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Old April 1, 2008, 02:05 PM   #16
Glenn E. Meyer
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That's been asked and answered - will it hurt me in court?

Most of the opinions offered will be non-expert. I suggest one search on the issue to avoid repetitive prose.

The basic answer is:

1. Weapons related issues can influence juries.
2. They don't have to be explicitly raised, just appearance will do it. So you won't see it in the legal databases.
3. The influence interacts with jury knowledge, gender, expert testimony, etc.
4. Your lawyer and experts can help defuse such at trial
5. Someone will say - It doesn't matter if it is a good shoot. However, if you in a trial - someone thinks it isn't a good shoot.

I wouldn't not carry standard stuff because of the court fear. Avoid being seen as mall ninja, raving killer. Shut up about that stuff. Have a lawyer who knows such. Or experts.
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