Haha. That’s more along the lines of what I figured.I had a friend who was a cop. He offered me a switchblade he had taken off someone he had searched. I didn't take it. We had an interesting conversation. I was surprised it wasn't officially recorded as evidence or something. He said they never charged the guy and typically didn't. They would just take the knife and keep it themselves. He justified it by saying he was doing the guy he took it from a favor by not charging him.
This was in Lowell Massachusetts.
Good sir, we needed this thread to discuss knife laws being enforced (and where).1) Yes knife laws are enforced.
B) A screwdriver makes an excellent ice breaker. Second to only the tequila sunrise.
Are you making assumptions or do you have some first hand experiences?Good sir, we needed this thread to discuss knife laws being enforced (and where).
On topic, yes, they are enforced. My guess is wherever they have knife laws, they enforce them. Either as add on charges if they catch you doing something else or depending on the officer if he sees you breaking some knife law.
I'll share a story, I downloaded the knife rights app on my phone and supported Doug Ritter and then I had access to lots of knife laws.
In California where I live any knife over 4 inches must be worn on the exterior, goes for both fixed and folding
Thank you for clarifying, I was parroting something I remembered reading a couple decades ago,I don't know where you got that from, but under California state law there is no requirement that folders over 4" be worn openly. And ALL fixed-blades, any size, must be worn openly.
There are a few individual counties/municipalities that have blade length limits on knives carried openly (yes, I said openly), folder or fixed, but even in those places there are exceptions to those limits (work, recreational activities, religious worship).
Under California state law manual folding knives of any size can be carried concealed as long as they are carried closed.
As far as knives and members of law enforcement, I've been a biker for the past 37 years here in San Diego, and I look the part. And during these past 37 years I have openly carried fixed-blades and folders (belt sheaths, pocket clips) on the street, in all manner of businesses (stores, restaurants, shopping malls, etc), and I have never had anyone call the cops on me, nor have any of the countless LEO's I've encountered or crossed paths with ever said a single negative word to me about my knives.
Here's one of my more memorable "experiences"- I walked into a fast food joint one night, wearing full leathers, and a large fixed-blade hanging on my belt. The place was empty, except for the six cops sitting at a table, having a meal break, talking and laughing (I knew they were there, I walked past their cars to go inside). I walked right past their table, just a few feet away from them, and up to the counter with both the cops and my knife on my right side. I placed my order, and stood there, just a few feet away from them, knife fully visible to the cops. When my food was ready I turned and walked out. Not one cop said a word to me. I will add that both my knife, and how I was carrying it were perfectly legal.
I was actually quite surprised that none of them said a word. I thought that there might be at least one in the group who might want to try and impress or entertain the others by giving the biker with a knife a hard time, but nope.
I think when it comes to knives and how LEO's react to knives, and how far they go to enforce knife laws, depends a lot on what the person with the knife is doing, their attitude in general, and their attitude towards the cops, as well as the personality of the individual cop. Naturally if someone is engaged in suspicious or clear criminal activity the cops are going to react to an illegal knife, or a knife carried in an illegal manner, but if it's just an ordinary citizen going about their business, a cop might choose to ignore a violation, if maybe for no other reason but to spare themselves the hassle. Of course there's always a risk when breaking the law, and it's always possible that you run across a cop who is a stickler for the law.
Interesting, perfect example. I don’t know that I would follow them if there was little to no risk of being bothered by the police. And of course I’m not out committing other crimes as well.
I respect that you do, curious as to why?
Well said and makes absolute sense. Thanks for the insight.The legal limit is 3.15" where I live, so, on one hand, I want to be able to pull out and use a knife in a public space without worrying about what others might think or without spooking anyone. I love my Small Sebenza, Chaparrals and other gent's folders. A 3" blade is enough in an urban setting, where, in the disappointing absence of zombies, cutting cardboard is the most I do with a knife.
Also, no matter what, I always have a MiniChamp on my keychain with two extra blades.
OTOH, this changes a bit in the cold months when I like to add a fixed blade, a Military or a Chief in my coat pocket, only because I find larger knives easier to handle with gloved hands. But I will observe the circumstances, be reasonable and use the secondary, smaller knife when in doubt.
Also, rural folks, me included, will still carry and use an axe/machete, a larger camp knife, a hunting knife or whatever the specific tool is they need for the tasks they want to accomplish outdoors. Nobody will check the knife in your tackle box.. In actuality, 99% of my unconstrained knife use happens, where it matters, at my homestead/hobby farm.
Do cop’s even have that authority to stop someone just to ck their pocket knife?
Aren’t there limits against search n seizure without a reason or is just having that clip on the outside of your pocket enough for them to stop n frisk?