Monday, August 22, 2011

Legal in Tennessee?

In a previous post, I noted that a baseball bat is not a viable weapon of defense in Tennessee, because it is not legal. It would easily fall under the legal definition of club.

So, what to do, if you don't have a handgun carry permit, or are going into a gun free zone. Do you suppose the lights might go out while you are in there? Then carry a flashlight. The MAGLITE, available from Amazon or your local store is one choice.

Hold it by the light end if you need to swing it. Find some training in its use if you can. Stay in condition Yellow when you are out and about.

The best thing to do is avoid a fight whenever possible, but . . . if you can't, a solid flashlight is better than a snowball, don't you think?

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1 comment:

MJM said...

Yeah, but what if your intent in carrying the Maglite is to go armed? I carry a machete--with a piece of rural property to maintain, I never know when I might have to cut a vine on the road into the property--but the machete could come in handy otherwise too.
Way too much discretion and ambiguity in those "intent" statutes.