Sometimes carry my bali other days ill carry an otf.
Sometimes carry my bali other days ill carry an otf.
I go through this all the time. I live in NH (Live Free or Die!) where I can carry what I please. Autos, balis, swords, rpg's....
But I live RIGHT on the border with the Peoples Republic of MA where from what I'm told passing gas carries steep fines and taxes. I can drive less than three minutes down the road and suddenly everything I have in my pockets is illegal. I always try to be mindful of local laws and regs (no matter how damn silly they are).
It's the joy of living in New England. Drive an hour or so in just about any direction and your in a different state with different laws.
YMMV, but be sure to think of the reprecussions of your actions should you get caught. You may loose not only your nice knife, but your privilege to carry it (if not your freedom) Not worth the risk IMHO
I live in CA and carry my autos all the time one of my favorite EDC's is my microtech ultratech. As long as you carry a small legal knife for when your around people you don't know you will be fine.
Mini persidio auto every day
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Please keep in mind, this is a very tricky subject. Bladeforums cannot allow any discussion of evading the law. Too many people, even some in this discussion, don't seem to realize how varied the laws can be. Asking if it's OK is meaningless unless we know where you are.
There has to be someone else who does this. The best reason for me to carry an auto open knife is when I am fishing in a boat. I always carry a cheap switchblade to have a knife I can use with one hand when changing tackle on my rod. If I ever saw a patrol boat zooming up I would just deep six the knife and not worry. In my state it is better to have a concealed gun permit than a pocketknife of any kind...California...don't move here for any reason other than a job.
In my case, I carried a cheapie balisong, oversized folder, and push dagger, sometimes all at once, back when I was so paranoid, I'd tense up whenever someone just brushed past me and I didn't feel comfortable unless I looked behind my back at least once every minute or so. Actually, this was just last year. Probably all those silly zombie movies got to me. I didn't get caught by law enforcement, but I decided that I don't want to take that risk anymore, so I just carry a Delica around with my Gerber Crucial multitool, and I might just stop carrying my Delica in favor of a non-locking stockman. I don't regret it though. I got into knives because I was looking for something to defend myself with, but after carrying them around for a while I realized that they're pretty convenient to have around, as tools.
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Most people don't realise how their actions can hurt this hobby. By breaking laws or the spirit of them, you are doing a disservice to your fellow knife enthusiasts and the hobby itself. Every person caught carrying illegally gives the anti- knife groups ammuntion for their agenda, and they will use it judiciously as justifcation for their concerns.
Funny, about a heart attack or some other medical emergency. A couple of months ago, I had an emergency at home. Police and EMTs responded and got me to the hospital. Would you believe I have knives lying around my place? The only notice any of them took, when they left me off in the Emergency Room, the woman, who had carried me downstairs in a chair, acknowledged my hobby by showing me her CRKT M-16 with Veff serrations!
Technically you're getting away with it.... until you get caught. Why people would risk having something on their record just so they could carry a particular knife.... I will never understand. Unless you already have a rap sheet then I guess it doesn't matter, hence the reason why the bad guys will always carry something on them. Then again the bad guys carry it because they need protection from rival gangs or do armed robbery with it.
If you're an average guy who works in an office, and the worse run in you've had with the law is getting a speeding ticket, I would just stick with whats legal.
I need to donate to Knife Rights again. The laws in too many places are stupid. I am in a 3 inch or under carry state, that severly limits what I can carry for an EDC, work knife in my pocket. Dont get me wrong, I can do a lot with a 3 inch blade at work, but I would really prefer not to have to make my knife selections based on if its a millimeter over 3 inches.
I use to all the time out of ignorance to the law. I carried knives that were illegal, but also carried them illegally. Probably from the age of 15-20.
Never had any problems, never "got caught" but I think I finally just decided to look the laws up when someone told me I was carrying illegally.
Given that I had so many years of not being caught, it is often times tempting to just say, "Well I probably won't have any troubles," and bring my 3.5" inch knife to a place where only 3" is legal, but then as others have said I just consider the cost of what would happen on the unlikely chance I did get in trouble for it.
There's a lot of topics I think this can apply to... Speeding, recreational drug use, etc. Bottom line for me though is that you're better safe than sorry.
I carried switch blades and balisongs when I was in high school, but that was back in the late 90's,I wasn't too worried about the law when I was a juvenile.
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