What good is a tool or weapon if you aren’t carrying it when it is needed? This is a very valid argument. One that I have made myself before. What I carry, and what I don’t, is too often subject to the whims of unelected government rascals. I am licensed to legally carry concealed the Pythons on the previous post. Or, any number of handguns that I own. Despite a freedom guaranteed by the constitution, and the natural right of self-defense, some bureaucrats have designed “laws” to regulate what and where we can carry weapons of any kind. This means that for some reason my concealed carry permit does not include the right to carry a knife concealed (of indeterminate size or format) subject to a hundred differing (and often contradictory) regulations and statutes that the average person has no knowledge of.
As an example of this lunacy, I can carry a .44 Magnum hidden under my coat but not everywhere. Am I less trustworthy in a library or a village hall than I am anywhere else? They have done a background check. At one time I held a Top Secret federal clearance. But, I cannot carry certain folding knives that are assisted opening. If visible, the clip on a pocket knife in NYC may actually get you charged with “Brandishing a weapon.” Does this make any sense? No of course not! I was licensed, after several years of closely monitored activity, to race sports cars internationally at places like Watkins Glen and Daytona, but I can’t drive over 65 mph on four lane highways. At age 19 I was issued a fully automatic M-16 in Vietnam, but I am not allowed to own a semi-automatic AR-15 in NYS anymore. Like a local Sheriff said; “It doesn’t make sense, but it’s the law!” So, I don’t carry a big knife unless I am camping, hunting or out in the woods. Over the years to account for this confusion in what is legal, or not, I have trained with every sharp thing from tiny kerambits and folders to, katana, Bowies, and Rapiers with 40 inch blades.
So, there are times that common sense and the right choice of defense or offense weapons must be tempered by the onerous burden of rules, regulations, and the occasional law that prevent us from choosing the right “tool” for the job. Have I ever carried a big knife in contradiction to the ambiguous laws of the land? I leave that up to you to ponder. If you choose to do so do it with EXTREME caution. We are in a police state of mind and today there are cameras everywhere. I MEAN EVERYWHERE.