Mon. April 12, 2021, Switchblade Carry Law Goes Into Effect In OH

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  1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

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    This coming Mon, Apr. 12, 2021, the law allowing carry of switchblade (auto) knives in Ohio goes into effect, making it legal to carry such a knife there.

    OH passed the law some time back, and the governor signed it in Jan. OH had a 90 day period before the law went into effect, and Mon. is the end of the 90 days. This was the result of lobbying by knife rights organizations.

    Anyone going to celebrate with a new purchase?
     
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  2. gobsauce

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    They've been legal in my state since 2014, but i guess this is a good reason to buy one more.
     
  3. huntsman

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    They’ve been legal to own in Ohio but the law for carrying concealed was convoluted.
     
  4. MedWheeler

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    I don't remember if I've ever handled one, but I did have one of those combs back in high school in the early eighties.

    Later in that decade, I was an off-duty cop sitting in a fast-food joint when a young guy outside the window from me pulled such a comb and began making half-hearted threatening gestures with it toward me, keeping the spine of it facing me to make me think it was a blade (I'd seen him take it out, and knew it wasn't.) I don't know what his goal was, as he made no move to enter the building. I tossed my leg up onto the table, which partially exposed the .38 revolver I was wearing in an ankle holster, and he quickly began showing me that it was indeed a comb by running his fingers along the teeth, as he sheepishly dove into his car. I laughed and waved him off.

    Switchblades are legal to own in Florida, but can be carried concealed only with a CWFL. The law allows for unlicensed concealed carry only of a "common pocketknife", which is not defined in the statute. I recall hearing of at least one case in which a folding knife with a blade of four inches was ruled to meet the definition of "common pocketknife", but I don't know if that then became the standard precedent based on that case.

    "Switchblade combs" are unrestricted in Florida. :D
     
  5. Kevin5098

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    Check local ordinances as there is no state preemption as of yet.
     
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  6. rtroha

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    Weird. Have carried a knock off chinese microtech kinda knife in Ohio for years. Never cared whether it was legal or not.
     
  8. Rexster

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    Actually, it is the other part of SB 140 that seems to be so much more important than the part about switchblades. It seems, to me, MUCH more important how the law defines such terms as “knife,” and “weapon,” and “deadly weapon.”

    I have little to no fascination with auto-opening knives, but do like to carry well-built, sturdy, serious knives.
     
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