State Knife Laws – Complete Directory
In the United States, many of the laws that govern daily knife use are left to the states’ discretion.
While this is great for states’ rights and everything, it creates some confusing situations when you move from one state to another. Knives that may have been fine to conceal carry in your home state may now be illegal to even own.
So how do you stay on top of it?
Well, luckily, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve spent hours with our eyeballs bleeding to try and synthesize the knife laws of each state as well as our plebian brains will allow.
We’ve done our best to lay out our understanding in plain English (as it’s the only type we know anyway…) which will be easy to understand. Enjoy!
Do note that our articles are meant to be a brief synopsis of the law according to my understanding and are not legal advice. Because knife laws can be interpreted differently by different people and entities it is recommended that you consult legal counsel for specific information and guidance.
I will say, however, that legal jargon is pretty intense. While we did our best with the interpretation of these laws, we are not lawyers and you should check with your local offices to make sure you are within the law.
This is especially true if you’re in a large city that is likely to have additional laws and guidance concerning knives. Failing to figure out what your rights and responsibilities are when it comes to carrying a knife could result in a fine or even jail time.
So educate yourself (and others) before buying and carrying a knife in your state!
At the end of the day, whether you are in support of knife laws and more control when it comes to knives, or not, you’re still obliged to live according to the knife laws of your state.
If you don’t, the penalties can be severe and no knife is worth that.
So educate yourself, find some knives that are legal where you live, and keep your nose clean.
See you out there!