Saturday, May 15, 2010

Is it illegal to have a bat in your car for self defense?

I want to buy some sort of self defense weapon to keep in my car incase anything happens, you never know, but I was wondering if a cop finds a bat (this is the one I was thinking of

like that one in my car, is it illegal?|||It is not illegal to own a baseball bat.

Using the bat as a weapon carries with it a risk of felony assault charges, however. Be careful.|||If it is concealed then yes.|||I have a friend who was worried about the same thing, so he bought one of those %26quot;Club%26quot; ant-theft devices. That way, he had a legitimate reason to keep it in his car. Why do you think they call it the %26quot;Club%26quot;?|||Nope, before I bought my gun I used to have a bat in my car.Got pulled over for no seat belt cop see%26#039;s the bat says %26quot;whats the bat for, on your way to a baseball game%26quot;?? I said nope coming from%26quot;. wrote me my ticket for seat belt and let me go nothing they can do about it.|||No, sometimes you need a tool to check your tires, (hint hint nudge nudge).|||That would be sweet if you had a bat in your car. It would fly out and bite whoever you wanted...well if you trained it of course!!

BEST SELF DEFENSE TOOL EVER!!!!|||Get a regular bat. Keep an old mitt nearby with a ball in it. If, depending on the State laws, something were to happen, and it is determined that you premeditated using this item as a weapon - well, you see where I am going.

Bit from NJ code...

%26quot;Other weapons. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any other weapon under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for such lawful uses as it may have is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.%26quot;

Contrary to what others have said, in many states, you can not have any old knife in the car or on your person. Many states have length, and mechanism restrictions. I%26#039;m pretty sure a cop would frown on a butterfly knife, switchblade, or machete sitting on the dash.

Other states have restrictions on the possession of pepper spray, or have a limit on the size of the canister. If you have a can of %26quot;Mace%26quot; over 3/4 oz in the back seat in Jersey, you%26#039;ll be needing a lawyer for self-defense.

More nice NJ code... pocket-sized device which contains and releases not more than three-quarters of an ounce of chemical substance... ...Any person in possession of any device in violation of this subsection shall be deemed and adjudged to be a disorderly person, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100.00.

So, you have to consider the effectiveness of essentially a puff of mace, wind blowback etc.

The right answer is use common sense, but check your State and local laws. It is your responsibility to know what they are.

BTW, the %26quot;club%26quot; is an excellent thing to have in the car, and it is often smartest to stay IN the car, window up than get out and fight someone. Just drive off.|||Don%26#039;t keep a bat in your car. It could distract you by flying around the car while you are driving. It might bite, and it could spread disease.|||yes,

get a regular baseball bat|||You can have a bat. Or a screwdriver. Or a knife. But no nunchucks or ninja stars. I%26#039;d probably stick with Mace or Pepper Spray though ... see, with a bat or a knife you have to get within reaching distance to actually pummel the bad guy, and if you%26#039;re in a car being attacked, there%26#039;s going to be no swinging room. Mace, with a stream spray, will shoot 6 to 10 feet. Plus you%26#039;re less likely to kill or seriously maim him, lessening your chances of getting sued.|||No its not. If you just have it in your car there is no law against that anywhere in the United States. If you don%26#039;t live in the United States then it might be different.|||Yeah, but don%26#039;t tell the cop that is what is there for. Tell him you just had practice...|||just bring other stuff in your trunk. I bring my glove with my bat.

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