Does CWP cover these?


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Collapsable metal batons. I asked a few law enforcement officers on this, & their reply was that proper training is need for these, & they don't believe civilians can carry them. ...Scratching head, thinking, I am permitted & carry a lethal force weapon - pistol, what's the difference? In addition,is a collapsable metal baton considered a concealed weapon, as compared to having a 3 D cell Mag Light flashlight on my belt. Basically, to simplify this, if I go into a bar & have a collapsable metal baton on me, am I in violation as if I was carrying my pistol? Thanks.


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Having been in this situation before, admittedly in a different state (Georgia), the answer is no, a CWP will not cover a baton, knife, or other non firearm weapon. In my situation I was told that the handgun I was carrying was covered by my CWP, but the penknife in my pocket was not. I was told a CWP only allows you to carry a firearm, not a knife, baton, or other weapon that can be concealed. A maglight is not considered a weapon, as its primary design purpose is as a tool, not a weapon. A metal baton is designed specifically as a weapon.

I also need to point out that a CWP is only as good as the officer you are dealing with, since I have been told by officers that while a CWP covers the weapon I carrying, it does not cover the spare magazine I am carrying with it.
I don't think it has anything to do with an item's design, or intended purpose. The statute is clear on what a "concealable weapon" is.

Section 23-31-210. Definitions.

As Used in This Article:

(6)"Concealable weapon" means a firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that must be carried in a manner that is hidden from public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self-defense, defense of others, and the protection of real or personal property.?