US Sword Ownership Laws

US Sword Ownership Laws

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Have you ever wondered about collecting swords for fun or even purchasing one as a self-defense option? Have you wondered if there were any laws or regulations that you should know before owning any?


Currently, and as far as I know, there is no such term as US Sword Ownership Laws under the United States Constitution. However, the right to bear weapons for self-defense is covered under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The general rule is that you are allowed to own or collect swords, knives, and other melee self defense weapons as long as you do it in a manner that is not offensive to other people and in a non-threatening way.

In addition, you should avoid bringing them out in public, except in cases wherein you are taking part in a theatrical event, sport or any lawful activity that involves swords.

It should be noted though that political subdivisions of some states may have ordinances that have certain requirements when it comes to sword ownership. So, be sure to check first the local ordinances in the county or city where you are residing before starting your sword collection at home in order to avoid trouble with the local authorities. Remember, it is ultimately always your responsibility to be aware of any laws or regulations in your area that may pertain to your self-defense weapons and rights.

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