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#374305 - 12/16/07 11:21 PM Swords Legal In MA
Black_Ninja Offline
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Registered: 12/16/07
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Loc: USA, MA
I wanted to know the legailitty of swords in Massachusetts. My dad says I can go to jail for 5 years for owing one. My friend has to swords and we go outside with them all the time.

Please let meh know
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#374306 - 12/17/07 12:28 AM Re: Swords Legal In MA [Re: Black_Ninja]
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Loc: Fort Wayne, IN
If they were outright illegal to own, they would not be for sale. On-line sellers would not be allowed to ship them into the state and thier web sites would have a disclaimer.

There may be some laws with regards to age and where/when you can carry them. If your just out cutting in the backyard you probably won't get in trouble. If your carrying one around the streets you may get stopped.

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#374307 - 12/17/07 10:14 AM Re: Swords Legal In MA [Re: JAMJTX]
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Loc: Denton, Tx, USA
There are a number of good training oppurtunities in Mass, in particular in the Boston area. That alone proves that ownership is not illegal. If you're really curious about the laws in your local area, I would suggest contacting one of these places. Those folks are going to know the local laws the best. While you're talking to them, why not sign up for genuine training? Your father might be more willing to support you if he knew you had access to good instruction to help keep your fingers attached to your hands.

As was previously mentioned, while it is legal to own them, if you take them out in public and start swinging them around, you put yourself at risk for running afoul of any number of laws including reckless endangerment and disturbing the peace.

Those folks who genuinely train with their weapons put them in a bag for transport, and store them in the trunk of their car. That way if they get pulled over by the cops it's easy to show that the weapon is not meant to be readily available. The same folks also generally only transport them between their home and their training location.

Swords aren't toys and shouldn't be treated as such. They are more like guns with a hair trigger, no safety and which can't be unloaded. The cops are going to treat them that way.
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#374308 - 12/17/07 03:19 PM Re: Swords Legal In MA [Re: Charles Mahan]
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Registered: 12/16/07
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Loc: USA, MA
Thankx I will look into it. I'm trying to start training soon because I have always loved the martial arts and would like to begin training ASAP. I enjoy weapon based martial arts and Regular Martial arts. I preffer advanced martial arts that require lots of training and that is not seen often
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#374309 - 12/17/07 03:51 PM Re: Swords Legal In MA [Re: Black_Ninja]
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Loc: Denton, Tx, USA
Where are you located in Mass? Perhaps we can point you towards a training oppurtunity? I know of a couple of good places in Boston.
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#374310 - 12/17/07 04:04 PM Florehnce, MA [Re: Charles Mahan]
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Just in case this is close to you, it's a good place to start:

Andres Corrada
Valley Iaido
41 Pine St
Florence, MA 01062
andres@corrada.com
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#374311 - 12/17/07 07:16 PM Re: Florehnce, MA [Re: JAMJTX]
Black_Ninja Offline
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Registered: 12/16/07
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Loc: USA, MA
That place is over an hour away from me lol. I live in Belmont MA, I bounce around to boston and medford alot
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#374312 - 12/17/07 08:39 PM Re: Florehnce, MA [Re: Black_Ninja]
Charles Mahan Offline
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Loc: Denton, Tx, USA
Well there's always http://www.bostoniaido.com

Nguyen-sensei's got a good program going there.
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#374313 - 12/17/07 09:12 PM Re: Florehnce, MA [Re: Black_Ninja]
Walter Wong Offline
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Registered: 12/09/04
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Loc: Boston, Massachusetts, United ...
I teach Japanese swordsmanship in Boston, MA as well in the Roxbury Crossing/Mission Hill area. 1 1/2 block from Roxbury Crossing orange line train station.

www.BostonSamuraiArts.com

Location and class schedule is in the website. Map and directions you can see by clicking on the Contact link at the bottom right of the website.

If you're under 18 years old, bring your parent as I must meet them first and require their personal approval if I accept you. But come by and observe a class. I look forward to meeting you.

Regards,
Walter
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#374314 - 12/17/07 09:48 PM Re: Florehnce, MA [Re: Walter Wong]
Black_Ninja Offline
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Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 6
Loc: USA, MA
I am looking for a place that teaches Miyamoto Musashi's Dual Wield Sword Style, or something similar to it. I plan on buying a katana and wakazashi. I know how to handle them well because my friend took kenjutsu and taught me a little. I only feel comfortable with swords when they are not sharp.

I'm also all for hand to hand combat training as well. Thank you all for the suggesting I will check them out.
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