Is this knife legal in California?
- John SLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
The description of this knife says, that it has "a small bump of metal which sticks out under the knife, making it fast and comfortable to use. Once you press on that part of the blade, it automatically opens and locks into place. Since the action of opening the knife is started by pressing the blade metal, instead of a button or switch, it is considered to bypass the laws which ban Switch Blade knives."
California's definition of switchblade includes the following: "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. (Pen C 17235.)
While the description includes the thumb stud opening mechanism, it is not clear that you have to overcome resistance to open the blade. The manufacturer seems to think it is CA legal (they will ship to CA), but one cannot be completely sure from the description alone.
Note that it is ONLY switchblades which are illegal if 2 or more inches long, and if it is illegal there is no "permit" which would allow you to carry it.Source(s): 35+ years as a criminal defense attorney
- AquariusLv 68 years ago
According to California Penal Code, any person who "manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or possesses" a ballistic knife, a belt-buckle knife, a lipstick knife, an air gauge knife or any writing pen knife is subject to punishment. The punishment may include incarceration in state or county jail for up to one year.
A switchblade is defined as "a knife having the appearance of a pocketknife" with a "blade of two or more inches in length," and can be "released automatically by a flick of a button, pressure on the handle, flick of the wrist or other mechanical device." It is illegal to have a switchblade in any motor vehicle, public space, concealed on your person or to sell or transfer a switchblade.
Related to Employment
Carrying a knife, if related to one's employment and sanctioned by one's professional responsibilities, is lawful. However, producing or selling concealed knives is always illegal.
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- 8 years ago
Anything longer then 2 inches is illegal without permitSource(s): My knife