Are sword canes ‘Steampunk’ or just ‘Victorian?’ Your vote is as good as mine, but either way it’s a no-brainer that you’re not supposed to smuggle them inside a courthouse.
Lots of people forget they’ve left that little SAK in their jacket pocket when they try to enter a courthouse or airport. It happens at my courthouse all the time, and unless you’re dealing with the TSA, it’s no big deal. The smart knife owners apologize, put on their best ‘surprised’ look, and hand over the knife in hopes that they can retrieve it when they’re done. But not William Gurley.
He was arrested earlier this month at the Alleghany County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, after allegedly trying to smuggle a sword cane (probably not the Gil Hibben model shown above) with a twelve-inch blade through courthouse security. When the courthouse deputy discovered the blade, Gurley refused to surrender it and got in an altercation with the deputy.
For his utter stupidity and intransigence, he was arrested and charged with a variety of misdemeanor criminal offenses. Pennsylvania’s knife laws may be frustratingly vague and non-preempted, but the “No Knives In Court” rule is crystal clear. To most of us, anyway.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.