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Old 03-30-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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idk where to put this......any machete laws?

So I was bored wondered to gander mtn and bought a machete upon impulse........any laws saying I can't keep it in my jeep? I also got a little survivel pack thing

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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I dunno, is that a knife or do they think of those as a tool ?
Maybe a cop will chime in here and advise ????
I have em too....."BH"

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Idk I'm thinking its moreso of a tool
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:56 PM   #4
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Its a tool.

Officer- "Why do you have this machete?"
You- "I was cutting overgrown weeds and shrubs"

End of discussion. At least that should be.
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Negative in georgia at least it's a weapon and can be carried concealed in a (enclosed trunk) or glove box or has to be out in the open and be strongly urged of its open near you to advise the ofc
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Negative in georgia at least it's a weapon and can be carried concealed in a (enclosed trunk) or glove box or has to be out in the open and be strongly urged of its open near you to advise the ofc
So what you are saying is it can be stored in a trunk, or glove box, or has to be out in the open...?

So...it can be stored in the jeep with no problems.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:06 PM   #7
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In Illinois, if it cannot be seen from the OUTSIDE of the vehicle, can be used as a weapon, and can be reached..... it can be considered a concealed weapon. I had an officer give me a ration about a BASEBALL BAT one night.......I think the machete would get the same ire......

Same goes for a Tire Iron INSIDE the car........
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It's illegal to carry anytime anywhere in Texas because it has a blade over 5 1/2 inches....
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You should probably contact the local PD for a real answer though. Laws obviously vary from state to state. Tell them you use the machete at work as a tool and also would like to keep it in the jeep when off roading to keep trails clear and cut back any overgrown brush.
See how they respond.
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So...it can be stored in the jeep with no problems.
Has to be a secured trunk you can't get too from inside
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Has to be a secured trunk you can't get too from inside
Similar to the laws of transporting a firearm I suppose?
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Similar to the laws of transporting a firearm I suppose?
Exactly the same it's considered under concealed carry law
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Its a tool.

Officer- "Why do you have this machete?"
You- "I was cutting overgrown weeds and shrubs"

End of discussion. At least that should be.
Officer- "Why do you have this machete?"
You- "I was harvesting my weed."

Still good?
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:28 PM   #14
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Don't. I was arrested once for having a Ka-Bar in the cab because the blade was too long. Spent the night in jail because I forgot it was there. Leave it in the garage.
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Officer- "Why do you have this machete?"
You- "I was harvesting my weed."

Still good?
Yes
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So what I'm hearing is if its locked in your trunk out of site its ok?
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a.) get your ccdw/chl/etc. and not worry about anything - unless you live in a locale that *effectively* doesn't issue those (IL, CA, WashDC, etc.).

b.) make your own mount for it inside your engine compartment.



-OR- if you wanna be the next youtube sensation from some cop's dashcam,
next time you get pulled over start screaming kamikazee-style and "exit" your vehicle through the softtop after slicing it open with the thing.

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So what I'm hearing is if its locked in your trunk out of site its ok?
It's ok to have it in there yes but if they go to search vehicle for any reason inform them of it
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a.) get your ccdw/chl/etc. and not worry about anything - unless you live in a locale that *effectively* doesn't issue those (IL, CA, WashDC, etc.).

b.) make your own mount for it inside your engine compartment.

-OR- if you wanna be the next youtube sensation from some cop's dashcam,
next time you get pulled over start screaming kamikazee-style and "exit" your vehicle through the softtop after slicing it open with the thing.

Hahahahah I'm liking the last ideaa also I'm feelin the engine mount......broke down on the side of the road with the hood open......another beat up pick up stops to "help".....he pulls a knife on you.....you slowly pull out the machette and do the croc dandee line.......LIKE A BOSS
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This from a retired LEO, check your local and state laws. Laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Also, if you plan on taking it into another jurisdiction, check with them before taking it with you.
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All this nonsense just carry a friggin machete in your vehicle. Its sad what this country has become.
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All this nonsense just carry a friggin machete in your vehicle. Its sad what this country has become.
much agree

i feel like this:
i kinda look like that too, except for the long hair, mustache, and muscles. i have the old, haggard, and unwashed part down pat.
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I keep one along with a hatchet in my rear tuffy enclosure. I figure Ill have an easier time explaining them since they are with my jump bag and recovery gear. They would prob give me more trouble for my 6 D-cell Maglite that is secured on the lft side of my driver seat.
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I keep one along with a hatchet in my rear tuffy enclosure. I figure Ill have an easier time explaining them since they are with my jump bag and recovery gear. They would prob give me more trouble for my 6 D-cell Maglite that is secured on the lft side of my driver seat.
Can I get a pic of this enclosure
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Can I get a pic of this enclosure
Here is the basic idea....but they have dif versions for TJ/LJ/JK ect. The LJ version looks just like this but allows you to retain the rear seat.

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I carry a full size ax in the jeep. Usually its tucked behind/under the rear seat, but lately I've been lazy and its just on the floor in the back seat.
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Thanks! I may need to look Into one of theese
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Its a tool.

Officer- "Why do you have this machete?"
You- "I was cutting overgrown weeds and shrubs"

End of discussion. At least that should be.

Unless there is blood on the blade....



Generally speaking, you should be fine having a machete in your car, assuming your a decent person.

If the police pull you over and see your machete, a juggalo sticker in your back window, some electronic equipment of dubious origin, and your meth pipe... then you're probably one of the droids they're looking for. I'm not judging, just sayin'.



Police officers aren't computers, the context and the totality of the circumstances DRAMATICALLY afect the decision making process. You can probably flip a cigarette on the ground and not get arrested 99% of the time, because the officer has better stuff to do. However, if you're drunk and being a problem, tell the officer to "F himself" and then flip your cigarette on the ground... Well that's littering, and your going to jail.


Are you drunk and speeding? OR are you speeding because the babysitter called 911 and paramedics are inside your home trying to revive your child? One person probably goes to jail, the other probably gets a pass.


I gave a drunk driver a pass a couple months ago. He was a bad guy, about 30YO, and had spent probably 10 years total in the joint, had a lot of jailhouse ink. He was out on probation. But he didn't run, he didn't fight, he was civilized to me. He had a legitimate job. I didn't have to get a warrant for his blood. He blew into the intox, and registered just over the limit. I could've sent him back to the joint for the DUI and probation violation. I cut him a break. I work in a tough town, arguably the worst in AZ. Most of my DUI's are 3X the legal limit. This 30YO guy was an OG in the eyes of the young cholos I chase every night. They respect him. I gave the guy another chance (he had to walk home) and gained some rapport with my town. If I guessed wrong, I'll catch him later.


Oftentimes cops do cut people a break. It's ironic that before I was a cop it never felt like I got a break, and now from the other perspective it seems that all I do is give out freebies.




I'm fascinated by edged weapons and tools. I just dressed the edge on my tomahawk last night. It's relaxing, and few things are more rewarding (or tedious) than aspiring to make the perfect edge.

I have a machete. It's a "Panga" African style machete (versus the Latin version commonly seen).

I spent many hours working on my machete with a file and a stone. It's a very functional tool, and it's custom to me. It'll cover everything from filleting a catfish to flipping burgers on the grill... and killing overgrown brush.

I have a log hanging from my back porch, specifically for my edged tools.







Note, in ARIZONA, the laws pertaining to tools/weapons are very loose. You can cruise around with a 12ga stuffed in your pants.

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