I should totally get a switchblade. I'd have to get one shaped like a lighter or something, though, because they're illegal and the police tends to do searches on the street. Not that I look like someone who would carry a blade, but still, I'd rather not get a sentence.
They're a bit crazy with carrying blades here. Some kid brought a box cutter home from work (he worked at a grocery store) and was arrested for carrying a "blade weapon". He'd have gone to jail for a month if the judge hadn't intervened and ruled that particular law nonsensical. Not entirely sure why he did that, but it might have been related to two other incidents that happened while the box cutter kid was pending sentence:
A mentally challenged person found a knife on the street and, upon spotting two nearby police officers, rolled up in his wheelchair and asked them if it was the illegal kind of knife, because then he'd like to turn it in. They then arrested him for carrying a blade weapon.
A man had been on a fishing trip in the Netherlands or something, but was stopped at the border upon returning here. The border police found a fishing box with a knife in it. The knife was too long, so he was slammed with the "blade weapon" sentence as well.
Yeah, they don't like knives here. Too many stabbings at the nightclubs. I mean, nothing like in New York, or any other town in the US, but we're a relatively small country, so something like a stabbing is front page news for a good week or two.
Edit: It wasn't the CCW law; it was another one that basically allowed the police officers to deem a bladed tool illegal (weapon) or not on the spot. Like, if someone was stopped at a nightclub with a box cutter - or a screwdriver for that matter - they would consider it a weapon. If someone was stopped on his way home from work with similar items, they wouldn't. The problem with that law was that everyone working late could be arrested if they were carrying anything that might be used to harm someone else. I believe a carpenter was arrested for carrying a screwdriver while on his way home. Unfortunately, his path home took him past the nightclub area, so the police considered it a weapon.
Silly laws. Edited, Jun 27th 2013 6:18pm by Mazra