In South Carolina
, it was against the law to go out of doors without a weapon as stated in, "The Statutes at Large of South Carolina: Edited Under Authority of the Legislature," on page 418:
"who shall be at any such Church, or any other places of public worship, as aforesaid, shall come and resort without his gun or a pair of horse pistols, and ammunition, as aforesaid..." (it goes on to state that the Church-Wardens will inform said parties that they are in violation of the law and that they shall be fined.)
The fine was twenty shillings for each act of coming outside without a weapon...
, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619," states on page 127
24. "That no man go or send abroad without a sufficient partie will be armed."
25. "That men not go to worke in the ground without their arms and a (centinell upon them.)"
The U.S. Militia Act of 1792
, Chapter XXXIII, Section 1," which states:
"That every citizen so enrolled and notified, shall within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet, and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch with a box therein to contain not less than twenty-four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball."