i once walked into cato's packing a pair of long barrled wheel guns,on christmas eve..i got very good service,and cheerful sales staff.. best service i ever recieved on christmas eve..No problems, all though I wouldn't advise taking it with you in larger retail stores. Some people like to "make" things a problem. I believe that the law "says" somewhere "no longer than a 3" blade" as far as carrying one for daily use. I 've carried a fixed blade for a while and people freeked when they saw it. They did not know the area behind the cutting edge is the ricasso and is not considered in the "blade length".