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30 / M / Marshall, Michigan
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I thought they were already legal lol
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I suppose but switchblades have the same problem as any other folding or retractable knife. They suck and their locking point is such an built in weakness in a self defense situation that it's absurd. But making them illegal is also stupid, it's not like a rifle chambered in armour piercing incendiary 50 caliber which is actually legal in some places for civilian use.

I mean shit we trust inbreed rednecks with a military grade anti-material rifle but the average well educated person can't carry a freaking switch blade.. Get your shit together world.
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stars201 wrote:

I thought they were already legal lol


Some states they are, some not. In my state, they're not.
But should or shouldn't they?
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Yes, they should be legal. Though I would want to see some census forms regarding switchblade toting spiders....

My biggest problem regarding blade laws is the restriction of fixed blade knives. I live in Los Angeles, and metropolitan law absolutely forbids carrying knives with folding blades over 3 inches, so I own a Kershaw Leek for my EDC (every day carry) which has a blade of EXACTLY 3 in. That's understandable, because a pocket knife is considered a concealed weapon. I'm surprised the laws are even THAT lax.

But I own several fixed blade SAR (search and rescue) as well as serrated combat knives. The type you see dangling from belts in movies. I carry those when I go offroading or partake in other "county"outdoors activities. I have a 9" SAR knife tucked in by my seatbelt buckle at all times, for safety reasons (ie, carjackings), as well as having a knife on hand to cut my seatbelt in the event of a roll-over.

If it's plain to see, why are the laws so rigid in metropolitan areas? Someone leaving themselves open to witness accounts of carrying a massive blade on their hip is far less likely to do something illegal than someone who is able to hide even a 3 inch blade.

I can haz reason
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Yes, they should be legal. Though I would want to see some census forms regarding switchblade toting spiders....

My biggest problem regarding blade laws is the restriction of fixed blade knives. I live in Los Angeles, and metropolitan law absolutely forbids carrying knives with folding blades over 3 inches, so I own a Kershaw Leek for my EDC (every day carry) which has a blade of EXACTLY 3 in. That's understandable, because a pocket knife is considered a concealed weapon. I'm surprised the laws are even THAT lax.

But I own several fixed blade SAR (search and rescue) as well as serrated combat knives. The type you see dangling from belts in movies. I carry those when I go offroading or partake in other "county"outdoors activities.

If it's plain to see, why are the laws so rigid in metropolitan areas? Someone leaving themselves open to witness accounts of carrying a massive blade on their hip is far less likely to do something illegal than someone who is able to hide even a 3 inch blade.

I can haz reason


3"? What about for cooking?
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jtjumper wrote:


dunemachine wrote:

Yes, they should be legal. Though I would want to see some census forms regarding switchblade toting spiders....

My biggest problem regarding blade laws is the restriction of fixed blade knives. I live in Los Angeles, and metropolitan law absolutely forbids carrying knives with folding blades over 3 inches, so I own a Kershaw Leek for my EDC (every day carry) which has a blade of EXACTLY 3 in. That's understandable, because a pocket knife is considered a concealed weapon. I'm surprised the laws are even THAT lax.

But I own several fixed blade SAR (search and rescue) as well as serrated combat knives. The type you see dangling from belts in movies. I carry those when I go offroading or partake in other "county"outdoors activities.

If it's plain to see, why are the laws so rigid in metropolitan areas? Someone leaving themselves open to witness accounts of carrying a massive blade on their hip is far less likely to do something illegal than someone who is able to hide even a 3 inch blade.

I can haz reason


3"? What about for cooking?


Lol, I'm pretty sure if it's rolled up in those fancy chefs' kits, you can carry it around.

It's kinda like laws regarding those safety ties when people take real steel to Ren faires and the like; if you have to stop and untie a knot to draw your sword, you're less likely to act rashly.
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Similarly, I can carry my CA compliant AR in a gun bag as long as it's not loaded. Same with pistols etc. Within reason anyway, from my front door to my car, car to gun range, it's unlikely to arouse suspicion... Walking to the 7-11 with a rifle or a shotgun slung over my shoulder is probably a no-no by anyone's account xD
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Not illegal in my state, nor are gravity/balisong/butterfly knives, long blades like a Bowie/katana/sword, hidden weapons like a cane sword/buckle knife, brass knuckles, and undetectable knives (that won't trip a metal detector.) Throwing stars and ballistic knives are illegal, though.
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I don't believe in concealing weapons.
If you really want to protect yourself you should show you have a weapon which is legal in the US.
In Maryland it is illegal to carry concealed weapons however you could carry a holstered gun or a sheathed blade.
You should do as Theodore Roosevelt and that is "Speak softly and carry a big stick" although he was talking about foreign policy it still applies in a more literal sense. In other words don't go picking fights but have a way to protect yourself.

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Box cutters should be illegal, too.
Shop keepers should just use their teeth.
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hell no, how am i supposed to walk down the street with my leather jacket doing a choreographed dance?
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ZavinRoyalheart wrote:

I don't believe in concealing weapons.
If you really want to protect yourself you should show you have a weapon which is legal in the US.
In Maryland it is illegal to carry concealed weapons however you could carry a holstered gun or a sheathed blade.
You should do as Theodore Roosevelt and that is "Speak softly and carry a big stick" although he was talking about foreign policy it still applies in a more literal sense. In other words don't go picking fights but have a way to protect yourself.



I don't even know where to begin with you mate. But I will say this in certain situations people have been saved by the fact they had a concealed weapon on them. It's not always about picking a fight ya dig.
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Posted 2/23/16

Ranwolf wrote:


ZavinRoyalheart wrote:

I don't believe in concealing weapons.
If you really want to protect yourself you should show you have a weapon which is legal in the US.
In Maryland it is illegal to carry concealed weapons however you could carry a holstered gun or a sheathed blade.
You should do as Theodore Roosevelt and that is "Speak softly and carry a big stick" although he was talking about foreign policy it still applies in a more literal sense. In other words don't go picking fights but have a way to protect yourself.



I don't even know where to begin with you mate. But I will say this in certain situations people have been saved by the fact they had a concealed weapon on them. It's not always about picking a fight ya dig.


I'm ot saying a concealed weapon isn't useful, it's just illegal in certain places.
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Legal to carry or just legal to own?
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