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California Axe Legalities

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by EuphonicBoy, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. EuphonicBoy


    Oct 29, 2006
    Hey guys,

    Go easy on my first post here.

    I'd really think I could get into throwing axes, but I live in an apartment with no back yard. My question is this:

    If it's not your back yard or the middle of nowhere, where do you guys go to throw axes?

    I live in Los Angeles, so you can imagine, there aren't too many places that jump to mind. I know that shuriken are illegal here, and I'm pretty sure that throwing knives are too. Does anybody know if it's even legal in California to throw axes?

  2. johngalt


    Feb 27, 2006
    No legal issues involved that I am aware of. No law against throwing knives per say. Just review the 12020 P.C. section about daggers and make sure they are not carried concealed. Any other questions specifically I'll try to answer for you.
  3. reconseed


    Sep 23, 2006
    i have never heard of it being illegal to carry a tomahawk in CA.

    let alone throw.
  4. EuphonicBoy


    Oct 29, 2006
    Thanks guys,

    One more question then:

    If I don't have a place of my own to practice, is it acceptable to do this at a public park? It seems like a stretch to me, but I wouldn't really have any other options.
  5. reconseed


    Sep 23, 2006
    That is something that I am not qualified to answer but I would imagine "no" to be on the safe side... To many legalities. If you are out throwing your tomahawk, and some kid runs around and gets hit or the like, you would have a hard time explaining that one to a liberal judge in LA.

    Install a throwing area in your living room. You dont have to be a long way from where you are throwing... You can set something up. I have done that while throwing knives in my living room when no one else is at home. works fine.
  6. shecky


    May 3, 2006
    If some kid got hit while you're throwing a 'hawk, you'd have trouble explaining that to a judge anywhere. The question, one I can't really answer, is if you'd have trouble explaining 'hawk throwing, in and of itself, in a city park.

    I'd think you might do best going out to the mountains to throw outdoors with the least worries. Plenty mountains surrounding L.A. and lots of remote places not too far from the roads. Doubt rangers would bother you as long as you don't damage trees or leave a mess. My guess is that you could even get away with such activity in a quiet corner of Griffith Park as long as you don't bother anyone.
  7. reconseed


    Sep 23, 2006
    Shecky brings a better alternative to the table. Do as he suggests.

    Yea judges dont like it when kids get hit with tactical tomahawks at city parks.... Liberal or conservative. Just get outta Los Angeles!
  8. bilge


    Nov 2, 2006
    Throwing Axes -- The Boy scouts have been throwing axes in competiotion at Scout camp since the beggining of time, native Americans still use the axe, as well as the military.
  9. reconseed


    Sep 23, 2006
    roger that bilge...
  10. hicomp2


    Dec 10, 2005
    Parks/hills; I can't see anyone giving you a hard time as long as you were well away from trails and throwing at DEAD trees. Lots of fun. I tend to overdo it when I go out woods loafing, and throw until my shoulder hurts! I suspect that the TYPE of axe/hawk you are throwing might reflect on the reaction as well. An old Norlund hatchet or an HB Forge hawk (as well as blue jeans and outdoorsman clothes, flannel shirts, plaid, etc.) will look rustic, old fashioned and can double as a handy survival/camp tool without arousing too many negative fears. But one of the "tactical" style hawks or fantasy axes (while wearing camo pants and a wife-beater shirt) might get some folks a little bit upset.
  11. Brody R.

    Brody R.

    Jan 27, 2005
    ha, reminds me, I was throwing into a dead tree way off trail last fall by a park wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt fitting your description exactly, hell I even had an H&B (shawnee)! Anyway someone came up to me and reprimanded me saying I'm old enough to know better and told me what I was doing was illeagal and asked me to leave which I did politely. Not sure what the exact laws would be or if he was correct but best to throw in a more secluded area if possible.
  12. hicomp2


    Dec 10, 2005
    Brody; You must have been spotted by a REAL Sheeple! I have been lucky so far, no one has caught me in the woods tossing my hawk yet...LOL!!! But I'm in Maine, and chances are good that if one of my neighbors saw me, they would want to try a few throws as well. No, I don't live in the burbs, but a pretty rural area.
  13. reconseed


    Sep 23, 2006
    hahaha, i can just see that in progress... :rolleyes:

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