As a result, both state and federal governments have passed laws regulating what kinds of knives can be purchased, transported and carried in each state. http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/15C29.txt, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrlzBj2lIJg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swRO_0WQNNQ, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Pocket knives are allowed to be carried in Pennsylvania. To the OP, you may not consider it concealed carry when you think it's visible in your back pocket but that could be very much open to officer interpretation. Torsion bar assisted-opening knives (folding knife, speed-safe knife, spring-assisted knife) – Folding knives that use an internal “torsion bar” to assist in opening them with one hand. Big, humongous, gigantic difference between an automatic opening knife and what you have above. The lady kindly told me spring assisted was legal and show be the difference between switch blade and a spring assisted knife. As used in this section, "ordinary pocket knife" means a small knife, designed for carrying in a pocket or purse, that has its cutting edge and point entirely enclosed by its handle, 17. (d) This section does not apply to an ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position. Millions of Americans carry knives every day. All rights reserved (About Us). Gravity knives, also known as paratrooper knives, are illegal under the Federal Switchblade Act. It is the type that actually throws the blade. Razors and boxcutters are allowed as long as their blades are not “exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, [or] spring mechanism.”, It is legal to carry a dagger, as long as it has a "common lawful purpose.". I would rather not break any laws... Now, as to the legality of carrying a knife. The Border Force solicitors have confirmed that they have changed their guidance with respect to such items. A gravity knife, as the name suggests, uses gravity to drop the blade from its handle. Can you point me to the law I can not find it. The heart of this opening system is the torsion bar in the handle of the knife. The item you have above is a ballistic knife. The state criminal code does not limit the size of the blade that can be carried, like many states do. Bowie knifes are allowed to be carried in Pennsylvania. The law prohibits the transportation, possession, sale and distribution of switchblade knives. Ballistic knives, which uses a spring mechanism to shoot a knife out like a missile, are illegal to own under state and federal laws. In the last two years I have represented a number of law abiding importers who import ‘spring assisted knives’. 23. It is illegal to import any knife that falls within that definition. We use data about you for a number of purposes explained in the links below. However, understanding the difference between these two knives is important because switchblades are illegal in most states in America. I have been told however that it was changed and it is now illegal to ship them across state lines but each state can decide whether to sell them. If it is a pushbutton automatic knife, it falls under the switchblade category and is illegal. They carry pocket knives for camping, bowie knives for hunting, razors for opening boxes and assisted knives for everything in between. It is illegal to import any knife that falls within that definition. As can be seen, the use of a button on the blade of the knife is not controlled. Discussion in 'Knives and Gear' started by Chris B, Feb 22, 2012. Switchblades are defined as any knife “having a blade which opens automatically -- (1) by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of the knife, or (2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both.”. A recent change of policy at Border Force had caused a number of shipments of spring assisted knives to be seized. The law prohibits the transportation, possession, sale and distribution of switchblade knives. Now the part that gets me is in NC statue for carrying a concealed weapon they wouldn't consider any spring action knife "a pocket knife" to carry concealed. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). These are knives that usually open when pressure is applied to a small button on the top of the blade. - Savvas Toufexis, RFD and Section 5 dealer, Nick Doherty is knowledgeable, professional and above all a shooting man himself - Michael West, East Sussex, Miracles can and do happen, Nick Doherty is one such barrister. Get in touch: Spring loaded knives are illegal. Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com. I don't see where my knife is a "projectile" knife, as Nothing is projected, but I can't find the legal definition of projectile. Owning a butterfly knife, also known as a balisong knife, is allowed in Pennsylvania. A recent change of policy at Border Force had caused a number of shipments of spring assisted knives to be seized. 020 8144 2212, Probably the most knowledgeable specialist firearms Barrister in the country - The late Mike Wells, Secretary Sportsman's Association, I am so impressed with your expertise in this field, it is beyond me, words can't explain how grateful I am. The knife is legal if there is some manipulation of the blade required to open the knife. Alright guys, I may/ may not carry a S&W Extreme Ops spring-assisted lock-back knife. Assisted opening and automatic opening knives are legal in NC . If you are the owner of any goods seized by Border Force it is important to respond to a Notice of Seizure promptly and correctly, you may lose the goods if you do not make the correct claim within the time allowed, usually 28 days. Through casual conversation, it's been brought to my attention that I need to posess a CWP to carry said knife. Spring assisted knives are often considered utility knives or life savers instead of life takers as firemen, ambulance drivers, fishermen, and one armed people use them for the utility purpose. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. In Pennsylvania, the criminal code stipulates that people are prohibited from owning any “dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument” thats blade is “exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, [or] spring mechanism.”. Technically a spring assisted knife isn't automatic or considered a switchblade since there is no switch on the blade that engages the knife, a spring assisted knife requires the user the apply pressure and/or place his thumb on a notch or lever on the blade and push the blade itself about 30% out of grip. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of data and cookies. Contact me for further advice. In a subsequent case relating to similar items Border Force decided not to procede with Condemnation Proceedings and restored the goods to my client company. enquiries@brudenellchambers.com ). As a result of a case at Nottingham Magistrates Court where I represented the importer it was decided that such knives do not fall within the definition in the 1959 Act. Assisted opening knives are fully legal where allowed. They are useful tools and dangerous weapons. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. - Andrew Broome, Consultant Solicitor, VHS Fletchers Solicitors. Both state and federal law prohibits owning a switchblade, also referred to as an automatic knife. Ballistic knife. Wikimedia Commons, user Jerryk50. I cannot. If you have one arm and it is 3" or less..... Would it be considered concealed if you can see the knife but don't know what it is? - West Midlands certificate holder, A true professional with an human heart automatic opening knives are legal in NC ????