous weapon or instrument concealed upon his person.
    Jurisdiction: Michigan
    Year: 1887
  • Text: Crimes and Punishment. § 7. It shall be unlawful for any person, except a peace officer, to carry into any church or religious assembly, any school room or other place where persons are assembled for public worship, for amusement, or for educational or scientific purposes, or into any circus, show or public exhibition of any kind, or into any ball room, or to any party or social gathering, or to any election, or to any place where intoxicating liquors are sold, or to any political convention, or to any other public assembly, any of the weapons designated in sections one and two of this article.
    Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
    Year: 1890
  • Text: Concealed Weapons, § 1. 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. §2. It shall be unlawful for any person in this territory of Oklahoma, to carry upon or about his person any pistol, revolver, bowie knife, dirk knife, loaded cane, billy, metal knuckles, or any other offensive or defensive weapon, except as in this article provided. § 4. Public officers while in the discharge of their duties or while going from their homes to their place of duty, or returning therefrom, shall be permitted to carry arms, but at no other time and under no other circumstances: Provided, however That if any public officer be found carrying such arms while under the influence of intoxicating drinks, he shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this article as though he were a private person. § 5. Persons shall be permitted to carry shot-guns or rifles for the purpose of hunting, having them repaired, or for killing animals, or for the purpose of using the same in public muster or military drills, or while travelling or removing from one place to another, and not otherwise. §6. Any person violating the provisions of any one of the forgoing sections, shall on the first conviction be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than fifty dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed thirty days or both at the discretion of the court. On the second and every subsequent conviction, the party offending shall on conviction be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars or be imprisoned in the county jail not less than thirty days nor more than three months or both, at the discretion of the court. § 7. It shall be unlawful for any person, except a peace officer, to carry into any church or religious assembly, any school room or other place wehre persons are assembled for public worship, for amusement, or for educational or scientific purposes, or into any circus, show or public exhibition of any kind, or inot any ball room, or to any social party or social gathering, or to any election, or to any place where intoxicating liquors are sold, or to any political convention, or to any other public assembly, any of hte weapons designated in sections one and two of this article. § 8. It shall be unlawful for any person in this territory to carry or wear any deadly weapons or dangerous instrument whatsoever, openly or secretly, with the intent or for the avowed purpose of injuring his fellow man. § 9. It shall be unlawful for any person to point any pistol or any other deadly weapon whether loaded or not, at any other person or persons either in anger or otherwise. § 10. Any person violating the provisions of section seven, eight, or nine of this article; shall on conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars, nor more than five hundred and shall be imprisoned in the county jail for not less than three nor more than twelve months.
    Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
    Year: 1891
  • Text: Ordinances of the City of Huntsville, An Ordinance in Relation to Carrying Deadly Weapons, § 1. If within the city any person shall carry concealed upon or about his person any deadly or dangerous weapon, or shall go into any church or place where people have assembled for religious worship, or into any school room or place where people are assembled for educational, literary or social purposes, or to any election precinct on any election day, or into any court room during the sitting of court, or into any other public assemblage of persons met for any lawful purpose other than for militia drill or meetings called under militia law of the state, having upon or about his person any kind of fire arms, bowie-knife, dirk, dagger, sling-shot, or other deadly weapon or shall in the presence of one or more persons exhibit any such weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner, or shall have or carry any such weapon upon or about his person when intoxicated or under the influence of intoxicating drinks, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five nor more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the city prison not exceeding thirty days nor less than five days or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, the Mayor may grant permission to any person to discharge gun, pistol or other firearms under the proper circumstances shown to him. § 2. The next preceding section shall not apply to police officers, nor to any officer or person whose duty it is to exercise process or warrants, or to suppress breaches of the peace or to make arrests, nor to persons moving or travelling peaceably through this state; and it shall be good defense to the charge of carrying such weapon, if the defendant shall show that he has been threatened with great bodily harm, or had good reason to carry the same in the necessary defense of his home, person or property.
    Jurisdiction: Missouri
    Year: 1894
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