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NJ Knife Law

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by RedBowTies88, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. RedBowTies88

    RedBowTies88 Well-Known Member

    Carrying a knife of any size is illegal here in NJ :(
  2. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    Ya'll cannot even carry a small sak?
  3. RedBowTies88

    RedBowTies88 Well-Known Member

    Nope, to carry a Knife you must be able to PROVE a "lawful" purpose.

    Self defense and/or general utility are not considered lawful purposes to be carrying.

    PLYSWKNVS Member

    Laws in NJ

    Hey RedBowTies88,

    Is there anything going on now that would change the laws in NJ? Do many people carry a knife, anyway?
  5. RedBowTies88

    RedBowTies88 Well-Known Member

    There's a case going thats trying to get us the right to carry a gun... but it's not gonna happen for us for quite some time if at all. It's gonna come down from SCOTUS.

    I don't think there's much of an effort to change the knife laws.. people do carry anyway and generally you would never have a problem. But god forbid you had to use it in defense you would be completely screwed.
  6. SleazyRider

    SleazyRider Well-Known Member

    Say what? Please quote your source.
  7. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member


    NJ STATE law doesn't prohibit carrying knives.

    Any knife that isn't on the prohibited list is legal as long as the blade is under 5".

    You're probably thinking about (e), but it says that you have to have an "explainable lawful purpose" if you have any of these - "gravity knife, switchblade knife, dagger, dirk, stiletto, billy, blackjack, metal knuckle, sandclub, slingshot, cestus or similar leather band studded with metal filings or razor blades imbedded in wood, ballistic knife"

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
  8. xXxplosive

    xXxplosive Well-Known Member

    You still must show a legitimate need for....work related, hunting and or fishing Lic. in possession....if it's in your pocket it can be charged as a concealed weapon felony, up to the LEO discression.....remember this is also the state that has banned slingshots and rubber band guns.....I kid you not.
  9. Creature

    Creature Well-Known Member

    ...did you miss hso's post?
  10. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Some may think that 39-5.d prohibits carrying a knife, but you have to look at the definitions section for the definition of a weapon -
    A standard pocket knife is not listed in the state definition of a weapon as long as it isn't a gravity knife, switchblade, dagger, dirk, stiletto. BUT the "other dangerous knives" is vague enough that I'd stay away from anything that wasn't pretty bread and butter and readily available in family retail stores.

    We have offices in NJ and I've been there 3 times this year already so I make a point of checking the state and local knife laws so I don't have an increased risk of losing a good knife. I limit the size to clearly under 4" and stick to common folders found in Home Depot and other big box shops (heck, I bought a SAK in the Target on my first trip since I'd only brought carry-on).

    Still, none of this means that local laws in townships or cities can't be more restrictive, but there's the link to the state law and nothing in NJ state law says you can't carry a pocket knife.

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