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Finding Knife Laws

Laws and regulations vary from state to state, county to county and within different cities in the same county. It would be impossible to keep current a compilation of all knife-related laws. However, we do have a reliable, attorney written and updated, source of all State Knife Laws.  AKTI has also researched sources and information to help you search for knife laws that affect you.

Researching Laws and Legislation

State Laws

Check out State Knife Laws on our website. Quick legal facts are available to the public.  More detailed information including which knives are forbidden or prohibited under state law; what knives cannot be sold or other restrictions on sale; and what knives may be carried and whether concealment is an issue is available with a membership login. Be careful when researching state laws on the internet. Sites that list all the laws by state are frequently not current, were not researched by an attorney, or repeat erroneous information from another website.  You can check the state’s own legislative site to confirm information by reviewing the actual law(s).

AKTI Map of State Laws Regarding Automatic Knives

Check out the legislative session charts and calendars for introducing bills in various states at StateNet.com

Local Laws
Federal Laws
  • The Federal Switchblade Act – is the only federal knife law other than laws about knives in federal facilities. The 2009 Amendment clarified assisted-opening knives are not switchblades.
  • Thomas – U.S. Congress on the Internet; Legislative Information from the Library of Congress
  • United States Codes  – Current public laws enacted.
  • Regulations – Find, review, and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register, the U.S. Government’s legal newspaper.
  • Check the U.S. Government Official Web Portal – USA.gov for links to the three federal branches of government – executive, judicial and legislative.

Finding a Knife-Knowledgeable Lawyer

  • National Association of Attorneys General – Attorneys General are the chief legal officers of the states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. Contact your state attorneys general office. Ask for the staff knowledgeable about knife laws.

Important Supreme Court Decisions

Heller decision Supreme Court Jan Billeb with Allan Gura AKTI

AKTI Executive Director Jan Billeb with Attorney Alan Gura, lead attorney in D.C. v Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, landmark Supreme Court cases protecting 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to keep and bear arms, and that states cannot ban that right. Ms. Billeb was presented with a signed bound copy of the Heller decision.

District of Columbia v. Heller affirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. The historic 2008 ruling overturned Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns and self defense in the home.

McDonald v. City of Chicago was a landmark victory, reaffirming the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms as a fundamental right, regardless of where one lives, and no state, county or local government can take away that right.

Tracking Pending Legislation

  • AKTI tracks pending legislation in all 50 states and the federal level. Members have access information about the bills we’re monitoring in the Member Login section.
  • Govtrack.us – Track events in Congress, see voting records, track legislators’ activity, view committees, and track legislation by bill number or subject in any state.