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  1. #1
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    Jun 2012

    Michigan knife laws

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    Can someone define to me in as much detail to me about knife laws in michigan such as carrying.? Thank you

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    May 2012
    Saginaw Mi
    750.226 Firearm or dangerous weapon; carrying with unlawful intent.

    Sec. 226.

    Carrying firearm or dangerous weapon with unlawful intent—Any person who, with intent to use the same unlawfully against the person of another, goes armed with a pistol or other firearm or dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, or knife having a blade over 3 inches in length, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or by a fine of not more than 2,500 dollars.

    History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;-- CL 1948, 750.226
    Former Law: See section 4 of Act 372 of 1927, being CL 1929, § 16752.

    © 2009 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

    I cant really find anything more detailed than that at the moment. I live in Saginaw; I basically take the 3 inch blade excerpt as you can concealed carry a knife with a blade 3 inches or less, and anything with a longer blade I open carry(which is legal in Michigan for both Handguns and knives). That's generally my rule for fixed blades; I carry folders with blades longer than 3 inches such as the Spyderco Tenacious and Resilience, and even if you ever get stopped or questioned by police they would have to prove intent. Any other insight from anybody would also be appreciated I try to keep up on this stuff but I often don't have the time. Hope this helps somewhat

  3. #3
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    Jul 2012
    Basically reading the law of the state the main wording is "with the intent to use unlawfully". And you also must look into any local laws of your city. I live just south of the line in Ohio and routinely travel into MI. The way I look at it is if you're not using it unlawfully you shouldn't have a problem. The knife laws in both of our states are very vague. Let us know if you find anymore concrete laws.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2011
    SLC, UT
    I've never really understood what constitutes concealed carry of a knife. If it is clipped to your pocket with some showing, is that open or concealed carry?

  5. #5
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    Jan 2012
    Detroit Metro Area, MI
    A minor can carry a fixed hunting related (not a mall ninja type) blade if it is obvious to see while hunting right? The DNR didn't care when my friend did.

  6. #6
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    Jan 2008
    There is a bill to change the current law.

    I read this then the law, I don't see the changes in the law that makes switchblades legal unless I'm missing something.

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