Are Switchblades Legal? Knife Laws By State

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Ignorance of the law is not an excuse, so arm yourself with the right information on knife laws by state.

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In this article:

  1. Alabama Knife Laws
  2. Alaska Knife Laws
  3. Arizona Knife Laws
  4. Arkansas Knife Laws
  5. California Knife Laws
  6. Colorado Knife Laws
  7. Connecticut Knife Laws
  8. Delaware Knife Laws
  9. Florida Knife Laws
  10. Georgia Knife Laws
  11. Hawaii Knife Laws
  12. Idaho Knife Laws
  13. Illinois Knife Laws
  14. Indiana Knife Laws
  15. Iowa Knife Laws
  16. Kansas Knife Laws
  17. Kentucky Knife Laws
  18. Louisiana Knife Laws
  19. Maine Knife Laws
  20. Maryland Knife Laws
  21. Massachusetts Knife Laws
  22. Michigan Knife Laws
  23. Minnesota Knife Laws
  24. Mississippi Knife Laws
  25. Missouri Knife Laws
  26. Montana Knife Laws
  27. Nebraska Knife Laws
  28. Nevada Knife Laws
  29. New Hampshire Knife Laws
  30. New Jersey Knife Laws
  31. New Mexico Knife Laws
  32. New York Knife Laws
  33. North Carolina Knife Laws
  34. North Dakota Knife Laws
  35. Ohio Knife Laws
  36. Oklahoma Knife Laws
  37. Oregon Knife Laws
  38. Pennsylvania Knife Laws
  39. Rhode Island Knife Laws
  40. South Carolina Knife Laws
  41. South Dakota Knife Laws
  42. Tennessee Knife Laws
  43. Texas Knife Laws
  44. Utah Knife Laws
  45. Vermont Knife Laws
  46. Virginia Knife Laws
  47. Washington Knife Laws
  48. West Virginia Knife Laws
  49. Wisconsin Knife Laws
  50. Wyoming Knife Laws

What Are the Knife Laws in the United States?

 

Federal Knife Laws by State

Getting caught or crossing state lines with an illegal knife or switchblade can lead to serious consequences like fines or even jail time, so it’s important to know your state’s knife laws and the knife laws of any state you may travel to. It is important to remember that state laws are not always the same as the local or federal laws.

Every state has its own law when it comes to carrying a switchblade, and the only federal law is the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958 and the 2009 amendment to the act which applies to individuals who are traveling between states and internationally. To better understand each law, below are the 50 states along with their knife laws to avoid an untimely visit to the sheriff’s office.

1. Alabama Knife Laws

What is legal in Alabama?

Alabama has some of the best knife laws in the U.S., including a nifty switchblade law. If you don’t like legal speak, here are the basics of what knives are legal under Alabama knife laws.

  • Balisongs/butterfly knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, automatic and assisted opening knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and toothpick knives are legal.
  • All folding knives are legal.
  • Bowies are legal if carried open (like on your hip).
  • Bowies are legal to carry concealed if you are on your own property.
  • Double sided knives are legal, no matter the size.
  • If the knife fits in your pocket, it is legal.
  • Out the front knives are legal.

What is illegal in Alabama?

  • Bowies and things like Bowies are illegal if concealed.
  • Bowies are illegal to have in your vehicle.
  • A machete might be classified as a Bowie, and it will be illegal if you carry it concealed.
  • An 11″ butcher knife has been found to be like a Bowie in court so don’t plan on using it in a crime.
  • Selling Bowies to people under 18 is illegal.

2. Alaska Knife Laws

UPDATE:

Summary of 2013 Alaska Knife Law Changes

The effective date of HB33 is September 18, 2013.

  • This law also preempts the repealing of local knife laws. Other than that, it also prevents new knife laws from being enacted upon.
  • Legal for an adult to possess or transport a switchblade or gravity knife
  • No prohibition on manufacturing switchblades or gravity knives;
  • Minors under the age of 16 can only possess a switchblade or gravity with parental consent

3. Arizona Knife Laws

What is legal/illegal in Arizona?

  • The state has preempted all local knife laws.
  • There are no blade length laws.
  • Balisongs, Bowie knives, pocket knives, switchblades, and stilettos are legal.
  • It’s legal for anyone over 21 to carry knives.
  • It’s illegal to not inform a police officer you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife. This is true even if you have a concealed-carry permit.

Knives are not allowed in schools.

Learn more from the official Arizona State Legislature site.

4. Arkansas Knife Laws

What are legal knives under the Arkansas Knife Law?

  • Balisongs are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, gravity knives, and similar knives are legal.
  • Dinks, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Bowies and other large knives are legal.
  • Knives of all sizes are legal. Yes, even your straight-edge razor.

Basically, if it has a blade, it is legal, even if you are carrying concealed.

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5. California Knife Laws

California’s knife laws are among the toughest in the country.

What’s legal in California?

  • Bowie knives are legal in the state of California.
  • Large knives are also legal in California with no restriction in size.
  • Carrying knives in the open is legal.
  • Carrying knives concealed is legal, depending on which knife.

What’s illegal in California?

  • Knives that are misleading or undetectable by a metal detector.
  • Misleading knives include cane knives and zobi-tsues, belt knives, pen knives, air gauge knives, and lipstick knives.
  • Dirks, stilettos, and daggers are illegal.
  • Ballistic (throwing) knives are illegal.

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6. Colorado Knife Laws

These knives are legal to own in Colorado:

  • Dirks, daggers, push knives, and stilettos are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large blades are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, pen knives, cane knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Balisong/butterfly knives are in a legal gray area.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Gravity knives and switchblades are legal. (SB 008 removes gravity knives and switchblades from the State’s definition of illegal weapons.)

