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    Knife laws in Mexico?


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    Anyone know?

    I'm going to Puerto Vallarta next week and just want to know if I'll be ok with a Delica or Endura?
    I find varying opinions online, figured I'd check here.

    I sure as crap won't be taking my Microtechs or CRKs.

    Was thinking about a Mora and a Delica, but again I don't know what the laws concerning fixed blades or even folders concealed are.

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    You do know there is a knife laws subforum herre don't you?

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    I never noticed actually.

    If a mod can move this it would be great.

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    this should probably be in the knife laws section....but mexico's gun, knife, and weapons laws are very strict to my understanding.

    this website link to the consulate says it all....

    http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/tijuana/warning.html

    reading that and with all the horror stories i've heard from texas boys crossing over with a sak in their pocket and getting thrown in jail and having to bribe the police to let 'em go...i wouldn't bring any knife with me. not worth the risk. your call though......
    Last edited by jbmonkey; 11-02-2011 at 10:18 AM. Reason: spelling, and words out of order...aka typos.

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    Id stay outnof mexico right now if i were you. If you get into trouble theres nothing a knife will do for you down there. Youll be out numbered and out weaponed. If your caught with a blade your.pobably in deep shit also. Best bet is to stay out of mexico. Why the hell would.you wanna go there anyway?

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    Ummm...unless your Terminator, Machete, or a Hobo with a Shotgun, I would stay far away from Mexico right now.

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    Mexico has laws!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamphunter2 View Post
    Mexico has laws!?
    If yur white they do..

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    solid advice from everyone, great thread.

    because the OP is talking Mex here, I have the numerous times I've gone holiday there(back when it was decent) never traveled as in airlines, ect, but purchased at any market a blade for when in country. always finds it's way into the round file when packing to leave but at least liked knowing I had it and didn't need it then the other way around.

    also done the same thing in Oz, Italy, or anywhere I've spent more than a week or two.

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    I'll be in Nuevo Vallarta, not wandering the streets of Tijauna.
    I'm going because its free!
    I'm wondering about the knife for an actual utility blade...not a weapon.

    If I was going to risk their weapon laws I'd fedex myself something with a bit more umph.

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    while i posted that tijuana u.s. consulate link, the law is the same everywhere in mexico, although stricter i think in mexico city? anyways.... knifes (of all types) can and often will be considered weapons in mexico. like i said its your call, but if you get caught with it on you utility blade or not......expect jail time. that is a pretty big risk, imho. this is allot like carrying a knife too long in a state where it's banned. nothing will happen to you unless you get caught, but if you get caught, you'll wish you hadn't done it. your a big boy though so i'm sure you'll make the right decision for you.

    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p...xico_5014.html

    the link above has the shortest list of information that applies to everypart of the country, but throughout the state department site under mexico, you'll find all the same info. its not just for spring break areas.



    here is more information....cut and pasted from the usa state departments website....


    " U.S. citizens entering Mexico with a weapon or ammunition, even accidentally, generally are detained for at least a few days, and violations by U.S. citizens have resulted in arrests, convictions, and long prison sentences."
    and yes knives of all kinds under mexican law can be considered weapons. you may get lucky and not be bothered by customs agent, but if you are.....well..........

    also to note form the state department...

    "Arrests and Notifications: The Mexican government is required by international law to notify the U.S. Embassy or the nearest U.S. consulate promptly when a U.S. citizen is arrested, if the arrestee so requests. In practice, however, depending on where the arrest takes place, this notification can be delayed by months, or may never occur at all, limiting the assistance the U.S. Government can provide. U.S. citizens should promptly identify themselves as such to the arresting officers, and should request that the Embassy or nearest consulate be notified immediately."
    imho, why take the chance? have a good trip.

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    If you go, be careful. Knife or no knife. I wouldn't go to anywhere in Mexico right now. Not even for 250k. Be safe, corruption and violence reigns down there right now.

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    Free or not, i wouldnt think about going near mexico right now. Trust me, shits already bad here in Texas.

    I think your gonna find more need for a defensive blade than a utility blade lol.

    Have fun. Hope you make it back.

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    I just wouldn't go unarmed and since you can't carry a weapon I wouldn't go at all. I have a couple of friends who worked white collar security and they said it's a nightmare. I'd only go with the Marines if they were cleaning up the mess.
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    I was in Tijuana in august and had a great time. I never heard a loud word, unlike the shithole I live in, New Orleans. There's a murder or two almost everynight here. If you look for trouble and invite it I'm sure you can find it anywhere you go. Laws in Mexico are strange and the police do as they wish. Buy yourself a small pocket knife there and keep it in your pocket until you need to cut something. Do not use it for self defense. Carry yourself respectfully and have a great time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadgetman7 View Post
    I just wouldn't go unarmed and since you can't carry a weapon I wouldn't go at all. I have a couple of friends who worked white collar security and they said it's a nightmare. I'd only go with the Marines if they were cleaning up the mess.
    While on a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas, a few years ago, my girlfriend and I drove down to Brownsville, parked our rental car and hoofed it across the border into Matamoros, Mexico. I left my EDC knife (4" CS "Voyager" lockblade), along with her prescription Vicodin (for a sore back), locked in the trunk of the car. I wasn't going to take a chance on getting busted for a weapons charge or her getting nailed for a drug charge. We toured the area on foot for several hours and purchased a few souvenirs to bring home. Interesting place. It seemed safe and the people were friendly. The prices of most goods were favorable and there was no sales tax.

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    Mexico, being a strict law, and order country, doesn't want any riff-raff from the U.S. going down there, and causing trouble. They like it to be quiet, and peaceful, like it always has been, don't you know?

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    several years ago i was down in mexico for the baja 1000. My buddies and i were an emergency pit crew down off of zoo road near San Felipe. On our way home we crossed back over the penisula to drop some things off in ensenada. After leaving Ensenada we stopped in a little town called Eirendira. This is where the fun began.....

    Leaving the restaurant i was grabbed by a cop that immediately grabbed my benchmade that i had in my pocket. they started harassing me about it and said that i needed to pay them a fine... I'm about as white as they come, blonde blue eyes.. but i speak spanish very well. I refused to pay them a bribe so they took me to jail. I did this because i knew in mexico that you go before a "judge" before you go into the slammer. After telling the judge that we were in the country working on race cars and spending money they let me go with a 60 dollar "fine" and gave the knife back. not until i got home and looked up the laws did i realize that i was seriously lucky to have had an attitude and get away with only a small fine!!!!!!

    I dont really go to mexico anymore because of this incident and a few others like it. If you do go to mexico and look "white" dont take anything that could be considered a weapon.

    BTW the knife was a Benchmade Auto Strykr.

    Pretty heavy for my 2nd or 3rd post on here......

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    Leave it home. No amount of "utility" is worth the potential downside.

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