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Are OTF Knives Legal?

Are OTF Knives legal?

OTF Knife Laws and Legality

Are OTF Knives Legal?

As it turns out, ignorance of the law is not a good enough excuse to get out of breaking the law.

As your favorite knife brand, we can’t have our valuable customers in hot water over not knowing the law.  Here are some frequently asked questions about your state and the laws they have on OTF Knives.

–> What States is it legal for me to simply own an OTF knife? (Private Ownership)

–> What states is it legal for me to open carry an OTF Knife? You know, carry it in a way where others can see I have one? (Open Carry)

–> What states is it legal for me to conceal my OTF Knife? Carry it in a way others do not know I have one? (Concealed Carry)

See Chart for Answers

StatePrivate OwnershipSaleOpen CarryConcealed Carry
US Federal LawLegalIllegal when sold over state lines or imported from outside the USLegalLegal
AlabamaLegalLegalLegalLegal
AlaskaLegalLegalLegalLegal
ArizonaLegalLegalLegalLegal if over 21 years old
ArkansasLegalLegalLegalLegal
CaliforniaLegalLegal if blade is <2″Legal if blade is <2″Legal if blade is <2″
ColoradoLegalLegalLegalLegal if blade is <3.5″
ConnecticutLegalLegalLegal if blade is ≤1.5″Legal if blade is ≤1.5″
DelawareIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
District of ColumbiaIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
FloridaLegalLegalLegalIllegal (Legal with gun permit)
GeorgiaLegalLegal (if over 18)Legal if blade is ≤5″ (any length with gun permit)Legal if blade is ≤5″ (any length with gun permit)
HawaiiIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
IdahoLegalLegalLegalLegal if blade is ≤4″
IllinoisLegal with FOID CardLegalLegal with FOID CardLegal with FOID Card
IndianaLegalLegalLegalLegal
IowaLegalLegalLegalLegal if blade is ≤5″
KansasLegalLegalLegalLegal
KentuckyLegalLegalLegalIllegal (Legal with gun permit)
LouisianaLegalLegalLegalIllegal
MaineLegalLegalLegalIllegal
MarylandLegalIllegalLegalIllegal
MassachusettsLegalLegalIllegalIllegal
MichiganLegalLegalVague1Vague*
MinnesotaIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
MississippiLegalLegalLegalIllegal
MissouriLegalLegalLegalIllegal (Legal with gun permit)
MontanaLegalLegalLegalLegal
NebraskaLegalLegalLegalLegal if blade is ≤3.5″
NevadaLegalLegalLegalLegal
New HampshireLegalLegalLegalLegal
New JerseyIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
New MexicoIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
New YorkIllegal2Illegal*Illegal*Illegal*
North CarolinaLegalLegalLegalIllegal
North DakotaLegalLegalLegalIllegal
OhioLegalLegalLegalLegal
OklahomaLegalLegalLegalLegal
OregonLegalLegalLegalIllegal
PennsylvaniaIllegal (ex. Curio)Illegal (ex. Curio)IllegalIllegal
Rhode IslandLegalLegalLegalLegal if blade is ≤3″
South CarolinaLegalLegalLegalLegal
South DakotaLegalLegalLegalLegal
TennesseeLegalLegalLegalLegal
TexasLegalLegalLegalLegal
UtahLegalLegalLegalSituational
VermontLegalLegal if blade is <3″LegalLegal
VirginiaIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
WashingtonIllegalIllegalIllegalIllegal
West VirginiaLegalLegalLegalLegal if over 21 years old
WisconsinLegalLegalLegalLegal (if one legally can possess a firearm)
WyomingLegalLegalLegalSituational

OTF Knife Laws MapAre OTF Knives Legal?

Do your own research

We highly suggest you do your own research and talk with local law enforcement or lawyers to fully understand your rights and state laws. Below are some great links for your further reading:

**Above information is sourced from the links below

American Knife & Tool Institute

https://www.akti.org/state-knife-laws/

Knife Rights

https://kniferights.org/about/accomplishments/

Weaponlaws.wikidot

http://weaponlaws.wikidot.com/us-switchblade-laws/

 

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