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    Question Sword Canes in PA


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    Well, I've searched everywhere I could & I have not been able to find anything specifically stating that sword canes are illegal to use in PA. The overall knife law is very generic in nature & only specifically refers to autos. It also says any blade which serves no common purpose, whatever that means, in my opinion, all blades have a purpose. I am referring to a model which is designed for orthopedic support as well as use for self defense. I do have a bad knee & use a stick when I need to do a lot of walking or when I will be standing for an extended period.

    I may be opening a can of worms with this question, but does anyone have any ideas or prior experience regarding it's use in PA?
    Thanks
    Jim

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    It sounds like your treading on thin ice to say the least. Your probably better off buying a dedicated cane for walking (also could make a decent whacking stick if needed), and getting a PA License to Carry a Firearm (pretty easy to get, doesn't even cost much) and carrying a pistol for protection.

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    A concealed carry permit will also cover other weapons as well. At least it does in Colorado which would make the sword cane legal. Otherwise it is considered a concealed weapon(again, at least in Colorado it is). Also, there are martial arts classes which teach the cane as a weapon. You may look into that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyNomad View Post
    A concealed carry permit will also cover other weapons as well. At least it does in Colorado which would make the sword cane legal. Otherwise it is considered a concealed weapon(again, at least in Colorado it is). Also, there are martial arts classes which teach the cane as a weapon. You may look into that as well.

    IIRC, in PA the CCW permit is only for firearms.

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    i think it depends on what county you're in, too. here in lackawanna county, carrying a concealed blade is illegal.

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    Ask a member of local law enforcement if you know one, or check with a criminal defense attorney for your area. This is a pretty sticky area of law, and you don't want to make expensive trouble for yourself inadvertently.

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    jahwarrior72, I'm on the border of Luzerne and Columbia counties and last I checked the state law trumped the county law, at least to the point it was arguable in court. I thought if the state said it was alright for something then regardless of the county laws they have to abide by the state law. Otherwise, that would make it damn inconvenient to travel in the state if each county could enforce their own little quirks and restrictions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyNomad View Post
    A concealed carry permit will also cover other weapons as well. At least it does in Colorado which would make the sword cane legal. Otherwise it is considered a concealed weapon(again, at least in Colorado it is). Also, there are martial arts classes which teach the cane as a weapon. You may look into that as well.
    Not in Pennsylvania! A carry permit in PA is a "License to Carry Firearms." Knives are not covered by it.

    Concealed carry laws are state specific.

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