Buying Automatic Knives Online

Knife laws vary wildly by state. Knives like automatic, switchblades, spring-assisted knives, butterfly knives and others are legal in some states and illegal in others.

Getting caught or crossing state lines with an illegal knife can lead to serious consequences like fines or even jail time, so it’s important to know your state’s knife laws and the knife laws of any state you may travel to.  Laws are always CHANGING so take time and make sure it is legal for you to own.

MTR will not sell/ship automatic knives to the states that prohibits them.  No exceptions!  You are responsible for knowing your states laws. For your viewing pleasure or displeasure, we have provided a detailed list and sited codes and states laws regarding the restrictions.

This is not a comprehensive list, but is meant as a guide. It is in no way meant to include all laws and restrictions across the United States. Please contact the authorities in your area for any possible restrictions. If you do live in a restricted area, your order will be canceled and will be charged a 5% restocking fee.

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  1. Alabama Knife Laws

What is Legal

Alabama has one of the best knife laws in the US.If you don’t like legal speak, here is the basics of what are legal under Alabama knife laws.

What is Illegal

Here are notes on what kinds of knives are illegal under Alabama knife laws.

  1. Alaska Knife Laws

What is Legal/Illegal in Alaska

Above is a brief review of Alaska knife law. The law specifically states that pocketknives are legal to both own and conceal carry. It also states that gravity knives and switchblades are illegal to own. Other types of knives are not outright banned, but may fall under the “deadly weapons” or “dangerous instrument” category. Alaska’s definition of a deadly weapon is a bit vague and depends a lot on court precedence as well as how crafty your lawyer is. For instance in Liddicoat v. State, the Court held that a steak knife was a deadly weapon. It’s definition of a dangerous instrument is not much clearer, and much of the law rests on Court decisions, not the statutes.

  1. Arizona Knife Laws

What is Legal/Illegal in Arizona

Outside of what is listed above, it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already illegal. What this means is that it is illegal to rob a bank with a knife and you will be penalized more severely than if you robbed a bank without a weapon.

  1. Arkansas Knife Laws

What are Legal Knives Under Arkansas Knife Law

Basically, if it has a blade, it is legal.

  1. California Knife Laws

Legal Knives in California

Illegal Knives under California Knife Law

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.

  1. Colorado Knife Laws

These knives are legal to own:

These knives are illegal to carry concealed:

  1. Connecticut Knife Laws

All Knives Are Legal to Own:

Some Knives Can Not be Carried (Open or Concealed):

  1. Delaware Knife Laws

Knives that are Banned in Delaware

If a knife does not fall into any of the illegal categories above, it is legal to own.

Limits to Carrying Knives

If the knife is not banned, you can carry it in the open. Only concealed carry is limited. Concealed means close enough by you that you can readily use it while being covered by something. Having a knife in your car counts as being concealed.

     9.Florida Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

The law does not limit individuals from owning, selling, or buying any knife except for ballistic knives.

Limits on Carry

    10.Georgia Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Georgia

In Georgia, there are no limits on the possession of knives. You can own any knife you want. There are only limits on carry knives.

Limits on Carry

    11.Hawaii Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

Only balisongs and switchblades are banned in Hawaii. Any other type of knife is legal.

Limits on Carry

     12.Idaho Knife Laws

No Knife Ban

Age Restrictions on Possession

There is no ban on the possession of any type of knife in Idaho. You can buy and own any knife you want. However, taking it outside of the house is a different situation…

Limits on Carry

  1. Illinois Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Illinois

The state of Illinois only banned the possession of throwing stars, switchblades, ballistic knives, and knives that open with a press of the button.

Limits on Carry

You can carry any knife as long as it is not one of the banned knives listed above and that you do not have the intent to harm someone or break the law. The law goes into more details on this…

  1. Indiana Knife Laws

What is Legal

What is Illegal

Restriction on Carry

There are no limits to concealed or open carry as long as you do not bring a knife to school. The Indiana state code is available for anyone to read online but the excerpts below contains the code as well as an explanation.

  1. Iowa Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

Only ballistic knives are outlawed in Iowa law.

Limits on Carry

  1. Kansas Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

  1. Kentucky Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

There are no banned knife types in Kentucky.

What is Legal to Carry

  1. Louisiana Knife Laws

What is Legal/Illegal to Own

The only banned knife in Louisiana are switchblades. However, if you are a law enforcement officer, you might be able to get an automatic opening knife because there is an exemption for “rescue knives” in the law.

Limits on Carry

  1. Maine Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

The only banned types of knives are automatic opening knives. Balisong knives were found to fall under this category.

What is Legal to Carry

The law bans the carry of “other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.” This means that, as long as the knife was not designed to attack other people, it is fine to carry concealed.

  1. Maryland Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

There are no limitation on the type of knife you can own in Maryland.

Limits on Carry

If a knife is not listed above, it is most likely to be legal for concealed or open carry. Read on to see why.

21.Massachusetts Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

There is no knife ban in Massachusetts.

Limits on Carry

There are a few more details to the law that can’t be explained in bullet points. Read below for the full explanation.

  1. Michigan Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Legal to Carry

The law only limits the carry of dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other sharp, double bladed stabbing tools. If a knife can not be used to stab (has no point), it can be carried concealed as long as you do not have intent to harm someone.

23.Minnesota Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Legal to Carry

Those are the general guidelines, read further to see the full details on what you can and can not own and carry.

