California knife laws?

Is it legal to own knives like switchblades/butterfly knives in California, but like, not take them into public? cause im moving there and i collect theese type of knives, and only put them on display but i cant find laws about this for california


So.... its illegal just to own in your house!?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    - Defines legal and illegal pocket knives. Full text of the penal code 653K. The most interesting part of the penal code is the following definition of the switchblade knives:

    For the purposes of this section, "switchblade knife" means a knife having the appearance of a pocketknife and includes a spring-blade knife, snap-blade knife, gravity knife or any other similar type knife, the blade or blades of which are two or more inches in length and which can be released automatically by a flick of a button, pressure on the handle, flip of the wrist or other mechanical device, or is released by the weight of the blade or by any type of mechanism whatsoever.

    Basically, this section outlaws switchblades, or automatic knives, plus ballisongs, or butterfly knives. Also whatever else can be opened with the flick of the wrist. However, there are lots of legitimate knives that also fall under that category. Next section clarifies that part:

    "Switchblade knife" does not include a knife that opens with one hand utilizing thumb pressure applied solely to the blade of the knife or a thumb stud attached to the blade, provided that the knife has a detent or other mechanism that provides resistance that must be overcome in opening the blade, or that biases the blade back toward its closed position. They are illegal to carry and in most cities to own, you should contact the police department in the are where you are going to live as some cities have expanded the state knife law and there municipal code is even more restrictive than state statute.}{

  • John S
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Watch Dog's buddies are all going to give him best answer, but in fact it is not illegal to "own" a switchblade knife with a blade 2" or more in length. It is illegal to "carry" such a knife, or to possess it in a vehicle in a public place. (Pen C 635k.) The odds are you would have to break the law to get the knife into the house, but once in the house, mere possession or ownership of the knife would not be illegal as long as you never carried it. (Yep, it is a very weird law.) Since the state has regulated the possession of switchblade knives, local governments cannot do so under the doctrine of preemption (though they might be able to add regulations for minors).

    Source(s): 35+ years as a criminal defense attorney
  • 1 decade ago

    I think California only allows criminals to have weapons.

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