[Ansteorra] Legalities of pokie things
dontivar at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 05:34:25 PST 2007
At 11:31 PM 11/14/2007, you wrote:
>I know we have some lawyers out there...
> On Halloween (SCA Garb doubles nicely as a quick
>costume) I had forgone a sword in favor of a simple
>dagger for functionality. I got into a discussion
>with our security officer at work about whether or not
>it was legal. I seem to remember being told when I
>first joined the SCA something along the lines that
>since we were considered amateur historians, it was
>not illegal for us to carry swords, maces, etc.
> Does anyone KNOW the exact legalities? I've
>heard the same from everyone, however. as I will one
>day tell my daughter "everyone" is not always right.
The short answer is "it depends".
As has been stated, carrying a sword or similar weapon in a
historical recreation situation (i.e. *at* an SCA event) is unlikely
to get you in trouble with the law. Texas law also allows knives with
blades shorter than 5 1/2 inches in pretty much all situations.
Oklahoma doesn't appear to have any kind of blade length provision,
but their phrasing seems to be aimed at switchblade-type knives or
double-edged fixed-blade knives (i.e daggers and bowie knives) not
things like Swiss Army knives.
BUT if you do something stupid, then all bets are off. Examples of
"something stupid" would include:
Carying any knife or sword into a place that sells alcohol.
Threatening someone with a knife or sword, or actually using the
weapon on someone, except in a real self-defense situation.
Trying to carry any knife or sword onto an airplane. (Note that this
applies to *carrying* the weapon on the airplane. The security folks
don't have a problem with bladed weapons in checked baggage--I've
flown with my rapier gear at least once a year since 9-11 and never
had any problems.)
Finally, don't bet that your local cops will necessarily be familiar
with the details of this law. I almost got arrested in Houston one
time for carrying a fencing epee on my bicycle, and I know a fellow
who *did* get arrested for practicing sword choreography with an epee
while riding his unicycle near the University of Texas. (Weird
circumstances in both cases, but...)
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