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    Karambit "Laws"


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    Hi, I live in Greenville, SC. So I was telling someone about a Boker CLB Karambit I recently purchased. More as an EDC than a self-defense weapon but anyways, he told me to watch out because it was illegal to carry a karambit in some states. I was wondering if you knew if it was illegal to carry a folding karambit in SC. Thanks!

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    That person needs to crack a law book once in his life. There are no laws anywhere in the United States that specifically target Karambits. It would be far too specific and the Karambit has far too much in common with Vinyl and Linoleum cutting knives widely used by contractors and flooring installers. There are laws where a karambit could be included but these would be very broad and include most other types of knife too.

    Under South Carolina's somewhat new law, all knives are legal to carry so long as there is no unlawful intent or if it is carried during the comission of a crime.

    SECTION 16-23-460. Carrying concealed weapons; forfeiture of weapons.
    (A) A person carrying a deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his person is guilty of a misdemeanor, must forfeit to the county, or, if convicted in a municipal court, to the municipality, the concealed weapon, and must be fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not less than thirty days nor more than ninety days.

    (B) The provisions of this section do not apply to:

    (1) A person carrying a concealed weapon upon his own premises or pursuant to and in compliance with Article 4, Chapter 31 of Title 23; or

    (2) peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties.

    (C) The provisions of this section also do not apply to rifles, shotguns, dirks, slingshots, metal knuckles, knives, or razors unless they are used with the intent to commit a crime or in furtherance of a crime.
    http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t16c023.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by glistam View Post
    That person needs to crack a law book once in his life. There are no laws anywhere in the United States that specifically target Karambits. It would be far too specific and the Karambit has far too much in common with Vinyl and Linoleum cutting knives widely used by contractors and flooring installers. There are laws where a karambit could be included but these would be very broad and include most other types of knife too.

    Under South Carolina's somewhat new law, all knives are legal to carry so long as there is no unlawful intent or if it is carried during the comission of a crime.


    http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t16c023.php
    Thankyou very much! My knife is a tool and used as one, or if the need arrises also for self defense Not with intent to hurt...

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    It is generally best NOT to refer to self defense. If the need arises, fine, defend yourself, but don't suggest to the police that you are carrying that specific tool thinking it would be effective for hurting people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esav Benyamin View Post
    It is generally best NOT to refer to self defense. If the need arises, fine, defend yourself, but don't suggest to the police that you are carrying that specific tool thinking it would be effective for hurting people.
    haha. yeah that probably wouldn't be very wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esav Benyamin View Post
    It is generally best NOT to refer to self defense. If the need arises, fine, defend yourself, but don't suggest to the police that you are carrying that specific tool thinking it would be effective for hurting people.
    +1 Good advice, indeed!

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