Originally Posted by Sam H
the first product would be named Officer, This Is Not A Collapsible Baton It Is A Stick To Take Photographs.
If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, the law's likely to treat it as a duck.
It's sort of how if you sell brass paperweights which are dimensionally identical to brass knuckles, they're going to be treated as brass knuckles, not as harmless paperweights. (Yes, it's been tried.) And carrying around a "condiment dispensing device" which sprays 400,000 SHU "high intensity food seasoning," onto your food (at a distance of up to 7 feet) at the push of a button, will still be treated as a canister of pepper spray. (Also been tried.)
'Bout the only dodge along these lines which still usually flies is carrying around a 4 C-cell Maglite flashlight. Even though everyone knows it's really just a substitute lead pipe. And even with the Maglite, it's often helpful to have some handy darkness available, to explain why you were carrying it around.
Of course, laws/regulations/interpretations/policies/etc. can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.