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"An ACT to arm the militia of certain towns" (1801)

In "An ACT to arm the militia of certain towns," passed on January 21, 1801, the General Assembly directs the governor to issue arms to the militias of specific towns. This came in wake of Gabriel's Conspiracy (1800).

Transcription from Original

1. Be it enacted by the general assembly, That the governor, with the advice of council, be authorized, and he is hereby required to issue, without delay, arms and accoutrements to the militia residing in the towns of Richmond, Manchester, Petersburg, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, York, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Falmouth, Port Royal, Dumfries and Lynchburg, in such proportions as the executive shall deem expedient, provided that the whole number distributed shall not exceed two thousand, out of any arms and accoutrements not already directed by law to be distributed, under the regulations prescribed by the act, intituled, "An act concerning the militia of this commonwealth," passed the twenty-eighth day of January, one thousand eight hundred.

2. This act shall commence and be in force from and after the passing thereof.