These knives are illegal to carry concealed in Colorado:

  • Knives less than 3.5 inches are legal.
  • Fishing and hunting knives of any length are legal.
  • Knives over 3.5 inches are illegal.
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7. Connecticut Knife Laws

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All knives are legal to own in Connecticut:

  • Balisongs, automatic or folding knives, gravity knives, and switchblades are legal to own.
  • Dirks, stilettos, daggers, and push knives are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives, cane knives, and boot knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal to own.
  • Basically, any knife is legal to own and have in your home.

Some knives cannot be carried (open or concealed):

  • Automatic knives over 1.5 inches are illegal.
  • Switchblades over 1.5 inches are illegal.
  • Stilettos are illegal.
  • Blades longer than 4 inches are illegal.

8. Delaware Knife Laws

Knives that are banned in Delaware:

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and daggers are legal.
  • Knives that will not set off metal detectors and have a pointed tip are illegal.
  • Knives with brass knuckles are illegal.
  • Switchblades and gravity knives are illegal.
  • Throwing stars are illegal.

If a knife does not fall into any of the illegal categories above, it is legal to own.

Limits to carrying knives:

  • It is legal to carry a 3-inch pocket knife or folding knife concealed.
  • Other than a 3-inch pocket knife, carrying any other type of knife concealed is illegal.

If the knife is not banned, you can carry it in the open. Only concealed carry is limited. Concealed means close enough by you that you can readily use it while being covered by something. Having a knife in your car counts as being concealed.

9. Florida Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Florida?

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Belt knives, cane knives, and other disguised knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors) are legal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.

The law does not limit individuals from owning, selling, or buying any knife except for ballistic knives.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • You can open carry any knife.
  • Box cutters, multi-tools, and other work knives are legal to carry concealed.
  • In most cases, conceal carry of a common pocket knife with a blade of less than 4 inches is legal.
  • Anything outside of this has not been expressly banned or allowed.

10. Georgia Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Georgia?

  • Balisong knives often called butterfly knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives such as cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Push knives, stilettos, switchblades, dirks, and daggers are legal.
  • Spring assisted ballistic knives are legal.
  • Knives that are undetectable with a metal detector are legal.

In Georgia, there are no limits on the possession of knives. You can own any knife you want. There are only limits on carry knives.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is illegal to carry, open or concealed, a knife larger than 5 inches without a permit.
  • For knives greater than 12 inches, you need a weapons permit. (HB 292 increases the legal length of a knife blade to carry to 12 inches.)
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11. Hawaii Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Hawaii?

  • Bowie knives and other large knives.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and push knives.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that won’t set off metal detectors).
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos
  • Balisong knives
  • It is illegal to own switchblades.

Only balisongs and switchblades are banned in Hawaii. Any other type of knife is legal.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • You can open carry any knife.
  • Conceal carry of dirks, daggers, and knives similar to that are allowed.
  • You can not conceal carry knives with knuckles like some WWI trench knives.
  • You can conceal any other type of knife.

12. Idaho Knife Laws

No Knife Ban

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, and other quick release knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, cane knives, and key knives are legal.
  • Spring assisted ballistic knives are legal.
  • Pocket knives of any size are legal.

Age Restrictions on possession:

  • Need parental consent to possess a bowie or dirk if under 18.
  • Can not possess a bowie or dirk if under 12 unless your parents are with you.

There is no ban on the possession of any type of knife in Idaho. You can buy and own any knife you want. However, taking it outside of the house is a different situation.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is illegal to bring any knife (open or concealed) besides a 2.5″ pocket knife to school.
  • Conceal carry of any dirk, bowie, or dangerous weapon is illegal.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a knife, even if you have a permit, when intoxicated.

13. Illinois Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Illinois?

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars are illegal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives are legal. (SB 607 would allow individuals to carry automatic knives when in possession of their Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.)

The state of Illinois only banned the possession of throwing stars, switchblades, ballistic knives, and knives that open with a press of the button.

Restrictions on Carry:

You can carry any knife as long as it is not one of the banned knives listed above and you do not have the intent to harm someone or break the law.

14. Indiana Knife Laws

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What is legal in Indiana?

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives are legal.
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are legal.
  • Assisted knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, lipstick knives, and belt knives are legal.
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives are legal.

What is illegal in Indiana?

  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Throwing stars are illegal.

Restriction on Carry:

There are no limits to concealed or open carry as long as you do not bring a knife to school.

15. Iowa Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Iowa?

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades and automatic knives are legal.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.

Only ballistic knives are outlawed in Iowa law.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a switchblade.
  • Conceal carry of a dagger or stiletto is illegal.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a knife whose blade is greater than 5 inches.
  • Conceal carry of a balisong knife is illegal.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry disguised knives like cane swords and lipstick knives.

16. Kansas Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Kansas?

  • Bowies and other large knives.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane swords.
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives.
  • Gravity knives
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors)

What is illegal to own in Kansas?

  • It is illegal to own ballistic knives.
  • It is illegal to own throwing stars.

17. Kentucky Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Kentucky?

  • Ballistic knives
  • Balisong knives
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane knives
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors)
  • Bowie knives and other large knives

There are no banned knife types in Kentucky.

What is legal to carry in Kentucky?

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is legal to conceal carry any ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife.
  • Anything besides a pocket or hunting knife can be considered a deadly weapon and would be banned from concealed carry.

18. Louisiana Knife Laws

What is legal to own Louisiana?

  • Balisong knives also called butterfly knives
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives
  • Undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Bowie knives and other large knives
  • It is illegal to own switchblades and other automatic knives.

The only banned knife in Louisiana is a switchblade. However, if you are a law enforcement officer, you might be able to get an automatic opening knife because there is an exemption for “rescue knives” in the law.

