In nj assisted opening knives are fine, autos are not unless you are LEO, or private security. Though you may come across an officer who considers an assisted as an auto or doesn't know the actual law and thinks that both are illegal and will give you a rash of crap.
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In regards to NJ knife laws-http://knife-expert.com/nj.txt- there is a difference between a swicthblade and an assisted opener. A swithblade natural position is open, and the blade is deployed by a button, scale or any spring within the knife. An assisted opener, the natural position is closed. It is opened by a a stud on the blade or a flipper. Most flipper assisted opening knives do not have a lock, therefore I believe it to be a gravity knife; which is illegal. However, I am a knife maker and dealer, and quality assisted openers made by SOG and Benchmade do have locks to prevent the blade from being deployed, even by vise grips. NJ is is similiar to NYC laws, if it is legal in NYC, it should be legal in NJ. However, keep a legitimate reason for carrying concealed and never have your knife clip (if it has one) exposed. Self defense is not a legitimate reason in NJ. However, if it is used for your job or a reasonable purpose (seat belt cutter) or multipurpose tool, it should be ok for pocket carry. I am not a lawyer, but these are my interpretations after discussing issues with police friends in Bergen County's pistol permit office.
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