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    Tennessee knife laws question.....


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    Ok our legal blade limit for the state is 4", I understand that and have no problem with that. My question is, does that also apply to parks, campgrounds, and hiking trails? I carry a ESEE 5 and have saw knives out there even larger and this got me to thinking.
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    It's a good question. I have a couple of buddies that live there and we were just chatting about that. I'm pretty sure you can have a longer blade for camping, fishing, hunting but that makes me wonder if everyone who buys a >4" knife from Smoky Mountain Knife Works (or any of the many Chicom junk knife emporiums there in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, etc.) is breaking the law.

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    Well you have obviously read the TCA. I have not seen anything in there to amend the law if a person is on Govt land, etc.

    I would suspect that it would be open to interpretation based on the circumstances. I personally would not worry about carrying a larger blade in the ways you describe, but if you stop at at a Gas station or Wal Mart on the way there or back.... well..... I'd leave it in the car.

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    39-17-1307 is the law the makes carrying a knife with a blade over 4" illegal. But, 39-17-1308 provides exceptions to this law. One such exception is
    (4) Incident to lawful hunting, trapping, fishing, camping, sport shooting or other lawful activity;

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    Quote Originally Posted by glistam View Post
    39-17-1307 is the law the makes carrying a knife with a blade over 4" illegal. But, 39-17-1308 provides exceptions to this law. One such exception is
    Vague stuff like that drives me nuts. What is 'other lawful activity'? Driving home from SMKW? Driving to church? Hiking?

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    Fixed blade tactical knives

    Is it legal in Tennessee to carry a fixed blade knife concealed? Thinking of getting the crk kommer IFB. It has a blade length of 3.8", so the length is good. But the law does not specify about fixed blades such as this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap75 View Post
    Is it legal in Tennessee to carry a fixed blade knife concealed? Thinking of getting the crk kommer IFB. It has a blade length of 3.8", so the length is good. But the law does not specify about fixed blades such as this one.
    It just says "a knife with a blade length exceeding four inches." So if it's under 4" fixed or folder, it's legal.

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    One of the vague things in the law is that it says something about you have to have a good reason for carrying the knife. I'd have to read back over the law to support this.

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    If you are carrying concealed with the sole intent of going armed, I am pretty sure that it is a no go. Even with a CCP. I have had a carry permit for 15+ years and still had to get a certification permit to carry a ASP baton. But its going to be the officers call. I entered the post office in my town to mail a package with a Sebenza in my pocket. The only thing exposed was the pocket clip and got hassled by law enforcement just because he saw the clip. Told me I had no business having a knife inside the post office. And it was a small Sebenza at that. Unfortunately, I think ones appearance and age has alot to do with. Even though I am older (near 50), I have a shaved head and facial hair, 6ft.,210 lbs. Jeans and a Tshirt are standard issue for me. If I would have had on a button down shirt,tie and kakhis, probably nothing would have been said. Its all how you are seen by the officer and if he is in a decent mood. No I dont think this is universal, but thats how it is in my end of TN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red1965 View Post
    If you are carrying concealed with the sole intent of going armed, I am pretty sure that it is a no go.
    Nope, only intent to go armed with a knife exceeding 4" blade is an offense.

    Even with a CCP. I have had a carry permit for 15+ years ..
    15 years and you call it that? It's HCP you know. TN does not issue a "Concealed Carry Permit".
    and still had to get a certification permit to carry a ASP baton.
    Yes, of course, as going armed with any size "club" is illegal.

    ...I entered the post office in my town to mail a package with a Sebenza in my pocket. The only thing exposed was the pocket clip and got hassled by law enforcement just because he saw the clip. Told me I had no business having a knife inside the post office.
    Well, it's a federal law. Knife 2.5" and over in federal facility is a federal offense, not state. However, of course, local LEA is to enforce federal law also.

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