Do I need to carry a CCP to carry a knife?
Does carrying something like a utility/pocket/folding knife count as a "concealed weapon" and would I need to carry a permit for it to have it on me? This is in Michigan. There seems to be a lot of gray area concerning knives.
Your best bet is if someone familiar with your states laws chimes in. I think in my state, as long as the blade isn't over a certain length it's all good without a permit.
Weapons laws, like he just said up there, vary state to state.
In GENERAL, a folding knife that has a blade less than 3 inches, does not have a spring opener, etc, is considered an ordinary tool. Don't try to take one into a courthouse or jail, though- and not on an airplane.
SOME states have their own quirks. Mass considers a double edged knife to be an "assault knife". A butterfly (balisong) knife in Vegas is a felony. Virginia considers a non-folding knife to be a "dirk".
A Swiss Army knife or Boy Scout sized knife is not likely to be a legal problem, but we are not likely to be lawyers, either. (Well, we think there ARE one or two around here, but they keep a low profile :))
DO check with your local authorities.
This is about all I've been able to dig up and I've been searching for hours.
Michigan -750.226... Carrying with unlawful intent
Any person who, with intent to use the same unlawfully
against the person of another, goes armed with a pistol
or other firearm or dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, or
knife having a blade over 3 inches in length, or any
other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, shall
be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in
the state prison for not more than 5 years or by a fine
of not more than 2,500 dollars.
- 750.226a. Pocket knife opened by mechanical device...
Any person who shall sell or offer to sell, or
any person who shall have in his possession any knife
having the appearance of a pocket knife, the blade or
blades of which can be opened by a flick of a button,
pressure on a handle or other mechanical contrivance shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor... [Also, concealed carry may
be charged as a felony under 750.227.] The provisions of
this section [750.226a] shall not apply to any one-armed
person carrying a knife on his person in connection with
his living requirements.
- 750.227. (1) A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk,
stiletto, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of
any length, or any dangerous weapon, except a hunting
knife adapted and carried as such, concealed on or about
his or her person, or whether concealed or otherwise in
any vehicle... except in his or her dwelling house [or]
place of business... (3) A person who violates this
section is guilty of a felony...
Its incredibly vague. basically I've interpreted it to say, that as long as I don't have any criminal intent to inflict bodily harm on anyone with the "weapon", I can carry any size blade I want, but its up to the LEO to determine what my intent was, and its my word against his :(, unless of course the blade is for hunting, in which case I'd have to prove the I was in fact, hunting, or heading to or from my hunting location.
But yes, I will talk to the one of the local authorities as well and try to get some detail.
Sounds to me like I would carry a normal pocket knife with a blade less then 3 inches.
Hint, there are some tactical folders in that size.
Hey, dull knives make great screw drivers.
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