Restrictions on Carry:

Any knife is legal for open or concealed carry as long as it is not a switchblade.

19. Maine Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Maine?

  • Bowie knives and other large knives
  • Dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other slim knives
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives
  • It is illegal to own switchblades, automatic knives, and balisong knives.

The only banned types of knives are automatic opening knives. Balisong knives were found to fall under this category.

What is legal to carry in Maine?

  • It is legal to carry any knife in the open.
  • It is illegal to carry daggers, stilettos, and knives designed for harming others.
  • Any knife outside of those 3 is legal to conceal carry.

The law bans the carry of “other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.” This means that, as long as the knife was not designed to attack other people, it is fine to carry concealed.

20. Maryland Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Maryland?

  • A balisong knife also called butterfly knife
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, and automatic knives
  • Ballistic knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives and lipstick knives
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Undetectable knives
  • Bowie knives and other large knives

There is no limitation on the type of knife you can own in Maryland.

Limits on carry:

  • You can not conceal carry a throwing star, dirk, switchblade, gravity knife, or bowie knife.
  • You can not open carry a throwing star, dirk, switchblade, gravity knife, or bowie knife with the intent to harm someone.
  • Open or conceal carry any sized pocket knife you wish is good.

If a knife is not listed above, it is most likely to be legal for concealed or open carry.

21. Massachusetts Knife Laws

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What is legal to own in Massachusetts

  • Balisong knives also called butterfly knives are legal to own.
  • Switchblades and automatic knives are legal to own.
  • Ballistic knives are legal to own.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and push knives are legal to own.
  • Knives with brass knuckles are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives and lipstick knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal to own.
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars are legal to own.

There is no knife ban in Massachusetts.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is illegal to carry, open or concealed, switchblades, dirks, daggers, stilettos, ballistic knife, double edge knives, and knuckle knives.
  • It is illegal to carry anything perceived as dangerous while disturbing the peace or being arrested.
  • Folding knives, Swiss army knives, and kitchen knives are legal to carry as long as you do not behave in a way that makes them dangerous.

22. Michigan Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Michigan?

  • Butterfly knives also called balisong knives are legal.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Hidden knives like belt knives and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that do not set off metal detectors) are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, and gravity knives are illegal.

What is illegal to carry in Michigan?

  • It is illegal to carry (either concealed or otherwise) dirks, stilettos, daggers, a double-edged non-folding stabbing instrument of any length or any other dangerous weapon in any vehicle occupied or operated by the person. With the exception of a hunting knife adapted and carried as such.
  • On top of this, you can not carry a dangerous weapon with intent to harm.

Learn more on the Michigan Penal Code on concealed weapons.

23. Minnesota Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Minnesota?

  • Balisong knives are legal to own.
  • Dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other stabbing knives are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives are legal to own.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal to own.
  • All other knives are legal to own.
  • Only switchblades are illegal.

What is legal to carry in Minnesota?

  • Knives with utility purposes are legal to carry.
  • Knives that can be used as weapons are legal to carry as long as you do not have the intent to harm others.
  • It is illegal to recklessly use a knife designed to be a weapon.
  • It is illegal to carry a knife designed to be a weapon (and not a tool) with the intent to harm others.

24. Mississippi Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Mississippi?

  • Balisong knives also called butterfly knives
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives
  • Undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Bowie knives and other large knives
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, and automatic knives

Mississippi does not restrict ownership of any type of knife for those over the age of eighteen who have not been convicted of a felony.

What is illegal to own in Mississippi?

It is illegal for a minor or a convicted felon to own a:

  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk knife
  • Butcher knife
  • Switchblade

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is illegal to carry concealed any bowie knife.
  • It is illegal to carry concealed any dirk knife.
  • Concealed carry of butcher knife is illegal.
  • It is illegal to carry concealed any switchblade or automatic knife.
  • You may carry any knife concealed if it is concealed in your vehicle, and not on your person.
  • You may carry any knife concealed if you are participating in a sports activity where such a knife is legitimately used.
  • Open carry of any knife in Mississippi unless you are a minor or a student on an educational property is good.

25. Missouri Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Missouri?

  • Dirks, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Boot knives and other daggers
  • Balisong knives sometimes called butterfly knives
  • Undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives and even throwing axes
  • Bowie knives and other large knives

What is illegal to own in Missouri?

It is a Class C Felony to own a switchblade knife in Missouri unless the person possessing the switchblade is in compliance with the applicable federal law. The federal law, which governs possession of switchblades, is 15 USC Chapter 29. The law allows a person to possess and/or carry a switchblade on or about his person if the blade is less than three inches long and the person has only one arm, or the knife contains a spring or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade.

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26. Montana Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Montana?

  • Dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other push knives
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife, or other large knives
  • Throwing knives or throwing stars
  • Disguised knives such as cane knives and lipstick knives
  • It is legal to carry a blade with 4 or more inches in length from the list of illegal concealed weapons. (HB 251 is effective on October 1, 2017.)

What is illegal to own in Montana?

  • A switchblade knife is illegal to own in Montana unless you are a collector who is registered with the Sheriff in the county where your collection is kept.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger.
  • To possess or carry any knife with a four-inch blade or longer in a school building is illegal.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any weapon while intoxicated.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a weapon into a government office, bank or financial institution, or a place that sells alcohol for onsite consumption.
  • Conceal carry of any “deadly weapon” is illegal.
  • It is legal to open carry any knife that is legal to own in Montana.
  • It is legal to carry any knife that is legal to own in your vehicle, concealed or openly.

27. Nebraska Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Nebraska?

  • Balisong knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives are legal to own.
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are legal to own.
  • Ballistic knives are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, lipstick knives, and belt knives are legal to own.
  • Switchblades and automatic knives are legal to own.

