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Maryland Knife Law Question

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by Nick Ballec, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. glistam


    Dec 27, 2004
    You would have to be a bit more thorough in that evaluation. Think of a person in your life who doesn't know anything about knives. Would they be able to look at it and know it's a knife? Better yet, put it in your pocket and ask them.

    Also don't engage in criminal behavior and thereby give the police a reason to be going through your pockets in the first place.
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  2. MTHall720

    MTHall720 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    I have debated many times whether to carry an auto knife since I would only do that if it had a pocket clip. Almost every thing I have read on this subject sounds like the very best way to avoid trouble is simply not doing anything that would call unwanted attention to yourself by a Leo.
  3. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I would not carry an auto in MD.
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  4. Brhowser87

    Brhowser87 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 3, 2016
    Nick, fellow MD native here (arbutus). I've been a member here for a little while, I don't posthink much as to my knowledge does not extend as far in this subject as most here. I am a fellow knife knut with a now small collection by due to my past experiences with ignorant law enforcement in this state I Carry a small piece of paper in my wallet with MD knife law, statute numbers and pertaining case law.
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  5. DrFish


    Nov 18, 2001
    Also remember that knife laws in Maryland vary by county and locale.

    For instance, Ocean City has VERY restrictive restrictions and enforcement.
  6. Stratsandaks

    Stratsandaks Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 30, 2016
    Another MD native here (Parkville) I’ve carried my UTX-85 clipped in my pocket a couple of times without issue, but ultimately decided, like others here, that it wasn’t a great idea. The definition of open carry and whether a clip and glass breaker sticking out of the top of my pocket met that definition was just a little vague for me and I didn’t want to become a test case.

    The Microtech is now a safe queen and a PM2 is usually in my pocket
  7. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Native Towsonite here...autos are definitely not legal to carry. The gist of state knife laws is basically its an auto “switchblade” and illegal to carry or its not.

    Assisted open is supposed to be OK, unless you’re Freddie Gray of course...oh boy, I went there...
  8. glistam


    Dec 27, 2004
    You might want to read the rest of the thread...
  9. Kershawcollector

    Kershawcollector Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 4, 2016
    When it’s stated you can carry a auto as long as it’s not concealed what exactly defines that? Being in your pocket and the pocket clip is visible is that considered open carry or is it still concealed being inside of your pocket? Maryland knife laws are not only out of date they are too confusing. I own many, many auto’s and OTF and I do on occasion carry a auto with a pocket clip, I live in Baltimore county and never had any issues with LEO. Also is the carry length 3” and under or is any length legal as long as it’s not concealed? Again being in your pocket with a pocket clip is that still considered concealed? Let’s face it Maryland is a very restrictive state when it comes to any form of personal protection.
  10. Brhowser87

    Brhowser87 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 3, 2016
    I also live in Baltimore county. There is no blade length law in Maryland. I've never has issues with LEO'S either but I still carry the little paper stated above. In MD as long as it can be reasonably discerned that it's a knife (at least pocket clip maybe a piece of the handle to be safe) it's not considered concealed (Polk v. State)
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