Many state and local regulations prohibit carry of a knife, or any weapon, with "intent to do harm" or some similar restriction. "Intent" requirements in criminal law are typically designed to dissuade law enforcement and prosecutors from harassing honest folks and protect therm by making it difficult to prove criminality on their part, absent an actual crime. However, , they twist the "intent" portion with an absurd interpretation of the law, treating an admission of carrying for self-defense as carry with intent to do harm and thereby illegal.
It doesn't matter how much that offends you, asserting that right on the street is a pretty reliable way to find yourself arrested, particular in a major city.
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