On the flipside, if you want to access any of your OTHER tools, you have to get the pliers out first. I think the rest of the Gerber multitool, the entire design suffers because of that one feature. I'm not a fan of the plastic locking thingies either. I'd say yes because their main blade is under 3 inches. But of course it never hurts to ask an official. As for the orange paint, if that's the accepted "oh i'm not a real gun dont worry" sign, what's keeping a bad guy from painting a real gun orange to throw people off?