Butterfly Knives

The butterfly knife, or the Balisong, is a folding pocket knife that is illegal in many places. It is looked at as a weapon by some, but is mainly used for showy purposes.

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Are butterfly knives illegal in Utah?

no

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Are butterfly knives legal in Louisiana?

Butterfly knives are ILLEGAL in Louisiana per State Code R.S. 14:95. That means you cannot carry one or even own one!

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What are quality butterfly knife brands?

1.Benchmade model 42 with a spring latch for 200$ 2.Benchmade morpho 32 with a spring latch for 180$ 3.Or any Bear or Jaguar knives

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Are butterfly knives legal in Missouri?

Yes but the blade must be under 4" if any longer than that it is a violation of MO law to carry if it is over 4" it is illegal to carry but you can keep it at home. You can also go around the law by getting a balisong trainer--a balisong without the blade. It is legal almost everywhere. You can even get a model that is a bottle opener.

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Are butterfly knives legal to own in Illinois?

they are legal but its illegal to carry or show it on public

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Is it legal to carry a knife?

yes

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Are butterfly knives legal in Washington airports?

Yes they are legal you can take them with you in your baggage without getting stoped.

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What would happen if you spray paint your butterfly knife?

If you just spray bombed it, you'd get paint into the pins and it would render the knife inoperable. If you disassembled it, sprayed the handles, and removed any paint from the holes for the pins, then you could still have a functioning knife.

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Are butterfly knives illegal in Wisconsin?

yes

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Are butterfly knives legal in Maryland?

Yes, they are. Maryland is rather unusual in this regard considering the laws of most other states.

In Maryland, the laws governing knives are under the Criminal Code, specifically statutes §4-101 and §4-105.

§4-105 restricts the sale of "switchblades" but defines such knives as "having a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife." This wording does not apply to a butterfly knife because it's mechanism does not work in this manner. Further, it only affects sale, not purchase, ownership or carry.

The more important statute, §4-101, makes it illegal to carry any "dangerous weapon" concealed or "openly with the intent or purpose of injuring an individual in an unlawful manner." However, the law specifically exempts "penknives" from any restrictions under this statute. While the term "penknife" is not defined, a famous case made a binding ruling on the definition: In 1978, Mackall v. State, the highest court in Maryland ruled that

"Penknives today are commonly considered to encompass any knife with the blade folding into the handle, some very large."

Butterfly knives fold into their handles just as regular pocket knives do and do not operate like switchblades, and therefore fall within the definition of a penknife. This makes them legal to sell, buy, own, and carry concealed or openly. The Mackall ruling is rock solid and has been upheld at least 5 times over the past few decades. It was even once used to convict a police officer for falsely arresting a person because that officer ignorantly believed a knife was illegal when it was not.

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Are butterfly knives illegal in mn?

They are referred to as "gravity knives" and are prohibited.

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Are butterfly knives legal in Washington?

No they are still illegal in Washington

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Are butterfly knives legal in New Jersey?

That's sort of a gray area. The answer, I believe, is that they are legal to buy and own but not legal to conceal and carry. One handed opening knives like tactical folders, that open via the use of a thumb stud or thumb hole with a blade that is less than 5" are perfectly legal to own and carry in NJ. However knives that open via a switch or button such as spring assisted folders or switchblades are totally illegal in NJ.

It is possible to buy butterfly knives in Army Navy surplus stores in NJ but such stores do not sell switchblades, so I am assuming it is legal to buy butterfly knives in NJ, otherwise I don't think these stores would risk selling them.

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Are butterfly knives legal in Wyoming?

In WY they are legal to own or possess.

HOWEVER - they may not be carried in a concealed manner (e.g.: in your pocket).

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Are butterfly knives illegal in California?

Butterfly or Balisong, or gravity knives are illegal to sell, buy, mail, possess, carry, unless you are active duty military or law enforcement officer.

detailed analysis of CA knife carry laws is in the attached link.
yes

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Are butterfly knives illegal in Indiana?

Yes

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Are butterfly knives legal in PA?

yes butterfly knives are legal in pa although some officers genuinely believe they are not. If an officer asks you to hand it over tell him they are legal but still hand it over do not be stupid and keep it because he will write you a citation all though useless in court may entitle you to community service

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Are butterfly knives illegal in Texas?

Switchblade knives (including butterfly knives, or balisongs) are LEGAL in Texas as of September 1, 2013. House Bill 1862, which was passed during the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Perry, struck the previous ban on switchblades (Texas Penal Code Section 46.05[a][5]) from the law.

As of September 1, 2015, Texas state law (Texas Local Government Code Section 229.001) also preempts municipalities and counties from creating or enforcing knife ordinances that are more restrictive than state law. House Bill 905, which was passed during the regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, added knives to the list of weapons (a list that already included firearms, air guns, and explosives) that municipalities and counties cannot regulate. With the exception of federal properties, switchblades are now legal throughout Texas.

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Why are butterfly knives illegal in Mississippi?

They aren't, unless you're intoxicated...

Butterfly knives, also commonly known as balisongs, are classified as "gravity knives" rather than "switchblades", and therefore are not made illegal by the same laws and regulations. However, they are considered a deadly weapon in some cases, as they can be deployed using one hand very quickly and are easy to conceal. In some parts of the world they are most definatley illegal, as is the manufacture, sale, lending, or carry of these knives. Germany is a prime example, where any of these actions carries a stiff fine and up to 5 years in prison. In Hong Kong, it is illegal to possess one with a blade of two inches or more, but miniature versions are a popular tourist item. (good luck getting that into your carry-on). In the United States, state laws vary by locale, and how close to the buckle of the Bible belt you reside. In Mississippi, it is legal to own a butterfly knife, and legal to carry one provided it is not concealed and you are not intoxicated. But if you find yourself intoxicated in the state of Mississippi, the last thing you need to be doing is practicing your butterfly knife routine.

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Are butterfly knives illegal in Illinois?

They are legal to own, but illeagal to carry with you. You can get around the rule by using a trainer.

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Where are butterfly knives legal in the US?

No one here is going to research the laws of all 50 states to satisfy your curiosity. Incidentally, most state laws do not describe them as "butterfly" knives. They are usually covered under the classification of "gravity knives" and occasionally referred to as Balisongs.

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Are butterfly knives illegal in New Jersey?

New Jersey Knife Law:

Summary: General folders OK. Single-edged fixed blades may be.

Max length: Under 18 may not possess knife with 5" or longer blade, or 10" or longer overall. No other apparent limitation.

Specifically illegal: gravity knife, switchblade knife, dagger, dirk, stiletto, or ballistic knife "without any explainable lawful purpose" (i.e. an ill-defined exemption). Manufacturers and sellers are not exempt.

Relevant laws: 2C:39-3.e 2C:39-9.d 2C:39-9.1 (Statutes, search for "knife" or "knives")

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Are butterfly knives illegal in Arkansas?

butterfly knives are legal but they must be under 3.5 inches. Balisong trainers are legal however.

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Are butterfly knives legal in Canada?

You can own them you just cannot carry them on your person!

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Where can you buy a butterfly knife?

'Extremely Sharp" and "Cold Steel" have nice websites for online shopping.

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