What status do Kubatons have in Massachusetts law? Allowed? Forbidden?

What status do Kubatons have in Massachusetts law? Allowed? Forbidden?

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    What status do Kubatons have in Massachusetts law? Allowed? Forbidden?

    I have a couple of really cool titanium kubotans that I got from a guy I know who makes them out of rod stock.

    My brother got me my first kubotan (I still have it) back in about 1982 or '83. I'd love to have this guy make him a titanium one, but I worry that because he lives in MA, he might not be "allowed" to have it there. For all I know, it might be illegal to send one there. (???)

    Does anyone here know for sure (citable?) the law regarding kubotan carry/use in Massachusetts?

    Thanks!


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    Sorry bum scoop, accidently posted Va info...

    Ok here's some:

    Taken from: http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/269-10.htm


    B) Whoever, except as provided by law, carries on his person, or carries on his person or under his control in a vehicle, any stiletto, dagger or a device or case which enables a knife with a locking blade to be drawn at a locked position, any ballistic knife, or any knife with a detachable blade capable of being propelled by any mechanism, dirk knife, any knife having a double-edged blade, or a switch knife, or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which the blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches, or a slung shot, blowgun, blackjack, metallic knuckles or knuckles of any substance which could be put to the same use with the same or similar effect as metallic knuckles, nunchaku, zoobow, also known as klackers or kung fu sticks, or any similar weapon consisting of two sticks of wood, plastic or metal connected at one end by a length of rope, chain, wire or leather, a shuriken or any similar pointed starlike object intended to injure a person when thrown, or any armband, made with leather which has metallic spikes, points or studs or any similar device made from any other substance or a cestus or similar material weighted with metal or other substance and worn on the hand, or a manrikigusari or similar length of chain having weighted ends; or whoever, when arrested upon a warrant for an alleged crime, or when arrested while committing a breach or disturbance of the public peace, is armed with or has on his person, or has on his person or under his control in a vehicle, a billy or other dangerous weapon other than those herein mentioned and those mentioned in paragraph (a), shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two and one-half years nor more than five years in the state prison, or for not less than six months nor more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction, except that, if the court finds that the defendant has not been previously convicted of a felony, he may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction.

    It doesn't name kubotans specificly, but they are generally lumped in with blackjacks/saps and other striking weapons.

    According to MS laws, CCWs apply only to firearms.

    They even consider dogs dangerous weapons.

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    It's true, in a court they could determine that a kobutan is a dangerous weapon, thus screwing you(or brother). But in reality, if he's a law abiding citizen who dosn't piss off cops, there is very little real chance that he will be picked up for fined for a kobutan in MA. By very little chance, I mean, it wont happen ever. The cops aren't out there to interpret the law and be lawyers, their told what the law says, and until their told that kobutans are illegal, they aren't. So I would pay little mind to the "dangerous weapon" statute of this. It's ambiguity makes it lose any sort of credence it would have in a court room. But I'm rambling now, anyway, don't worry about. They are very legal.

    But that's assumeing it's a 6 inch kobutan or something. If we're talking a 2 ft baton...that's a different story.

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