State Ivory Ban Summary
UPDATED 01/01/2019: 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 (“restrictions” noted below) 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.
Note that in regards to bans or restrictions on fossil “Mammoth” ivory, both “tooth” and “tusk” are covered.
Trade in knives with Elephant ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA, OR, WA, HI and IL.
Trade in raw Elephant ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA, OR, WA, HI, NV, NH and IL.
Trade in knives with Walrus ivory or raw walrus ivory is illegal in IL.
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.
Trade in knives with fossil “Mammoth” ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA, HI and IL.
Trade in raw fossil “Mammoth” ivory is illegal in NY, NJ, CA, HI, NV and IL.
Trade in knives with Elephant, Walrus or Mammoth ivory is restricted in NV.
Trade in knives with Elephant ivory is restricted in NH.
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 may demand clear documentation that the ivory is mammoth ivory, especially if it is interior white fossil ivory.
The State Laws: