Thanks for the memo on Hibben. I have known of his craft for some time, but had no idea that he was an MA
I hate to even report on the Massachusetts Weapons statute because it is an unforgiving
creature created by fear and ignorance.
It was drafted originally at a time when the Bruce Lee era attracted kids to go to the streets with nunchuk, manriki, studded cuffs, shoriken and just about every weapons seen in the MA films of the day (circa 1972 +).
What was needed was a cohesive action on the part of MA's to hire lobbyist in order to get a method for MA exemption, but many MA's would not even talk to others in the sense of banding togther to raise funds to lobby.
In fact, they would rather be invisible for fear of licensing requirements by state authority.
I would love to see these laws amended as they are in many states, permitting the use of these martial arts weapons to be carried to the dojo.
Martial Arts is now accepted by soccer moms as part of family curricula, along with hockey and all the other sports. It is no longer feared as a cult of occult savages
MA as an industry does not appear to have a cohesive political counterpart or repesentative such as the NRA for the gun community.
Well I am off the soapbox.