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Charles4400
12-03-2011, 2:05 PM
Not related to rifles but believe enough of us have knives to make this post relevant...

Does anyone know what the maximum length of the blade of a spring assisted knife to be be carried is?

Does it matter how long the blade is if it not carried on a person (in a bag or toolbox)?

HK Dave
12-03-2011, 2:13 PM
There is no State limit in length, provided it is a FOLDING knife and is concealed.

Many cities have limits on blade length though. It often times is 3".

I wouldn't worry about it unless you look like a thug or look like someone suspicious. Cops don't generally search law abiding citizens for no reason.

Ubermcoupe
12-03-2011, 2:15 PM
You would probably receive a better response to your question if it was posted in the 2A forum.

Maybe you can contact a Mod to have it moved. :thumbsup:

OTTOMH, CA PC 653k is a relavent PC for knives.

Charles4400
12-03-2011, 10:02 PM
There is no State limit in length, provided it is a FOLDING knife and is concealed.

Many cities have limits on blade length though. It often times is 3".

I wouldn't worry about it unless you look like a thug or look like someone suspicious. Cops don't generally search law abiding citizens for no reason.

Thnaks for the input, didn't know it was a city issue and not state!

lorax3
12-03-2011, 10:05 PM
Thnaks for the input, didn't know it was a city issue and not state!

It's both. As far as folding knives go, there is no maximum length on a state level. Local municipalities are able to create their own regulations however. So check your city/county website.

Here is a write-up by Librarian. (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showpost.php?p=2289918&postcount=6)

dieselpower
12-04-2011, 6:39 AM
The law says 2" is max, but check local laws too.

xxINKxx
12-04-2011, 6:48 AM
Centerfire knifes?

Must be an AR only guy who doesn't know there is more then just the centerfire forum. Lol

HK Dave
12-04-2011, 7:28 AM
The law says 2" is max, but check local laws too.

Hey do you have the pc for this?

Beelzy
12-04-2011, 7:58 AM
Hey do you have the pc for this?

Methinks he is referring to the "Auto knife" law, and not "Spring Assist" knives.

No issue on length at the State level, however one MUST check Local City Ordinances.

evidens83
12-04-2011, 8:05 AM
If you know it's OT why still post here :confused::thumbsup:

alfred1222
12-04-2011, 11:40 AM
The law says 2" is max, but check local laws too.

This is for legal switchblade knives. in order for someone to legally purchase and carry a switchblade style knife, it must be below 2". as far as spring assisted knives go, there is no law at the state level, but most cops will hold it up to their finger and try to convince you that your knife is illegal. like i said, there is no state laws regarding this, and most city ordanances arent well known or enforced. The only place ive ever been hassled for the length of my knife was in SF.

orangeusa
12-04-2011, 12:26 PM
Weird, the way I read that, an icepick in your toolbox would be illegal.

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lorax3
12-04-2011, 12:58 PM
No issue on length at the State level

All the more reason to carry a Cold Steel Espada. (Not me - random google images search)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y215/jlunit416/EDC%20Stuff/ColdSteelEspadaXL.jpg

Also me using a PC!? Never :cool2:

glockman19
12-04-2011, 1:02 PM
In the city of Los Angeles it would be considered a switchblade.

Charles4400
12-04-2011, 2:00 PM
In the city of Los Angeles it would be considered a switchblade.

I hope that's not the case....but is this confirmed?

HK Dave
12-04-2011, 3:22 PM
In the city of Los Angeles it would be considered a switchblade.

What is considered a switch blade?

kwansao
12-04-2011, 3:27 PM
Just don't carry it open and make sure it has a detent or lock and you are legally covered. Look up pc 653k and pc 12020.

peter95
12-14-2011, 5:26 PM
As long as you are not concealing there is no limit....

AWARCORP
12-14-2011, 6:19 PM
Im not a lawyer and reading pc 653k makes my head spin. I carry a 2" Pro Tech which is legal in LA County, or at least the vendor who sold it to me told me so. This is obviously not "legal" advice.

akjunkie
12-15-2011, 7:10 AM
I work on State property. I inquired about what kinda knife I can carry on State property.

"No knife with a fixed or fixable blade exceeding 4 inches...."

I carry a Spyderco Endura w/ a 4 inch blade w/ the Clip exposed on my pants pocket (to avoid Conceal carry)
On and off work.

Librarian
12-15-2011, 9:27 AM
See the knife laws link in my .sig, below.

LooseCannon
12-15-2011, 9:57 AM
Just don't carry it open and make sure it has a detent or lock and you are legally covered. Look up pc 653k and pc 12020.

That confuses me, you mean a Switchblade or Automatic knife is legal to conceal if it has a safety lock?

What about in a sheath on my belt?

I have a Gerber DMF Auto (http://www.gerbergear.com/Tactical/Knives/DMF-Automatic-Knife_30-000379) and don't consider it legal, but it does have a safety lock on it, so you're saying it's legal?

LC