I am considering purchasing a Cold Steel African Walking Stick off overstock.com but I need to know my state laws .... will i get in trouble just for purchasing or can i at least keep it in the house and/or am I able to use it out in public also? I never knew there were laws pertaining to walking sticks...
I don't think that is considered a weapon unless you were to use it in that way other than a means of self defense. You shouldn't have any problem having this object for use at home or in public. Good luck!
Tenn. Code Ann. Â§ 39-17-1307(a)(1) states that "a person commits an offense who carries with the intent to go armed a firearm," a certain kind of knife or a club.
Will you get in trouble for purchasing? NO
Can you keep in the house (And use on intruders)? YES. Just make sure your response is "reasonable." If someone knocks on your door and you commence to whupping him with the walking stick--not reasonable. If he nreaks in your house and you have to break it over his head because you are in fear--Yes.
Can you use it in public? The above statute answers that question. If your intent is to be "armed" with that stci as a weapon, the answer is NO. If you actually need a walking stick and you use it for that, then you should be ok.
I agree with the other attorneys in that it is not illegal to purchase or have in your home. The only time you could get into trouble is if you carry it as a weapon with the intent to go armed. Hope this helps.
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