Actes of Parliament remaining of force, which included the tenets of the Statute of Northampton to prohibit the carrying of Dagges
, Pistolles, and such like, not only in Cities and Townes, [but] in all partes of the Realme in common high[ways], whereby her Majesties good qu[i]et people, desirous to live in peaceable manner, are in feare and danger of their lives.
According to Boothroyd, "Heavy powerful pistols were also known as 'dagges
' or 'dags' in England and to a lesser extent in Germany, but the origin of this term is unknown and it was little used after the sixteenth century." (6)
(140.) By the Quenne Elizabeth I: A Proclamation Against Common Use of Dagges
, Handgunnes, Harquebuzes, Calliuers, and Cotes of Defence 1 (1579).