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"O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127
Carrying deadly weapons to or at public gatherings; affirmative defenses

(a) Except as provided in Code Section 16-11-127.1, a person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he or she carries to or while at a public gathering any explosive compound, firearm, or knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense."

So, if I can prove that my gun was designed (maybe custom built) for ONLY defensive purposes (or ONLY offensive purposes, or neither), then wouldn't the public gathering thing not apply to it?

Just because it is capable of something doesn't mean it was "designed" for it.
 

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ptsmith24 said:
... I've only used my knife as a tool and pretty much carry it everywhere.
Exactly, I believe that is why it is worded that way. To exclude knives that aren't designed for offense and defense... So, it must apply to the rest of the list as well.

If I install a toothpick, screwdriver, and a can opener in the butthole of my Glock, then it can be considered a multitool right? :D
 

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So, gunsmoker... I hated english class therefore I didn't listen. Is the sentence supposed to read as "blah blah blah or knife designed for offense or defense purposes"? I wondered that so I asked my english-literate wife prior to posting this topic if the offense and defense statement was supposed to be just applicable to the knife or if it is for the entire list of weapons... she said that it applied to the whole list... but she might be wrong... and apparently was judging by the lack of responses to my initial question.

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Re: Caselaw

gunsmoker said:
QUESTION: Is a scalpel a tool or a “knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense?â€

ANSWER: Both. It’s a tool that can be, under the circumstances of how and where it was carried, similar to an offensive and defensive knife. The statute specifically includes a catch-all provision for instruments “of like character.†That would include tools that can be pressed into service as weapons, too.
That's scary... My first degree was in Architecture, and I had literally hundreds of exacto knives at my disposal as well as battery operated saws and the like... all on campus.

I could've been arrested for multiple felonies :shock: ...
 
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