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Knife Laws

More and more Cities and Counties are putting their ordinances online. The best way to find out the ordinances of any City/Co is to go to Municode and click on your state and see if they city you want to
find info about is listed. If the City or County you want info about is not listed go to Google and type in NAME of City comma STATE and then ORDINANCES. This will most likely bring up a link to the City
or County you you are seeking information about. The Info below is just part of their knife laws giving length laws as found in their laws. Municode Link is below.

Last Updated 6/14/13

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In many states Knife Laws are not well defined. Some states say very little about knives. We have put together information on carrying a folding type knife in your pocket. We
consider carrying a knife in this fashion as being concealed. We are not attorneys and post this information as a starting point for you to take up the search even more. Case
Law may have a huge influence on knife laws in all the states. Case Law is even harder to find references to. It up to you to know the law. Definitions for the different types of
knives are at the bottom of the listing. Almost exclusively all places ban
Switchblades, Gravity, Ballistic, Butterfly, Balisong, Dirk, Gimlet, Stiletto and Toothpick Knives.
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USC Title 15 Chpt. 29- § 1241- § 1245
Switchblade and Ballistic Knives are Illegal
United States
USC Title18 - Part I - Chpt. 44 - § 930
< 2.5"
“dangerous weapon” does not include a pocket knife with a blade of less than 2 1/2 inches in length.
United States
Alabama
Decatur, AL
Elba, AL
Enterprise, AL
Gadsden, AL
Fairhope, AL
Huntsville, AL
Lankett, AL
Montgomery
Montevallo, AL
Mountain Brook, AL
Muscle Shoals, AL
Opp, AL
Pell City, AL
Saraland, AL
Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscumbia, AL
Vestavia Hills, AL

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No Defined Knife Length in AL Law.
or knife or instrument of like kind or description
or any other knife of like kind or description,
or any other knife of like kind or description,
or knife of like kind or similar nature,
any knife of whatever nature containing a blade more than three (3) inches long,
with the exception of pocket knives ... with a blade of less than four (4) inches

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>3"

Pawn Shops to not sell or take in or any knife with a blade exceeding four (4) inches in length.
any knife of whatsoever nature containing a blade more than three inches long

18-114
18-111
13-53.
70-82.
10-14
13-25
15-2.
19-5
11-7.
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No weapon/knife of any kind allowed on School Property or on School Transportation.
any knife of whatsoever nature containing a blade more than three inches long
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<3"

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Y <4"
Y <3"
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or other knife having a blade of three (3) inches or more in length
or other knife or instrument of like kind or description,
No Knive of any kind while on school property within the police jurisdiction of the city
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry off of his premises any knife or instrument of like kind
with a blade more than three (3) inches in length
with the exception of pocket knives ... with a blade of less than four (4) inches
any knife with a blade three (3) inches or more in length,
knife having a blade of three (3) inches or more in length,

CA Lake Forest. CA 11. while aboard public transit system vehicles/at public transit facilities and other transit locations: Carry A Knife. Not on School Property. 20910. any knife with a blade three inches or more in length.010 & 9. Knives are not allowed in schools. CA Corte Madera. Appendix A Personnel 7.73. Y None Y 3. any knife with a blade three inches or more in length Any knife with a blade three inches or more in length. Check Laws.12.4201 thru 46. CA Glendale. having a blade three (3) inches or more in length. No Knife with a blade Longer Than 2 ½ inches on the grounds of any Private/Public College or University (626. 20410. Palo Alto. CA Commerce. 20610. Samoa Arizona Arkansas Ft. AK Texarkana. knife other than an ordinary pocketknife having a blade not more than 3 1/2 inches in length.010 12.010 6.25.020 15-12. & 46-79. Co.52.84. AR Eureka Springs. shall include any knife. AK Juneau.5" Y 3. CA Marin Co.10) shall include any knife having a blade of three inches or more in length.4203 13-3120.62. having a blade of three inches or more in length in any Park or Recreation Facility Conceals any knife with a blade three inches or more in length on them on in a vehicle.25. AK Hydaburg.020 & 8.010 13. 4" Y State Preempted all local laws. unlawful for any person to carry on his person.32. in plain view. CA Chino. Jim March in his CA knife Law paper states there is no blade length for Pocket knives.86. CA Chino Hills.62. dirk or dagger having a blade of three inches or more in length. CA Fontana. AK Am.050 9. shall include any knife.61. "Dangerous weapon" means any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife Y 3" Y 3" No person shall wear under his clothes. .085 46.240 33-73 12-7 12-7 9. other than an ordinary folded pocket knife (blade stored in handle and requires a physical pull to open knife. Smith. AK Kotzebue. CA Contra Costa. 5-73-120.010 16-131 9. CA Citrus Heights. Deadly weapons shall include.01 9.16.20. CA Colton.12. AR California Las Angles Co.40.050 13. There is no blade length laws.170 & 12.24.40.010 9. Y For purposes of this chapter.010 9.010 Y <3" Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" Y Y Y Y Y <3" <3" <3" <3" <3" “Knife” means any bladed hand instrument three inches (3") or longer City Employees on the job. dirk or dagger having a blade of three inches or more in length. shall include any knife. 9. 21110 Y No Limit 13. any knife with a blade three inches or more in length. “knife” does not include an ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than 4” in length.210 8.Alaska Anchorage.020 9.73. CA Belmont. Any knife with a blade three inches or more in length. "There are places off limits where sheathed knives can not be carried.20.24. No bladed (a blade of three and one-half (3 1/2) inches or longer) hand instrument blade of which is over three (3) inches in length. dirk or dagger having a blade of three inches or more in length. in city parks. knives. any knife that will not shut.020 42. No Defined Knife Length in AK Law. CA E.04.051 9. CA Alameda Co.16.5" Y ? Penal Code 20310.5" Law states "Ordinary Pocket Knife".16. any knife Any knife having a blade three inches or more in length any knife with a blade three (3) inches or more in length. AR Palmer.050 15-22 9. & 46-294. AK Fairbanks. CA Costa Mesa. In "Skate Parks" No person shall have a dangerous weapon in his/her possession. CA Colusa. Any knife having a blade three inches (3”) or more in length.060 46-291. or conceal about his personany knife with a blade over three inches in length any knife equipped with a blade over three inches in length. any knife having a blade of three inches or more in length any knife having a blade measuring from the handle of three (3) inches or more in length. Y <3" Y <3.051 12-57 9. CA Ceres.

