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State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Greg » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:15 pm

I was doing a bit of casual research into the states east of where I am for places that could potentially be sword-carry friendly where someday in the future a Ranger Moot might be possible, when I stumbled upon this delightful *.pdf detailing knife laws in quite a number of states, including specifics from cities within each state. This could help the forum here quite a bit in terms of legality and helping plan events, etc. Unfortunately, all states are not listed, but nothing's perfect.

Dig on through, and I hope your state doesn't disappoint.

http://handgunlaw.us/documents/USKnife.pdf

Please take the time to look through and find out what the deal is in your area. Many of us, myself included, have carried sizeable blades into places we shouldn't have...but we all have the responsibility of being informed to reflect positively on our hobby, so we should take the time to find out.
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Eledhwen » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:23 pm

Massachusetts is so vague and indistinct that even the state attorney who teaches fencing tells people it is best to simply not carry anything. Even for him.

This state is NOT friendly to blades as a rule. Enforcement varies by town and officer but the base laws are not friendly. BTW, having a Class A License to Carry firearms has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with blade weapons...it is a common misconception that it does, but it doesn't. It applies to firearms, and only firearms. I have one. And I know the Chief and asked about this in particular. Many times. They might be more lenient on a carrier, but the license has no bearing on the prohibitions.

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Postby Kiriana » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:31 am

Doesn't list SC at all.. oh well
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby E.MacKermak » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:50 am

Gotta go to part II for SC. Not a lot there. Time to ask our friendly sheriff.

And a vast number of the laws are for concealed blades. Not much concealing a decent sized sword (unless you are the Highlander).
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Postby Kiriana » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:53 am

oh I missed that hehe.. I did save the file though hehe
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Postby Manveruon » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:21 am

Seems Colorado is pretty chill about it all... sweet :mrgreen:
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Rhys ap Ieuan » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:25 pm

Part 2 can be found here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/USKnife2.pdf

The part for my state looks pretty accurate, but is greatly simplified. As usual, I'd recommend consulting an attorney who specializes in weapon laws.
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Fallsofdragon » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:46 pm

Yes, in Oergon we have still some good Freedom as to the edged weapons, generally speaking.
I have had the CCW CHL pistol permit (shall issue law) since 1990, no hassle there, but one has to be careful of each municipality and their peculiar codes in regards the edged weapons, the state law allows buying and selling of the automatic knives, but the concealed carry of such can be problematic in certain places, I just carry a Kershaw K.O. "Blur", spring assist (and a .45)
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Beornmann » Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:02 pm

I would think , as with any legal issue, you should consult local LEO or counsel.
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Yavion » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:37 am

Beornmann wrote:I would think , as with any legal issue, you should consult local LEO or counsel.


Consult a LEO only if you want the opinion of one, otherwise stick to counsel.
Most LEO can't learn EVERY line of the law (they're not lawyers), so little things like what sort of knife is cool and what isn't don't always sit in their log of immediate usable knowledge. They're more concerned with bigger issues such as drug dealers and nefarious ruffians. :)
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Rifter » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:03 am

In my province were still edged freedom too within limits.
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Re: State Knife Laws Across the Country

Postby Kortoso » Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:59 am

Missing San Diego, CA. I was stopped by the police for having a double-edged boot knife ("dirk or dagger") as well as a machete.
The dagger was a felony, but I only got a misdemeanor bust. They gave me the machete back, almost apologetically.

I was at Burning Man, which is on BLM land in Nevada. I checked about swords. Nope, and nope. Axes were okay by them, in the books anyway; I guess they expect axes to be used in camping. :) :twisted:
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