Re: Meet the Scorpion (Uphill's Build-Up)
BTW, these things are not classified as weapons in California?
The California Penal Code defines deadly weapons under PC 12020:
12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison: (felony/misdemeanor = "wabbler")
(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the
state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives,
lends, or possesses any:
-any firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a
-camouflaging firearm container
-ammunition which contains or consists of any flechette dart
-bullet containing or carrying an explosive agent,
-ballistic knife (knife shot from a weapon)
-multiburst trigger activator
-belt buckle knife
-any unconventional pistol,
-any lipstick case knife
-air gauge knife
-writing pen knife
-metal military practice handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade
-any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sap, or sandbag.
(2) Commencing January 1, 2000, manufactures or causes to be
manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or
exposes for sale, or who gives, or lends, any large-capacity
(3) Carries concealed upon his or her person any explosive
substance, other than fixed ammunition.
(4) Carries concealed upon his or her person any dirk or dagger.
Then there are exemptions for people who train martial arts having nunchuks, who make movies for having explosive squibs, etc.
But that's it. If it's not prohibited, it's legal. A sword or rapier is not illegal to carry and neither is an axe.
I worked at the Orange County, California DA's Office as recently as March of this year and know that it's not classified by the Penal Code as a deadly weapon.
Is it a deadly weapon? I guess you could construe it as such. I construe it as a 4x4 work tool. I even keep an axe strapped to the roof rack of my FJ and a crowbar in the back as work tools. While not quite "a Talon", they'd give you a nasty bruise if used as a weapon -- but they're not classified as such by the California Penal Code.
An axe handle could be construed as a "billy club" by the Penal Code and would thus be a crime to posess. If you put an axe head on it, it's cool. The same is true of a "pick/axe head".
I didn't write the laws.