CA Perris.36. unlawful for any person to carry concealed upon his person any knife having a blade three (3) inches or more Carry on Fairgrounds any knife with a blade over three and one-half (3½") inches in length “dangerous or deadly weapon” means any knife with a blade three inches or more in length Any knife having a blade three inches or more in length "dangerous weapon" includes any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a …knife The term “dangerous or deadly weapon” includes. CA Plumas Co.24.010 11.02.010 9.. CA Pittsburg.5" Y 3.Maywood. 3. CA Sierra Madre. any knife with a blade in excess of three inches No person shall wear or carry in plain view any knife upon any public street or place or place open to the public. CA Mountain View.28. CA Redding. any knife with a blade three (3") inches or more in length blade of three (3) inches or more in length any knife with a blade three inches (3”) or more in length. CO Denver CO. CA 4-4. CO Longmont. 5/8/2009 14-111. CO Englewood. Orange.010 5. CA Modesto. CA Morro Bay..110 15-32 15-32 4.5" Y ? Y 3.5" prosecution must prove that defendant intended to use this short-bladed knife as a weapon. Carrying a folding-type knife with a blade not exceeding 3½ inches in length. any knife with a blade three (3) inches or more in length.020 13. any knife or other similar instrument with a blade or sharp edge 5 inches or longer Any knife having a blade three or more inches in length In Parks. CA Sacramento Co. any knife with a blade three inches or more in length having a blade of three inches or more in length Knife with a blade length in excess of four inches.72. capable of cutting.01 9. CA Pattersno. knife.3.5" Y 3.040 5-7.010 & 10. Any knife having a blade three inches or more in length No Possession or Carrying of Knife during declared Emergency.030 9. CA Westlake Vill. in plain view.5" Y 3. In Parks knife other than pocket knife.5" Y 3. Knife means any dagger. Does not apply to those with Permit/License to Carry.5" Y 3.020 12. CA Temecula. CA Oakland. or stiletto with a blade over 3 1/2 inches in length. defacing or mutilating trees or shrubs Any knife having a blade three inches or more in length. CA San Juan Capa. Colorado Aurora.5" Y 3. CA Mendota. CO Federal Heights.04. No person shall carry on his person. CA Windsor. knife with a blade over 3 1/2" in length. dirk.01 10. 4-5.42.16.03 5-21.9 12. or knife other than a pocket knife.28.005.12. 17-116 7-6C-0: thru 7-6C5 38-156 9.010 7. CO Fowler. CA Salinas.5" Y 3. Durango.92. CA West Covina. or stiletto with a blade over 3 1/2 inches in length.22. CA Pismo Beach.16. 38-117 & 38-119.01.04.030 21.240 9.020 21-44 & 21-56. dirk.36. Commerce City.010 & 12. or stiletto with a blade over 3 1/2 inches in length.Recreation Facilities: No person shall carry in plain view. CA San Mateo Co.010 75-46. any knife 3" or longer in any City Park Dangerous Weapon .03. dirk.84.16. CA Pasadena. Knife or knives means dagger. dirk.5" Y 3. not allowed in City Hall Knife with a blade length in excess of four inches. CA Richmond.04. CO Lafayette. During Special Pageant no carry of any knife in a concealed manner.56.075 9.020 9. not allowed in City Hall Y <3" carry in plain view on his or her person any knife having a blade of three or more inches Y 3.04 4-2. CO 18-12-101 thru 18-12-111 94-141. CA Newark. CA Mission Viejo. knife or stiletto with a blade over (3½) inches in length Knife means any dagger. CO Boulder CO. No person shall have a knife or firearm concealed on or about such person's body with a blade over three and one-half (31/2) inches in length having a blade greater than three and one-half (3 1/2) inches in length. thru 75-52 10. knife.1 9.020 Y Y Y Y <3" 2" <3" <3" Y <3" Y <3" Y <5" Y <3" Y <3" Y <3" Y <3" Y <3" No Y <3" Y <3" Y <3" Y <3" Y <3" Y <3" any knife with a blade three (3″) inches or more in length possess a knife with a blade longer than 2" while being present in any establishment serving alcoholic beverages. knife or stiletto with a blade more than three and one-half inches in length .36. CA. Knife means any dagger.010 9.. knife.040 9. CA San Anselmo.

