Quick Legal Facts
Not an issue.
Kansas law prohibits students from possessing “any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, ....
There are no knives you cannot own, carry open or concealed or make in the State of Kansas. The prohibition against automatic knives was repealed effective July 2013.
Instead, Kansas law focuses criminal intent to use a dagger or dirk against another person, and not mere possession or carrying of a knife:
(a) Criminal use of weapons is knowingly:
(1) selling, manufacturing, purchasing or possessing any bludgeon, sand club, metal knuckles or throwing star;
(2) possessing with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, blackjack, slungshot, dangerous knife, straight-edged razor, stiletto or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character….
K.S.A , § 21-6301(a) (Emphasis added.) It is notable that term “throwing star” is narrowly defined and cannot be extended to throwing knives or tomahawks. K.S.A , § 21-6301(l).
The Kansas concealed weapons statute covers impact weapons and throwing stars, and not knives:
(a) Criminal carrying of a weapon is knowingly carrying:
(1) Any bludgeon, sandclub, metal knuckles or throwing star;
(2) concealed on one’s person, a billy, blackjack, slungshot or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character….
K.S.A , § 21-6302(a).
There is no statute that specifically mentions ballistic knives. However, the definition of firearm—“any weapon designed or having the capacity to propel a projectile by force of an explosion or combustion”—could apply to some types of ballistic knives.
There are no sale restrictions pertaining to knives. There is a prohibition as to the manufacture, sale, purchase or possession of throwing stars. § 21-6301 For purposes of this law “throwing star” means any instrument, without handles, consisting of a metal plate having three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges and designed in the shape of a polygon, trefoil, cross, star, diamond or other geometric shape, manufactured for use as a weapon for throwing.
Not an issue.
Yes. Knives and knife-making components may not be regulated by municipalities. K.S.A. 12-16, 134.
Kansas law prohibits students from possessing “any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement”. K.S.A , § 72-89a01 and § 72-89a02. Although the law applies to students, anyone on school property would be wise to heed this prohibition.