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New York Knife Laws.

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Old Fuff, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I have a friend that wants to send a knife (as a gift) to someone who lives in New York City/Long Island. However before doing so she’d like to know what the laws are. Can anyone help?
  2. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Here is a good start:


    Edit: Links to the relevant laws within the above page.

  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Beyond the letter of the law, one also needs to pay close attention to NYC DA Cyrus Vance and his craziness. AKTI is sitting on their rears while Knife Rights is actively suing NYC. DA Vance is doing everything he can to grossly twist and expand NYC law to make almost any modern folding knife illegal in NYC - and he's been prosecuting plenty of folks.

    ETA: KR NYC Law Suit Info:
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    With respect to what? Possession vs. carry are different and what you can have in your home isn't the same as what you can carry (and what you may carry in one place isn't the same as what you can in others). What you can send through the mails or ship is also important. SO, is your question what is illegal to send through the mail or ship OR is it what is illegal to posses OR is it what is illegal to carry?

    She can't send a switchblade through the mail.

    The recipient can't possess a switchblade, gravity knife, ballistic knife, knuckle knife legally in the state of New York. Here's a fun part -
    OTOH, possession of a switchblade or gravity knife for use while hunting, trapping or fishing is ok as long as you have a license for hunting, trapping, or fishing.

    Then there's the 4" prohibition for carry in NYC as well as the crazy mis-interpretation of the gravity knife provisions, etc, but you said Long Island (BTW, Long Island isn't NYC necessarily).

    So, is it going to be carried or just stay at home. Is it a chef's knife or a switchblade?
  5. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Actually she was interested in all of the above, as she had no idea what was involved.

    Thanks to the answers submitted to this thread the idea of a "gift knife" for her friend in NYC (or Long Island, I'm not sure which) is off the table. It was intended to be a self-defense weapon where getting a handgun was largely unlikely to say the least.

    This "friend" in NYC, in another place and time had been assaulted. My friend is from anothern western state, and the New York statutes came as somewhat a shock. She has read this thread through post #4 and thanks those who responded.

    Her new opinion of New York City and its knife laws cannot be repeated here, as they would never get by a moderator. :cuss: :fire:
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    First off, the NYC problems mostly occur if you're carrying with a pocket clip showing.

    Secondly, a knife isn't the ideal hide in plain sight defensive tool. The stick is the easiest to conceal because various forms of it aren't seen as a defensive tool even when in plain sight. We have a lot of threads on sticks in various forms.

    Thirdly, while anyone and everyone should carry a knife, knowing how to avoid being put in the position to have to use it is the most important skill. Should that fail, having more than one tool in the "tool kit" and the skill to use them is better than carrying something as a talisman. Training trumps tactical toys.

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