07-18-2009, 04:12 PM #1
Carrying an ASP baton - Legal question
I have a silly question that hopefully the 'zonies on the site can answer.
My hubby went to Iraq and he left his ASP baton with me. Nice for me, because it is something that I can have in the house that gives me a sense of safety. I also will take it with me in the car if I am going any far distance because at least I have some way of hopefully protecting myself if something bad happens.
Is it legal to carry in Arizona or could I get in trouble (or worse have it taken from me by an officer should I get stopped) for carrying this in my car?R.I.P. Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Munden
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07-18-2009, 06:50 PM #2
You should be fine. It is designed as a weapon like a gun or knife but must be used in a specific manner in order to be lethal. It fits the definition of a deadly instrument but so does a car after the driver leaves the bar. Also, while collapsed it is rather harmless. Be on the safe sidfe and keep it in the open in the car. I would not worry too much, I would not take any enforcement action if it was concealed and I pulled you over and you told me. Be safe.Well first, life dealt you a bad hand, then you decided to double down.
07-18-2009, 07:55 PM #3
- Join Date
- Dec 2006
no reasonable police officer is going to charge you for carrying a baton for your own safety as a single(only by location)women. same token they wont confiscate it either.
07-18-2009, 08:28 PM #4
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- Dec 2004
How about a better answer. There is no law in Arizona prohibiting you from having it and carrying it. If you use it, make sure you articulate why you felt the need to use it. You better describe exactly how scared you were.
07-19-2009, 12:41 AM #5
An ASP baton, is at -best- a dangerous instrument, not a deadly weapon. There are no general restrictions on owning and carrying, concealed or not. Guidelines for use of a baton are the same as any other physical force situation, and it would not be construed as deadly physical force, unless used in a specific way (i.e. strikes to the head).
Now in California, on the other hand, it is a felony for the general public to so much as -possess- a baton (among other laughable laws).
But then again...we're not in Californy.
07-19-2009, 03:06 PM #6
07-29-2009, 12:21 AM #7
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- P-town, Az
If you REALLY needed to defend yourself, i think you'd find the asp severly lacking.
07-29-2009, 12:28 AM #8NRA Life Member
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