Pierce. CO Thornton. on City Property at any special event.5" 3. knives except small pen or pocket knives. No Knives allowed in Airport Terminal.020 10-169.5" 3.060 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 3. 58-78. FL Gainesville.64. FL Crestview. Co..030 50-288.030 9. the blade does not exceed a three-inch length.5" 3. knives having blades less than three and one-half inches shall not be considered dangerous or deadly weapons any knife having a blade of more than 3 1/2 inches in length as measured from the hilt. FL Ft.64. FL 9. 13-100. 17-5. FL Coconut Creek. DE Newark. FL Boca Raton. CO New Castle.01. FL Casselberry. City Employees can't possess a knife of any kind even in their Auto on City Property.010 thru 9. whether it is called by any name set forth above or by any other name. pocket knife. Lauderdale.52. knives having blades less than three and one-half inches shall not be considered dangerous and deadly weapons. Emp.01. 132.2. such as pistols. 2-71. unlawful to carry. knives (except pocket knives). 24.52. ? with a blade over three and one-half inches in length with a blade over three and one-half inches in length. or by carrying any arms. FL Bradenton Beach. thru 13-102 6-33. CO Sheridan. CO Woodland Park. dirk. 26-202. thru 50-294 9. CT Delaware Dover. No Weapons in Court House including knives commonly referred to as pocket knives carry any knife while participating in a parade/picket line/group demonstration/block party. 54-7. fishing or trapping license.010 & 9. & 21-12. Knife knife (other than a small pocket knife with its blades under three inches in length) by carrying any arms. fishing or trapping activities. CO Wheat Ridge. FL Citrus Co. Y 3" 11-2-222 70-2. No Knives in Parks or Recreation Facilities within the public parks of the city or any knife the edged portion of the blade of which is four inches or over in length "Dangerous weapon" shall be defined but not limited to knives of any kind or type having a blade in excess of 3" in length. FL Broward Co. 17-27.5" 3.. 11-15. & 123.020 & 9.050 9. such as pistols. 62-186. Carries a knife with a blade over three and one-half inches in length concealed on or about his person. over three and one-half inches in length. CT Bristol. possess or display any weapon while participating in any special event/demonstration.32.52.) an ordinary pocket knife containing a blade not longer than four (4) inches. .5" 943-53-206 Y <4" 20-11 16-2. Parade and public assembly prohibitions (no knives. CO Connecticut Cheshire.010 & 9. CO Silt. FL Belle Glade. / No Knife of any length in court houses / Whoever shall carry concealed arms of any kind except a common pocket knife.1. CO Oak Creek. Knife means any dagger.02. parade or public assembly to carry or possess any weapon. In City owned buildings. 38-236 thru 38-239 & 42-156. DE New Castle.5" 3.40. provided the blade of the pocket knife does not exceed a three-inch length. 18-110. with a blade over three and one-half (3 1/2) inches in length. CO Steamboat Sps. DE DC Florida Alachua Co. FL Altamonte Sps. 2. FL Delray Beach.5" 3. possess any folding knife with a blade that exceeds 2 1/2 inches in length. CT New London. FL Ft.70.2 62-1903. 12-37. or stiletto with a blade over 3 1/2 inches in length. thru 16-86 9. salt water fisherman carrying such knife for lawful hunting.70. 3" Y Unk Y 3" Y <3" Y <4" Y 3" A pocket knife definition when concealed is up to the Jury.26. Y Knife with a blade over 3 inches XLVI-790-06 & 18 & 115 & 225 113.5" <3. Y <3" Y < 3" Y <3" ordinary pocketknife carried in a closed position "weapon" shall mean any knife.014. Much Case Law that goes in different directions.40. Legal to carry a knife longer than 4 Inches if valid hunting. 18-68.5" 3. knife. In Parks & Rec Areas can't carry a knife upon his or her person having a blade three (3) inches or longer In Parks & Rec Areas can't carry a knife upon his or her person having a blade three (3) inches or longer 22-4514 & 10-503. 16-81. FL Coral Gables.Manitou Springs.

