"Florida generally does not prohibit the open carry of weapons (except firearms). Technically, I can carry a knife, machete, bow,cross-bow, sword, even nunchaku, almost anywhere - totally legal - so long as they are not concealed."
I believe Virginia's law about the subject is similar. I asked a friend of mine, a former self defense teacher, and my Sempi (so I'm using Japese terms even though I study a Korean art primarily), and he told me that as long as the weapon is in plain view, it's okay. Still, I can't imagine the cops in VA not passing up the opportunity to at least say something to you about carrying a weapon.
I want to know if carrying two sticks, as in for Escrima/Arnis training is considered carrying a concealed weapon. Good grief, you can grap two sticks nearly anywhere. Besides, I don't know what all of the legislation is about. If your weapon is concealed, you still have to GET TO IT FIRST! I used to think that I'd be invincible if I carried a gun until someone on this forum (I believe it was Mr. Canna) pointed out that you have to get the gun out first before you can use it; that some cops have been stabbed or beaten because the crook got to them before they could open the holster and shoot!!!
And these worries, on top of legislation in some states to regulate the martial arts, out law kickboxing: it sounds a lot like Big Brother to me. Yet, all I'm trying to do is be a citizen who can protect himself from the lawbreakers!
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