Originally Posted by Dorsai58
I have a question about the cane. I carry a an Irish walking stick, big stout blackthorn. Sometimes my knee acts up, I hurt it in the Navy. If I beat some thug who attacks me with that stick, I had always thought that would be legal. Now with seeing this thread, could I be charged with carrying an illegal weapon? Thanks for all you do LE types.
Carrying an illegal weapon, probably not. However keep in mind that if you beat the holy hell out of someone who is unarmed, you may end up on the wrong end of a assault with a deadly weapon charge. Just like using a firearm to protect yourself you are going to need to show that the attacker posed a grave threat to life or great bodily harm, since the tool you used has a potential to be lethal.