& 18-3302 Boise 6/4/2002 Illinois Auburn. 56 H. FL Oakland.28. 50-53. picket line or parade within the city who carries a knife It shall be unlawful for any person other than an authorized office to carry a knife are prohibited from carrying secretly about their person any clasp knife. Juvenile Detention Facilities & Schools no blade length less than 2 ½ inches is not a deadly or dangerous weapon. rally. except a common pocket knife. Weapon shall mean a knife. more than an ordinary pocketknife. Jails. knives with blades over five inches. SB432 Preempts all Local Ord on Knifes and they can be no more stringent than state law. except a common pocket knife. IL 720 ILCS 5/24-1 & 720 ILCS 5/33A-1 18-47. 62-251.010 9-21. hatchet or any other instrument customarily used or intended for use as a dangerous weapon.2d 299. 537 P.1. 9. No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons Any knife having a fixed or locking blade which is three or more inches in length. It shall be unlawful to carry or have concealed about one's person or other weapon except a common pocket knife Any participant in a demonstration. 55 H. IL Chicago Chicago Hts. At Special Events knife. No person shall carry or have concealed about his person any weapon. FL Sarasota. FL South Miami. more than an ordinary pocketknife. 14-3-15 13-29 13-29 8-24-020 30-101. "Other deadly or dangerous weapon" is limited to instruments whose sole design and purpose is to inflict bodily injury or death.5" ? Requires a carry permit to carry in public. FL Oakland Park. Any Knife on any School Property when Under 21 years of age Any Knife on any School Property when Under 21 years of age any knife with blade greater than two and a half inches.2d 14. FL Starke. FL Palm Beach Co.040 22-13. / A "diver's knife" is neither a "dangerous weapon" nor a "dagger". a person shall not carry a concealed weapon In Courthouses. FL Georgia 14-55. No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons concealed about his person any other dangerous or deadly weapon No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons Carries or possesses with intent to use unlawfully against another. a dangerous knife a knife over three (3) inches in length or carried in a sheath. Y >5" Y None Y Y ? No ? ? ? Y >3" ? Y <3" Y <2. Except in the person's place of abode or fixed place of business. 531. IL Buffalo Grove. No person shall carry or have concealed about his person any weapon. 10-3. 106-375. 374. intimidate or injure an individual.Gulfport. No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons . 523 P. IL Carol Stream.5 & 134-51 thru 134-53 Idaho 18-3301. 66-34. 58-51. 16-11-126 & 16-11-127. 9. FL South Daytona. "Deadly and dangerous weapon" is one designed primarily as a weapon or diverted from normal use and prepared for combat. are prohibited from carrying secretly about their person any clasp knife. & 15-18. 58-222. & 30-62. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed upon or about his person any knife Knife Length only mentioned in IL law when knife is used in a felony offense. IL Braidwood. IL Calumet City. 1-1. are prohibited from carrying secretly about their person any clasp knife. more than an ordinary pocketknife. FL Miami Beach. or any other like instrument utilized to coerce. IL Bourbonnais. There is no Length limit found in HI Law. FL Port Orange. 15-15. 16-11-136 Guam Unk Hawaii 134-12. IL Centralia. openly or concealed. 8-16. IL Carpentersville.08. IL Burbank. IL Beach Park. 21-143.