What is illegal to own in Nebraska?

  • It is illegal for a person who has been convicted of a felony to own a knife.
  • Fugitives are not allowed to own a knife.
  • It is illegal for a person subject to a domestic violence protective order to own a knife while knowingly violating such an order.

Nebraska L 558 redefined the term “knife” for certain provisions of the criminal code to allow hunters and anglers to possess knives with blades over 3 and 1/2 inches. Signed on April 27 and effective on September 2017.

28. Nevada Knife Laws

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What is legal to own in Nevada?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie and other hunting knives
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars

What is illegal to own in Nevada?

  • Any knife which is made an integral part of a belt buckle
  • Switchblade knives

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is illegal to possess or carry a dirk, dagger, or switchblade on school or childcare facility property or in a vehicle owned by a school or childcare facility.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk.
  • Conceal carry of a dagger is illegal.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a machete.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any knife which is made an integral part of a belt buckle.
  • Conceal carry of any knife which could be considered a dangerous or deadly weapon is illegal.
  • It is legal to conceal carry a pocketknife.
  • It is legal to open carry any knife that is legal to own.

29. New Hampshire Knife Laws

What is legal to own in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, it is legal to own any type of knife, as long as you have not been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or of a felony drug-related offense. Yes, machetes are legal.

What is illegal to own in New Hampshire?

It is illegal for a person who has been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or of a felony drug-related offense to possess a:

  • Stiletto
  • Dirk or dagger
  • Switchblade knife
  • knife considered a deadly weapon

30. New Jersey Knife Laws

What is legal to own in New Jersey?

  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Any weapon for which a person has an explainable lawful purpose for owning

What is illegal to own in New Jersey?

  • It is illegal to own any weapon, with the purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another.
  • It is illegal for a person convicted of certain crimes (see below) to own a gravity knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other dangerous knives.
  • Certain mentally ill people are not allowed to own a gravity knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other dangerous knives.
  • It is illegal to own a gravity knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other dangerous knives with any explainable lawful purpose.

A conviction for aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidation, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of weapon for an unlawful purpose, manufacture or transport of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance, or endangering the welfare of a child prevents a person from owning certain types of knives in New Jersey.

31. New Mexico Knife Laws

What is legal to own in New Mexico?

  • Bowie knife
  • Throwing stars or knives
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto

What is illegal to own in New Mexico?

  • Switchblade
  • Balisong or butterfly knife

32. New York Knife Laws

What is legal to own in New York?

  • Hunting knife
  • Dirk or dagger
  • Stiletto

What is illegal to own in New York?

  • Switchblades and swords
  • Pilum ballistic knife
  • Metal knuckle knife
  • Cane sword
  • Throwing stars
  • It is illegal to own any knife if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • To own any knife adapted for use primarily as a weapon is illegal.
  • It may be illegal to own a gravity knife, without a valid hunting and/or fishing license.

Just by having a banned knife in one’s possession already gives the presumption he or she intends to use it unlawfully against someone else as stated in one state law. In addition, people under 16 years of age are not allowed to have “any dangerous knife” in their possession. They can be considered as a juvenile delinquent should they be convicted.

Please see more of the New York Penal Code § 265.01.

33. North Carolina Knife Laws

What is legal to own in North Carolina?

  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Switchblade
  • Gravity knife
  • Disguised knives, such as in a pen or lipstick

What is illegal to own in North Carolina?

  • Any spring-assisted projectile knife
  • Ballistic knife
  • Any weapon of similar character to a projectile or ballistic knife

34. North Dakota Knife Laws

What is legal to own in North Dakota?

It is legal to own any type of knife in North Dakota. North Dakota has no laws making it a crime to own any kind of knife.

It is illegal to conceal carry:

  • Gravity knives or switchblades
  • Machetes
  • Scimitars, backswords, or sabers
  • Stilettos
  • Swords
  • Dirks or daggers
  • Any knife with a blade 5 inches or longer
  • It is legal to open carry any type of knife

35. Ohio Knife Laws

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What is legal to own in Ohio?

  • Switchblade or gravity knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife as well as Balisong trainers
  • Ballistic knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Stiletto

What is illegal to own in Ohio?

Nothing. It is legal to own any type of knife in Ohio.

36. Oklahoma Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Oklahoma?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade or gravity knife
  • Cane sword
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife as well as Balisong trainers
  • Stiletto

What is illegal to own in Oklahoma?

It is not illegal to own any kind of knife in Oklahoma.

The following are illegal to conceal or open carry:

  • Dagger
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk knife
  • Switchblade knife
  • Spring-assisted knife
  • Sword cane
  • A knife with a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other devices in the handle of the knife
  • Any “offensive weapon”

As the no-carry law states it is illegal to carry a weapon, “upon or about” the person, Oklahoma’s no carry law extends to items carried in a vehicle, not just on a person.

37. Oregon Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Oregon?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade or other automatic knives
  • Ballistic knife
  • Gravity knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife and Balisong trainer
  • Stiletto

What is illegal to own in Oregon?

Oregon law does not restrict the ownership of any type of knife for those who have not been convicted of a felony. As a matter of fact, in 1984 in State v. Delgado, the Supreme Court of Oregon found that former Oregon statute § 166.510(1) was unconstitutional because it prohibited the mere possession and mere carrying of a weapon. The Court believed restricting the possession and open carrying of weapons for non-felons was a violation of a person’s right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

38. Pennsylvania Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Pennsylvania?

  • Bowie knife
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Penknife
  • Concealed knife, such as in a lipstick or belt buckle
  • Any kind of hunting knife

What is illegal to own in Pennsylvania?

