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Is there any specific law outlawing private nuclear weapons?

I am not asking about any indirect or circumstantial restriction. Is there any law in any country preventing me from owning a nuclear weapon there? Is it a plutonium license or something specific to ...
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Arizona law requires you to admit to carrying a firearm. Would that be admissible evidence?

This question describes an Arizona law which requires a person stopped by the police to answer honestly when asked if they have a concealed deadly weapon. Suppose that someone in Arizona is carrying ...
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Law in History: Weapon Law in New York in the 1960s: Long Blades

While researching for a novel, I stumbled about an interesting legal point I can't answer on my own because I neither am a lawyer nor am in the US: Between 1945 and 1951 quite some Katana were ...
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What argument supports a right to bear arms but denies a right to bear nuclear weapons?

Per the second amendment: A lot of people really want to be able to declare that they can own any weapon they want but then the argument absurd is always, "Well that means you could own a nuke too." ...
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Carrying a knife in public in the UK

Is carrying a certain knife in the UK, more specifically England, allowed? And what type of knives do these have to be? e.g. blade length. Would carrying such knife be allowed if you do not have a ...
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Can I take a bow and arrows on the train in the UK?

I'm interested in taking up archery. Attending the closest club would require that I take the train there as I cannot drive. Would I be able to take a bow and arrows, secured in a case, on the train? ...
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Is it legal to carry any kind of weapon in the UK?

Concealed or otherwise is it legal for a private citizen to carry any kind of weapon for self defence purposes in the UK?
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Self defense or illegal hunting?

If we talk about USA, where exactly is the difference between self defense and illegal hunting? Let's say a dangerous animal approached your house. How close should it be for you to shoot it and not ...
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Are lethal autonomous weapon systems legal?

Are lethal autonomous weapon systems legal? I want to know whether this technology is illegal, or not - specifically in the UK, but globally as well. I know the Convention on Certain Conventional ...
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Legal Right to Own Nukes

As per the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution one has to wonder if there are any restrictions with regard to the type (or destructiveness) of arm you shall bear. If someone could ...
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Weapons vs objects coincidentally used as weapons

My understanding is that many easily-concealed weapons are illegal to use for self-defense in many if not most states. For example, knuckle-dusters are illegal to use in self-defense in most if not ...
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Is it illegal to carry an improvised pepper spray in the UK?

Civilian possession of pepper spray is banned in the UK, due to its use in self-defence. There are, of course, many household items that can have a similar purpose. While not nearly as effective, no ...
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Would stricter gun laws in the US allow the arms industry to sue the US government?

As far as I can tell the US government, especially the current US President Obama, wants stricter laws concerning the ownership and / or acquisition of guns and weapons in the USA. Now again as far ...
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Does pulling a gun in self defense still count as an assult?

I was speaking with a coworker who was using an example of pulling a loaded gun to drive away a mugger who as armed with a knife, with the mugger fleeing without shots being fired. He said the ...
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If someone shoots you, whose property is the bullet?

This may sound crazy but it is inspired by What if a spacecraft lands on my property? The answer there seems to be that you don't acquire another's property just by it appearing in your domain. The ...
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Is it illegal to carry a baton?

Is it illegal to carry an expandable/extendable baton in the state of Indiana?
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Is there a knife, that can be legally carried in both NJ and NY?

I live in NJ, but work in NYC, and would like to be find a knife, that can be legally carried in both locales. NYC seems to ban all folding knives, while allowing any fixed-blades under 4" long. ...
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What weapons can I legally carry for self-defence in New York City?

I've been on the receiving end of racist verbal attacks regarding COVID-19. I've already reported this to the police; they advise me not to engage with the offenders. However, I suspect that things ...
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What if your cargo accidentally becomes a weapon while on a plane?

As far as I know, it is illegal for passengers to have weapons on a plane. Usually you need clearance to bring it as cargo as well. What if you accidentally make a weapon while on a plane? For ...
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Can I kill people with my autonomous drone?

If I were to deploy an autonomous drone that went around shooting people, what could I be convicted of? Suppose that all decisions were made by the drone, and I had no intent of this happening. E.g.,...
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Is it legal for civilians to pull (point) guns on each other?

This answer from a guy who often has to visit private properties in the rural US has made me wonder what, if any, offence a regular civilian (not a policeman etc.) commits by pulling (that is pointing)...
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Spices used as self defence

Let's assume that person A carries on themselves spices such as chilly, cayenne peppers, or something else of the same fiery disposition. Person A is attacked by person B. Let us further assume that ...
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Can I possess a locked unloaded handgun at a campsite in a county park in California?

I thought I found the answer in California Firearms Laws Summary : "Unless otherwise unlawful, any person over the age of 18 who is not prohibited from possessing firearms may have a loaded or ...
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Can a minor possess an AR-15 rifle in Wisconsin?

This stems from the Kyle Rittenhouse discussion: Wisconsin prohibits possession of rifles by minors, but the same section seems to say that it only applies when the rifle is "short-barrel". ...
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State testing unarmed ballistic weapons off some waters abroad?

The Sunday Times reported an unarmed missile had been set off from the submarine off the coast of Florida but, rather than head towards Africa, had veered towards the US. [ BBC News, Trident: ...
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Can a Minor Carry a Knife in Kansas?

