http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/15C29.txt, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrlzBj2lIJg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swRO_0WQNNQ, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Wikimedia Commons, user Jerryk50. Automatic knives (also known as switchblades) and assisted opening knives are often confused with one another because they tend to look the same to the untrained eye. If it is a pushbutton automatic knife, it falls under the switchblade category and is illegal. The Border Force solicitors have confirmed that they have changed their guidance with respect to such items. enquiries@brudenellchambers.com Contact me for further advice. - Savvas Toufexis, RFD and Section 5 dealer, Nick Doherty is knowledgeable, professional and above all a shooting man himself - Michael West, East Sussex, Miracles can and do happen, Nick Doherty is one such barrister. A gravity knife, as the name suggests, uses gravity to drop the blade from its handle. The law prohibits the transportation, possession, sale and distribution of switchblade knives. As can be seen, the use of a button on the blade of the knife is not controlled. - Ivan H, International Shooting Coach, Nick Doherty has been the ‘go to’ lawyer for firearms cases for over thirty years - Richard Law, Secretary, Shooters' Rights Association, l found his knowledge of Firearms law to be superb, and the way he handled my case faultless - Carl Roberts, North Wales, I have always been impressed with Nick's knowledge and understanding of firearms and the law. - West Midlands certificate holder, A true professional with an human heart One example is that if a person is trapped inside a car then the spring assisted, (utility knife), can be used to cut off seat belts etc. ). A recent change of policy at Border Force had caused a number of shipments of spring assisted knives to be seized. As can be seen, the use of a button on the blade of the knife is not controlled. The lady kindly told me spring assisted was legal and show be the difference between switch blade and a spring assisted knife. 020 8144 2212, Probably the most knowledgeable specialist firearms Barrister in the country - The late Mike Wells, Secretary Sportsman's Association, I am so impressed with your expertise in this field, it is beyond me, words can't explain how grateful I am. I have been told however that it was changed and it is now illegal to ship them across state lines but each state can decide whether to sell them. Switchblades are defined as any knife “having a blade which opens automatically -- (1) by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of the knife, or (2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both.”. Ballistic knives, which uses a spring mechanism to shoot a knife out like a missile, are illegal to own under state and federal laws. Razors and boxcutters are allowed as long as their blades are not “exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, [or] spring mechanism.”, It is legal to carry a dagger, as long as it has a "common lawful purpose.". As used in this section, "ordinary pocket knife" means a small knife, designed for carrying in a pocket or purse, that has its cutting edge and point entirely enclosed by its handle, 17. Alright guys, I may/ may not carry a S&W Extreme Ops spring-assisted lock-back knife. Spring loaded knives are illegal. They are useful tools and dangerous weapons. Both state and federal law prohibits owning a switchblade, also referred to as an automatic knife. Get in touch: It is illegal to import any knife that falls within that definition. Technically a spring assisted knife isn't automatic or considered a switchblade since there is no switch on the blade that engages the knife, a spring assisted knife requires the user the apply pressure and/or place his thumb on a notch or lever on the blade and push the blade itself about 30% out of grip. The current restriction on ‘flick knives’ in the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 prohibits knives as follows: (a) any knife which has a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife, sometimes known as a “flick knife” or “flick gun”; or, (b )any knife which has a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force and which, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever, or other device, sometimes known as a “gravity knife”. To the OP, you may not consider it concealed carry when you think it's visible in your back pocket but that could be very much open to officer interpretation. Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com. Gravity knives, also known as paratrooper knives, are illegal under the Federal Switchblade Act. We use data about you for a number of purposes explained in the links below. The heart of this opening system is the torsion bar in the handle of the knife. A recent change of policy at Border Force had caused a number of shipments of spring assisted knives to be seized. In the last two years I have represented a number of law abiding importers who import ‘spring assisted knives’. Discussion in 'Knives and Gear' started by Chris B, Feb 22, 2012. Here’s a breakdown of what types of knives can and cannot be carried in Pennsylvania: Assisted opening knives, also know as one-handed knives, are allowed to be carried in Pennsylvania as they do not use a spring or mechanism to open them. In Pennsylvania, the criminal code stipulates that people are prohibited from owning any “dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument” thats blade is “exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, [or] spring mechanism.”. Torsion bar assisted-opening knives (folding knife, speed-safe knife, spring-assisted knife) – Folding knives that use an internal “torsion bar” to assist in opening them with one hand. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Big, humongous, gigantic difference between an automatic opening knife and what you have above. Assisted opening and automatic opening knives are legal in NC . - John Corney, Dorset, Nick is a fantastic Firearms lawyer and a superb trial advocate. I don't see where my knife is a "projectile" knife, as Nothing is projected, but I can't find the legal definition of projectile. Ballistic knife. They are not legal to anyone that I know of anywhere. The knife is legal if there is some manipulation of the blade required to open the knife. The misuse of this knife may nonetheless be punishable under other laws. Millions of Americans carry knives every day. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of data and cookies. If you have one arm and it is 3" or less..... Would it be considered concealed if you can see the knife but don't know what it is? Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Ballistic knives, which uses a spring mechanism to shoot a knife out like a missile, are illegal to own under state and federal laws. Spring assisted knives are often considered utility knives or life savers instead of life takers as firemen, ambulance drivers, fishermen, and one armed people use them for the utility purpose.