Monday, February 21, 2011

February 29, 1776

The year 1776 was a Leap Year. On Feb. 29, 1776, the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety passed a resolution, published in the March 2 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post:

Whereas many persons have been employed in purchasing Fire Arms in order to carry them into other provinces, and as a practice of this kind may be of pernicious consequence unless they are intended to be employed in such places, as from their situation are exposed to the danger of an attack, of which this Committee in this case reserve to themselves a right of judging, therefore

Resolved, That no person or persons whatever, do presume to purchase or carry out of this province any Fire Arms without application to, and license from this Committee being first obtained.
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