Just arrived back from almost a week in Pittsburgh. Flying both directions through snowsqualls I wish I had some <font color=orange>Flying Tigers</font> to keep my feet warm. I counted almost 100 Karate/Kung Fu schools both there (each tiger got fifty), and in the surrounding communities. But, alas, no Uechi-ryu or derivatives. Looks like a prime area for the young and adventerous to start Uechi-ryu.
Many martial arts weapons are illegal in many states and cities, but if you are stopped and the weapon is discovered, it is up to the police officer who stopped you to decide what to do with you. If you have chucks (or similar)just laying in your trunk or on the floor/seat of the passenger side of your vehicle you may face further questioning but if you have them in or near a karate bag and mention you are going to class or a tournament it may be entirely different.
Woah! Transporting chucks/sais/butterfly knives, etc to and fro a tournament? If these things are illegal, surely there must be a caravan of cruisers with police in them just waiting to stop and arrest you just outside the gates.
Problem is, anything: crowbars, shoes, or even pencils used in a fight can be considered a dangerous weapon ESPECIALLY when in the hands (or feet) of someone knowledgeable in the martial arts. What does it take to become knowledgeable? Maybe as little as one lesson.
Anything at all can be used against you when it comes court time whether it is already decalred illegal or not.
Carry a tire iron or baseball bat and use it against someone? Doesn't matter if you started it or are using it in your own degense. Good luck. Remember a while back when a person shot a few would-be theves on a New York subway and paid dearly for it in court fees, etc. along with almost going to jail? Some time after that, another person discharged a firearm while being attacked/robbed on the same subway system. He did the smart thing by keeping his mouth shut after he ran; they never found out who he was. Too bad that's what you have to do in our twisted society.
Knives. You are implying that carrying ANY single-edged blade is legal? Sorry, this is simply just not true; you may own a 7" Bowie knife, Balisong, or lockblade of any sort, but if you intend to carry better check out the local laws first.<font color=red>
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[This message has been edited by moulton (edited 03-08-99).]