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Knife Laws of the 50 States (and D.C.)

  • ALABAMA
  • ALASKA
  • ARIZONA
  • ARKANSAS
  • CALIFORNIA
  • COLORADO
  • CONNECTICUT
  • DELAWARE
  •   DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
  • FLORIDA
  • GEORGIA
  • HAWAII
  • IDAHO
  • ILLINOIS
  • INDIANA
  • IOWA
  • KANSAS
  • KENTUCKY
  • LOUISIANA
  • MAINE
  • MARYLAND
  • MASSACHUSETTS
  • MICHIGAN
  • MINNESOTA
  • MISSISSIPPI
  • MISSOURI
  •  

  • MONTANA
  • NEBRASKA
  • NEVADA
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • NEW JERSEY
  • NEW MEXICO
  • NEW YORK
  • NORTH CAROLINA
  • NORTH DAKOTA
  • OHIO
  • OKLAHOMA
  • OREGON
  • PENNSYLVANIA
  • RHODE ISLAND
  • SOUTH CAROLINA
  • SOUTH DAKOTA
  • TENNESSEE
  • TEXAS
  • UTAH
  • VERMONT
  • VIRGINIA
  • WASHINGTON
  • WEST VIRGINIA
  • WISCONSIN
  • WYOMING
  • IMPORTANT NOTES:
    1) These are abridged extracts ONLY from those state laws explicitly mentioning knives.

    2) Most states have additional laws regarding the use of weapons in the commission of crimes. The laws collected here are only those in which possession or carry of a knife is the only crime.

    3) Research was conducted in September 1996; new laws or amendments may have been passed since then. I have included later updates and revisions for many states, but not all. See notes for each state.

    4) Some cities or counties may have additional or more restrictive local laws (e.g. New York City).

    5) "None found" means just that. It does not mean that the state has no knife laws, but only that I cannot find any.


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