US Sword Ownership Laws

US Sword Ownership Laws

Here is a question that we received earlier from the Best Self Defense Weapons Mailbag about US Sword Ownership Laws:

“I am planning on collecting swords. I have been fascinated by swords since I was just a kid. But I am very much concerned if there are any existing US sword ownership laws that I might be breaking if I continue with my sword collection at home. Please give me an idea about this matter.”


There is no such term as US Sword Ownership Laws under the United States Constitution. However, the right to bear weapons for self defense is covered under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The general rule is that you are allowed to own or collect swords, knives and other melee self defense weapons as long as you do it in a manner that is not offensive to other people and in a non-threatening way. Also, if you are renting an apartment or living with other people, make sure that your lessor or the people in your home approves your sword collection.

In addition, you should avoid bringing them out in public, except in cases wherein you are taking part in a theatrical event, sport or any lawful activity that involves swords.

It should be noted though that political subdivisions of some states may have ordinances that have certain requirements when it comes to sword ownership. So, be sure to check first the local ordinances in the county or city where you are residing before starting your sword collection at home in order to avoid trouble with the local authorities.

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