What knives are illegal in the US?

catspa

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The fact that knife laws don’t work for preventing crime motivates lawmakers to pass more and different ones all the time. Taxpayer funded statutory experimentation, you might say. Two results follow:

1) the question is too broad to state a meaningful or definitive answer on this forum.

2) any chart or list, if not continually revised, is outdated about 1/2 an hour after publication and gets more so over time.

I think we’re chasing our tails here.

Parker
 

nelsress

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I never gave it much thought, actually. Having had a concealed weapons permit now for the better part of 30 years, I jumped to the logical (to me) conclusion that, if I am able to carry a concealed handgun legally, how could anyone make a fuss about a knife!? Am I wrong in my thinking all these years? Has it become so misconstrued that I'm legally allowed to carry a loaded gun but NOT a knife with a blade 3" or longer? Ridiculous but, let's remember, laws come from politicians so ridiculous was NEVER taken off the table!!
 
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I never gave it much thought, actually. Having had a concealed weapons permit now for the better part of 30 years, I jumped to the logical (to me) conclusion that, if I am able to carry a concealed handgun legally, how could anyone make a fuss about a knife!? Am I wrong in my thinking all these years? Has it become so misconstrued that I'm legally allowed to carry a loaded gun but NOT a knife with a blade 3" or longer? Ridiculous but, let's remember, laws come from politicians so ridiculous was NEVER taken off the table!!

In Oregon, it's specifically called a Concealed Handgun License and only covers handguns. Just because an Oregonian has a CHL doesn't allow him to conceal a shotgun beneath his trench coat, and having a CHL doesn't give you any special knife carry rights.

(However, in Oregon that's irrelevant because every form of knife conceived by the human mind is legal here for any kind of carry. In fact, I think citizens are constitutionally required to own at least one OTF.)

Anyway, I think that's the "logic" in other jurisdictions: we're licensing you for one specific kind of weapon and not saying anything about knives. Is it illogical and ridiculous? Of course.
 

Zulus

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Don't worry
Soon southasian standard will rule here too
ALL knives with blade longer than 1.5" are illegal

Simple and hard to not understand
 
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That thing is not only out-of-date, it’s also flat out wrong on states like Iowa, North Carolina, and Idaho. Autos were never illegal in any of those places far as I know. NC does have restrictions on concealed carry however.
Automatics are illegal to carry in North Carolina. Just as you can own a butterfly knife but it's illegal to carry one. Yet I can go shopping at Ingle's or Wal-Mart and open carry any kind of dagger on my belt and it's 100% legal.
 

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Kentucky has never had restrictions on blade length of over 3 inches. It used to be four on folders and now there are none on blade length

 

catspa

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In Oregon, it's specifically called a Concealed Handgun License and only covers handguns… we're licensing you for one specific kind of weapon and not saying anything about knives. Is it illogical and ridiculous? Of course.
Similar in WA, with the Concealed Pistol License (formerly CWP, concealed weapons permit).

Parker
 

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The graphic posted that everyone said was incorrect on their state was also incorrect about Michigan. 2017 law change made side open auto knives legal but OTF knives are still illegal. Also even counties and cities have different laws than the state they reside, my city and state allows fixed blades under a certain length but the city next to mine has specific wording not allowing fixed blades of any size. It is much easier to check on your location than ever before due to the internet and knife rights organizations.
 

Dolly

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No sir. I was just talking and they said they were illegal in the United States. And I replied they were in Missouri. And just mentioned about what kind I carried because this is a talking forum. Sorry if I lost you in the message.
 

Dolly

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The graphic posted that everyone said was incorrect on their state was also incorrect about Michigan. 2017 law change made side open auto knives legal but OTF knives are still illegal. Also even counties and cities have different laws than the state they reside, my city and state allows fixed blades under a certain length but the city next to mine has specific wording not allowing fixed blades of any size. It is much easier to check on your location than ever before due to the internet and knife rights organizations.
Could you look at Missouri law. I remember some of the law here but not enough.
 
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