Double edged knife legality


December 29, 2002, 12:22 AM
Are double edged knives legal in your state? THey are illegal in New York.

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Jim March
December 29, 2002, 01:52 AM
Legal in California.

December 29, 2002, 03:04 AM
I think legal in Wyoming, where I lived. I think legal in Montana, where I live. I think legal in Idaho, where I pass through. Same for autos. Never gave it much thought. :D

December 29, 2002, 08:56 AM
You can own them, but not carry them.

- 14-269. Carrying concealed weapons. (a) It shall be
unlawful for any person, except when on his own premises,
willfully and intentionally to carry concealed about his
person any bowie knife, dirk, dagger... razor... or other
deadly weapon of like kind. This section does not apply to
an ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position. As
used in this section, "ordinary pocket knife" means a
small knife, designed for carrying in a pocket or purse,
which has its cutting edge and point entirely enclosed by
its handle, and that may not be opened by a throwing,
explosive, or spring action... (b1) It is a defense to
prosecution under this section that: (1) The weapon was
not a firearm; (2) The defendant was engaged in, or on the
way to or from, an activity in which he legitimately used
the weapon...

El Tejon
December 29, 2002, 10:30 AM
Indiana, carry or possess as you see fit. Just don't use it without justification.:D

December 29, 2002, 11:26 AM
Legal to own, but not to carry, here in Texas. No double edged knives, Bowie knives, or knives with blades over 5.5 inches.

Darn archaic laws from the Days 'o' Dueling.



December 29, 2002, 11:57 AM
Kinda strange they don't mind My .45 but a bowie knife is stricktly verbotten:confused:

Don Gwinn
December 29, 2002, 04:05 PM
Legal to own and carry in Illinois, but most cops don't know that. :(

There's a statute on "dirks and daggers" among other things, but it says "with intent to harm another." They gotta show intent.

December 29, 2002, 04:34 PM
Texas laws mentions Swords, Stilettos, Dirks, Poinyards,Butterfly Knives, and Bowie knives as well as other stabbing weapons and knives designed to be thrown, Shirikuns,and Throwing Stars, or Throwing Knives, that may have not been listed, but regular ole folders are Ok just not automatics. Oh well they Do let me carry a Kimber:confused:

Jeff White
December 30, 2002, 12:22 AM
Here's the relevant portion of the statute:

720 ILCS 5/)


720 ILCS 5/24-1)
Sec. 24-1. Unlawful Use of Weapons.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:

(1) Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or carries any bludgeon, black-jack, slung-shot, sand-club, sand-bag, metal knuckles, throwing star, or any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or a ballistic knife, which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as a projectile by means of a coil spring, elastic material or compressed gas; or

(2) Carries or possesses with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, stun gun or taser or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character; or

You can find the entire statute online here:

Intent varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and case to case. I'm not sure that that's a bad thing though, where would we be if the law flat out banned carry period like it does for firearms?


December 30, 2002, 07:13 PM
Illegal to carry concealed in WA as a "dagger". Not real clear law but I have seen it stick.

January 6, 2003, 07:45 PM
Jeff White,

Those Illinois statutes are amazingly silly. I think spitting on the sidewalk was included in there somewhere. What a sad State we live in.

Laws are written so that they just about can arrest anybody for anything.

El Tejon
January 6, 2003, 08:07 PM
bad, the more laws, the less justice.:(

January 8, 2003, 11:50 AM
Illegal in MA (big surprise)

Ron L
January 8, 2003, 06:00 PM
For Michigan:

- 750.227. (1) A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk,
stiletto, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length, or any dangerous weapon, except a hunting
knife adapted and carried as such, concealed on or about
his or her person, or whether concealed or otherwise in
any vehicle... except in his or her dwelling house [or]
place of business... (3) A person who violates this
section is guilty of a felony...

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