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Switchblade laws

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by hso, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. LaneP

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    It's never been clearly explained to me why there are laws and regulations prohibiting auto-opening knives. Are they in some way hazardous to the owner and it's done for the sake of "safety"?

    I have an inexpensive Mexican made switchblade I paid $6 for in the 80's, bought on a trip to Mexico when I was in the Marines and visiting Yuma. I would NEVER carry that thing in my pocket, but it's cool to look at.

    The highest quality SB I have is an original US made (can't remember brand and it's at my mothers house now) pilot survival knife. This was packed in the ejection seat of an A-4 Skyhawk in the event a pilot bails out and needs access to a knife blade but has injuries preventing the use of both hands. They have to be swapped out of the seat at intervals by the unit's seat shop and they were being disposed of so the guy just gave me one. Not a particularly powerful spring action but that's probably done on purpose.
     
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  2. JohnKSa

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    This wiki article has some good information on that topic. Especially the section entitled "1950s gang usage and controversy".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchblade
     
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  3. LaneP

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    Great info. I had no idea so many states permit possession (with many restrictions on carry, depending).
     
  4. hso

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    Think of it as an early AWB. Fearmongering and politics combined to make political careers. Almost every knife manufacturers made switchblades and they were used by people across the country, but they could be associated with immigrant and criminal groups. Because of that association it could be exploited politically.
     
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  5. jpoulette

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    Interesting observations: I also would never carry a SB in my pocket, and I've always thought the spring was WAY too powerful (for civilian use anyway.....). I think Benchmade actually recommends (commercially) that when not in use it should always be in the case.

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  6. nightwolf1974

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    NH!! Here in Nh we don't have ANY restrictions on knives. Switchblades, daggers, dirks, swords it's all good and legal here!
     
  7. milsurpguy

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    Maine had some pretty stupid knife laws, mainly against "switch blades" don't know if they are still on the books.
    Didn't stop my dad from collecting them.
    I think every state is going to be completely different on their knife laws.
     
  8. CherokeeGunslinger

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    Not only are switchblades legal to purchase, sell and possess in Ohio, they're legal to carry concealed now (O.R.C. 2923.12 (H)).

    It uses to be illegal to sell switchblades or manufacture them, but that statute wasn't enforced in recent years and they were removed from said statute (O.R.C. 2923.20) in 2020. People pretty much ignored it. My first knife was a switchblade that I was gifted in 2013.
     
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  9. huntsman

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    ^ yes now we need to get preemption bills into law.
     
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