Is That Switchblade Legal? Knife Laws by Region and State (South)

Is that Switchblade Legal? Know your State's Knife Laws. The South Region of the U.S.

 

 

Alabama Knife Laws

What is Legal

Alabama has one of the best knife laws in the US.If you don’t like legal speak, here is the basics of what are legal under Alabama knife laws.

  • Balisongs/butterfly knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, automatic and assisted opening knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and toothpick knives are legal.
  • All folding knives are legal.
  • Bowies are legal if carried open (like on your hip).
  • Bowies are legal to carry concealed if you are on your own property.
  • Double sided knives are legal, no  matter the size.
  • If the knife fits in your pocket, it is legal.
  • Out the front knives are legal.

What is Illegal

Here are notes on what kinds of knives are illegal under Alabama knife laws.

  • Bowies and things that are like Bowies are illegal if concealed.
  • Bowies are illegal to have in your vehicle.
  • A machete might be classified as a Bowie and it would be illegal if you carry it concealed.
  • A 11″ butcher knife has be found to be like a Bowie in court so don’t plan on using it in a crime.
  • Selling Bowies to people under 18 is illegal.

Arkansas Knife Laws

What are Legal Knives Under Arkansas Knife Law

  • Balisongs are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, gravity knives, and similar knives are legal.
  • Dinks, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Bowies and other large knives are legal.
  • Knives of all sizes are legal.

Basically, if it has a blade, it is legal.

Delaware Knife Laws
Knives that are Banned in Delaware

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dinks and daggers are legal.
  • Knives that will not set off metal detectors and have a point tip are illegal.
  • Knives with brass knuckles are illegal.
  • Switchblades and gravity knives are illegal.
  • Throwing stars are illegal.
  • If a knife does not fall into any of the illegal categories above, it is legal to own.


Limits to Carrying Knives

  • It is legal to carry a 3 inch pocket knife concealed.
  • Other than a 3 inch pocket knife, carrying any other type of knife concealed is illegal.
  • If the knife is not banned, you can carry it in the open. Only concealed carry is limited. Concealed means close enough by you that you can readily use it while being covered by something. Having a knife in your car counts as being concealed.

Florida Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Belt knives, cane knives, and other disguised knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors) are legal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.

The law does not limit individuals from owning, selling, or buying any knife except for ballistic knives.

Limits on Carry

  • You can open carry any knife.
  • Box cutters, multi-tools, and other work knives are legal to carry concealed.
  • In most cases, conceal carry of a common pocket knife with a blade of less than 4 inches is legal.
  • Anything outside of this has not been expressly banned or allowed.

Georgia Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Georgia

  • Balisong knives, often called butterfly knives, are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives such as cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Push knives, stilettos, switchblades, dirks, and daggers are legal.
  • Spring assisted ballistic knives are legal.
  • Knives that are undetectable with a metal detector are legal.

In Georgia, there are no limits on the possession of knives. You can own any knife you want. There are only limits on carry knives.

Limits on Carry

  • It is illegal to carry, open or concealed, a knife that is larger than 5 inches without a permit.
  • For knives greater than 5 inches, you need a weapons permit.

Kentucky Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own ballistic knives.
  • It is legal to own balisong knives.
  • It is legal to own switchblades and other automatic knives.
  • It is legal to own dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives.
  • It is legal to own disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane knives.
  • It is legal to own undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors).
  • It is legal to own Bowie knives and other large knives.

There are no banned knife types in Kentucky.

What is Legal to Carry

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is legal to conceal carry any ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife.
  • Anything besides a pocket or hunting knife can be considered a deadly weapon and would be banned from concealed carry.

Louisiana Knife Laws

What is Legal/Illegal to Own

  • It is legal to own Balisong knives, also called butterfly knives.
  • It is legal to own dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives.
  • It is legal to own disguised knives like belt knives.
  • It is legal to own undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors.
  • It is legal to own throwing stars and throwing knives.
  • It is legal to own Bowie knives and other large knives.
  • It is illegal to own switchblades and other automatic knives.

The only banned knife in Louisiana are switchblades. However, if you are a law enforcement officer, you might be able to get an automatic opening knife because there is an exemption for “rescue knives” in the law.

Limits on Carry

  • Any knife is legal for open or concealed carry as long as it is not a switchblade.

    Maryland Knife Laws

    What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own a balisong knife, also called butterfly knife.
    • it is legal to own dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives.
    • It is legal to own switchblades, gravity knives, and automatic knives.
    • It is legal to own ballistic knives.
    • It is legal to own disguised knives like belt knives and lipstick knives.
    • It is legal to own throwing stars and throwing knives.
    • It is legal to own undetectable knives.
    • It is legal to own Bowie knives and other large knives.

    There are no limitation on the type of knife you can own in Maryland.

    Limits on Carry

    • You can not conceal carry a throwing star, dirk, switchblade, gravity knife, or bowie knife.
    • You can not open carry a throwing star, dirk, switchblade, gravity knife, or bowie knife with the intent to harm someone.
    • You can open or conceal carry any sized pocket knife you wish.

    If a knife is not listed above, it is most likely to be legal for concealed or open carry. Read on to see why.

    Mississippi Knife Laws

    What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own Balisong knives, also called butterfly knives.
    • It is legal to own dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives.
    • It is legal to own disguised knives like belt knives.
    • It is legal to own undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors.
    • It is legal to own throwing stars and throwing knives.
    • It is legal to own Bowie knives and other large knives.
    • It is legal to own switchblades, gravity knives, and automatic knives.

