Legality of carrying a stick when out walking, riding, skating?

This is a discussion on Legality of carrying a stick when out walking, riding, skating? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by peacefuljeffrey I like the sticks because they just look like anything a person might carry while out on a walk, and their ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by peacefuljeffrey View Post
    I like the sticks because they just look like anything a person might carry while out on a walk, and their ordinary manner of carry is that of being utterly ready for defensive deployment.
    Same reason I like the cane. As I am old and decrepit I actually need the thing. Looks like any other cane but gives me that third option. As others have said use your stick as a cane or walking stick and I see no reason why you would have a problem. If you have doubts call the local PD. BTW Kendo is a very good way to learn to use a stick properly. Just checked to see an escrima stick, and saw I showed my ignorant rear. A escrima stick has all its own martial art form. Still learning something new every day. Looks like a walking stick to me and I'd testify to that

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    One potential concern is how these various suggestions will play in court. An aggressive DA could easily use a weapon like that to paint you as "looking for a fight," and given that must juries are composed of regular citizens they probably won't appreciate the need to be ready.

    I like the heavy walking cane suggestion. My only concern would be that a cane could make you look vulnerable.

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    I carried an escrima stick made of yakal wood for years while walking my (not so big) dog. I have only just recently switched to carrying a ASP in my hand since noticing an increase of pitbulls on my beat. Some of the fences that contain a few of those pitbulls do not so look very well maintained.

    When I did carry my escrima stick, my experience has been that I have been looked at by many LEO's that cruised past without so much as tapping their brakes to slow down. I think it helped that I was with my dog...

    Now, on the other hand, if I was by myself (sans canine), I am not so sure that they wouldn't have stopped and pulled over to question me. Mind you now that I carry an asp, it is a much hander to see.

    I still carry it in my hand...but then again, I am not very threatening looking in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigsauer View Post
    I have only just recently switched to carrying a ASP in my hand since noticing an increase of pitbulls on my beat. Some of the fences that contain a few of those pitbulls do not so look very well maintained.
    That is a heart breaking example of how the scum bags are winning. Pitbulls used to be the all American dog, until the media and a few scum suckers got ahold of them. For every so called pitbull attack story there is an even worst story of long term abuse of a noble animal. The stories of vicious pitbulls are about as factual as the guns kill people stories or Connie Chung proving automatic weapons will cause a car to blow up

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    Good grief, steel Escrima sticks? What happened to bamboo?

    In some places it would illegal. Depends on local law.

    I always carry mine in a canvas bag. A lot of our non-firearm weapon law is intent and situation specific. If you intend it as a weapon, it is a weapon, and its illegal. If you intend it as sports equipment and are on your way to train, it isn't a weapon--unless you use like one. Cops choice, depending on the circumstances and your state law may vary.

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    I should have remembered this sooner.

    In downtown West Palm Beach a few years ago (4 or 5?) there used to be this HUGE black guy, looked almost like the guy from The Green Mile (name?) and he walked around a lot, I used to see him in the public city library. He wore militant-like fatigues, mostly, and carried a tall walking stick that looked pretty heavy, carved up and all, that was almost as tall as he was.

    I don't know if he ever caught crap for walking with that, but really, I guess there aren't any laws against walking with a walking stick anywhere. It would be too subjective for the Law to try to determine who was and was not in need of the support of a walking stick, and when. He probably never got hassled about it, because I saw him repeatedly, always carrying the stick.

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    The Big "Green Mile" fellow is Michael Clarke Duncan. He's a fine actor & IMHO should have gotten the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for that role.

    I don't think a cane is illegal for carry (almost) anywhere. It's not like they require a perscription. And who's to say you didn't give your ankle a little roll yesterday?
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    I think as long as you are using it as a walking stick it's fine. It's when it becomes a weapon that things start getting unclear.
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    Well, if you're the victim of an attack & are defending yourself I don't think what tool you decide to use really matters. If I'm attacked while on the Golf Course should I avoid whacking my assailant with a 7 iron because I'm concerned it'll be viewed as a weapon. You're darn right it's a weapon NOW, but before the attack it was just a Sporting Good. My cane was just helping me walk before this guy ASSAULTED me. If I had been carrying a purse...I would have hit him with THAT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Well, if you're the victim of an attack & are defending yourself I don't think what tool you decide to use really matters. If I'm attacked while on the Golf Course should I avoid whacking my assailant with a 7 iron because I'm concerned it'll be viewed as a weapon. You're darn right it's a weapon NOW, but before the attack it was just a Sporting Good. My cane was just helping me walk before this guy ASSAULTED me. If I had been carrying a purse...I would have hit him with THAT!
    Come on Ghost... you know that everyone uses a 9 Iron for whacking someone! Sheesh!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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