Q: is it legal to carry a real katana on your waist in nevada ?

and is it illegal to draw your katana while not in self defense situations?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Nevada, it is generally legal to openly carry bladed weapons, including katanas, but using it in a manner perceived as threatening or dangerous could potentially lead to criminal charges such as assault or brandishing a weapon. Regarding drawing your katana in non-self-defense situations, doing so in a manner that may incite fear or violence could be viewed as criminal conduct; it is always advised to handle weapons responsibly and to be aware of the laws and regulations applicable to your jurisdiction.

T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Nevada, there isn't a specific law prohibiting the open carry of bladed weapons like katanas. That said, local ordinances or rules might have more specific regulations, so you'd want to check the regulations in your specific area within Nevada. Additionally, drawing or brandishing a weapon, even if it's not a firearm, can be seen as a threatening gesture and could potentially lead to criminal charges such as assault, depending on the circumstances. Always exercise caution and discretion when carrying or handling weapons, and be aware of the potential legal ramifications.

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