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  • Text: The King [to the Justices of his Bench,] sendeth Greeting, Whereas of late before certain Persons deputed to treat upon sundry debates had between Us and certain great Men of our Realm, amongst other things it was accorded, That in our next Parliament after, Provisoin [shall] be made by Us, and the common assent of the prelates, Earls, and Barons, that in all Parliaments, [Treatises,] and other assemblies, which should be made in the Realm of England [ for ever] that every Man shall come without all Force and Armour, well and peaceably, to the Honour of Us, and the Peace of Us and our Realm; and now in our next Parliament at Westminster, after the said Treatise, the Prelates, Earls, Barons, and the Commonalty of our Realm, there assembled [to take] Advice of this Business, have said, that to us it belongeth, and our part is, through our Royal Seigniory, straitly to defend [Force] of Armour, and all other Force against our Peace, at all Times when it shall please Us, and to punish them which shall do contrary, according tou [our] Laws and Usages of our Realm; and (") hereunto they are bound to aid Us as their Sovereign Lord at all Seasons, when need shall be: We command you, that ye cause these thangs to be read afore you in the said [Bench,"] and there to be enrolled. Given at Westminster, the thirtieth day of October. *Note* text in brackets in original.
    Jurisdiction: English Law
    Year: 1313
  • 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 of Plymouth Colony (1656). And likewise that no Indian shall discharge any gun on the Lords day at any thing to the breach of the Sabbath and disturbance of the English; as they will answer it at their peril.
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1656
  • Text: Colony Laws. § 4. Be it also enacted by the authority of this court, that no masters of ships, or seamen, having their vessels riding within any of our harbors in this jurisdiction, shall presume to drink healths, or suffer any healths to be drunk within their vessels by day or night, or to shoot off any gun after the daylight is past, or on the sabbath day, on penalty for every health twenty shillings, and for every gun so shot twenty shillings.
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1663
  • Text: Province Laws. An Act for Putting the Milita of this Province into a Readiness for Defense of the Same. § 3. Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that no person or persons whatsoever in any town or garrison, shall during the time of war, or of keeping a military watch in such town or garrison, presume to discharge or shoot off any gun or guns after the sun’s setting or before the sun’s rising, unless in case of alarm, approach of an enemy, or other necessary defense, on pain that every person, so offending, and being thereof convicted before one or more of his majesty’s justices of the peace, shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty shillings for each gun so discharged, on moiety thereof to and for the use of the poor of the town where the offence shall be committed, and the other moiety to him or them that shall inform or prosecute for the same...
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1700
  • Text: Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall presume, at any time after the sixteenth day of November, in this present year on thousand seven hundred and twenty one, to carry any gun or hunt on the improved or inclosed lands of any plantation other than his own, unless he have license or permission from the owner of such lands or plantation, and shall thereof convicted ether upon view of any justice of the peace within this province, or by the oath or affirmation of any one or more witnesses, before any justice of the peace, he shall for every such offense forfeit the sum of ten shillings. And if any person whatsoever, who is not owner of of fifty acres of land and otherwise qualified in the same manners as persons are or ought to be by the laws of this province for electing of members to serve in assembly, shall at any time, after the said Sixteenth day of November, carry any gun, or hunt in the woods or inclosed lands, without license or permission obtained from the owner or owners of such lands, and shall be thereof convicted in manner aforesaid, such offender shall forfeit and pay the sum of five shillings.
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1721
  • Text: Malicious Mischief. § 13. And whereas an ill custom has prevailed in this province, of firing guns in the night time; for the prevention thereof for the future, Be it enacted, That if any person shall fire or shoot off any gun or pistol in the night time after dark and before day light, without necessity, every such person shall forfeit the sum of forty shillings current money, for each gun so fired as aforesaid; to be recovered by warrant from any one justice of the peace of the county where the offence is committed, according to the direction of the act for the trial of small and mean causes, and shall be paid to the church wardens of the parish where the offence shall be committed, for the use of the poor of said parish.
    Jurisdiction: South Carolina
    Year: 1740
  • Text: [T]hat if any Person or Persons shall presume, at any Time after the Publication hereof, to carry any Gun, or hunt on the improved or inclosed Lands in any Plantation, other than his own unless he have Licence or Permission from the Owner of such Lands or Plantation . . . And if any person whatsoever, who is not owner of one hundred acres of land, or otherwise qualified, in the same manner as persons are or ought to be electing representatives to serve in general assembly shall at any time after the publication hereof, carry any gun, or hunt in the woods or unenclosed lands, without license or permission obtained from the owner or owners of such lands . . . such offender shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten shillings.
    Jurisdiction: New Jersey
    Year: 1741
  • Text: [N]o person or persons whatever in any town or garrison within this province, shall during the time of war, or of keeping a military watch in such town or garrison, presume to discharge or shoot off any gun or guns after sun-setting, or before the sun's-rising, unless in case of alarm, approach of an enemy, or other necessary defense; on pain that every person so offending, and being thereof convicted before one or more of his Majesty's justices of the peace for this province, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five shillings, for each gun so discharged; one moiety thereof to the use of the poor of the town where the offence is committed, and the other moiety to him or them that shall inform or prosecute for the same. And if such offender shall not be able to pay the said fine, then he shall be set in the stocks by the space of two hours.
    Jurisdiction: New Hampshire
    Year: 1759
  • Text: Ordinances of Philadelphia, Act of April 9, 1760, § 7. No person whatsoever shall presume to shoot at, or kill with a fire arm, any pigeon, dove, partridge, or other fowl, in the open streets of the city of Philadelphia, or in the gardens, orchards and inclosures, adjoining upon and belonging to any of the dwelling-houses within the limits of the said city, or suburbs thereof, or any of the boroughs or towns within this province, upon the forfeiture of forty shillings for every such offence, to be convicted in manner aforesaid. – [That is, upon the view of any justice of the peace, or by the oath or affirmation of any one or more witnesses, before any justice of the peace. The penalty, in the latter case, to be one half to the informer, and the other to the overseers of the poor; in the former case, the whole to the overseers of the poor; to be levied by distress of the offenders goods, and for want of such distress, the offender to be imprisoned twenty days.]
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1760
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