Carry Laws?

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by knockout, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. knockout

    knockout Guest

    I have a question about what constitutes a concealed knife. I live in Colorado. As I understand the law, as long as I have a blade less than 3.5 inches I can carry it concealed (other than automatic knives, etc.).

    My question is about the word concealed. Does clipping a knife such as a CRKT M-16 to your pocket such that the top of the knife and clip show mean you are concealing the knife?

    If it is not considered concealed, can you then carry a 4 inch bladed knife that waysince it is not concealed?

    GUNGIRL Guest

    concealed is anything that is hidden or see below

    A person commits a class 2 misdemeanor if such person knowingly and unlawfully:
    (a) Carries a knife concealed on or about his or her person

    Colorado - Criminal Code Section 18-12-101. Definitions...
    (e) "Gravity knife" means any knife that has a blade
    released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of
    gravity or the application of centrifugal force, that when
    released is locked into place by means of a button,
    spring, lever, or other device... (f) "Knife" means any
    dagger, dirk, knife, or stiletto with a blade over 3-1/2
    inches in length, or any other dangerous instrument
    capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing
    wounds, but does not include a hunting or fishing knife
    carried for sports use. The issue that a knife is a
    hunting or fishing knife must be raised as an affirmative
    defense. (j) "Switchblade knife" means any knife, the
    blade of which opens automatically by hand pressure
    applied to a button, spring, or other device in its
    handle... (a.3) "Ballistic knife" means any knife that has
    a blade which is forcefully projected from the handle by
    means of a spring-loaded device or explosive charge.
    - 18-12-102. Possessing a dangerous or illegal weapon... (1)
    As used in this section the term "illegal weapon"
    [includes]... gravity knife, or switchblade knife... {or
    ballistic knife}. (3) A person who knowingly possesses a
    dangerous weapon commits a class 5 felony.
    - 18-12-105. Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon -
    unlawful possession of weapons. (1) A person commits a
    class 2 misdemeanor if he knowingly and unlawfully:
    (a) Carries a knife concealed on or about his person...
    (2)... affirmative defense... (a) A person in his own
    dwelling or place of business... (b) A person in a private
    automobile... (c) [written permit] (d) A peace officer...

    Colorado Case Law:
    "The definition of 'knife' in subsection (1)(f) of this
    section is sufficiently specific to give fair warning of
    the proscribed conduct and is therefore constitutional..."