What knives are legal to carry?
Iowa: Pretty much anything goes, but you're not supposed to conceal anything over 5 inches or a dagger or switchblade or can knife. Maine: Illegal to carry daggers, stilettos or "knives designed for harming others." Maryland: You can't conceal a throwing star, dirk, switchblade, gravity knife or bowie.
S. 14-269, which prohibits the concealed carrying of any “bowie knife, dirk, dagger,” or “other deadly weapon of like kind.” The statute doesn't apply to an “ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position.” So it is illegal to carry a switchblade or a fixed-blade knife in your pocket in North Carolina.
- However, such knives are still generally illegal to carry in public, whether on one's person or in a vehicle, unless transported in such a manner as to prevent ready access by the owner (lockbox, locked trunk, etc.) Folding, non-lock blade knives are legal to carry if the blade length does not exceed 7 cm (2.756 in).
- Speer said that assisted-opening knives are legal, even in states where switchblade knives are illegal. Switchblades are legal in South Carolina. Medlin said a concealed knife is not illegal unless the carrier has the intent of using it to commit a crime.
- An assisted-opening knife is a type of folding knife which uses an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it using a flipper or thumbstud attached to the blade.
The good news about North Carolina knife laws is that the concealed weapon statute, G.S. Chapter 14-269, doesn't say anything about blade length or 'presumptions of criminal intent.' You're also allowed to own automatics, gravity knives and balisongs as long as you don't carry them concealed in public.
- UNITED STATES- It is illegal to carry and/or possess the Balisong knife in public in some states in the U.S. Balisongs are categorized as “gravity knife”, “dagger” or “switchblade” in some jurisdictions: UTAH- Butterfly knife Butterfly knife are legal in the state of Utah as long as they are not concealed.
- It is illegal to own a spring-loaded projectile knife, ballistic knife, or any similar weapon in North Carolina. However, “spring-loaded projectile knife” and “ballistic knife” are not defined by either statute or case law. It does not allow for the concealed carry of bowie knives, dirks, daggers, or butcher's knives.
- Ballistic knives using compressed air or gas propulsion to fire the blade can be made somewhat more powerful, and do not suffer from spring fatigue over time. In addition to spring, air, or gas propulsion, the blade of a ballistic knife may also be propelled by an explosive charge, such as a blank pistol cartridge.
Basic laws on knives. It's illegal to: sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less. carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade with a cutting edge 3 inches long or less.
- Gravity knife. A gravity knife is a knife with a blade contained in its handle, and which opens its blade by the force of inertia or gravity. Factory-made gravity knives have various types of buttons, triggers, and fulcrum levers, which usually are used to release the blade from both the open and the closed positions.
- However there is no restriction on folding knives as long as they don't fall under the category of switch blades. For state or local public buildings, it is illegal to carry any knife with a blade of more than 4 inches onto the premise. California Penal Code Section 171b.
- You can't carry anything over 4 inches. Delaware: The only knives you can conceal are pocket knives of 3 inches or less. Florida: If you're going to conceal it, make it 4 inches or less. Georgia: If it's over 5 inches, you need a weapons permit if you want to conceal it.
Updated: 21st November 2019