by William D. Welge, CA
With the recent tragic events in Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, regarding automatic weapons and the like, it is interesting to note that in October 1867, the Chickasaw National Legislature proposed and passed an act, “prohibiting the carrying of arms in places of public gatherings.”
“Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Chickasaw Nation, that from and after the first day of Jan. 1868, It shall be unlawful for any person or persons except for Sheriffs and Constables and any other person summoned by them…to make arrests to carry arms into any Congregation, preaching, Meeting of Legislature, Ball Playing, Tonsh-pish-opha, Election or any other public meeting in the Chickasaw Nation. And any person or persons violating this Act shall be fined not less than one dollar, nor more than twenty-five dollars for each and every offense on conviction of the court having jurisdiction.”
See Chickasaw Volume 22 on Microcopy CKN 4.