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Butterfly Knife Legality in CA?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Smith, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Smith

    Smith Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone,

    I have searched high and low for the answer to this question and I have found several conflicting answers. Is it legal to own a butterfly knife with a blade longer than 2" at home as long as you do not let it leave your house? Some say that butterfly knives are all illegal anywhere in CA, but some say it's OK as long as you don't carry one with you. Does anybody know for sure?
  2. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    Well here's what Wikipedia says.....Again this is Wikipedia....

    I see a lot of online knife retailers with disclaimers that say "Cannot ship to CA" and I think Massachusetts has the same restrictions on them.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2008
  3. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    This site may be useful to folks: State Knife Laws

    The CA Attorney General ruled that any butterfly knife with a blade exceeding 2" is a "switchblade". Here is the section on switchblades:

  4. Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn Well-Known Member

    Felony to have on your person, many have them, lots of practice ones around with the writing, it is for practice no sharping etc.
    It will get you time in front of a camera and a healthy fine. Best to play with at home and never have them in your car.:uhoh:

    I have quite a few of them because I practice the arts called FMA and they are considered the Balisong in Filipino. I am "anglo" but the art is good.

  5. Smith

    Smith Well-Known Member

    Ok, so it sounds like it is legal to own one, as long as it doesn't leave the house. Thanks everyone.
  6. packnrat

    packnrat Well-Known Member

    just remember people can say things, even the fed has been know to give a report, just to be able to bust you.

    the felony is yours and only yours.



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