|04-03-2012 11:09 PM|
|04-03-2012 09:32 PM|
|04-03-2012 09:17 PM|
|Tdog02||I agree with totality of circumstances, it's also a huge consideration as to where it is in the vehicle. Anything can be a deadly weapon including an ink pen. The intent of the user is more important than the possession of an object. In other words, in America the vast majority of officers will not be concerned about a machete unless you brandish it or start hackin on somebody with it.|
|04-03-2012 08:26 PM|
I would consider a machete a tool just like a screwdriver, a hammer, a shovel or whatever. With that being said, any tool could become a weapon at anytime.
Here in Alabama I don't know of any law stating a machete couldn't be carried, I have one in my Jeep, in both of my pickups, have one on my 5000 Ford tractor and even carry one in my company vehicle. One time my company truck was searched before I could enter Ft Rucker Army Base and I was questioned about the machete but they let me go on through when I told them I used it as a tool to clear out vines,and bushes while doing my job when needed.
|04-03-2012 02:17 PM|
|04-03-2012 12:42 PM|
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.
|04-03-2012 12:10 PM|
|cocky grin||Thanks! I may need to look Into one of theese|
|04-03-2012 12:09 PM|
|Peepers||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.|
|04-03-2012 12:04 PM|
|04-02-2012 09:44 PM|
|04-02-2012 09:41 PM|
|Jp90Talon||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.|
|04-02-2012 08:46 PM|
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.
|04-02-2012 06:40 PM|
|KBR97||All this nonsense just carry a friggin machete in your vehicle. Its sad what this country has become.|
|04-01-2012 12:03 PM|
|bbtj||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.|
|03-31-2012 11:34 PM|
|03-31-2012 08:19 PM|
|03-31-2012 08:13 PM|
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.
|03-31-2012 08:04 PM|
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|03-31-2012 07:46 PM|
|cocky grin||So what I'm hearing is if its locked in your trunk out of site its ok?|
|03-31-2012 10:38 AM|
|03-31-2012 05:21 AM|
|odimodus||zombies everywhere are rejoicing at this thread.|
|03-30-2012 10:28 PM|
|YJPete||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.|
|03-30-2012 09:43 PM|
You- "I was harvesting my weed."
|03-30-2012 06:18 PM|
|03-30-2012 06:17 PM|
|03-30-2012 06:14 PM|
|03-30-2012 06:14 PM|
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.
|03-30-2012 06:07 PM|
|mcw402||It's illegal to carry anytime anywhere in Texas because it has a blade over 5 1/2 inches....|
|03-30-2012 06:06 PM|
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........
|03-30-2012 06:04 PM|
So...it can be stored in the jeep with no problems.
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