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State Knife Laws By State - How to Stay Legal

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Steve Sarmiento   [ updated May 24, 2014, 11:54 AM ]

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Info taken from: Survival Life State Knife Laws 2/26/2014


Few items are more key to survival than a good knife. But as many of you well-educated preppers know, a knife has the potential to go above and beyond it’s traditional, expected purpose. From breaking glass to starting fires, your knife could be your best friend in a survival situation.

With so many different kinds of knives, it’s important to keep track of the laws surrounding knives in your state or in states where you’ll be traveling. Here’s a list to keep you educated and out of trouble no matter where you travel in the 50 states.



California Knife Laws

Legal Knives in California

Bowie knives are legal.

Large knives are legal (no restrictions in size).

Carrying knives in the open is legal in California.

Carrying knives concealed is legal in California for most knives.

Illegal Knives under California Knife Law

Misleading knives are illegal. These include: cane knives (and shobi-zues), lipstick knives, belt knives, pen knives, air gauge knives, and pen knives.

All undetectable knives are illegal. These include knives that won’t set off metal detectors.

Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are illegal.

Ballistic knives are illegal.

What the law is trying to get at are knives usually used by criminals to commit crimes. These are knives that don’t look like knives or don’t have a use as a tool. For example, you can’t do much with a dagger besides stab things.


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