  • Dagger
  • Automatic knife
  • Sword cane
  • Any implement for the infliction of bodily injury, which serves no “common lawful purpose”

39. Rhode Island Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Rhode Island?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Sword cane
  • Concealed knife, such as in a belt buckle or lipstick
  • Bowie knife
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Switchblade

What is illegal to own in Rhode Island?

It is not illegal to own any type of knife in Rhode Island, so long as you do not intend to use it unlawfully against another.

It is illegal to conceal carry the following:

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Sword cane
  • Bowie knife
  • Any knife with a blade more than 3 inches in length

It is legal to open carry any type of knife in Rhode Island.

40. South Carolina Knife Laws

What is legal to own in South Carolina?

  • Switchblade
  • Balisong, or butterfly, knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • A disguised knife, such as in a lipstick or belt buckle

What is illegal to own in South Carolina?

  • It is legal to own any type of knife in South Carolina.

Restrictions on Carry:

It is legal to conceal carry the following:

  • Dirk
  • Switchblade knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Stiletto

41. South Dakota Knife Laws

What is legal to own in South Dakota?

  • Switchblade or any type of automatic knife
  • Ballistic knife
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Sword cane
  • Disguised knives, such as in a belt buckle or lipstick

What is illegal to own in South Dakota?

It is not illegal to own any type of knife in South Dakota.

In 2006, the legislature repealed the only law prohibiting ownership of any type of knife. The former statute, 22-14-19, made it illegal for a person to own, possess or sell a ballistic knife.

Restrictions on carry:

Any knife may be carried openly or concealed.

South Dakota’s statutes discuss dangerous weapons and carrying concealed weapons, however, neither of the statutes applies to knives, as its definition of “concealed” is “any firearm totally hidden from view.”

42. Tennessee Knife Laws

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SB 1771 by *Bell, Summerville, Green. (HB 1883 by *Dennis, Faison, Holt.)

Weapons – As enacted, makes lawful the sale, transfer, ownership, possession and transportation of switchblade knives and knives with a blade length in excess of four inches; increases from $3,000 to $6,000 the maximum fine for possessing a switchblade knife with the intent to employ it during the commission of a dangerous felony. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

Fiscal Summary
Increase State Expenditures – $5,000/Incarceration* Increase Local Revenue – Not Significant Decrease Local Expenditures – Not Significant

Bill Summary
This bill makes multiple changes to the laws governing switchblade knives, as follows:

(1) This bill removes switchblade knives from the list of weapons that it is an offense for an individual to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell;
(2) Bill removes the offense of knowingly or intentionally selling, loaning, or making a gift of a switchblade knife to a minor;
(3) This bill removes the offense of a person carrying a knife with a blade exceeding four inches with the intent to go armed;
(4) Under present law, it is a Class E felony to possess any deadly weapon (other than a firearm) with the intent to employ it during the commission of, attempt to commit, or escape from any offense not defined as a dangerous offense. Under this bill, if the weapon is a switchblade knife, the maximum fine for the Class E felony will be increased from $3,000 to $6,000;
(5) This bill makes it an offense for a person to employ a switchblade knife during the commission of, attempt to commit, or escape from a dangerous offense. This offense will be a Class D felony; and
(6) This bill authorizes individuals to purchase and have shipped directly to the individual’s home a switchblade knife.

ON MARCH 3, 2014, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1771, AS AMENDED.

AMENDMENT #1 removes the provision of the bill that would have made it a Class D felony offense for a person to employ a switchblade knife during the commission of, attempt to commit or escape from a dangerous offense.

Read more

43. Texas Knife Laws

What is legal to carry in Texas?

Texas HB 1935 signed into law there will be no restrictions on the carry of knives except with blades over 5 1/2 inches effective on September 1, 2017.

What is illegal to carry in Texas?

Knife blades longer than 5 1/2 inches

State law preempts all local laws.

44. Utah Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Utah?

  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Bowie knife
  • Automatic or gravity knife
  • Disguised knives, such as a lipstick or belt buckle

What is illegal to own in Utah?

Utah law creates two categories of people who may not own certain weapons, defined as “dangerous weapons”.

A category I restricted person is someone who:

  • Has been convicted of a violent felony under Utah Code Ann. § 76-3-203.5
  • Is on probation or parole for any felony
  • Is on parole from a facility is under contract with the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, that provides 24-hour supervision and confinement for youth offenders who have been committed to the division for custody and rehabilitation
  • Has been adjudicated delinquent, within the last 10 years, for an offense that if committed by an adult would have been a violent felony under Utah Code Ann. § 76-3-203.5
  • Is illegally or unlawfully in the United States

45. Vermont Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Vermont?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Bowie knife
  • Disguised knives, such as a lipstick or belt buckle
  • Throwing stars or knives

What is illegal to own in Vermont?

It is illegal to own a switchblade with a blade measuring 3 inches or longer.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is illegal to carry openly or concealed a dangerous or deadly weapon with the intent of using it to harm another.
  • It is illegal to carry openly or concealed a dangerous or deadly weapon onto school or government property.

Vermont law does not place any other restrictions on the carrying of knives. In 1903, in State v. Rosenthal, Vermont’s Supreme Court said that under the general laws, a person may carry a dangerous or deadly weapon, openly or concealed, unless he did it with the intent or avowed purpose of injuring another.

46. Virginia Knife Laws

What’s legal in Virginia?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade
  • Ballistic knife
  • Throwing stars or other throwing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife

Restrictions on Carry:

It is illegal to conceal carry:

  • Dirk
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade knife
  • Machete
  • Ballistic knife
  • Throwing stars or oriental darts
  • Any knife similar to one of the above-listed knives

Read more about the Code of Virginia § 18.2-311 and § 18.2-307.1. You can also read up on their laws on concealed carry for knives and firearms.

47. Washington Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Washington?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Stiletto
  • Disguised knives, such as a lipstick or belt buckle
  • Throwing stars

What is illegal to own in Washington?

