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Isn’t it illegal to carry a knife?

By PearlyGirl - 23 November 2011 29

There was a dude on the bus yesterday morning who was wearing a dirty big knife in a bum bag style pouch over his shoulder. 

The knife was in full view and he copped some interesting looks.

I for one was a bit anxious.

I’m suprised the bus driver let him on.

Surely it’s illegal to carry a knife in public??

What’s Your opinion?


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Isn’t it illegal to carry a knife?
poetix 1:25 pm 23 Nov 11

Deref said :

Henry82 said :

Its illegal to carry a knife without a reasonable excuse.

A shiny new(ish) penny to whoever comes up with the best “reasonable excuse” that this numpty might have used. I’ll go first:

“I was plannin’ on doin’ a whole lot o’ whittlin’.”

“Them opossums is drinking my hooch”

Deref 1:21 pm 23 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

Its illegal to carry a knife without a reasonable excuse.

A shiny new(ish) penny to whoever comes up with the best “reasonable excuse” that this numpty might have used. I’ll go first:

“I was plannin’ on doin’ a whole lot o’ whittlin’.”

poetix 1:16 pm 23 Nov 11

Reasons why I wouldn’t let a child catch a bus on his or her own, part 350 of a continuing series.

Imagine he tried to carry a knife like this onto a plane. Why then should he be allowed to take it on a bus, concealed or fully visible? Are people catching buses supposed to put up with deadly weapons?

Reminds me of signs Stephen King writes that he saw recently in Texas: ‘Handguns not allowed in the bar’.

zipper_Head 12:59 pm 23 Nov 11

To clarify PearlyGirl’s description, it looked more like a machete which was sheathed. The ‘dude’ looked more like a junkie. It only became an issue when he sat down and unsheathed his machete and started to look at it.

shadow boxer 12:40 pm 23 Nov 11

hotwasabee said :

It’s one thing to carry a knife when you need it but a very different one to take it onto public transport in full view. A knife has a million uses, but none of them are should be applicable on public transport. So yes Carnadly, I would pull my kids away from a complete stranger with a ‘bloody big’ knife. I’d rather do that than find out too late when he starts swinging at the mutant zombie magpies in his head. Yes I do judge when it comes to possible danger.

me too…

carnardly 12:27 pm 23 Nov 11

even if he simply got on and sit down calmly in a seat… or stood their quietly hanging on to a strap?

Who’s to know he wasn’t just carrying it home.

hotwasabee 12:10 pm 23 Nov 11

It’s one thing to carry a knife when you need it but a very different one to take it onto public transport in full view. A knife has a million uses, but none of them are should be applicable on public transport. So yes Carnadly, I would pull my kids away from a complete stranger with a ‘bloody big’ knife. I’d rather do that than find out too late when he starts swinging at the mutant zombie magpies in his head. Yes I do judge when it comes to possible danger.

Thumper 12:04 pm 23 Nov 11

Not singling anyone out but it’s a fair enough question from the OP.

jenny123 11:59 am 23 Nov 11

If you had young kiddies with you, would you have pulled them in “in case”?

ahh yes..

carnardly 11:51 am 23 Nov 11

Can I ask why you were nervous? Did he look a bit “rough?” Were you just stereotyping him that he must be a looney or a crim because of how he looked? Not just you, but the others as well. And then to cast aspersions as to the legality of him having a knife sounds like you assume he could be dodgy?

Its sad to judge someone you don’t know just on how he looked and because of what he was carrying. If you had young kiddies with you, would you have pulled them in “in case”?

Disinformation 11:11 am 23 Nov 11

Yep. Another victim of personal anxiousness requires the law to protect them against being scared and their lack of knowledge of how it’s applied gives them righteous indignation.
Beware the moral opposition don’t harrass you for being a potential prostitute.

Buying a knife at the shops and having to get it home via the bus is quite legitimate.

Henry82 9:59 am 23 Nov 11

Its illegal to carry a knife without a reasonable excuse. Self defence is NOT a reasonable excuse.

http://the-riotact.com/knife-laws-in-canberra/45182

carnardly 9:41 am 23 Nov 11

anxious because he carried a knife? good lord. I wouldn’t care two hoots unless he started swinging it around at me or appeared somewhat altered. Why shouldn’t the bus driver let him on? He paid his money, he was (probably) acting perfectly fine.

And when push comes to shove, you can search here for the same question.

http://the-riotact.com/knife-laws-in-canberra/45182

So No – its not illegal to carry a knife, if you have a reasonable cause to have one. He may have been a meat worker, or a crocodile dundee type croc skinner. Whatever.

s-s-a 9:34 am 23 Nov 11

Have a look at Schedule 1 of the Prohibited Weapons Act. While it appears that such things as flick and sheath knives are prohibited, as are daggers (cutting blade on both edges, which no doubt would include an oyster knife) that can be concealed on the person, there doesn’t appear to be a category for “f***ing big knives”… ??

Jungle Jim 9:33 am 23 Nov 11

While being either too lazy or apathetic to search for the applicable law, I thought carrying a knife in plain view and not in a threatening manner was perfectly legal. I’m sure there are some specifics to the legality, but it doesn’t sound to me like the dude has done anything wrong.

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