Ivory Ban Summary as of 05/30/2017
The following summary is in reference to “modern” knives. There are some antique exceptions for knives in excess of 100 years old for some of these bans. There are some other narrow exceptions to these bans. These exceptions can be reviewed at the “State Law” links provided below.
The following is not legal advice. Knife Rights cannot provide legal advice. You should consult an attorney for legal advice. Knife Rights does not claim or warrant that this is a complete listing of ivory bans in the U.S.
Trade in knives with Elephant ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA, OR, WA and HI.
Trade in raw Elephant ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA, OR, WA, HI and NV (effective January 1, 2018).
Trade in knives with Walrus ivory or fossil Walrus ivory is illegal in CA and HI.
Trade in raw Walrus ivory or fossil Walrus ivory is illegal in CA, HI and NV (effective January 1, 2018).
Trade in knives with fossil “Mammoth” ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA and HI. Note that both “tooth and tusk” are covered.
Trade in or raw fossil “Mammoth” ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA, HI and NV (effective January 1, 2018).
Trade in knives with Elephant, Walrus or Mammoth ivory is restricted in NV (January 1, 2018)
Trade across state lines in knives with Elephant ivory is illegal unless it meets the criteria outlined at: https://kniferights.org/legislative-update/federal-ivory-ban-rule-goes-into-effect-july-6-2016/
Trade across state lines in raw Elephant ivory is illegal.
International trade in Elephant ivory is illegal. International trade of mammoth ivory is legal, BUT, federal officials are aggressively enforcing ivory rules and will demand clear documentation that the ivory is mammoth ivory, especially if it is interior white fossil ivory.
The State Laws:
OR: http://oregonvotes.gov/voters-guide/english/votersguide.html#Text%20of%20Measure Click on Measures > Measure 100 > Text of Measure
NV: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/79th2017/Bill/5060/Text Effective January 1, 2018