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Leagally Carrying a Kirpan on a USA College Campus

asked 2019-07-27 22:31:39 -0600

chardikala_9 gravatar image

updated 2019-07-29 10:51:25 -0600

Guruka Singh gravatar image

How does one legally carry a Kirpan on a US University campus? I live in CO and have read our knife laws. Does any Sangat know how to get more information on this matter?

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answered 2019-07-29 10:44:40 -0600

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Here's what I did... I went to my local police HQ and talked to the officer in charge. We sat down together and talked about Sikhi, our lifestyle and beliefs. I answered all his questions. He asked me if I would be willing to make a training video to be used for local and state police training with regard to different cultures and ethnicities. I agreed and we set a time. That evening I got to explain panj kakkar clearly on video. The police have asked sometimes to see my kirpan (which I do not wear in plain view) and they are very respectful and positive because they already know what it is.

Now school is a different situation, but it's the same path. I suggest making an appointment with the chancellor or whoever is in charge to discuss bana on campus. You may have to carry a smaller kirpan, but I suspect there is a graceful solution to this in which all parties feel included.

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Thanks Ji, I appreciate your help with this!

chardikala_9 gravatar imagechardikala_9 ( 2019-07-29 23:59:04 -0600 )edit
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answered 2019-07-28 17:30:32 -0600

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updated 2019-07-29 09:32:36 -0600

I would advice you to not carry Kirpan in any US state. The police there is trigger happy, best not to give them a reason or suspicion to shoot you. Because of shootings and slashing of students by nutjobs in USA they are on alert everytime.

It funny how this offends some people, In 2019 alone 503 (97 were mentally ill) people have been killed by the police in USA .

Fun Fact 44 people were shot dead in Colorado state in 2018, 2 were mentally ill 40 deaths have no body cam footage 22 were not fleeing the scene but still shot.

Here is a link for the database https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/police-shootings-2019/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b38954b591b8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofkillingsbylawenforcementofficersintheUnitedStates

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