I'm 13, and I am wondering if it would be legal to carry a karambit knife for self defense – in a sheath or folded? If laws for both are different, I would appreciate policies on both. If so, would I ...
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Is it illegal to carry a foam baseball bat as a prop on Halloween in the UK?

I am thinking of doing a 'Jacket' from Hotline Miami cosplay/dress up perhaps for Halloween or a convention. I am trying to think about props, but I am worried about the laws against having anything ...
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Can someone living with a felon keep a stun gun in the house in Utah?

I'm looking to get a stun gun for personal safety reasons, but I'm not sure if I can without moving out, since I live with a convicted felon. I live in Southern Utah. What are the restrictions on ...
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Is a gun in the waistband with a tucked-in shirt concealed or open carry in Michigan?

I generally carry my gun concealed, inside the waistband with a shirt or jacket over it. If I were to tuck said shirt in, the grip will show. Is this now considered open carry, or does the whole gun ...
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I committed a crime against the Weapons Act in Germany - Can I travel there?

I bought a butterfly knife in Poland (where it is legal) and had an overnight stop in Germany. I checked my bags out from the airport that night, then checked them back in the morning. The knife was ...
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Can I carry this pocket knife in the state of New Jersey?

I have a knife that folds open. Its blade is about 3-4 inches long. It looks kind of like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HR5G30?ref_=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_t I was looking at New Jersey state ...
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Is it legal to import a whip to England for use as decoration?

I would like to know if it is legal to import a whip to England, for use as decoration. According to a UK Government Webpage Offensive weapons which are designed to kill or inflict serious injury ...
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Legal Baltimore Knives

I recently moved to the Downtown Baltimore, Maryland area and as you may know it's an extremely high crime area that has a lot of homicides. As a result I've been trying to find ways I can defend ...
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What prevents tourists visiting the U.S. from buying firearms?

Imagine an ordinary foreigner, arrived with a simple tourist visa into the US. In the U.S., there is no personal identification document. Most of the U.S. people doesn't have a passport. What ...
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Is it legal (and sensible) to point rifles and guns at people randomly as they do in many movies?

Even when you are in your remotely located house, and somebody knocks on the door, and you bring your rifle or gun to the door, open the door and point it at the visitor, asking them to tell you why ...
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Does pointing a gun at someone constitute attempted murder?

Is pointing a gun at someone tantamount to attempted murder in Kenya? If not, what would it most likely be?
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Who in NH can legally bear weapons near school?

Can any citizen of NH legally carry any knife, gun (black powder or modern) or any weapon on a sidewalk next to a any school in NH? I know on duty police officers can carry weapons, and there are ...
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Did New Zealand just ban all semi-automatic rifles?

I'm asking this question because different sources say different things. The news media I've seen, visual, audio and text keep on running stories claiming that New Zealand has now banned semi-...
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What Constitutes a Chemical Weapon?

Sean Spicer is currently under fire for a claim of his that Hitler didn't use chemical weapons. According to politifact this is not just false, but "Pants on Fire". Politifact quotes part of the ...
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Where do I find the list of weapons referenced in this Netherlands weapon law?

I am reading the wet wapens en munitie, which is the Dutch law concerning possession of weapons and ammunition. In this law there is frequent referrence to "bij regeling van Onze Minister ...
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Police officer killed by a rooster, during an illegal cock fight

A Philippine police lieutenant was killed by a rooster, when he tried breaking up an illegal cock fight that is linked to the spread of Covid-19. Would the owner of the rooster be criminally liable ...
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Is it legal to OWN a machete in New Jersey? (Decor purposes only)

I bought a machete online about 2 hours ago because I thought it looked cool and I figured it would be nice to display it on my wall. I have no intentions to carry it, use it for illegal purposes, or ...
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Legal to walk around with a wooden rod in Alabama?

I am a very poor skateboarder, and would like to use a shovel handle as a "dry-land gondola paddle" to make navigation easier. Could such a thing be considered a weapon if I were to go about in public ...
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Can adult citizens carry knives in a school zone in NH

My understanding is that there is no federal legal distinction between concealed and open carry of knives. Also, NH doesn't prohibit the carry of knives for most people. Some felons are prohibited. ...
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Use deadly force while under the influence?

I recently completed a CPL/CCW class in Michigan and had a random thought. I understand it is illegal to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, but what are the ramifications if ...
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Self defence with an illegal weapon

First off I’d like to say this is just a hypothetical question that I thought of today. This following scenario is to be taking place in Canada. Let’s say a guy is at his house on his private ...
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Possessing a 'shotzooka'

Billy lives in Texas. He loves weapons. Above all, he loves practice shooting with his shotgun, which he jokingly nicknamed shotzooka. One summer, Billy decides to innovate. He spends his days adding ...
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Is it a felony for a teen to design a knife and put into production?

So just curious that is it legal for the following situation. So a teen design a new knife opening mechanism and hand it to an adult who's running a factory. The adult thinks it's interesting so he ...
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Can a country defend against invasions?

I know think under "premises/occupiers liability" you aren't allowed to set up things like booby-traps, to stop trespassers / invaders. Are countries/militaries exempt from such laws? If so, how are ...
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Removeing critical parts considered safe storage of a gun? "RCW 9.41.360: Unsafe storage of a firearm."

I wish to store my AR-15 with the BCG (bolt carrier group) removed, rather than use a lock. I prefer this because it's easy to do, easy to undo, and more aesthetically pleasing than the cable lock I ...