The law when it comes to carrying knives can be very unclear, because there are many types of knives and differing laws attached to them. You may have a good reason to be carrying a knife in your possession — perhaps you go hunting or fishing regularly. You may also carry a knife for your convenience at work, especially when you work in a physically active role that requires a knife to cut boxes or rope.
While there are many good reasons to carry a knife, it can be problematic because certain knives are not legal to carry unless these individuals have specific licenses.
What knives are legal to carry in New York State?
In New York State, it is legal to carry a hunting knife in your possession, as well as a dirk or dagger, and a stiletto. New York State, in contrast to New York City, does not have a specific restriction on the length of knife blades. In New York City, the length of any blade is restricted to fewer than four inches.
What knives are illegal to carry in New York State?
There are many types of knives that cannot legally be owned in New York State, but it can be quite confusing to determine what category your knife might fit into, and also whether you have the correct licenses.
One of the most problematic types of knives are gravity knives. These are the blades that flip out with a flick of the wrist. These knives have many practical uses, and many people like to use them for every day tasks such as opening boxes. They are also used for hunting of fishing. In New York State, they are only legal when the owner has a valid hunting or fishing license.
It is also illegal to own any knife that has a primary use as a weapon, including throwing stars, cane swords, metal knuckle knives and plum ballistic knives.
If you have been found with an illegal knife in your possession, it is important to take action as soon as possible. The law can be contradictory at times and there are many strong defenses.