Me and Ms. Winch were anchored out on the Chesapeake Bay fishing. We see one of those orange Coast Guard poontoon boats approaching and there are 4 on board, each with side arms. They pull up and tell me they are gonna board my boat and do a safety check...and......DO I HAVE ANY WEAPONS??? Well, not yet, but I'm gonna get a 870 Marine Magnum. Anyway, it's too rough for them to tie up and board so they ask me who is the Captain, I say "me". So we go through the drill and I'm good except I can't find my Type 4 Throwable.....I did find it after about 10 minutes. They write me up with a warning and tell me have a nice day do I have any questions. Well, I say yeah, what's up with the weapons question? Are guns illegal on a boat? They say that they just wanna know, and as long as the weapons are are "legal" then no problem. I asked specifically about handguns, and they said as long as the paperwork is in order no problem. I'm thinking they gave me bad scoop. I bet if I had a handgun on board there would be a world of problems.