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CRIMINAL STATUTES.

60 GEO. III. and 1 GEO. IV. c. 1.

An Act to prevent the training of Persons to the
Use of Arms, and to the Practice of Military
Evolutions and Exercise.

[11th December, 1819.] WHEREAS in some parts of the united kingdom, men clandestinely and unlawfully assembled, have practised military training and exercise, to the great terror and alarm of his majesty's peaceable and loyal subjects, and the imminent danger of the public peace: be it therefore enacted by the king's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That Meetings for all meetings and assemblies of persons for the of being purpose of training or drilling themselves, or of of practising being trained or drilled, to the use of arms, or for military exthe purpose of practising military exercise, move- hibited. ments, or evolutions, without any lawful authority from his majesty, or the lieutenant or two justices of the peace of any county or riding, or of any stewartry, by commission or otherwise, for so doing, shall be and the same are hereby pro

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hibited, as dangerous to the peace and security of his majesty's liege subjects and of his government; and every person who shall be present at or attend any such meeting or assembly, for the purpose of training and drilling any other person or persons to the use of arms, or the practice of military exercise, movements, or evolutions, or who shall train or drill any other person or persons to the use of arms, or the practice of military exercise, movements, or evolutions, or who shall aid or assist therein, being legally convicted thereof, shall be liable to be transported for any prisonment. term not exceeding seven years, or to be punished by imprisonment not exceeding two years, at the discretion of the court in which such conviction Attending to shall be had; and every person who shall attend or be present at any such meeting or assembly as aforesaid, for the purpose of being, or who shall at any such meeting or assembly be trained or drilled to the use of arms, or the practice of military exercise, movements, or evolutions, being fine and im- legally convicted thereof, shall be liable to he punished by fine and imprisonment not exceeding two years, at the discretion of the court in which such conviction shall be had.

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II. And be it further enacted, That it shall be may disperse lawful for any justice of the peace, or for any ings, and ar- constable or peace officer, or for any other person acting in their aid or assistance, to disperse any such unlawful meeting or assembly as aforesaid, and to arrest and detain any person present at, or aiding, assisting, or abetting any such as

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