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    What age would you let your children start carrying defensive implements?

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    I don't have children, so my opinion isn't worth the e-page this is typed on. I think it may depend on the individual maturity of the child in question. There are some 21 year-olds I wouldn't trust with a Swiss Army knife. Then again, granddad gave me my first switchblade at 10 years old and I managed to not stab anyone except myself. Carried a .22 in the woods as a 10 years old as well.

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    It is so situationally dependent that a standard answer will be virtually meaningless. There are some "Bright" lines though, for schools it will be dictated by ISD policy or statutes or both, or in urban areas, the statutes. In others, it may only be dependent on the youth - camping out, hiking, the like.

    Regardless, it will always be dependent on the maturity of the child, and appropriate training.
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    Depends on the kid and the maturity and understanding that they show toward the practice of doing so. Age is of no relevance really.
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    I would never let any of my four sons carry any weapons of any kind till they were old enough to be on their own. That said they were very large boys an did not need anything. I never saw lunch meat, milk or bread in t he house for 15 years glad they aregrown an on thier own.
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    With all due respect the combination of "children" and "defensive implements" in the same question is somewhat bothersome. If you were asking when to start teaching a child about firearm safety, that's a different issue. Defensive purposes? They should be of legal age...and that's depends on what "legal age" is in your area. good luck
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    I think all questions like this boil down to the maturity level of the individual. Unfortunately too many people who are "of legal age" are nowhere near mature enough. An interesting dichotomy that people are maturing physically faster, but seem to be maturing mentally much slower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAM.45 View Post
    What age would you let your children start carrying defensive implements?
    Start carrying? Lawfully, at the age when they are capable of obtaining a CHL or carrying openly. Each and every one of them, as part of their normal and customary preparations for the day, much like donning socks and grabbing the keys/wallet. On hunts and rounding the property (ie, on ranches)? The moment they show they are every bit as responsible and capable of safely and effectively managing a defensive sidearm, presuming they've been properly gun-proofed and safely introduced to the responsibility/risks.

    Start shooting? Young as possible, presuming they enjoy the activity.
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    Didnt do it with my sons this early on their own but I was carrying a Colt frontier scout in a oc holster when I was out and about on the farm feeding bringing in the cattle or horses while alone etc from the time I was 8 on my own. Or when myself and local boys would go camping or hunting.
    Different time then though. Kids seemed to be different too then.
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    ...my youngest, now 20, has been carrying his own 3" .38 at home and while working in the yard when I'm gone since 12...concealed...he's been handling since 8, shooting since about 9...not just responsible but very thoroughly trained...a real part of our home defense...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAM.45 View Post
    What age would you let your children start carrying defensive implements?
    As soon as the law allows.

    That's for my children, though, I wouldn't presume to make a one-size-fits-all answer for all children.
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    When I was a kid I carried a pocket knife all the time, I don't remember what age but I was very young. I never actually thought of it as a defensive weapon though, just handy to have with me. I did however use my God given defensive weapons a lot..
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    I can't remember how old I was when I started with a pocket knife but I almost came up to Grandpa's knee.
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    I never looked at a knife as a defensive weapon, but I carried everything from a pen knife in my pocket to a hunting knife strapped to my belt all over town. When in my early to late teens I was never without a knife because they were useful in the woods. We would also have have fake knife fights (with the sheath on) that used to drive my grandmother nuts.
    That's my youth history, as for my own kids they were all girls so it never applied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    I would never let any of my four sons carry any weapons of any kind till they were old enough to be on their own. That said they were very large boys an did not need anything. I never saw lunch meat, milk or bread in t he house for 15 years glad they aregrown an on thier own.
    My nephew is around 22 or so. He is an eating machine. When I go visit my Sister I always take my own grub cuz if I don't I might starve. I keep my grub in my truck too.

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