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Ken at Sunrise
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2019, 12:33:54 PM »

I would have never guessed that a pretend Light Saber could be considered a weapon, let alone dangerous, and have restrictions. This is a bit sarcastic but by this logic a yard/sprinkler company must have an entire truck full of potentially dangerous tubing. Maybe the problem is that ours lights up. We used to use all kinds of things as swords and shields when we were kids.

Sorry, I think this sounded like a bit of a rant.
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2019, 01:22:16 PM »

I would have never guessed that a pretend Light Saber could be considered a weapon, let alone dangerous, and have restrictions. This is a bit sarcastic but by this logic a yard/sprinkler company must have an entire truck full of potentially dangerous tubing. Maybe the problem is that ours lights up. We used to use all kinds of things as swords and shields when we were kids.

Sorry, I think this sounded like a bit of a rant.
The problem, I suspect, is that we were kids before Heath and Columbine.  Now the world has gone crazy (or perhaps it always was, but now the press puts it on display more).
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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2019, 10:47:39 PM »

Nobody thinks anybody has a laser sword that can cut people in half. So it's mostly about where/how you're swinging it.

This common sense statement is a great answer.
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« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2019, 11:27:30 PM »

As of recent I am a proud owner of a Dark initiate V2, and I just wanted to ask this before I get arrested... Are stunt sabers illegal to carry in public? Like in a park? I know they can be used **as** A weapon, but that's not my intention. I have a friend I'm meeting at a park and I wanted to bring my saber to show him, but I want to make sure I won't get frisked by the police for carrying it in public. I know this sounds like a silly question but I just want to be sure.

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I carry mine all over the place. Public transit, college campuses, malls, churches, airports, parks, Ubers... I actually carry it because it can be used as a weapon if necessary since I live in a relatively dangerous area. Also makes a great flashlight for ill-lit places. Mine are always blade-in heavy-grade (except going through airport security because they have to fit in my carryon). Never been questioned about whether it was permitted to carry except for once by a drunk guy outside of the grocery store (which would fall under reasons why I carry it) and two idiot teens at the airport who jokingly asked if it was a pipe bomb. It's a great conversation starter though! Either people ask "What kind of instrument is that" or "Excuse me, but is that a lightsaber?" Granted, I am a tiny female who barely weighs 100 lbs and is relatively unintimidating at a glance, so profiling isn't really an issue, but it might be for some.

Ultimately, I think common sense is the issue. Be aware of your surroundings and if you think it might be perceived as a danger to others, keep it stowed as possible.
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2019, 04:43:17 AM »

I live in Columbus,OH. I've carried my hooked to my belt and the blades in a bag. I've done training at parks. About the only time cops bother me is to check them out and ask where I got them at which point I whip out the trusty US Business Cards lol
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« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2019, 09:19:59 AM »

Echoing the above.   Most people just want to know what it is and then where I got it.    I did have a guy whip out a plastic toy saber once and want to duel me.   I tried to decline and ended up dueling as light-contact as possible to keep from breaking his blade.   My daughters and I are planning a choreographed duel as well, to use with our churches' block party outreach missions to draw in a crowd for the puppet teams and story time.  :-)  IF we pull that off I'll try to get some video and post it...
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2019, 10:35:14 AM »

An alternate viewpoint occurs to me.  In shopping for the wife's "Happy Birthday/Don't Be Mad That I Got a Saber First" gift, I saw some pretty pointy looking hilts.

The War Glaive, the Raven all have what looks like knife blades on the end of a handle.  Walk around with that in hand, and somebody's gonna call the cops

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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2019, 11:33:47 AM »

An alternate viewpoint occurs to me.  In shopping for the wife's "Happy Birthday/Don't Be Mad That I Got a Saber First" gift, I saw some pretty pointy looking hilts.

The War Glaive, the Raven all have what looks like knife blades on the end of a handle.  Walk around with that in hand, and somebody's gonna call the cops

I've been stopped a few times, but once the officer/security/whoever figured out 1) they aren't sharp and 2) it's just an over glorified flashlight, they have all let me go unobstructed
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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2019, 10:18:13 AM »

"Over-glorified flashlight" lol

I would imagine you would be fine. I've carried one on my belt, in my car, fully assembled in hand, etc and not had any problems, although I live in a rural area, and like LR I have the "pretty un-threatening looking female" thing working in my favor...
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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2019, 11:33:31 AM »

"Over-glorified flashlight" lol

I would imagine you would be fine. I've carried one on my belt, in my car, fully assembled in hand, etc and not had any problems, although I live in a rural area, and like LR I have the "pretty un-threatening looking female" thing working in my favor...


That is actually the description I give to security peeps when they ask me about it

I wear mine on my belt all the time, and because I am definitely not a "pretty unthreatening looking female" I get stopped quite often. never lasts more than 5 minutes though.
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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2019, 01:42:27 PM »

"Over-glorified flashlight" lol

I would imagine you would be fine. I've carried one on my belt, in my car, fully assembled in hand, etc and not had any problems, although I live in a rural area, and like LR I have the "pretty un-threatening looking female" thing working in my favor...

Some of my ACTUAL flashlights* get me unwanted attention from the neighbors and the police, I am neither petite nor female, and while I feel pretty non-threatening, my beard seems to offset that in many people's minds.




*Comes from being a flashoholic, but what are you going to do?
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« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2019, 02:37:19 PM »

I'm not petite either. I guess "pretty girl with lightsaber" isn't threatening at all. XD
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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2019, 02:39:20 PM »

I'm not petite either. I guess "pretty girl with lightsaber" isn't threatening at all. XD
Depends on the audience... when I was in high school, a pretty girl was always VERY intimidating, light saber or not!  LOL
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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2019, 09:40:11 PM »

I have researched several places across the US for travel purposes and found nowhere that even covers our toys. They could be considered a type of club or bludgeon by some overreaching authorities but it shouldn't go beyond a brief questioning. I have carried them around in several states and 3 countries with the blades both in and out. I nearly always wear on one my belt without a blade installed, including onto domestic airline flights, not just in the terminals which I also do regularly, and at work where I am specifically prohibited to carry any sort of weapon.
The ONLY place I have ever been told they are not allowed is Cinemark owned theaters but they usually don't notice them and when they do they just remind me its not allowed for next time.

Funny story: at a meet in a park with some friends I was asked by an individual I though was park personel whats different between ours and the less expensive toys. I replied "Cause we can beat people with em," just as we came under a street lamp and I saw that his uniform was actually local PD. He laughed and told us to be careful.

Another time I started a duel with a frined of mine in the middle of a side walk. A town police officer approached us and when we paused to see what he had to say he pulled out his phone and sat on a bench and said "I gotta film this. The other guys arent gonna believe me."
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« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2019, 03:52:34 PM »

Here is what the TSA says about "Sabers on a Plane"
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Carry On Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes


Sadly, the technology doesn't currently exist to create a real lightsaber. However, you can pack a toy lightsaber in your carry-on or checked bag. May the force be with you.

Note also that every inquiry is annotated with the following:

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The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.
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