Hello friends, I have been searching for this answer for many days now and I still haven't gotten a clear cut answer.
I am looking to carry, concealed, a 4" folder in the state of California, in and out of the University. According to State law, I am allowed to carry any length folding knife so long as it isn't visibly carried according to California Penal Code 653k
The issue lies in carrying the same blade in Los Angeles County. According to Municipal Code 55.10 which states
According to that, concealed carry is still perfectly legal.
(a) As used in this section, the term “knife” or “dagger” shall include any knife, dirk or dagger having a blade 3 inches or more in length, any ice pick or similar sharp tool, any straight edge razor or any razor blade fitted to a handle.
(b) No person shall wear or carry in plain view any knife or dagger upon any public street or other public place or in any place open to the public.
(c) The prohibitions of this section shall not apply where a person is wearing or carrying a knife or dagger for use in a lawful occupation, for lawful recreational purposes, or as a recognized religious practice, or while the person is traveling to or returning from participation in such activity.
But then Municipal Code 55.01 says
So my question is: Do I need a permit to carry a knife in Los Angeles? After looking into this further I found that there was a case called People vs Bass in 1968 where the Courts held that the law forbidding a concealed weapon is invalid, yet it's still in the legislation. Knowing that, I know I could beat any possible charges, but I wanted to know if I could avoid being arrested and therefore avoid the hassle.No person, except a peace officer shall wear or in any manner carry concealed upon his person, any loaded or unloaded gun, pistol or revolver, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon permitted to be carried by law without having, at the same time, actually in his possession, and upon his person an unexpired permit so to do issued by the Board of Police Commissioners.
Thank You all very much, I'm a new knife owner and just want to make sure that I am exercising my knife rights fully and that I'll be protected from an arrest