QUESTION: Is it possible by law that I can carry a sword with me in public to protect myself? If so, what about hidden swords? (e.g. tube swords)P.S. I live in New Jersey in the United States and I am over 18 years old. I know there are permits that allow me to carry a gun, and I really don`t know anything about that with swords. But logically, if I get permission to carry a shotgun in public, I should also be able to get one for swords, right? (if the thing about where I live or am over 18 is too much information, please forgive me) ANSWER: Hello, well, I am not a lawyer and I do not know the specific laws of your state. But the general rule is that this is not a good idea. There are quite a few groups that want to ban swords, and all they need is a few incidents of people using them to defend themselves (or worse, for insults), and they suddenly have a lot more weight to add to the argument. A crime scene where someone was killed by a gun is bad enough, but a sword is much bloodier, and using multiple cuts on an attacker can result in you being charged with murder, as prosecutors could argue that you deliberately tried to kill your opponent and that this is no longer self-defense. There`s also the fact that bringing a sword to a shootout is pretty much suicide, so if you can carry a gun for self-defense, it`s by far a better option — not just for your own survival, but for the hobby as a whole.
Attention,- Paul You address one of the great topics in this area. It never goes to court because people don`t and when they do, they are rarely cited or arrested. You need a case to contest and plenty of money for lawyers (or a pro bono lawyer to do it for their own reasons). He just didn`t invent swords, as far as I know. But if you dream of wandering around like a modern ronin, you should first consider some legal tips. Depending on where you are in the United States, you may want to check local regulations before attaching your other weapons. Seriously, this site is We Are The Mighty, not We Are The Lawyers – so check out those laws. Few Americans walk around with swords — at least not as many who want to carry guns. However, I`m not sure you would have to hide it legally. Washington state football coach Mike Leach announced that he was using a Viking battle axe for home defense instead of his guns.
It is legal to carry any type of weapon in Washington state as long as it is “not carried in a manner that could alarm others.” There are some places where the new law will not apply – including schools, prisons, hospitals, amusement parks or places of worship. Long blades are still prohibited at sporting events. And you can`t bring your sword to a bar either. However, the tiny colored plastic you stick on a cocktail is less than 5.5 inches, so these are still fine. And like their shorter cousins – knives – swords generally fall under state laws that prohibit the carrying of bladed weapons over a certain length. However, the law may be different depending on whether the blade is sheathed or not. Here are some examples of government: As we all know by now, the Second Amendment protects the right of American citizens to bear arms. In 48 states and territories, it is also legal for Americans to carry their weapons outdoors, in public and in sight. While these “open carry” laws allow users to carry different firearms, not all firearms are allowed. Some non-firearms are legal for open carrying, others are not as legal. Open Carry is a little different.
People openly carry hunting and fishing knives and even swords related to harassment and the like. But openly carrying something like a sword or bayonet, or even a machete without proper context, could and probably would lead to scrutiny by law enforcement. If you are on a farm clearing land with a machete, no problem. If you have one attached to your hip when you walk through the mall – problem. In my state, you can open any blade that is legally possessed. They can only secretly exploit private property. Those who love fencing may want to carry a sword, sword, or aluminum foil, but even if it is wrapped, it may be illegal to carry it on you in public. The same goes for any other martial arts weapon that looks like a sword. Depending on your state and local laws, it may be best to store these blades in the recreational area where you practice. In Montana, it is legal to openly carry any firearm that is legal to possess. So, throwing knives, lightsabers, ninja stars, you name it: anything not expressly prohibited by state jurisdiction or legislation is fair play.
Crazy, ninjas in Montana! In California, every solid blade must be sheathed. But it`s not just legal to openly carry a sheathed sword, it`s the law. Any type of hiding place for bladed weapons is an administrative offence. Edged weapons in most states where they are legally carried are generally illegal if they are larger than five inches. Concealed blades, such as tube swords, are still illegal. Texas now joins Montana and Oklahoma. Both have passed laws lifting their ban on certain bladed weapons, including swords. In North Carolina, it`s pretty easy to get a hidden gun license to carry a hidden handgun. Take a course.
Take a minimum of extreme close-ups. Pay a fee. Get a background check. Passport and obtain a concealed carrying permit only for handguns. Strangely, there is no mechanism by which one can legally carry a concealed bladed weapon other than an “ordinary pocket knife” (anyway, and AFAIK, it has never been legally defined if it is an ordinary one-handed opening knife, as worn by just about everyone these days, or limited to sliding joints without bolts or thumb rivets). Because Sikh religious practices sometimes require the use of a kirpan, a small sword used in religious practices. Because the bladed gun is between three and nine inches long, it can be illegal in most states, but many state courts and lawmakers have concluded that it violates the religious rights of Sikhs. The U.S. military allows Sikhs to carry bladed weapons in uniform.
While it may be legal in some circumstances, carrying a sword in public is generally illegal. If you are facing firearms charges, you should speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. In Florida, it`s legal if you have a hidden gun license. Without a permit, you can only carry “regular pocket knives” (basically anything that is not a switch blade) with a blade smaller than 4 inches. If you don`t wear a wooden and stone tomahawk (in which case, you should also wear a Native American headdress and travel with a construction worker, a policeman, and a cowboy), then a tomahawk is actually a pretty popular weapon. Combat tomahawks are legal to possess in most states that allow a solid blade, with the exception of Colorado. Texas prohibits “any hand instrument intended to cut or stab another by throwing it.” In California, you should be on your way to a re-enactment or camping while holding your tomahawk, otherwise the law can give you a headache. In fact, swords, spears, daggers, sabers, Bowie knives and machetes are all perfectly good to carry. Almost everything you can get out in a Dungeons & Dragons battle is fair play. The perfect tool for melting snow and killing insects is now commercially available in 48 states and legal for open clothing. What for? Because it runs on good old 87 octane gasoline. Homemade flamethrowers were previously regulated according to the fuel used.
Now, nothing can stop you from going to work in this deep February snow. If someone tries to stop you, just stick it with the pointed end. I know it varies from state to state, but it seems like most places where you can own and carry a gun (sometimes even hidden). Are there the same laws for knives? What about shurikens, crossbows and so on? If not, why? “We will not stop until Texas is as free as everyone thinks,” the group wrote in a statement on its website. “It doesn`t make criminals people who don`t intend to create some kind of criminal act,” Frullo told CNN Spectrum News in Austin at the time. Knife Rights, a national advocacy group, supported the legislation, but said there was still a way to defeat “the last remaining restrictions on small knives in Texas.” It is illegal for a person to intentionally and intentionally conceal a Bowie knife, dagger, gunshot, loaded stick, American fists, razor, shurikin, stun gun or other lethal weapon of a similar nature, unless the person is on their own premises.