sword carrying in public
QUESTION: Is it possible that I can by law carry a sword around in public for protection means? If so what about concealed swords? (such as cane swords)
P.S. I live in NJ US and am over 18. I know that there are permits that can let me carry a gun around and I don't really know anything about such things with swords... but logically if I can get a permit to carry around a shotgun in public I should be able to get one for swords too right?
(if the thing about where I live or that I'm over 18 is too much info please forgive me)
ANSWER: Hi there,
Well, I am no lawyer, and I do not know the specific laws of your state. But the general rule of thumb is that it isn't a good idea...
There are quite a few groups looking to ban swords, and all they need is a few incidents of people using them for self defence (or worse, offense) and they suddenly have a lot more weight to add to the argument...
A crime scene where someone has been killed by a gun is bad enough, but a sword is a lot bloodier, and using multiple cuts on an attacker may end up getting you charged with murder as prosecution could argue that you willfully tried to kill your opponent, and it isn't self defence anymore...
There is also the fact that bringing a sword to a gun fight is pretty much suicide, so if you can carry a gun for self defence, it is a better option by far - not only for your own survival, but for that for the hobby as a whole.