KS Wichita. & 4-81. dangerous or deadly weapon.130 220. No person. KS 21-6301 & 21-6302 Sec. IL Wheeling. instrument apparently capable of producing bodily harm cutting/stabbing. 16-30. the blade of which is three inches in length or longer. 10-25. & 6-4. ? ? ? No Y <1. in any public park of the city. IA 63. IL Galesburg. IA Des Moines.7.130 11. IN South Bend. any dangerous knife or any other dangerous weapon of like character. & 10-27.60. IL Pontiac. & 16-724. IL Savoy. KS Junction City.745 4-36. Stout v Commonwealth 33 S. Any person who shall within the city possess carry any knife. Only Switchblades and gravity knives are mentioned in Indiana Law as being illegal. KS Sedgwick Co.07 8.010 9. IL Peoria Co. any type of knife. the blade of which is longer than 1 1/2 " in length. shall within the limits of the city. IL Crete. on any property operated or maintained as a park by the city. 4-086 / 03-1638) or knife having a blade of three inches or longer in length. any knife on primary or secondary school property within the city HB 2033 preempts all knife laws in Kansas and becomes effective 7/1/13 unlawful to carry any firearms. 5.010 70-77. knives or any other objects that can reasonably be considered a weapon. & 62-6. 8. 46-62. 12. No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons shall possess. other than law enforcement. 22-5. unlawful to possess. or any knife having a blade of three inches or longer No person shall carry whether concealed or not.06. IL Peoria. KS Overland Park. pocket knife. IL Loves Park.190 54-10. Y <3" Y <3" ? Kansas Atchison Derby Clearwater. exceeding in length by 2" No person shall bring into or have in his possession in any park or park-street any switchblade.7 A "dangerous weapon" is any instrument or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury upon a human being. 54-240.3-31. carry. (Shorter knives designed for fighting are considered Weapons. 9. are strictly prohibited in any park for any reason.32. 3-101..5" ? No ? ? ? ? Y 3" Y <3" Y None Y 2" Y 5" Cedar Rapids. & 16-724. have in his vehicle any knife having a blade longer than 3" in any park. IA Council Bluffs.32. 7.Cicero. It is unlawful to possess. Knife Any Knife on any School Property when Under 21 years of age No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons knife or other deadly weapon within any licensed premises. any dangerous knife except that an ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than 4" in length shall not be construed to be a dangerous An ordinary pocketknife with no blade more than 4" length shall not be construed to be a dangerous knife except that an ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches an ordinary pocket knife with a blade less than 3½ inches in length shall not be construed to be a dangerous knife an ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length No Length in KY Law (4) "Deadly weapon" means any of the following: (c) Any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife. IN 35-47-5-2. IL Cook Co. . KS Great Bend. have.08 Y 4" Y 4" Y 4" Y <3 1/2" Y 4" Y None No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons Contraband. 13-29 30-123.28. IL McCook.18. IL Roselle.75. IN Westfield. carry unconcealed any other dangerous knife.88.W. IL 62-191.3d 531 (2000) held that a 3" locking folder is deadly weapon. 13-9. 20-188. concealed or otherwise.010 Indiana Merrillville. No. 54-162. IL DeKalb Co.010 22-177 11. or carry any… Hunting Knife bring. KS Wyandotte Co.4. IL Stickney. 19-44 44-1 Iowa 16-702. …. hunting knife. on owned parks by the city.1. 702.010 None Kentucky 500. No person shall carry concealed about his person a knife or other dangerous or deadly weapons No Knife in Court House.

(Part IV Title I 269-10 No Limit for Class A License Holders) having any type of blade in excess of two and one-half (2½ ) inches.16. LA Bossier City. ball fields. "School" means any elementary. tennis courts etc 19-2. 13-28. 54-410. or leased buildings or places where the administrators Introduce any weapon LA Nature and Science Center No Knives "Dangerous weapon" includes any firearm. It is very wordy. MA 269-10 thru 269-12 & 71-37H 16-45. Rescue Knives Illegal RS 14:95 (J) a "rescue knife" is a folding knife. No Defined Length Limit in Laws. MD Ocean City. high school.Owensboro. KY Louisiana Baton Rouge/E Baton Rouge Parish. a penknife without a switchblade. Y 1. School means School Bus also. knuckles. Weapons any knife. No Max Blade Length in laws. Y (ii) "Weapon" does not include: 2.020 24-5. or other bladed instrument.5" Y 2. LA Lake Charles. MD Frederick Howard Co. person carrying the knife.110 9. in any premises where alcoholic beverages are sold and/or consumed on the premises rescue knives by full-time LEO only.5" Y ? Y 2. LA St.20. or other used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon. LA New Orleans. & 13-28. wear or carry or other dangerous or deadly weapon of any kind whatsoever. Landry Parish. which has a blade made to remove seatbelts. No RS 14:95 Y ? 13. except when actually engaged in hunting. Possessing or to have in any vehicle while participating or attending a demonstration In those publicly owned. knife with a blade longer than three inches knife having a blade of more than two and one-half (2½) inches in length shall be considered a dangerous weapon knives with a blade exceeding three (3) inches in length. operated. or vo-tech school. knife. readily and easily opened with one hand Display a pocket knife with a blade more than three (3) inches long. to have in his possession a firearm.2. 95 Nov-11 Y ? Y 4" Y 2" ? No No No ? Y 3" 25-252-2001 & 17A-43-1055 Y None No person may display in a threatening manner. multiple tooled knife containing more than one blade "Swiss Army Knife" or similar generic knives are not a fighting knives. You must be carrying it without any intent to do harm. MA Somerville. MD Laurel. give or loan to any person under eighteen (18) years of age any …lock back knife knife having any type of blade in excess of two and one-half inches any knife having any type of blade in excess of 2 1/2 inches. Only Police Officers can buy and own them. 9-96. MA Cambridge.5" A. stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapons usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.95 38-277. LA West Monroe.5" Y 2. . MD 12-19. rescue knife" is a folding knife. dirk.5" Y 2.1 13-28. on one's person. or other instrumentality customarily used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon. rescue knife" is a folding knife.205. 54-342. MA Revere. 9-13. or any instrument with a blade in excess of two inches.1 9. except penknives. LA Maine Maryland Park means all parks. MA Salem. slung shot. 2-18. Illegal carrying of weapons is: (1) The intentional concealment of any firearm. any firearm. in an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold. (Intent written into the law puts it back on the 4-101 & 4-105 None Cambridge. LA Sulphur. 106-296. bowie knife. See The law sections listed. knife. or any other dangerous weapon on park property. except when actually engaged in hunting. any knife having any type of blade in excess of 2 1/2 inches. readily and easily opened with one hand or any knife with a blade in excess of four inches. swimming pools. No dangerous weapons in Courts. or wear under his clothes or conceal about his person. MD Cheverly. secondary. No Carry in Schools. 58-121 Y 3" Y 2 1/2" Y 3" ? ? Massachusetts Boston. owned or used by the city playgrounds. 20-4 18-2 19. in court rooms rescue knives by full-time LEO only.

