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Per the NJ State Supreme Court. But some other states say not so much. Go read the full article.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...ts-some-bladed-weapons-and-not-just-firearms/

The Second Amendment protects some bladed weapons, and not just firearms
By Eugene Volokh June 9

The New Jersey machete decision is important because it rejects a “spontaneity†requirement for arming yourself at home (the state’s theory that you could pick up a weapon against an imminent attack, but you can’t come to the door with the weapon just in case). But it’s also important because it reaffirms that the Second Amendment protects not just guns but other weapons as well.

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More details on that NJ SC case. A very interesting summary and analysis.

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https://www.nraila.org/articles/201...nd-other-lawful-objects-for-home-self-defense

NJ Court: State Can’t Criminalize Possession of “Pencils†and Other Lawful Objects for Home Self-defense

Friday, June 16, 2017

It is refreshing to finally see some common sense coming out of a court in NJ, as the state is notoriously known for its illogical and Draconian gun laws that do little more than make felons out of law-abiding gun owners.
Last week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey upheld the right to lawfully possess and hold a weapon for self-defense in the home, rejecting arguments advanced by the State that would treat a citizen like a criminal for simply answering an angry knock at his own door while holding an object that was legal to possess.

The case, Montalvo v. State, arose out of a commonplace neighborhood dispute. Daleckis, downstairs of Montalvo, banged on the ceiling to let Montalvo know he was upset about the noise from upstairs. Montalvo then knocked on the Daleckis front door, and, getting no response, threw a table off their shared porch, which he acknowledged was a “stupid†thing to do. Shortly after, Daleckis went to the Montalvo apartment to confront him over the broken table. Montalvo and his wife claimed Daleckis was not just knocking but angrily kicking and slamming on their door. Uncertain of what to expect, Montalvo took the precaution of picking up a machete â€" used in his work as a roofer and kept with other tools â€" before opening the door. In the exchange that followed, Daleckis said Montalvo pointed the machete at him, while Montalvo testified he held the machete down the entire time. Both agreed, though, that Montalvo never stepped outside of his own apartment.
Click link above to finish reading case summary.
 

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Rational men in black. In New Jersey! #-o
 

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To be fair, before Heller there was no controlling law or interpretation. States could use "rational basis" and make up whatever they wanted. Heller is critical in so many ways. Now if we could only get the Supreme Court to tell the federal courts "yes, we really meant that".
 
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