Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 9 years ago

california knife law question?

whats the deal with knives in california. I know the state has some pretty tight laws. I have a 4 in spring ASSISTED ( NOT switchblade) knife. can I conceal carry it? I know certain cities have a 3 in maximum limit on knives. is that the blade or the full knife, handle and all?


A switchblade is classified as a knife that opens automatically with the push of a button, lever or switch. A spring assisted knife is a knife that you have to manually open, with either the thumb stud or metal piece on the back, to a 45 degree angle before a tension spring pushed the blade open the rest of the way. It is legal because you manually have to open it before the spring kicks in, unlike a switchblade where it opens with the simple push of a button.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Any and all spring assisted knives are illegal in California.}{

    12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any

    of the following is punishable by imprisonment in

    a county jail not exceeding one year or in the

    state prison:

    (a)(4) Carries concealed upon his or her person any

    dirk or dagger.

    (c)(24) As used in this section, a

    "dirk" or "dagger" means a knife or other

    instrument with or without a handguard that is

    capable of ready use as a stabbing weapon that

    may inflict great bodily injury or death.

    A nonlocking folding knife, a folding knife that

    is not prohibited by Section 653k [switchblade], or

    a pocketknife is capable of ready use as a stabbing

    weapon that may inflict great bodily injury or

    death only if the blade of the knife is exposed

    and locked into position.

    (d) Knives carried in sheaths which are worn openly

    suspended from the waist of the wearer are not

    concealed within the meaning of this section

    653k. Every person who possesses in the passenger's

    or driver's area of any motor vehicle in any public

    place or place open to the public, carries upon his

    or her person, and every person who sells, offers

    for sale, exposes for sale, loans, transfers, or

    gives to any other person a switchblade knife having

    a blade two or more inches in length is guilty of a


    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.

    "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.

    For purposes of this section, "passenger's or

    driver's area" means that part of a motor vehicle

    which is designed to carry the driver and passengers,

    including any interior compartment or space therein.

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