stiletto or any other sharp edged or pointed instrument or weapon. 66-447 & 66-452 & 66-453 Y Y Y Y 3" 3" 3" 3" No Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3 or 4" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" ? Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" ? ? Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3.04. 86-266. 58-186. 46-266. knife with a blade in excess of three inches. MI Fenton. 26-279. MI Saline. any knife in Schools any knife with a blade in excess of three inches. 14-261 20-333. possess a knife with a blade more than 3" in length / No in City Park. Woods MI Hastings.060 & 9. other sharp edged or pointed instruments carried are hereby declared forfeited to the city knife having a blade over three (3) inches in length Any knife with a blade which exceeds three inches in length. MI Novi. Play ground. MI Fowlerville. knife having a blade over three inches in length blades which exceed three (3) inches in length knife having a blade over three inches in length. MI Lake Odessa. MI Grosse Pt. MI Jackson.5" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" ? Y 3" ? ? Y 3" Y 3" Y 3" It's illegal to carry anything above a 3" statutory limit with intent to use unlawfully. & 22-129. 18-328. 19-226. knives. MI Woodhaven.05 46-76. . MI Detroit. All weapons. or other knife with a blade that exceeds three inches carry or use in any manner any knife with a blade in excess of three inches carry or use in any manner any knife. 26-62. whose blade is three inches or more in length carry or use in any manner any knife with a blade in excess of three inches nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length. MI Dearborn Height. MI Ferndale. MI Auburn Hills. MI Kalamazoo.94. thru 38-10-44. 18-185. 19-128. longer than 3". 54-223. 62-283. Knife or any form of weapon potentially dangerous to human safety on School. MI Center Line.020 & 9. MI Richmond. 38-229. MI Lansing. razor. 692. Shores. MI Owosso. MI Holland. whose blade is three inches or more in length. 54-167 16-143. MI Livonia. MI DeWitt. & 26-194. 38-10-39. Building. 54-83. MI Taylor. any knife having a blade over 3" / student. One armed people can carry a switchblade knife. MI Birmingham. Knife having a blade longer than 4". 46-43. MI St.06 20-12. any knife. MI Lathrup. 20-94 12-85. MI Dearborn. MI East Lansing. 54-291 & 54-244 & 54-216. 54-201. sharp-edged or sharp-pointed instrument or weapon in excess of three inches in length. MI Romeo. guest or other person shall not have A knife on any College Campus a knife. dangerous weapon except hunting knives adapted and carried as such. MI Fraser.Michigan** Ann Arbor.94. MI Pontiac. or carry or use in any manner any knife having a blade over three inches any knife with a blade in excess of three (3) inches.07 & 1062. 22-55.560416667 46-170 74-214. MI Grosse Pt. knife with a blade over three (3) inches in length. MI Oak Park. be in possession of a knife with a blade more than three (3) inches in length A person who carries a knife having a blade of three inches or more A knife. & 696. School or School Rec area. & 12-136. Activity knife having a blade over three inches in length. Grounds. knife having a blade over three (3) inches in length. dagger.070 22-128. MI Act 328 of 1931 750-226 thru 750-226a 0. dirk. blade is by length greater than three and one-half (3 1/2) inches. MI Westland. Clair Co. & 20-412. knife with a blade that exceeds three inches knife with a blade in excess of three inches. MI Plymouth. 9. MI Warren. either folding or non-folding. unlawful for any person to be in possession of a knife with a blade more than three inches in length possess a knife. 50-294. Knife with a mechanism to lock the blade opened. 22-168. 696. MI Highland Park.94. 20-411. knife with a blade in excess of three inches in length knife having a blade over three inches in length. in excess of 4" / 3" in City Parks Recreation Facilities.

