Knife Laws by State

So we do a lot of suggesting here — and almost every product we suggest contains some kind of blade (even the hats). We thought it might be useful to quickly run down the legality of carrying the typical utility knife or multitool with blades. It should be noted that this rundown does not consider things like the legality of prison shanks in Wisconsin. We have tailored this list with the average everyday carry fan in mind — considering fixed blade and folding knives, multitools and pocket knives.

For the most part, if you act like a human being and have some sense, you are likely never going to run in to any trouble when carrying a reasonable utilitarian knife. However, as with all laws, knife law enforcement is subject to the attenuating circumstances surrounding the event that lead to a police officer finding a knife on you. A small pen knife wielded by an imbecile is easily a punishable offense. Have some sense, check your local laws if you are uncertain of the legality of your carry, and always let the cop know you are carrying a knife should you be stopped. Also, none of this is legal advice, but is purely informational. And don’t carry bayonets, those aren’t legal anywhere.

Never Take a Knife To:

School, the court house, on an airplane, in to a balloon factory, in to the police station, through an MRI machine, or to a gun fight.

Knife Laws, by State

StateLegalNotes
AlabamaYes, with caveats.No concealed long blades
AlaskaYes, with caveats.No gravity knives or switchblades.
ArizonaYes.Inform police you have if stopped.
ArkansasYes.
CaliforniaYes, with caveats.No switchblades or hidden knives.
ColoradoYes, with caveats.Over 3.5" must be visible.
ConnecticutYes, with caveats.No switchblades or knives over 4 inches.
DelawareYes, with caveats.Over 3" must be visible.
FloridaYes, with caveats.Over 4" must be visible.
GeorgiaYes, with caveats.Over 5" needs a permit to conceal.
HawaiiYes, with caveats.No gravity knives or switchblades.
IdahoYes.
IllinoisYes, with caveats.No switchblades or throwing/ballistic knives.
IndianaYes.
IowaYes, with caveats.Over 5" must be visible.
KansasYes, with caveats.No switchblades or throwing/ballistic knives.
KentuckyYes.
LouisianaYes, with caveats.No switchblades.
MaineYes, with caveats.No knives designed to harm others.
MarylandYes, with caveats.Cannot conceal switchblades or ballistic knives.
MassachusettsYes, with caveats.No switchblades or ballistic knives.
MichiganYes, with caveats.Cannot conceal switchblades.
MinnesotaYes, with caveats.No switchblades.
MississippiYes, with caveats.No carrying for felons and minors.
MissouriYes, with caveats.No switchblades.
MontanaYes, with caveats.Over 4" must be visible.
NebraskaYes, with caveats.No carrying for felons.
NevadaYes.
New HampshireYes.
New JerseyYes, with caveats.No switchblades.
New MexicoYes, with caveats.No switchblades or gravity knives.
New YorkYes, with caveats.No switchblades, swords, etc.
North CarolinaYes, with caveats.No ballistic knives and cannot conceal large knives.
North DakotaYes, with caveats.Over 5" must be visible.
OhioYes.
OklahomaYes, with caveats.No knives designed to harm others.
OregonYes.
PennsylvaniaYes, with caveats.No daggers, automatic knives, ballistic knives.
Rhode IslandYes, with caveats.Over 3" must be visible.
South CarolinaYes.
South DakotaYes.
TennesseeYes, with caveats.Over 4" must be visible.
TexasYes, with caveats.No gravity knives.
UtahYes, with caveats.No carrying for convicts.
VermontYes, with caveats.No switchblades over 3".
WashingtonYes, with caveats.No switchblades.
West VirginiaYes, with caveats.No concealing knives designed to harm others.
WisconsinYes, with caveats.No concealing knives designed to harm others.
WyomingYes, with caveats.No concealing knives designed to harm others.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *