GUN Legal to carry knives in California?

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  1. pollux

    pollux OT Supporter

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    I've looked into several sources before, and I didn't really get a clear answer. The knife that I want to use as a daily carry is a folder with a 3" blade, with a thumb hole opening. It also has a wave deployment feature, essentially a little stick that catches on with your pocket to help open. I'm pretty sure it's okay from what I read, but you guys would be more knowledgeable to confirm this.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    as long as it's not a spring-assist for opening, you're okay. Having an extended thumb stud or using "gravity" or centrifugal force are all okay. 3" is also fine for length. Make sure you have it clipped to your pocket with the clip visible.
     
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    does the clip really have to be visible?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    Its grey area. You can't CONCEAL carry a knife in cali. People argue that if you can't see the clip then it's concealed. Some people argue that if you have it clipped outside and your shirt covers it that there wasn't INTENT to conceal.

    However, I personally side with caution -- carry so it's visible. If its not visible, it's concealed. You may win or you may not -- but if you can avoid even having to fight, then avoid the fight.
     
  5. Clusive

    Clusive Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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    Assisted opening is ok. A folding pocket knife that is not a "switchblade" can be carried concealed or open. Check your local city ordinances, as some knives may be illegal to carry in your city.
     
  6. H.P.

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    what they fuck :ugh:
     
  7. PanzerAce

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    yah, its a felony to CC a knife, but only a misdemeanor for a pistol :rofl:
     
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    I've never had an issue with that.
     
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    :roflwtf:
     
  10. Dumbstixlars

    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    WTF? Can't carry a knife? It's just a knife!?!?
     
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    Sardaukar Active Member

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    Fuck, I've been breaking the law. :noes:

    Don't hurt me too badly, Bubba. I bruise easily.
     
  12. lobstradomus

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    As always a lot of misinformation and confusion in here, read PC 12020 for info on concealed carry of folding knives and PC 653 (k) for laws on assisted opening and switchblade knives (differences, requirements, etc.)

    You can carry any length folding knife concealed so long as its not locked open, you can carry any length legal assisted opening knife concealed so long as the blade isnt locked open, you can not carry a switchblade over 2".


    Here are the sections I mentioned taken from FindLaw, so hopefully this will help clear up some of the confusion. The important parts are bolded:

    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 misdemeanor.
    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.

    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:

    (4) Carries concealed upon his or her person any dirk or dagger.

    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, 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.

    Of course be sure to check you local Municipal Code, and read PC 626.10 if you want to carry on school grounds.
     
  13. Clusive

    Clusive Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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    :squint: Better hope I don't pull you over.
     
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    So glad I live in FL :bowdown:
     
  15. pollux

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    ah, i see.
     
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    great post :bowdown:
     
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    so complicated :rofl:
     
  18. lobstradomus

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    This is nothing, you should read our AW laws. And actually our knife laws aren't half bad aside from the no switchblades and no butterfly knives.
     

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