As of April 12, 2021: Alphabetical listing of states where civilian possession of switchblade/automatic knives are legal with any limitations noted.

* = Concealed Carry also legal

States where Knife Rights has enacted Knife Law Preemption are in Bold with Date

States where Knife Rights has enacted Repeal of a Switchblade Ban are Italics with Date

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Alaska* 2013

Arizona* 2010 (First Knife Law Preemption bill in nation)


California* (under 2 inches)

Colorado* 2017 (concealed under 3.5 inches for all knives)

Connecticut* (with valid hunting or fishing license OR 1.5 inches and under)

Delaware* (possession requires CCW)

Florida * (concealed with CCW)

Georgia* 2012 (12-inch carry limit on all knives (2017)

Idaho* (vague limitations on concealed carry, but definitely okay with CCW)

Illinois* 2017 (requires FOID card)

Indiana* 2013

Iowa* (concealed with CCW)

Kansas* 2013


Louisiana 2018

Maine 2015

Massachusetts* (1.5 inches or less)


Michigan* 2017

Minnesota (for “collectors” and/or as “curios or antiques”)


Missouri 2012

Montana 2019


Nevada 2015

New Hampshire* 2010 Autos (First Switchblade Ban Repeal in nation), 2011 Preemption

New Jersey (for “lawful purpose” including specifically “hunting,” but no sales)

New York (with valid hunting, fishing or trapping license, but no sales – NOTE: Gravity Knives and Balisongs LEGAL)

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio*  2021 (Concealed Carry and Repealed ban on manufacturing and sale)

Oklahoma* 2015 (Repeal was of the carry ban, possession was already legal) & Preemption

Oregon* (concealed with CCW)

Rhode Island* (concealed must be 3-inches or less)

South Carolina*

South Dakota*

Tennessee* 2013 Preemption 2014 Autos

Texas* (concealed with CCW) 2013 Autos, 2015 Preemption, 2017 “Illegal Knives” removed from statute incl. 5.5-inch length carry limit  (“Location Restricted” knives over 5.5-inches remain banned in certain limited locations),

Utah* 2011 (concealed with CCW)

Vermont* (under 3 inches)

West Virginia 2020

Wisconsin* 2016

Wyoming  (existing preemption via State Constitution)

44 States allow possession to one degree or another

34 States with no restrictions on possession or everyday/open carry

29 States allow concealed carry

17 Switchblade Ban or Restriction Repeals by Knife Rights since 2010: Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin

12 Knife Law Preemption Bills by Knife Rights since 2010: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin

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