    Mississippi does not restrict ownership of any type of knife for those over the age of eighteen, who have not been convicted of a felony.

    What is Illegal to Own

    • It is illegal for a minor or a convicted felon to own a bowie knife
    • It is illegal for a minor or a convicted felon to own dirk knife
    • It is illegal for a minor or a convicted felon to own a butcher knife
    • It is illegal for a minor or a convicted felon to own a switchblade

    Limits on Carry

    • It is illegal to carry concealed any bowie knife
    • It is illegal to carry concealed any dirk knife
    • It is illegal to carry concealed any butcher knife
    • It is illegal to carry concealed any switchblade or automatic knife
    • You may carry any knife concealed if it is concealed in your vehicle, and not on your person.
    • You may carry any knife concealed if you are participating in a sports activity where such a knife is legitimately used.
    • You can open carry any knife in Mississippi, unless you are a minor or a student on educational property.

    North Carolina Knife Laws

    What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own bowie knife
    • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
    • It is legal to own a switchblade
    • It is legal to own a gravity knife
    • It is legal to own a disguised knife, such as in a pen or lipstick

    What is Illegal to Own

    • It is illegal to own any spring-assisted projectile knife
    • It is illegal to own a ballistic knife
    • It is illegal to own any weapon of similar character to a projectile or ballistic knife

    Oklahoma Knife Laws

    What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
    • It is legal to own a bowie knife
    • It is legal to own a switchblade or gravity knife
    • It is legal to own a sword cane
    • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife as well as Balisong trainers
    • It is legal to own a stiletto

    What is Illegal to Own

    • It is not illegal to own any kind of knife in Oklahoma.

    Restrictions on Carry

    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry a dagger
    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry bowie knife
    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry a dirk knife
    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry a switchblade knife
    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry a spring-assisted knife
    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry a sword cane
    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry a knife with a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife
    • It is illegal to conceal or open carry any “offensive weapon”

    As the no carry law states that it is illegal to carry a weapon, “upon or about” the person, Oklahoma’s no carry law extends to items carried in a vehicle, not just on a person.


    South Carolina Knife Laws

    What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own a switchblade
    • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly, knife
    • It is legal to own a Bowie knife
    • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
    • It is legal to own a stiletto
    • It is legal to own a disguised knife, such as in a lipstick or belt buckle

    What is Illegal to Own

    • It is legal to own any type of knife in South Carolina.

    Restrictions on Carry

    • It is legal to conceal carry dirk
    • It is legal to conceal carry a switchblade knife
    • It is legal to conceal carry a Balisong, or butterfly knife
    • It is legal to conceal carry a Bowie knife
    • It is legal to conceal carry a stiletto

    Tennessee Knife Laws

    What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own a Bowie knife
    • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
    • It is legal to own a disguised knife such as in a belt buckle or lipstick
    • It is legal to own a stiletto

    It may be legal to own a butterfly knife, however, one should check with an attorney first, as Tennessee’s definition of a switchblade could include a butterfly knife. Courts in most states would call a butterfly knife one that opens by “gravity or inertia”, which is how Tennessee defines a switchblade knife. However, other Courts have viewed butterfly knives, not as automatic or gravity knives, but as a type of pocketknife. As of June 2013, Tennessee’s Courts have yet to weigh in.

    What is Illegal to Own

    Tennessee Code § 39-17-1302 makes it illegal to own a switchblade knife or any other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury or death, which has no common lawful purpose.

    Restrictions on Carry

    • It is illegal to open or conceal carry a switchblade
    • It is illegal to open or conceal carry any knife with a blade exceeding four inches in length, with the intent to go armed.

    Texas Knife Laws

    What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own throwing stars or any type of throwing knife
    • It is legal to own dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives
    • It is legal to own a bowie knife
    • It is legal to own a sword or spear
    • It is legal to own a switchblade knife
    • It is legal to own a pocketknife
    • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife

      What is Illegal to Own

      • It is illegal to own a gravity knife

      The Texas state legislature does not limit other knives.

       

      Virginia Knife Laws

      What is Legal to Own

      • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
      • It is legal to own a bowie knife
      • It is legal to own a switchblade
      • It is legal to own a ballistic knife
      • It is legal to own throwing stars or other throwing knives
      • It is legal to own a stiletto
      • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife

      What is Illegal to Own

      • It is legal to own any type of knife in Virginia.

      Restrictions on Carry

      • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk
      • It is illegal to conceal carry a bowie knife
      • It is illegal to conceal carry a switchblade knife
      • It is illegal to conceal carry a machete
      • It is illegal to conceal carry a ballistic knife
      • It is illegal to conceal carry throwing stars or oriental darts
      • It is illegal to conceal carry any knife of a like kind to one of the above listed knives

      West Virginia Knife Laws

      What is Legal to Own

      • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
      • It is legal to own a stiletto
      • It is legal to own a switchblade
      • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife
      • It is legal to own a Bowie knife
      • It is legal to own a ballistic knife

      What is Illegal to Own

      West Virginia law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

      Restrictions on Carry

      • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife with a blade over 3 ½ inches
      • It is illegal to conceal carry a switchblade, or any automatic knife
      • It is illegal to conceal carry a gravity knife
      • It is illegal to conceal carry a Balisong, or butterfly knife
      • It is illegal to conceal carry any instrument capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds
      • It is illegal to conceal carry any “deadly weapon”

        Source: http://survivallife.com/2014/10/16/is-that-switchblade-legal/?utm_source=wrapup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10-19-2014-wrapup#foot_note_42

         

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        Jeremy List said:

        Please update Tennessee. All restrictions listed have been removed.

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