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Texas Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

“Don’t Mess with Texas” is an appropriate slogan for a state that takes pride in protecting individual liberty. However, The Lone Star State lives up to its independent reputation when it comes to knife laws. According to Article 1, Section 23 of the Texas State Constitution, Texans enjoy a broadly interpreted right to bear arms that include knives. However, Article …

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Mississippi Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

In Article 3, Section 12, the Mississippi State Constitution authorizes and protects the right of every citizen to own and bear arms. The generally written constitutional statute applies for the defense of people and property. Under Article 3, Section 12, Mississippi legislators can regulate and prohibit the concealed carrying of weapons. Mississippi laws addressing the ownership and carrying of knives …

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Oregon Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

While Oregon doesn’t top the list as the most knife-friendly state, it is certainly less restrictive than most. The difference between Oregon’s knife laws and most other states is that Oregon relies on court decisions, rather in codified statutes. This information is not as readily available and consequently many find Oregon’s knife laws confusing. Knife ownership in The Beaver State, …

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New Hampshire Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

New Hampshire is one of the original thirteen colonies. Only three years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, the first settlers inhabited present-day Portsmouth. When New Hampshire adopted its own constitution in January of 1776, that founding history of leadership and independence was underscored. While the state motto of “Live Free or Die” was not officially adopted until 1945, it …

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Hawaii Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

Hawaii is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The Aloha State is known for many things, including blue waters, volcanoes, and hibiscus flowers. As a tourist haven, one can expect that Hawaii would not be the most knife-friendly. However, open carry is legal in Hawaii. Additionally, there are relatively few restrictions on knife ownership compared to other …

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New York Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

Just like life in New York, with its skyscrapers, crowds and around-the-clock access to almost anything imaginable, knife laws in the Empire State are relatively confusing.  New York, like many states, outlaws ownership of knives that are adapted for use as a weapon. Additionally, ballistic knives, metal knuckle knives, cane swords, and throwing stars are also illegal to own. Much …

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Indiana Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

It is not surprising that Indiana is touted as one of the best states for knife enthusiasts to live. Unlike most states, switchblades are legal to own and carry in the Hoosier State. However, like many states, Indiana recently overturned a knife ban that began in the 1950s. The historic ban on switchblades arguably began in 1954 when Representative James …

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California Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

Knives laws in the Golden State are not as complicated as they initially seem. California is a big state and there is no state law preemption. Surprisingly, however, California is relatively relaxed in terms of ownership.  Broadly speaking, carrying knives whether open or concealed is legal in California. However, it is illegal to own many knives which are detailed below. …

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Knife Laws in Maine – A Guide for Knife Carriers

Maine has some of the most picturesque landscapes in the United States. It only makes sense that the state most known for lobster would allow permit possession of most types of knives. Indeed, it is legal to own all types of knives in the Pine Tree State including switchblades and automatic knives. However, the laws around concealed carry and the …

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Maryland Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers

Maryland’s knife laws have been under scrutiny lately. The Chesapeake State is not only in close proximity to the Washington, D.C., but it is the home to one of the most violent cities in America, Baltimore, which reported 98.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents in 2018.[i] However, it is not just a surge in violent crimes that have brought Maryland’s …