This is part 2/3 of the carry travelogue started in part 1.
by Eric Vought
At some point during the week, we visited a local antique shop with a delightful and eclectic collection (Antiques and Treasures on N. Sierra St— Wow! ). One of my purposes was to search for a replacement cane. The orthopedic cane I often carry is… multipurpose… and not legal for carry in Nevada (even if my CCW was honored for firearms, a separate permit would be required in NV). As a medieval reenactor and trained fencer, it has been a natural self-defense tool for me, particularly during the periods where I did not wish to touch a firearm.
The alternative cane I keep for places concealed-carry is not allowed is from piece of pecan cut from our land. I am not used to using it for long periods and it was leaving my hand badly bruised. The duck-head ‘century cane’ I once carried was among items stolen in a burglary. I had received the insurance money for it but had never gotten around to finding a replacement; now was probably a good time. I found a brass horse-head cane in a Celtic style that I liked and bought it.
Even if I did not require a cane much of the time, carrying a cane or stick is an excellent self-defense option, particularly when the attacker is too close to draw to or when a firearm puts friendlies at risk. A cane, ‘multipurpose’ or not, is a good way to deal with that close attacker without endangering bystanders. If it has that ‘little something extra’, you want to very carefully examine state laws and whether it may be lawfully carried under your permit (in Missouri and Kentucky, for instance, a CCW allows concealed carry of anything not explicitly disallowed and is not restricted to just firearms).
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