10.010 thru 571. The word "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four (4) inches in length. MS Vicksburg. Carries concealed upon or about his person a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use. MO Cameron. 17-163. switchblade knife are illegal but pocket knives are not mentioned. MS Missouri Ballwin.5" Y ? Y ? Y ? Y 4" Y 4" Y 4" Y 4" Y Y Y 4" 4" 4" possesses any other dangerous article or substance for the purpose of being used unlawfully as a weapon against another. any other knife with a blade over four (4) inches long and not used as a hand tool "knife" does not include any ordinary pocketknife with no blade more than four inches in length. 12. blackjack or any other weapon capable of lethal use. Minnesota Blaine. Weapon: any device designed as weapon capable of producing death/bodily harm. 17-121. 82-191.03. . school parking area or sidewalks adjacent thereto a folding knife with a blade in excess of four (4) inches. 11-55.5" Y 4" 571. firearm. 8-30. Carries concealed on or about his person a knife. 18-172. 62-178.Wyandotte. MI 25-98. MN St. Carries concealed on or about his person a knife.002. MO Ava. MO Des Peres. MO Carthage. "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length. Carries concealed upon or about his person a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use. MN Eagan. any knife or weapon in any school building/grounds school bus. Conceal or carry about the person having a blade in excess of 2 1/2 inches in length. 13-145. 50-266. MN Mississippi Jackson. butcher knife. / Give good reason to have Knife. parade or other official political meeting in or on any building or property owned. "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length. Any double-edged knife "Weapon" does not include. MI Wyoming. 14-76. except when used as a weapon. MO Grandview. The word "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four (4) inches in length. MO Jackson.2.001. or a political rally. a folding knife with a blade of 4" or less in length. ? Y 3.01 97-37-1 / 37-5 / 37-7 & 97-37-17 / 37-19 None Y 4" Y 4" Y None 86-12 19-4. MO Hillsboro. 17-96. leased or used by the city knives. MO Blackjack. MO Joplin. MN Minneapolis. deadly weapons as referred to in state law can be brought into a meeting of the council.03. 393.020 17-54. The word "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four (4) inches in length. MO Creve Coeur. Paul. 17-41 14-14. Carries concealed upon or about his person a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use. & 12. firearm. MS Tupelo. & 12. blackjack or any other weapon capable of lethal use. The word "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four (4) inches in length. 393. 45-500. MO 609. Carries concealed upon or about his person a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use. blackjack or any other weapon capable of lethal use. MO Kansas City.66 Y 50-111 & 50-114 10. Carries concealed upon or about his person a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use.03. MO Independence.60.008. the cutting blade of which is longer than three and one-half (3. firearm. dirks and knives. The word "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four (4) inches in length. MO Clinton. bowie knife. 16-186. dirk knife.5) inches. knife having a blade three inches in length or longer. Deadly weapons means the following: Daggers. ** Michigan will allow persons who are missing an arm to own and use switchblade knives. MO Butler. Check with your Chief of Police if you are missing an arm. & 14-14. MO Cape Girardeau. MI Ypsilanti. Deadly weapons concealed or in public park.10. No Length Limit in MS Law. Carries concealed on or about his person a knife. 74-126 & 74-54 Y Y Y 3" 3" 3" knife with a blade more than three (3) inches in length A knife shall be defined as an instrument having a handle and at least one sharp edged blade over 3" long. 225. 50-261 Y 4" Y 2.

70. MO Lee's Summit. Carry a knife (other than pocket knife with 3. Y 4" Y 4" Y <3. "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length.010. 17-161. MO Olivette. usually having a blade of at least 6" (15cm) in length. the knife blade can be brought forth quickly using one hand. usually cast in a mold. The back edge of the curved clip point.81. also called the "false edge. The version most commonly known as the historical Bowie knife was rather large and of massive construction. some reaching 12 inches (30cm) or more. Claspknife A claspknife is a folding knife. Translated from Tagalog. with a relatively broad blade that was an inch and a half to two inches wide (4 to 5 cm) and made of steel usually between 3/16" and 1/4" thick (from 4. The term tends to refer to a medium-sized to large knife. 170.8 to 6.5" Y 4" Y 4" Y 4" "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length. strictly speaking one equipped with some means of holding the blade in the open position when in use. MO 18-80. MO Springfield.4 millimeters). as knives go. In the hands of a trained user. and also often had an upper guard that bent forward at an angle. Butterfly Knife / Balisong The Balisong.225. the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. Dangerous and incapacitating instruments shall include knives with blades in excess of four (4) inches Carries concealed a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use. is a form of folding pocket knife with two handles that counter-rotate around the tang such that." was often sharpened in order to allow someone trained in European techniques of saber fencing to execute the maneuver called the "back cut" or "back slash. 58-331. MO Raytown. having a blade in excess of two and one-half (2 1/2) inches in length "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length. It is likely that the blade shape was derived from the Spanish Navajo clasp knives carried in Spain and the Spanish colonies in the Americas. MO Maplewood. MO Liberty.5" Blade Max in/on Taxi." A brass quillon was attached to protect the hand. "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length. 58-74. but was a series of knives improved several times by Jim Bowie over the years. MO Licking.5" Y 4" Y 2. and slashing Bowie Knife The historical Bowie knife was not a single design. Carries concealed a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use. and implies a locking mechanism such as a twisting ring or catch . so that it cannot close accidentally on the user's fingers. Manipulations (flipping) are performed for art or amusement and require great skill. and sometimes known as a Batangas knife. & 58-333. Cab or other public vehicle "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length. 78-257.Ladue. MO Lamar. also intended to catch an opponent's blade. & 18. Go to Part 2 Arkansas Toothpick Is essentially a heavy dagger with a pointed. called a Butterfly knife in the West. MO West Plains. Carries concealed upon or about his person a knife or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use. straight 12-20 inch blade. "baling sungay") as the original Balisongs were made from carved animal horns and recycled knife blades. a concept borrowed from the medieval Scottish dirk. 22-103. MO Webster Groves. The name butterfly knife is a term coined in the United States much like "drumbox" for the kahon. when closed. 15-3. 22-8. The back of the blade often had a strip of soft metal (normally brass or copper) inlaid intended to catch an opponent's blade. 13-67. The "toothpick" is balanced and weighted for throwing and can also be used for thrusting . the word "Balisong" means "Broken Horn" (literally.

