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Automatic Knife Laws By State

The laws for automatic knives are always changing and to some degree very confusing about purchasing, selling, possessing and transporting. The Switchblade Act of 1959 has been amended over the years and in 2009 President Obama amended it to allow spring assisted knives and other one hand opening knives are allowed to be sold and distributed. Here is a list of states and their automatic knife laws categorized by possession and carry. Note these laws change frequently and most of them have caveats so always check your local laws before purchasing any automatic knives.

StatePossession?Carry?
AlabamaYY
AlaskaYY
ArizonaYY
ArkansasYY
CaliforniaYY (2″ blade)
ColoradoY (collectors)N
ConnecticutYY under 1.5″ blade
DelawareNN
FloridaYY
GeorgiaYY
HawaiiNN
IdahoYY (illegal if drunk)
IllinoisYN
IndianaYY
IowaYY
KansasYY
KentuckyYY (carry permit)
LouisianaNN
MaineNN
MarylandNN
MassachusettsNN
MichiganNN
MinnesotaNN
MississippiYY (not concealed)
MissouriYY
MontanaNN
NebraskaYY
NevadaNN
New HampshireNN
New JerseyNN
New MexicoNN
New YorkNN
North CarolinaYY
North DakotaYY
OhioYY
OklahomaYN
OregonYY
PennsylvaniaY
N
Rhode IslandYN
South CarolinaYN
South DakotaYY
TennesseeYY (carry permit)
TexasY
Y
UtahYY
VermontNN
VirginiaYY
WashingtonNN
West VirginiaYY
WisconsinNN
WyomingYN

This report added June, 20 2013 is believed to be current.  The laws change frequently so check with your local laws to be certain.

2 thoughts on “Automatic Knife Laws By State

  1. Missouri laws were changed July 11th 2012 repealing previous laws against automatic knives (see MO SB489).

    Here is a link to an article regarding the repeal…
    http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=197&Itemid=1

  2. Thank you Darren, I have updated it on the page.

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