Legal Length of Folding Knives in CA


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Smith
July 11, 2008, 06:01 PM
Hi everyone,

This question has been plaguing my mind for ages. Is there a blade length limit for folders in CA? I've heard that there wasn't a limit, I've heard that there was a limit (4 inches), I've heard that the limit is your palm width, I've heard that it's the cop's hand width, and I've heard that it depends on what city. Does anybody know what the real answer is?

Thanks

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Baba Louie
July 11, 2008, 06:17 PM
http://www.equalccw.com/knifelaw.html

Ask Jim if anything has changed in the last 6 years...

JJE
July 11, 2008, 06:34 PM
CA state law has no length limit for folders. However, some cities have limits in their municipal codes. For example, in Oakland, all knives have to have a blade less than 3 inches long.

Basically, you have to decide which cities you care about and look up their muni code (all the larger cities are available on the Internet).

hso
July 11, 2008, 07:01 PM
You need to research the issue for your particular situation because while the state of CA has no blade length restrictions on standard folders the individual localities may.

Smith
July 11, 2008, 07:03 PM
Ok, thanks for all the informative answers everyone

Mongrel
July 11, 2008, 07:19 PM
If it's anything like NJ it is up to the discretion of the police officer involved.

In other words, if you get pulled over and the officer believes the situation warrants it you can be charged with "possesion of a weapon for unlawful purposes" no matter what size knife it is. It could be a box cutter, a utility knife, a machete or a baseball bat.

I have shown my full size Benchmade AFCK (4" blade) to several officers who looked at it and said "it's a pocket knife". However, that may easily change depending on the details.

I was on a Grand Jury one time and a guy got into a fight in a bar. He was charged with possesion of a weapon because he had a linoleum knife in a holster on his hip. I argued that it was his occupation, it was after work, and he didn't pull it during the fight. I was shot down by a majority vote when I argued that the charge should have been dropped.

Gordon
July 11, 2008, 08:22 PM
My favorite folder has a 7" blade!
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/P1010501.jpg

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