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Can a sword be legally carried openly in IL?


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I looked at some material concerning knife law here in IL, but saw nothing pertaining to swords. If swords are just considered long knives, wondering if it would be legal to have a sword in a scabbard worn openly in this state. Not sure if I ever would want to do so, but a saw an ad for a short Roman soldier type sword, 1.6 inch blade, and it sure looked cool. 

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On 2/17/2024 at 8:09 PM, JTHunter said:

As I am now using a cane for balance and back support, I looked into the possibility of getting a "sword cane" instead of just a wooden cane.

No dice.  They are also considered to be a "concealed weapon". 🤢 🤮

Would you mind sharing your source on that?  I cannot find a link to clear law there.  There is a thread about “Cubs Rooftops” in this Forum where a clear law was not turned up if I recall.  Sword canes can be shipped to IL but maybe it depends on where it is carried or maybe there was a recent law change?

 

This app says they’re legal in IL:

 

https://kniferights.org/resources/legal-blade/

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On 2/19/2024 at 8:27 PM, JTHunter said:

Yeti,  I believe the information I got was from a LGS and that the canes were considered "concealed weapons".  That was the problem.

Thank you.  I’d like to verify that with text of a law but haven’t been able to.  Not that your LGS source is wrong but others certainly have been in certain cases.  Will have to keep digging…

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On 2/19/2024 at 10:22 PM, Yeti said:

Thank you.  I’d like to verify that with text of a law but haven’t been able to.  Not that your LGS source is wrong but others certainly have been in certain cases.  Will have to keep digging…

 You may have already seen this but just what I found .    https://www.andrewnickel.com/blog/2021/october/illinois-knife-laws/

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On 2/17/2024 at 8:09 PM, JTHunter said:

As I am now using a cane for balance and back support, I looked into the possibility of getting a "sword cane" instead of just a wooden cane.

No dice.  They are also considered to be a "concealed weapon". 🤢 🤮

I've thought about a cane with a reinforcing "truss rod", like an electric guitar.

 

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On 2/20/2024 at 4:06 PM, ragsbo said:

I see where Cold Steel is making a cane that has a cable "whip" in it instead of a sword. Wonder if that would be legal where a sword might not be

Dayum!  Thanks, I'll have to look.

I come from sword fighters, Mom and Dad met at the fencing club. (RIP * 2)
something like a 0.25" piece of music wire spring stock in the middle of the "cane" would be ideal, it does not even need a pointed end.

 

 

 

 

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On 2/21/2024 at 11:36 AM, lilguy said:

Are we searching for alternatives for guns now. I know gun ownership is a challenge in Illinois but regressing to the dark ages seems a bit extreme.

Seeing someone carrying a sidearm 

does not concern anyone here. Some one walking out in public with Excalibur strapped to his side would 

cause me to do a double take.

pocket knife vs claymore.

Glock 42 vs AR-15 at low ready...

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On 2/21/2024 at 6:44 AM, rmart said:

My understanding is that a telescoping baton is also illegal to carry.

I have an old East German telescoping attitude adjuster that fits in the pocket I'd like to carry sometimes.

Not sure about that. I had a CPD detective in my Chicago office getting some video footage of just another crime on my block. He noticed the telescoping baton on my bicycle. I told him I am not carrying it to commit a crime or to do anyone harm. He smiled and acknowledged that since I was aware of the law, no problem.

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On 2/21/2024 at 10:03 AM, mikew said:

Dayum!  Thanks, I'll have to look.

I come from sword fighters, Mom and Dad met at the fencing club. (RIP * 2)
something like a 0.25" piece of music wire spring stock in the middle of the "cane" would be ideal, it does not even need a pointed end.

 

 

 

 

https://www.coldsteel.com/cable-whip-cane/

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A bit off topic as this sword and cutting was in the house - but it's still a sword story and we really don't hear enough of these.

 

Sword-Wielding Elmhurst Woman Arrested: Cops | Elmhurst, IL Patch

 

Collette Bajic, 54, of Elmhurst, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at her house on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor domestic battery (two counts) and resisting a police officer.

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On 2/22/2024 at 8:39 PM, JTHunter said:

 

Perhaps, if the cane can't be separated and the "truss" exposed, you might get by.

The opinion from:

https://www.andrewnickel.com/blog/2021/october/illinois-knife-laws/

"Other legal knives in Illinois include pocket/folding knives, bowie knives, dirks/daggers, swords, machetes, and disguised knives such as belt knives, cane knives, and lipstick knives."

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