4 comments on “Swords as a Home Self Defense Option.

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  2. In Florida, you can lawfully open carry a sword, for self defense or just for the heck of it. I ended up calling my local sheriff office after searching the web to see if my fathers 4 1/2” fixed blade knife I bought him was ok to carry in public just to be sure. I was told by the deputy that there is no blade length restrictions for the open carry of knives or swords. Just abide by the laws.

    790.10 Improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms.–If any person having or carrying any dirk, sword, sword cane, firearm, electric weapon or device, or other weapon shall, in the presence of one or more persons, exhibit the same in a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, the person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

  3. Hello Donald. I knew about the fixed-blade open carry. However, in practice, they won’t let you.. Not that I would suggest anyone to carry a sword! A knife though is another story. A friend of mine who works on a farm was at Whole-Foods once, and had his knife in a sheath on his belt. He was shopping, certainly not being “aggressive.” He found himself surrounded by four police officers who politely asked him to put it away. Which by the way would then be illegal, since it would be concealed… He said they were polite and it was a request, not an order. I can’t imagine carrying my Cold Steel Tanto downtown Sarasota though… Maye in Arcadia..! There is almost always something you can be charged with..

  4. Greetings Gil. I had specifically asked the deputy about a hypothetical situation involving a concerned citizen calling the police in response to someone openly carrying a sword in a peaceful manner. She told me that the person would not be arrested as long as the sword is in it’s sheathe/scabbard, hasn’t been displayed in a threatening manner and the person is being peaceful and respectful.

    I see it this way. Is it practical to carry a sword for self defense? Maybe not the best choice, but we have the right so if one wishes to carry a sword as their means of selfdefense I say go for it. Maybe that person is prohibited from owning firearms, or just doesn’t want to carry a gun for whatever reason, but wants something better than a knife. It may not thwart off an assailant armed with a gun, but it would defiantly be a deterrent for most others. But like any weapon, proper safety and training is a must.

    I can’t see myself carrying my ko katana down the road, but if more people did I think after a while it would be the norm and I would probably carry mine from time to time also.

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