MC asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Knife policy?

Does anyone know the policy for carrying knifes in public...is there a certain length thats legal? I figure its different in certain states anyone tell me theirs or mine i live in illinois

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Here is yours:

    Illinois Criminal Code 720 ILCS 5/24-1. Unlawful Use of

    Weapons. (a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use

    of weapons when he knowingly... (2) Carries or possesses

    with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a

    dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto,

    broken bottle or other piece of glass... or any other

    dangerous or deadly weapon of like character...

    - 720 ILCS 5/33A-1... A person is considered armed with a

    dangerous weapon... when he carries on or about his person

    or is otherwise armed with a category I or category II

    weapon. (b) A category I weapon is a [firearm or] a knife

    with a blade at least 3 inches in length, dagger, dirk,

    switchblade knife, stiletto, or any other deadly or

    dangerous weapon of like character.

    - 720 ILCS 5/24-1. Unlawful Use of Weapons. (a) A person

    commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he

    knowingly: (1) Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses

    or carries any... knife commonly referred to as a

    switchblade knife, 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 a ballistic

    knife, which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as

    a projectile by means of a coil spring, elastic material,

    or compressed gas...

    - 720 ILCS 5/33A-1... A person is considered armed with a

    dangerous weapon... when he carries on or about his person

    or is otherwise armed with a category I or category II

    weapon. (b) A category I weapon is a [firearm or] a knife

    with a blade at least 3 inches in length, dagger, dirk,

    switchblade knife, stiletto, or any other deadly or

    dangerous weapon of like character.

    Illinois Case Law:

    - "Possession of hunting knife is not a crime; however,

    knowingly carrying or possessing dangerous weapon with

    intent to use same unlawfully against another constitutes

    offense..." (1982)

    - "Weapon not listed in statute can become "dangerous weapon"

    when it is used in a manner dangerous to well being of

    individual threatened, and knife with blade less than 3

    inches in length can be dangerous weapon if used in such

    manner." (1991)

    - "A straight-blade razor did not constitute a per se

    dangerous weapon, for purposes of armed violence

    charge..." (1987)

    - "Walking cane, even if not per se dangerous, was...

    transformed by defendant's usage into a dangerous weapon."

    (1977)

    http://www.knife-expert.com

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think you are okay as long as you keep it in a sheath and don't brandish it in public.

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