California Folding Knife laws

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California Overview

California is a Pacific region state with over 39.6 million residents and the state capital is Sacramento.

California as moderated restrictions on different knives and it as updated knife laws compared to any other states in the US.

California Knife laws speak about the legal, illegal and gray zone knives in Urban and different regions unlike other laws in the US.

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California Folding Knife laws

California Knife Laws state that the Folding knives fall under the legal zone unless the opening of the knives is not assisted.

Example of knives which needs assistance in the opening: Gravity Knives, Switchblade, Butterfly knives, balisong knives or any other automatic knives.

What do exactly laws define these switchblades and automatic knives as?

Switchblades or automatic knives are defined as knives which as the similar appearance that of the Pocket knives with the blade length of two or more inches which include the snap or spring blade knives, gravity knives or any other similar type, which opens up automatically with a button or with pressure of the fingers, with the flip of the wrist or with the weight of the
blade or the any other mechanism and techniques.

Any of the above-mentioned components must be true in order to consider the knife as the switchblades.

If a folding knife falls under the switchblades then it as more restrictions.

If the knife faces the restriction while opening or it must be opened manually then it is not considered as the switchblades and it is still legal under California folding knife laws.

California Restricted folding knifes

People do ask if the knife length is below 2 inch is it legal ?

Yes, It is legal and it not considered as the switchblades, Even it as all the components mentioned above including the mechanical switches.

California Folding Knife Length

There are different restriction on different lengths of blade in different areas:

  • 2 inches or longer blade, fold or unfold knives are restricted.
  • Knife longer than 2.5 inches are prohibited in school and college zones.

Law sates some area in California like Los Angeles restricts knives only of length 3 inches and more

Conclusion on California Folding Knife laws

As stated Previously, California has the best updated knife laws and it do restricts based on the length and the place your in.

It is a best practice to check if your knife falls under legal zone before caring it on public or before buying it.

California Knife Laws

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