Originally Posted by kait18
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 :)
Depends… was this a public trail or private trail? Was this a city/town park, a county park or a state park?
Each city/town could have mundane laws/ordinances to control weapons on public lands. Each city/town then usually has a descriptor of what qualifies as a weapon or what not.
Specific parks then usually have extra “no-no” rules that can be enforced by local officials.
Many of these things are usually kept in ordinance books and are easy to discover at the local town hall or police department. If it was a county or state park/public lands then a call into the county seat or state seat can yield those answers, or whomever governs that particular trail. Not sure what your state has, but if it was game lands you might need to check with the Game Commission.
Some towns are pickier than others and do indeed wish their police force to look out for all the little things. Some not. And of course some cops are more “enthusiastic” about their jobs than others.