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post #1 of 80 Old 04-26-2012, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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can this scenario really come true?

this goes for all trailriders/endurance riders or anyone riding in public...

This past weekend I was riding with some folks conditioning for an endurance event and we had stopped because one person was having tack issues.

A bystander walking by (Who we later found out was a cop) stopped and asked if everything was ok and realized one of the members(30+yo) had a knife and was cutting twine to tie down his saddle bags since one of his straps broke, and the cop/bystander said no one is allowed to bring weapons on trail! The gentlemen who was using his knife, politely told him its part of every riders tools when riding out and that in our case its a necessity. So the bystander/cop asked if we all had one an we all pulled ours out and explained afew of the many reasons why we need it available. And the cop/bystander took our names and wants to check and see if there are any rules on this...

Is this really possible.. to not be able to carry a utilty/pocket knife on trail?? I feel like that's the same as saying we can't take a hoof pick..but I also understand for safety why it wouldn't be allowed..

Also note thiscop/bystander is a small town cop... so some feel he is out to prove a point..

Opinions on this matter would be greatly appreciated :)
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post #2 of 80 Old 04-26-2012, 09:30 AM
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Small town cop.

This is what happens when you give people a very small salary and a very large scope of authority.
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That's crazy!!! On some of the State Park trails in my area you are only allowed to have a horse on the trail if you are hunting or fishing in the park. That means you must carry a gun and a hunting license or a fishing pole and a fishing license. All that for a stinking knife???? I would have written down his information too! Maybe I should pack a pen and pad included with my knife!
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post #4 of 80 Old 04-26-2012, 09:45 AM
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Good golly! They even allowed us to take pocket knives at my high school after the zero tolerance weapons policy was enacted. As long as the blade was under 3" you were good to go. I can't imagine that a similar rule wouldn't apply toward trail riders. And what about hikers and campers? I know we had a pocket knife in the bag last time we went backpacking.
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Small.Town.Cop. Maura is soooo right!

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haha guys that's what we were all saying small town cop...

But does he have any grounds to be right on this?? I have always ridden with a knife and have always camped with a knife since I was little so this really has me nervous... I will have to carry to hoof knives and have one sharpened to be a knife :(
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November 2012. One man, one vote. Use it wisely.

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Far as I know there is no federal law. Very well could be a state or county thing but if there is it was passed quietly, can't imagine people not going ballistic if they knew about it.
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If this happened in your own town, I'd call Town Hall and ask if this is a law on the books there, and when it was passed. Then, if it is actually a law, you can see the exact working - which if it even specifies knives likes says "over X inches" - heck, I carry a Swiss Army knife with me everywhere I go*, never gotten in trouble for that.

*Okay, when I flew to China in October 2011, 3 weeks after the bombings, I DID leave it home.
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post #10 of 80 Old 04-26-2012, 10:28 AM
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November 2012. One man, one vote. Use it wisely.
For those who DIDN'T understand the clarity of this post let me briefly explain.
WE HAVE TOO MANY LAWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have thousands of laws on the books by legislators who produce extraneous and/or unneccessary law and show NO WISDOM to see if they've duplicated. Also, many and most of these laws are NOT enforced, and we are led to believe that the law doesn't exist. Also, many of us deliberately brake those laws that are randomly enforced, like THE SPEED LIMIT.
Don't be lulled into a false sense of security.
Find out if it is legal to carry a knife on those trails. If it isn't, GET INVOLVED in your local politics and change the law and the politicians who want to restrict you.
Sorry, gunsligner--tried to "Like" but the button wouldn't work today. =(
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