The situation is getting worse. The Los Angeles Code § 55.01 also makes it illegal to carry hidden weapons on one`s own person. Therefore, in Los Angeles, you cannot openly carry a blade of more than 3″, but you also cannot carry such a hidden weapon. DEE-OWW-WEE-OWW. Roaring police siren. An operational unit in a black and white squad car in pursuit. It all sounds like a scene from a Hollywood thriller. But this is not the case. It`s a daily real-world scenario. And it could happen to YOU or anyone who violates knife laws. Get this. A knife can be a tool (for some). But a tool can be a deadly weapon. This applies to countless tools, from hammers to crowbars. But the laws are particularly strict for knives that are considered weapons. Camouflaged knives include tube knives (and shobi zues), lipstick knives (a knife enclosed in a lipstick case), belt buckle knives, compressed air knives, and pocket knives. They are considered troublesome and can be destroyed according to Cal. Strafgesetzbuch § 18010. Given these elements, an accused can avoid guilt by demonstrating that he did not have this required knowledge. Perhaps, for example, he bought an illegal Shobi-Zue from an antique shop and had no idea it was prohibited by law. I want to know because it doesn`t say if it`s legal to carry a Balisong TRAINER knife? It does NOT have a sharp side or end and could not technically be considered a knife. It`s just very similar to a Balisongz Is it a 2-inch cutting edge or a total length of 2 inches? Because if it`s a 2-inch edge, I could grind the edge of the blade of my cheaper knives into something flat and harmless, but my $400 bank will be under house arrest until the laws change. I started as a hobby a few years ago when a friend gave me a Balisong as a gift for the way to the Eagle Scout. They knew I was a knife enthusiast who collected knives in memory of every summer camp or major Scout event I attended. At this point, I own about 15 folding knives of different shapes and sizes, 2 Swiss army knives, 5 Balisongs and 2 Balisong sneakers. For more information on knife laws in Nevada and Colorado, check out our articles on: Spring Assisted is 100% legal in California as long as it has “Detent to Open,” where the Blad fits into the handle just before closing. In Los Angeles, it is illegal to carry a knife on you unless you go or come from a job that requires a knife, I think La County is the only one with such a restriction, but idk manufacturing/selling/transferringSwitchblades and all knives that are considered illegal cannot be made in the state, owned, sold or transferred. California`s knife laws are quite friendly. You can buy, own, and transport most knives within the state. Some knives are considered illegal, including circuit blades and a variety of deceptive and unusual knives. It is also illegal to carry some hidden knives. Some places are considered firearm-free areas, including schools and public buildings. You should not carry weapons for such reasons. It`s important to understand California`s knife laws, and sticking to them will keep you out of trouble. Under California knife laws, residents can purchase OTF/automatic knives with a blade length of less than 2.” This information is presented as a brief summary of the law and not as legal advice. Tekto Gear is not and cannot be a legal services provider. The use of the website does not create a relationship between the lawyer and the client. Laws are interpreted differently by law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges. Tekto Gear suggests that you seek advice from a lawyer. People in California can openly carry a Bowie knife, but they can`t hide a Bowie knife. Carrying a Bowie knife secretly is shaky, which means it can be a misdemeanour or a crime. The maximum sentence is three years in prison.25 I find this site misleading and recommend www.shouselaw.com/california-knife-laws.html#2 as a better option. I understand that all solid blades aka “dirks or daggers” (the definition is actually quite broad and includes things such as scissors and knitting needles!) are legal when worn open (visibly attached to the waist); And all solid blades are illegal if they are not carried openly (aka in your purse, yes grandma is in trouble). No other measurement limitation than Balisong. Measure with the palm of your hand?? Why would Shaq have a knife so much bigger than mine? Find the current legal code of regulation and READ it. Prison lawyers are just spreading rumors and half-truths without knowing it. Check for yourself if it is a switching blade or not (Penal Code 17235 – the state website is www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/calawquery?codesection=pen). If it is a switching blade, since it is longer than 2 inches, it is illegal to have it in public (hidden or not) or in the main area of your car (Criminal Code 21510 – same website). However, you can still own Switchblades. If you feel the need to carry a knife, engrave these facts in your head. Know by heart what is legal and what is not when you carry knives in California. If you ever have any doubts, these quick facts will help you stay away from legal dangers. From what I know, it`s illegal in Los Angeles to carry an open fixed blade of 3 inches or more or a folding knife of 3 inches or more, I wear a 2.75 inch, but I think if you live in Ventura or Bakersfield outside of LA or SF, you can wear any folding blade less than 4 inches and a fixed blade of any open size La The first category refers to “dirks and daggers”, which can be used as stabbing weapons. And there is no blade folding mechanism. Examples of these knives include kitchen knives, ice axes, and other fixed-blade knives. While a person can carry these knives openly in public in a sheath, it is illegal for some to carry knives hidden on his person. For your information: according to 626.10 CA Penal Code, with regard to the school grounds (kindergarten until the 12th century). Class): All locking blades are illegal; and the same goes for any non-lockable backrest (i.e. a sliding joint) whose blade is longer than 2 1/2″. As long as the public can recognize that you are carrying an object that is easily recognizable as a knife and is not on the specific list of illegal weapons (i.e. more than 2 inches), everything will be fine. California law states that a knife can certainly fall into the category of “lethal weapons.” An ADW includes when a person commits an attack using a knife. However, California has an “open-port” knife law. It allows you to carry a dirk or dagger open in a sheath that hangs from your waist. The definition of dirk and dagger is quite broad. In addition to knives such as daggers and stiletto heels, it can apply to seemingly innocent items such as: However, there is an exception for pocket knives in section 21510 of the Criminal Code. This exception specifically applies to pocket knives that can be opened with one hand by pressing the handle with the thumb, provided that the knife “has a lock or other mechanism that resists or holds the blade from opening.” Please note that depending on the type of knife in question, it may also violate the law under The Penal Code 21110 PC, California`s Ballistic Knife Act. Hi Scott; Good question! I am not a lawyer and I suspect that only official legal advice in California could help you. That said, I guess the authorities would probably side with the house rules to create a level playing field where no one can have a gun. Of course, you and I know that the bad guys will always carry a gun, so I feel your pain! Many knife laws are applied in a legal field with some interpretation and subjectivity, so there is no really precise way to answer your question – sorry brother.