tapering blade.that must be released in a distinct action before the knife can be folded. Penknife A penknife or pen knife is a small folding pocket knife. Stiletto a. It may have single or multiple blades and additional tools incorporated into the design. and locked into place. A large knife with one or more folding blades. Reference books covering naval dirks invariably show the popularity of both blade types. scissors. and occasionally common folding knives (see penny knife). incorporating a blade or two. A side-opening knife's blade pivots out of the side of the handle (in the same manner as an ordinary folding knife). One method of opening is where the blade exits out the front of the handle point-first and locks into place. Dirks were made with either double-edged or single-edged blades. reamers. To fold or double. To retract the blade back into the handle. Dirk Dirk is a Scots word for a long dagger. it is then referred to as an Out-The-Front Automatic knife or OTF for short. Should the knife be equipped with a spring to open the blade. nail files. or a switchblade if it exits out of the side. out of the tip of the handle. Gravity Knife A gravity knife is a knife which can be opened solely by the forces of gravity or centripetal force. or linerlock is pressed. side-opening and out-the-front (OTF). Knives commonly mistaken for gravity knives include OTF automatic knives. Over the last hundred years there has been a proliferation of multi-function knives with multifarious and often ingenious gadgets including awls. but instead of a button or spring. as opposed to the more usual sliding spring which requires only that a sufficient force be applied to the back of the knife in order for it to fold into the handle. and for which the term penknife is normally used. corkscrews. b. some versions of which number dozens of functions and are really more of a folding multi-tool. A small dagger with a slender. An out-the-front knife's blade slides directly forward. toothpicks and so on. originally used for cutting a quill to make a pen nib. . the knife is "flipped" out of the handle. rather than a knife blade. LED torches and USB flash drives. tweezers. Switchblade There are two basic types of switchblade. sometimes a cut-down sword blade mounted on a dagger hilt. The most famous example of a multi-function knife is the Swiss Army knife. Another form is like a switchblade. than a penknife with extras. and the tradition continues with the incorporation of modern devices such as ballpoint pens. and there was no standard blade configuration. the switchblade and the butterfly knife (or balisong). Something shaped like such a dagger. a release lever. The term lock-knife or lockback knife also exists to make this distinction. Gimlet Knife A gimlet is a weapon that looks like an ice pick and opens like a switchblade knife. There are two types of OTF (out the front) knives: double action and single action. Jackknife A large clasp knife.

AK.IL State Knife Law updated to show no length limit if not carried to commit a crime. New Law gives Length. Because they often use a lever to compress the spring. ME. 15 CA City/County Entries Added. No Carry In Courts. CT. 7/28/11 – MA Entry on Class A License Holders exempt from law added. 2/14/11 – Arkansas Law Statute Updated.AR State Law Updated. IN. Spring tension in these knives is actually provided by the movement of the button.Cities added to AL. . the extra force the spring requires can also make intentional opening more difficult. Updates to this Page 4/9/10 – AR State Law Info Updated. 10/26/12 . stronger springs can be used. CO. ID More Defined State Law. MN Listing. 11/14/11 – Mobile AL Info Added. AR. AK. which makes them much safer to carry since they will not open accidentally. 3 AL Cities Added. 12/1/11 . MD.KS Entry updated with New Preemption Law. 4/22/13 . 4/14/10 – File broken into 2 parts to manage size 4/18/10 – CA Knife Length on College/University Property Added 8/11/10 – AZ New Preemption law added 1/10/11 – AR. HI. 4/5/13 . MA. 2/22/11 – Georgia State Law on Knives updated.Double action OTFs allow the user to extend or retract the blade with the press of a sliding button. Approx. 1/6/12 . LA & MS Cities added to their listing. This makes them open more vigorously than the double-action type. MD. 3/12/12 . KY.GA Knife Preemption law passed. 5/11/12 .Search wording listed at top of Page 1. KS. However. and allows them to achieve tighter lock-up.Mission Viejo & Lake Forest entries under California listing updated with additional wording on where knives are prohibited. Link to Municode added in top header to aid in your search of Local Ordinances. Single action OTFs require the user to retract the blade manually and compress the spring. MN & MS No Length Law found in their state laws added. CO. 6/14/13 .All Links checked and repaired if needed.CA Moved Knife Laws to Different Places in their Code. Becomes effective 7/1/2012 7/27/12 . FL.