It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington.

Restrictions on Carry:

  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger.
  • To conceal carry any dangerous weapon is illegal.
  • It is illegal to open or conceal carry any weapon into a courtroom.

It is also illegal to carry or display a dagger, sword, knife, or other cutting or stabbing instrument in a manner or under circumstances that would cause alarm or show an intent to intimidate another. In 1994, in State v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Washington held that there must be a sufficient basis for the alarm, such that a reasonable person would be alarmed. Also in 1994, the Court held, in State v. Byrd, that because the display of a weapon in a manner that caused reasonable fear or alarm could be done without intent, a violation of the statute did not require intent. This means one does not have to intend to cause alarm or fear in order to be guilty of a crime under the statute.

48. West Virginia Knife Laws

What is legal to own in West Virginia?

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Switchblade
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Ballistic knife

What is illegal to own in West Virginia?

West Virginia law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

Restrictions on Carry:

It is illegal to conceal carry the following:

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives with a blade over 3 ½ inches
  • Switchblade, or any automatic knife
  • Gravity knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • Any instrument capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds
  • Any “deadly weapon”

49. Wisconsin Knife Laws

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Legal to own and carry in Wisconsin:

Any kind of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

It is illegal to carry a knife concealed or otherwise if a person has a criminal or malicious intent to harm others.

50. Wyoming Knife Laws

What is legal to own in Wyoming?

  • Switchblade
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, poniard, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Gravity knife

What is illegal to own in Wyoming?

Wyoming law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

Restrictions on Carry:

It is illegal to conceal carry a deadly weapon in Wyoming.

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94 Responses to :
Are Switchblades Legal? Knife Laws By State

  1. Charlie says:

    Umm… the graphic and the explanation of what’s legal/illegal below the graphic contradict each other in some cases, especially Wisconsin.

    1. James says:

      looks like none of blades advertised here are “switchblades”.

  2. Greg says:

    Switchblade knifes are illegal in California for blades over 1.5″

  3. Pat Richard says:

    It is NOT legal to carry a fixed blade hunting knife in Michigan unless you are hunting. It’s the only time you can carry a fixed blade knife. It is ok to carry spring assisted knives, but not switchblades. You cannot carry a double edged knife of any kind.

  4. Kameron says:

    Alaska’s Knife Rights Act, which enacts sweeping reform of Alaska’s knife laws. HB33 legalizes the possession, transfer and carrying of automatic knives (switchblades). It also enacts knife law preemption repealing all local knife laws as well as preventing new ones from being enacted. The effective date of HB33 is September 18, 2013.

  5. Tom says:

    Please be carefull. In new york city it is illegal to posses ant knife which can be open with one hand. This covers almost any comon folding lock blade knife like a buck folder.

  6. JackHanvr says:

    The map of max legal length by state is wrong. NYS has NO length restriction. That is New York City and other municipalities. There is no state law on the books restricting blade length in the state of New York. I repeat, those are local laws.

  7. Neil says:

    These sights really need to update their information. For example, as of September 2013 switchblades and gravity knives are legal in Alaska.

  8. Piet Bess says:

    Please add info on the level of violation. Knife offenses are a felony in CA, AFAIK, yet conncealed firearms entail misdemeanors.

  9. obsidian says:

    Of all the knives I’ve owned and carried none have been as destructive to me as the Balisongs and switchblades.
    The Balisong is simply a knife without a spring that will act like scissors on your fingers and the switchblade with or without a switch lock is asking to be found open when you least expect it.
    Give me a plain old lock blade knife ny day of the week. My current carry knife is an Imperial Stock man type Plastic kydex type handle with an non serrated saber blade, a sheep’s foot serrated blade and a leather punch, non locking but it does what I want it to.
    For truly rough work I use an Old Timer Beast.

    1. CMT says:

      Thanks for the info. I travel along the east coast quite a bit and it’s good to know what’s not legal (although my life and family’s life are more important than any law and will be protected without prejudice).
      There is little mention of OTF knives -are these considered automatics knives? Most online retailers state that you must be active military or law enforcement to purchase an OTF knife. I haven’t tried buying one but could you if you lived in a state that allows them? Such as SC, which basically allows any knife?

    2. Swaye Madden says:

      Almost every switchblade has a really solid safety, I actually EDC’d an auto for years. By far the best EDC i’ve ever had. (Microtech Troodon, btw)

  10. Mark Edward says:

    So, if someone merely walks down the street with a piece of metal arranged in a particular configuration, without harming or threatening anyone, without an injured party, without any damage being done to anyone, without even so much as disturbing the peace, the mere act of some monkey in a suit writing it down can magically grant the police the “authority” to abduct you, put you in a cage, steal your property, exact financial penalties from you, take you away from your family, make you lose your job, ruin your reputation, make it near impossible to get a new job, and with the stroke of a pen call it a “felony” and thereby strip you of your right to vote and own a gun for the rest of your life. And you thought you were in a free country…

    1. Tim says:

      Correct. That includes possession of a hollow-tube liquid transmission device too

  11. Old Soldier says:

    The basic rules seem simple but get involved with an over eager cop and you will find there is a large volume of “case law” that define these simple appearing rules. Like everything to do with anything that can be defined by anyone as a weapon things can get complicated fast.

  12. Roy says:

    I’m pretty sure open carry in CA is not legal either.

    1. Swaye says:

      It is, you can open carry any knife, regardless of size, unless it’s an auto.

