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Comments on Wednesday 21 January 2004:
Tsk. It seems lockpicks are pretty much illegal in South Australia. How am I supposed to be a superantihero if I can't pick locks, eh?
15. (1) A person who, without lawful excuse --
...(skip irrelevant)...
(b) has custody or possession of an implement of housebreaking.
...(skip irrelevant)...
is guilty of an offence.
...(skip to glossary of terms)...
'implement of housebreaking' includes a picklock key, crow, jack, bit or other implement of housebreaking.
Canada's law regarding lockpicks is rather clearer, despite including the phrase "reasonable inference". Ah, trusting in the reason of the people, where has such folly gone? Canadians are also allowed 'lawful excuse', but are more obviously allowed to possess a lockpick even lacking that.
351. (1) Every one who, without lawful excuse, the proof of which lies on him, has in his possession any instrument suitable for the purpose of breaking into any place, motor vehicle, vault or safe under circumstances that give rise to a reasonable inference that the instrument has been used or is or was intended to be used for any such purpose, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.
The UK makes it clearer still that you're definitely okay to have lockpicks in your own house, and that taking them round to get a friend into their home is probably alright too. It looks to me like the UK law is such that possessing lockpicks isn't a crime unless you're arrested for it in which case it is. Which is rather endearing.
United Kingdom Theft Act 1968 Section 25(1)
(1) A person shall be guilty of an offence if when not at his place of abode, he has with him any article for use in the course of or in connection with any burglary, theft or cheat.
(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall on conviction on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years.
(3) Where a person is charged with an offence under this section, proof that he had with him any article made or adapted for use in committing a burglary, theft or cheat shall be evidence that he had it with him for such use.
(4) Any person may arrest without warrant anyone who is, or whom he, with reasonable cause, suspects to be, committing an offence under this section.
America, of course, varies its laws regarding such things by state, ranging from "if you have lockpicks then you're a fucking terrorist" to "lockpicks are only illegal if we catch you with them stuck in someone else's lock (fnar)". But tsk, South Australia - you're usually so permissive. [23:53]

AttackOfTheSpam
I think lockpicks are illegal to even own here - at least, Slim Jims are illegal to own in Texas. And no, that's NOT the Slim Jim made of beef jerky that you can buy at some of the nation's finest hunting/fishing stores, it's the sort you can get into someone else's car with.

You're only a "fucking terrorist," as it was so eloquently stated, if someone think's you're using your lockpick to execute some sort of maneuver that would make you an 'enemy combatant.' That means that if they see you with one and you're also wearing a turban, you're uinder arrest. Sometimes they'll get you for just the turban. You never know what could be hiding under there.

MIKE
Here is a little tip: You can buy many types of lockpicks, books on locks and emergncy entry methods on the internet. Shipment by Postal Service
may cause a problem with Feds.

ALWAYS Use UPS to a residence and never a PO BOX.

GingerTouch
I beleive in the US most states have to prove intent to use in connection with an actual crime. But I will not bet anything worthwile on this.

Chips
In regard to Australian laws for the possesion/use of lockpicks, I believe you have to have a certain class of security licence.
But then again, it's only illegal if you get caught :-)
Lockpicks are readily available from the net and I would argue that if I want to practice with a set in the privacy of my own home with the intention of doing a locksmith course later....then why shouldn't I? I want to impress the fuck out of locksmith teacher to be and score extra brownie points......your honour ( add the last bit when you are repeating this in court LOL<\/A>/
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