[Ansteorra] Legalities of pokie things

Chris Zakes dontivar at gmail.com
Sat Nov 17 13:09:15 PST 2007

At 10:31 PM 11/16/2007, you wrote:

>It appears that state law does allow the carrying of swords for 
>re-creational use.  As to the SCA providing immunity...perhaps I 
>wasn't quite clear in my original post.  Even in my conversation 
>with our security officer I did not represent the blue card as a 
>"conceal carry permit for pokies", rather as a means if questioned 
>as helping establish my bona fides as having a legitamate purpose 
>for wearing it (in general, not specifically as a halloween costume, 
>that just started the talk) not just a random wacko with a sword.
>   Gorm

Ultimately it boils down to "don't be stupid."

If you're carrying a sword at an SCA event or to/from an SCA event, 
you're unlikely to run into problems. Brandishing it in an 
environment where folks aren't expecting swords is ill-advised. 
Carrying it into a bar, liquor store or even a convenience store that 
sells beer is not a good idea either. If you're stopped by a cop, be 
as polite and reasonable as possible.

Hey, it could be worse. In Australia, you have to be an SCA member, 
part of another historical group or a member of a recognized fencing 
club to even *own* a sword (and that includes sword-shaped objects 
like fencing equipment, not just the sharp stuff.) Any time you're 
not actually using it, it has to be kept locked in a gun safe. I 
expect they'll be banning rocks and sticks next.

         -Tivar Moondragon

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