  13. harold c. griffin sr. says:

    thanks, very informative

  14. gena says:

    I didn’t see it and might have missed it, but there are certain jurisdictions within some of these states which outlaw certain knives that are not against State law. In the past, if not present, in San Antonio, for example, it was or is illegal to own a lock-blade knife, which is not prohibited by State law. I think switchblades knives are also illegal in San Antonio. Also knives beyond a certain length are or were illegal.
    So you need to know the laws within the jurisdictions you live in or would be traveling in, beside the laws of the State as a whole. You could find yourself in the slammer for violating a city or county law while still abiding by the state laws. The larger the city, and the more presence of gangs within that city, the more restrictive the laws are likely to be on the type knives one can carry. I would often see knives for sale at surplus stores that I knew were illegal to have on you in San Antonio and once asked one of the clerks why they would sell them and if people could get in trouble if they were caught just taking them home once they bought them. He just said it is illegal to have them on you, not to sell them, and they advised people to get them home as quickly as possible and keep them at home.

    1. Ken says:

      That’s good advice: Know your local laws as well as state laws. However, in the examples you mention, the law in Texas now says that local knife laws cannot be more restrictive than the state laws. So locking knives, once illegal in San Antonio, are now legal.

      1. Rick P says:

        I believe the SCOTUS ruled that no municipalities can pass laws more restrictive than State law.

  15. Aaron says:

    Hey. I was just wondering if karambits were legal or not in Michigan? I think they are but I just want to make sure.

  16. Jim says:

    The info on Virginia is also not correct nor is the really cool looking map. Please refer to the Virginia State Code for the current laws. The laws here change and come into affect on July 1st of each year.

    As a retired LEO, I read the laws myself and did not rely on what someone else said. I always wanted to make sure I understood them and if I had any questions, I would go to the Commonwealths Attorney for clarification.

    Just my 2cw.

  17. Lost Proton says:

    What Is A GRAVITY knife? In New York City police officers look for a pocket clip on the outside of your pocket and stop and frisk you. They then take your pocket knife and partially open it and holding the blade flick their wrist with as much force as they can which will cause most all pocket knives handle’s weight to by inertia and gravity to finish opening. The definition of a gravity knife from the 1940s and 1950s was a stiletto that had a weighted tang on the blade inside the handle. When you pushed the button the blade would drop out of the handle by the weight on the blade’s tang and lock the tang in place in the handle, hence the name gravity knife. I cannot find a unique definition of a GRAVITY knife; all the definitions are all opinions!

  18. Nikoli says:

    Wait, so is it illegal to own a balisong/butterfly knife in WI? Reading this it appears that its illegal to carry one with you, but I’ve heard that if you have a CCP permit, its ok to own one. Help plz?

  19. Varian Wrynn says:

    Not entirely accurate. California has a rule about the propensity of a knife to close. My EDC is legal to own, but cannot be taken out in public.. In AZ, any folding knife 4″ or less is considered a tool, and most of these rules don’t apply.

  20. alejerodrigues says:

    I´m the owner of several machetes (as survival and outdoor activities have been my hobby for quite a time) and we are traveling a lot across the US, camping in different areas and carring the machetes with us. So for me finding a website like this with the list of the knife laws state by state is enormously helpful! Thanks for sharing. A. Rodriguez @ Publishing also here.

  21. The info on Virginia is also not correct nor is the really cool looking map. Please refer to the Virginia State Code for the current laws. The laws here change and come into affect on July 1st of each year.

    As a retired LEO, I read the laws myself and did not rely on what someone else said. I always wanted to make sure I understood them and if I had any questions, I would go to the Commonwealths Attorney for clarification.

  22. Mike Coster says:

    Nevada law changed to permit switchblades in 2015. Check it out.

  23. MRD says:

    You need to update your Oklahoma information. As of Nov. 1, 2016 a lot of what you mentioned are now legal to carry. See SB1159 sign by Gov. Fallin this year. I also think switchblades and assisted opening are also legal last year. I’ll check my old records on that.
    Note, the website of the Oklahoma legislature where you probably found this are grossly outdated.

  24. MRD says:

    Found this from 2015.:

    Summary of 2015 Knife Law Changes

    Effective November 1, 2015

    It is now legal to carry an automatic knife.

    Switchblade knife and knife having a blade which opens automatically
    by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the
    handle of the knife were removed from 21 O.S. Supp. 2014, Section 1272.

    Enrolled H.B. No. 1911

    2015 Oklahoma Bill to Delete Automatics/Switchblades from Prohibited Weapons

    UPDATE (April 28, 2015) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 1911. Effective November 1, 2015 in Oklahoma it will be legal to open carry an automatic knife.

  25. MRD says:

    Sorry I’m doing this today, as I usually don’t make comments. But that knife pictured at the top of the article IMHO sure looks like a Butterfly knife, not a Switchblade. But I may be incorrect, just thinking.

    1. Geo says:

      Yes, a balisong, not automatic.

    2. chris bement says:

      It’s neither a switchblade or butterfly knife. It’s an assisted open folding knife. Spring loaded for the assisted open. You obviously don’t know your knives.

  26. Ernie White says:

    Some states let people carry & other don’t !!!

  27. john396 says:

    Knife “laws” are another waste of paper, what difference in what kind of knife you want to carry!?!?
    The only caveat should be unless it is used in a crime/attack…THEN penalties should be assigned.

    1. Rick P says:

      That’s my opinion also. All knives should be considered tools until or if they are used during or to accomplish an illegal activity.

  28. Dave says:

    Switchblades have always been legal under federal law… for anyone with one arm.
    USAF aircrews used to be issued switchblades.

  29. Sheepdog says:

    Make no mistake, Switchblades, Stilletos and Butterfly knives are ILLEGAL in California. However you can carry a 12″ Bouie Knife on your hip. Really???? Why???

  30. biffula says:

    I just ignore these types of nonsensical laws. Call it civil disobedience if you must. If a problem ever arises, I’ll deal with it then and hope for jury nullification.

