Ok guys, head's up. That's the first time I've ever had to edit for content (I feel like such a cheesey TV movie). Anyhow....let's discuss some ground rules that apparently have been forgotten, ignored or haven't been seen by some of you newer guys (welcome all you newer guys- we can tell who you are by the shiny appearance).
1. We don't discuss imported autos re: where to obtain, how to subvert customs, how to obtain, etc. If it's about foreign autos, keep it away from buying/selling ideas. If you have direct questions, call your local legislator or a US Customs office. They'll be MORE THAN HAPPY to assist you.
2. Don't use the mails for autos- whether you're a qualified purchaser or not. If you don't KNOW if you're qualified or not, odds are decidedly NOT in your favor. If you must buy/sell/trade autos, use a private carrier, but we don't want to hear about it. Get it?
3. If your favorite dealer sells autos to anyone without ID or forms, don't post it here, save it for a phone call, a knife/gun show or if you have the unquenchable desire to put it in writing- private email. Don't publish it.
4. You don't want a cheap auto. Really. Don't buy one of the $10 specials. They are imported junk, and will eventually cause harm to your little hobby. Get it?
5. If you're a qualified purchaser, bully for you. If you're not, please be a little more sanguine about what you say, and to whom, and WHERE. Also, please be aware as to WHERE you carry your little toys, legal or not. I know most of us live in Florida and only carry Microtech knives, legally and above board (I know the rest of you that live in Oregon and only carry Benchmades), but let's pretend. Get it?
6. Shipping an auto without a spring doesn't change the nature of the knife. It doesn't matter what you've heard that so-and-so does. Really.
7. Size DOESN'T matter (you can tell her that) when it pertains to shipping autos across state lines if you're not qualified. Breaking them apart (as in a kit) also doesn't matter. Speaking of kits, they are (nearly?) all made in China or overseas. Customs has declared that they are not cute little doohickey keychains, but are, in actuality, switchblades. As such, you guessed, right? Not smart to import them. Get it?
9. Oh yeah, age DOES matter. In all reporting jurisdictions, 18 is the minimum age for purchasing an auto. Hey- you can sign up for the army and be 100% legal If you're not of legal age in your jurisdiction, don't ask someone here how you can best obtain an auto. If you're OF legal age, but in an auto-unfriendly jurisdiction, don't ask someone here how you can best obtain an auto. Research goes a long way- search the logs here, on KnifeForums, on MicroHolics (dare I say, and even on the newsgroup); check your state and local laws, visit a local knife show or a local knife dealer, attend a gun show. Drop by the local PD or prosecutor's office and ask about local laws.
10. When in doubt about an issue, think carefully, then post or reply. Take a deep breath if you're excited by an issue before you post. Normal BF rules apply- no personal insults etc. Except Mike's spelling. That's fair game.
This forum is here for information on a fun hobby, not to make criminals out of anyone. Think before acting, as in everything in life. Always check your six. Get it?
Thanks for reading this, I think it may make it's way to the top now and again for a refresher. Did anyone learn anything? Disagree with anything? Spot spelling errors?
Rule mode: Off.
There are two rules for ultimate success in life.
Never tell everything you know.
[This message has been edited by Tim Flanagan (edited 02-03-2000).]