Toucher & Hardy

Toucher & Hardy

Toucher & Hardy

The Indiana state Senate recently passed a bill that would legalize the recreational use of throwing stars. According to the bill, children aged 12 and over are permitted to possess these weapons.

On the Toucher & Rich radio program, the guys react to a news segment detailing the legislation.


  • A mural of former Celtics great Larry Bird in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Note: Photo cropped. Credit: Steve Baker/Flickr)

    A mural of former Celtics great Larry Bird in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Note: Photo cropped. Credit: Steve Baker/Flickr)

  • Reporter: Indiana Senate Bill 341 would make the recreational use of throwing stars legal for people over 12 years old. 

    Fred: Oh my God! Because 12-year-olds need to be able to defend themselves. Is this real? I never ask that. Are you sure this is real? 

    Rich: Very real. But there’s a follow-up to this story, and that is that the bill passed. 

    Fred: In a million years I would not have guessed age 12 and over. Alright then. 

  • Reporter: Scott Railey, who owns one of the biggest knife stores in the Tri-State, Patriot Knife Works, opening that stopgap would probably not make too much of a difference. 

    Railey: The fact that they’ve been illegal probably contributes to that. 

    Fred: What? These people have brains that seem to work a little slower than usual. 

    Reporter: The bill would undo a law from the 1980s that banned the use, possession, sale, and manufacturing of what they called ‘Chinese throwing stars.’ It’s worth noting that throwing stars, also known as shurikens, are actually a Japanese invention. 

    Fred: We don’t care. It’s all the same to us. Stop appropriating cultures. 

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  • Reporter: As a business owner that already sells throwing knives and recently legalized automatic knives, Railey says he finds the current restrictions a bit strange. 

    Railey:  If you want to hurt someone, you can throw a hammer or hit them with a bat or anything else. I think the stars will probably be used primarily for sport, just like people throw axes, you know? 

    Fred: Exactly. In my backyard. How many knife stores are in the tri-county area? 

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  • Rich: So, Indiana did pass a bill to legalize throwing stars. But this is great. The bill does include some restrictions. Throwing stars are only permitted at certain businesses, and children ages 12 to 17 can only buy throwing stars with a parent’s written permission slip. 

    Fred: The parents are really going to be vigilant about that. That’s all my 12-year-old needs, a bunch of throwing stars. Let’s track this, and in five years, let’s see how many kids are blind. Can you imagine your 12-year-old owning throwing stars. It would be anarchy!

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