  31. Mikey Kuma says:

    You need to do your research before writing inaccurate information. In Tennessee as of 1 july 2015 any type of knife is allowed for carry. It is NOT a crime to carry any knife. Unless you I tend to use it in a crime. Get your shit straight.

  32. Stanley O Blitzfike says:

    Here is an update on Oklahoma’s knife laws.
    HB 1911 (effective November 1, 2015) amends Title 21 O.S. § 1272 (unlawful
    carry). The phrase ‘switchblade knife’ and the phrase ‘knife having a blade
    which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other
    device in the handle of the knife’ are removed from the statute. The practical
    effect is that, as of the effective date, it is not generally a crime to carry a
    switchblade knife.

    http://www.ok.gov/cleet/documents/2015LegalUpdate_05Oct2015.pdf

  33. Amanda says:

    pretty interesting that most Midwest states and Southern states allow you to own and carry just about any type of knife , gotta love history and the old wild frontier with their freedom loving ,lawless protections that still ring true today !

  34. G8R8U2 says:

    I don’t know if Alabama’s knife laws have changed; but when I lived in Birmingham from 2007-2011, online retailers refused to ship Bowie knives to Alabama, saying it was illegal to ship them there. So whenever I wanted to add them to my collection I had to have them shipped to family members in Georgia, and then go pick them up whenever I was visiting, like during Thanksgiving or Christmas.

  35. Eddie G. says:

    Info about Nevada is incorrect. Switchblades are legal to own and carry since 2015.

  36. Eddie G. says:

    California allows switchblades with blade length not to exceed two inches. Sounds silly but I own a CA legal switchblade and it’s pretty handy despite the Lilliput size.

  37. Swaye says:

    Warning, this website is notorious for false info, and half of these laws are totally incorrect. For example, there’s no blade limit on fixed/folding knives, and every fixed blade knife is legal. Throwing knives are legal, and so are balisongs and autos, although balis/autos cannot be carried in public. Every folding knife is legal, carried concealed/openly. Fixed blade knives must be carried openly. Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are totally legal.

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  39. Meathead says:

    DO NOT RELY ON THIS ARTICLE’S INFORMATION! ! ! ! It is dead wrong on TEXAS and may be wrong on other states. Texas eliminated the 5½ inch length and there is no restriction on length. In Texas, we can carry a sword if we so desire.

  40. Holden Magroyne says:

    I wouldn’t put a lot of faith in the information listed here.
    I found several errors.

  41. alistar says:

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  42. pistol guy says:

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  43. Jasmin says:

    I don’t know till yet that how many types of knives are available. This is just bizarre, I just explored the many articles on the website, really interesting. But still confuse what will I do with them?

  44. Karen Phillips says:

    Ive lived in Arkansasall my life. Switchblades with a double edge are illegal, anything with a double edge that’s 2″ or longer is illegal. A sword hidden in a cane is illegal. These are all things I’ve had personal experience with.

  45. Bill Watts says:

    Switchblades are now legal in Louisiana as of August 1, 2018. Law was enacted by the LA state legislature.

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  50. Brian says:

    I am pretty sure that automatic knives are legal in Michigan. This list is not current.

  51. Dick says:

    In your “laws by state” you claim it is illegal to own swords in NY. It is legal to own swords in New York, just not cane swords as it is easily concealable.

  52. Scott Cavender says:

    I would like to point out with the West Virginia section, we now have Constitutional Carry laws, which allows any West Virginia citizen to concealed carry any deadly weapon that they would normally be legally allowed to own. This applies to guns, knives, blunt weapons, and anything else that is legal to own and considered a deadly weapon.

    1. Scott Cavender says:

      In fact, even before that law was passed, it was legal to carry any type of knife or blade concealed so long as the blade length fit within a certain criteria.

  53. Nolan says:

    https://LEGISCAN.COM/TX/TEXT/HB1935/2017

    There is no “illegal knives” clause outlining daggers, stilettos, dirks, swords, spears and Bowie knives. It has been removed, though knives that include a set of knuckles in the handle will remain illegal – see Sec. 46.05(2) of the Penal Code.

    To summarize (and save you the hassle of wading through tons of statues), here’s what you need to know in the big picture:

    Knives with knuckles (see above) and tomahawks (see – Sec. 46.01 (1)) are not legal to carry in Texas. Anyone under the age of 18 (or over), can carry a knife less than 5.5 inches in length nearly anywhere. If you’re under 18, you can only carry a knife with a blade over 5.5 inches under certain conditions like for example, you’re accompanied by an adult or you’re at home or on your way home. However, any adult can carry any knife over 5.5 inches anywhere other than certain restricted locations (see below). There are some restrictions on locations (hence the term “location-restricted knives”). You can’t carry any “location-restricted” knife (blade over 5.5 inches in length) to the following locations:

    Schools and on any passenger transportation vehicle of a school
    Polling Places
    Courthouses
    Airports past Security Screening (all knives are already prohibited by TSA)
    Racetracks
    Within 1,000 feet of the premises where an Execution is being conducted, if posted
    Sporting Events (high school, collegiate or professional sporting event or interscholastic sporting event)
    Correctional Facilities
    Hospitals
    Nursing Homes
    Mental Hospitals
    Amusement Parks
    Churches, Synagogues and Established Places of Worship.

  54. Bill Watts says:

    Your references to Louisiana knife laws are out of date. The LA legislature enacted laws starting in August that eliminated most knife regulations including switchblades. They are now legal in this state and local authorities cannot enact their own codes to over ride state law.

  55. Richard Aubrey says:

    In Michigan, such illegal knives are illegal even for CCW holders. Makes as much sense as any legislature’s activity.

  56. Lawrence Dawson says:

    It would be greatif you could add the laws regarding swords/carry for each state.

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