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cbn620
01-29-2010, 8:02 PM
I've been scrounging and just can't get an answer as good as I'd like. Can a fixed blade knife be "concealed" in your vehicle? My vehicle does not have a locking trunk (it's an SUV), and I'm worried that when going through a check point, if the knife is seen that will be justified by some antsy police officer as grounds for a search or something. I'd rather put the knife in the glove compartment or underneath something so it's not visible.

I ask because I was just out and about when I spotted a checkpoint. I avoided it. I had my KABAR with me on this trip, but instead of wearing it everywhere I only do so on private property and just keep it in the vehicle. For instance when going into stores and whatnot I just take off the belt/sheath and throw it under the seat or anywhere out of view. Well, I don't normally worry about it but seeing check points gets me paranoid.

SteveH
01-29-2010, 8:05 PM
The dirk or dagger provisions of 12020 only apply when concealed on the person. It is not illegal to carry a concealed fixe blade in your car.

cbn620
01-29-2010, 8:08 PM
Thanks a bunch man. 12020 I am familiar with, I was only worried that it has been snuck in somewhere else in the PC. Appreciate the quick response.

Kwan Lee
03-06-2010, 7:59 PM
The dirk or dagger provisions of 12020 only apply when concealed on the person. It is not illegal to carry a concealed fixe blade in your car.

Yes, as I recall once I read about these laws and found out that, it's not illegal to keep knives, batons and other (not all) self defense weapons inside your vehicle or house. But, if you take them outside to public places, you are in trouble my friend. :chris:

obeygiant
03-06-2010, 9:07 PM
Here are a few links to keep you busy.


1JimMarch has an excellent post on knife laws here (http://www.ninehundred.com/~equalccw/knifelaw.html)
Librarian's post on CA Knife Laws here (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showpost.php?p=2289918&postcount=6)
Knife Flow Chart Thread Part 1 here (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=171226)
Knife Flow Chart Thread Part 2 here (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=272566&page=2)
Another knife thread here (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=145470)
Or just use the CGN Google Search here (http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=018149931542195181678:pzxbzjzh1zk)

MP301
03-06-2010, 9:16 PM
Yes, as I recall once I read about these laws and found out that, it's not illegal to keep knives, batons and other (not all) self defense weapons inside your vehicle or house. But, if you take them outside to public places, you are in trouble my friend. :chris:

Fixed it for you. In CA, if your not LE, you need a valid guard card and a Baton permit from BSIS to posses a Baton. Otherwise, it's a Felony. If there are any exceptions I have forgotten or are not aware of, feel free to correct me when you get a chance....:)

ETA: I seem to remember some sort of exemptions for legitimate Martial Arts students/instructors, but I dont remember the details.

sreiter
03-07-2010, 12:50 PM
ETA: I seem to remember some sort of exemptions for legitimate Martial Arts students/instructors, but I dont remember the details.

if i recall correctly, you must be heading to, or coming from class. and if i recall correctly, there are certain things only a instructor can have like nunchaku's

AJAX22
03-07-2010, 1:11 PM
Whatever you do, don't refer to it as a weapon.

Its a cutting tool... if its a weapon you can get in trouble.