  1. Mississippi Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

Mississippi does not restrict ownership of any type of knife for those over the age of eighteen, who have not been convicted of a felony.

What is Illegal to Own

Limits on Carry

  1. Missouri Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

It is a Class C Felony to own a switchblade knife in Missouri, unless the person possessing the switchblade is in compliance with applicable federal law. The federal law, which governs possession of switchblades, is 15 USC Chapter 29. The law allows a person to possess and/or carry a switchblade on or about his person if the blade is less than three inches long and the person has only one arm, or the knife contains a spring or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade.

  1. Montana Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

A switchblade knife is illegal to own in Montana unless you are a collector who is registered with the Sheriff in the county where your collection is kept.

Limits on Carry

  1. Nebraska Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

  1. Nevada Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Restrictions on Carry

  1. New Hampshire Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

In New Hampshire, it is legal to own any type of knife, as long as you have not been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or of a felony drug related offense. Yes, machetes are legal.

What is Illegal to Own

It is illegal for a person who has been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or of a felony drug related offense to possess a:

  1. New Jersey Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

A conviction for aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidation, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of weapon for an unlawful purpose, manufacture or transport of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance, or endangering the welfare of a child prevents a person from owning certain types of knives in New Jersey.

  1. New Mexico Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

  1. New York Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

  1. North Carolina Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

  1. North Dakota Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

It is legal to own any type of knife in North Dakota. North Dakota has no laws making it a crime to own any kind of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

  1. Ohio Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

  1. Oklahoma Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Restrictions on Carry

As the no carry law states that it is illegal to carry a weapon, “upon or about” the person, Oklahoma’s no carry law extends to items carried in a vehicle, not just on a person.

  1. Oregon Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Oregon law does not restrict the ownership of any type of knife for those who have not been convicted of a felony. As a matter of fact, in 1984 in State v. Delgado, the Supreme Court of Oregon found that former Oregon statute § 166.510(1) was unconstitutional because it prohibited the mere possession and mere carrying of a weapon. The Court believed that restricting the possession and open carrying of weapons for non-felons was a violation of a person’s right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

  1. Pennsylvania Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

  1. Rhode Island Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Restrictions on Carry

  1. South Carolina Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Restrictions on Carry

  1. South Dakota Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

In 2006, the legislature repealed the only law prohibiting ownership of any type of knife. The former statute, 22-14-19, made it illegal for a person to own, possess or sell a ballistic knife.

Restrictions on Carry

South Dakota’s statutes discuss dangerous weapons and carrying concealed weapons, however neither of the statutes apply to knives, as its definition of “concealed” is “any firearm that is totally hidden from view.”

 

  1. Tennessee Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

It may be legal to own a butterfly knife, however, one should check with an attorney first, as Tennessee’s definition of a switchblade could include a butterfly knife. Courts in most states would call a butterfly knife one that opens by “gravity or inertia”, which is how Tennessee defines a switchblade knife. However, other Courts have viewed butterfly knives, not as automatic or gravity knives, but as a type of pocketknife. As of June 2013, Tennessee’s Courts have yet to weigh in.

What is Illegal to Own

Tennessee Code § 39-17-1302 makes it illegal to own a switchblade knife or any other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury or death, which has no common lawful purpose.

Restrictions on Carry

  1. Texas Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

The Texas state legislature does not limit other knives.

 

  1. Utah Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Utah law creates two categories of people who may not own certain weapons, defined as “dangerous weapons”.

A category I restricted person is someone who:

  1. Vermont Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Restrictions on Carry

Vermont law does not place any other restrictions on the carrying of knives. In 1903, in State v. Rosenthal, Vermont’s Supreme Court said that under the general laws, a person may carry a dangerous or deadly weapon, openly or concealed, unless he did it with the intent or avowed purpose of injuring another.

  1. Virginia Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Restrictions on Carry

  1. Washington Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington.

Restrictions on Carry

It is also illegal to carry or display a dagger, sword, knife, or other cutting or stabbing instrument in a manner or under circumstances that would cause alarm or show an intent to intimidate another. In 1994, in State v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Washington held that there must be a sufficient basis for the alarm, such that a reasonable person would be alarmed. Also in 1994, the Court held, in State v. Byrd, that because the display of a weapon in a manner that caused reasonable fear or alarm could be done without intent, a violation of the statute did not require intent. This means that one does not have to intend to cause alarm or fear in order to be guilty of a crime under the statute.

 

  1. West Virginia Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

West Virginia law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

  1. Wisconsin Knife Laws

What is Illegal to Own

Restrictions on Carry

It is illegal in Wisconsin to carry a concealed and dangerous weapon.

Definition of Various Knives

A switchblade is defined as any knife having a blade which opens by pressing a button, spring or other device in the handle or by gravity or by a thrust or movement. In State v. Krause, the Appellate Court upheld Mr. Krause’s conviction for carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, finding that his knife, which had a blade that was serrated on one side, sharp on the other, and had a point at the end, was a switchblade. The blade was contained in two casings: the serrated blade fit into one of the casings and the cutting edge in the other. The casings were secured by a clasp, that when removed, allowed one casing to fall away from the other by the force of gravity, exposing the blade.

Neither the Wisconsin code nor its case law offers a definition of any other type of knife. When words or terms are not defined by the legislature, in the state code, Court’s use the ‘plain English meaning’ of the word, or that meaning provided in Webster’s dictionary.

  1. Wyoming Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Wyoming law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

It is illegal to conceal carry a deadly weapon in Wyoming.