Open knife carry

Discussion in 'Florida Gun Forum' started by CJx, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. CJx

    CJx New Member

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    Does anyone open carry a fixed blade knife longer than 4 inches? Florida state statue does not prohibit the open carrying of a knife, nor make any restrictions on blade length. I would like to open carry a knife, and would like to know if anyone else OCs a knife in Florida and if they have any problems with it.
     
  2. 304inc

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    No, not longer than 4" but I carry a pro tech assisted on my belt, not a fan of the front pocket clip, just don't wanna risk losing a $300 knife, holds much better clipped behind the belt.
     

  3. Jagermeister

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    In Germany, only hunters can carry knives longer then 3.75 inches. I carry long hunting daggers. I am allowed to go to public places before and after hunting. I know this does not help, but at least you can see how other countries deal with such laws.
     
  4. trip286

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    I did for a bit as a civilian. But, it kept getting in the way, and I thought to myself, "Do I use this pig sticker in any way that a cheap $10-$15 knife from walmart wouldn't suffice?" The answer to that question was a loud and resounding "NO."

    And so, I stopped. And never had any trouble with it when I did carry it, even though I'm pretty sure it was restricted throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas where I was traveling.

    I just recently acquired a Kershaw Crown. Their chinese made offering. I found it for 7 bucks. Very good quality considering the origin.
     
  5. GTX63

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    I'm sure I've seen plenty of people wearing a fixed blade around their hip inside a sheath and I can't remember ever giving it a second thought.
     
  6. trip286

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    That is actually EXTREMELY similar to quite a few state's laws in the US. I think the vast majority of states here with a sizable rural population have a similar exception, if there are restrictions on the books.
     
  7. spack762

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    Im not in Florida, but I have carried a 9 inch Bowie and a 7 inch as well. Only problem I had was when getting in the car and it jab me in the rids. hurt. It was like most people just ignored it. I did meet one guy from Australia, he couldn't believe I was allowed to have a knife that big at all.
     
  8. 304inc

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    That's one difference between Australia and the USA,, he's surprised your "allowed" to carry.Its that mindset that got the country disarmed.
     
  9. DeltaF

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    According to Florida case law any common pocket knife under 4 inches and any normal cutting tool such as a box cutter can be carried concealed. Any knife over 4 inches, or any knife considered to be more than a common pocket knife can be open carried but it cannot be concealed.

    The only knife expressly illegal in Florida is a ballistic (self opening) knife.

    Your CCL does not cover pocket knives.

    From my personal experience, there are quite a few law enforcement officers in different areas of Florida that are very keen on enforcing their obscure statutes that don't apply to the rest of the country. (Including on innocent couples on their honeymoon. And this is based on multiple encounters with multiple deputies and basically being chased out of Okaloosa County over a crack in my wife's windshield and just married chalk.)
     
  10. nitestalker

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    I have always found it strange that in most states a CC permit allows a powerful multi-shot firearm. However you are prohibited from carrying concealed pocket knives of specified types??
    Arizona's concealed carry laws also allows and covers carrying knives. Now that is a sensible law.:)
     
  11. trip286

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    I have been told that Mississippi is the same way. I don't know for sure though, haven't checked it myself.
     
  12. DeltaF

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    Yeah Mississippi has some pretty convoluted restrictive concealed knife laws. Be glad you live in Louisiana. Only knife laws there involve "switchblades". And that only applies to fully automatic knives.
     
  13. trip286

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    People seem to think a Balisong is illegal though. Amazing.

    I know there used to be laws regarding dirks and daggers, but my cop buddy (head code enforcement officer, so he has a better grasp on state and local statutes than most other cops) said the exact same thing you just did. I believe his exact words were, "if you use a button or lever, it's a no-go. Spring ASSISTED is fine as long as you actually have to manipulate the blade."
     
  14. manta

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    Are you not allowed to carry them concealed. Why would you want to open carry a knife. Don't take this the wrong way it would not be allowed here unless you needed it for work or hunting. If you walked down the street with one you would be arrested. but if I did most people would think I had lost the plot after they stopped laughing. Must be different in America.

     
  15. trip286

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    We've... been... telling.... you....this.....

    I still can't imagine why you insist so often that we have to be just like you guys. We kicked y'all's butts out once already.
     
  16. 304inc

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    Bwahaaaaa! Easy Trip,, our friends over the water woke up AFTER being disarmed. I think many wished they had fought for their rights in hindsight. Just contrasts our mentality I guess........
     
  17. manta

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    I am not saying that that you must be like us guys. Just seems strange why someone would want to open carry a knife. I say it must be an American thing because no one I know has any desire to carry a knife and feels safe walking down the street unarmed. Is crime or fear of crime that bad in America.

    Means nothing to me I wasn't around then were you. Anyway there were plenty from here that helped helped you kick buts as well as the French and Mel Gibson . :) Maybe you need a few history lessons I will try and help.



     
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  18. 304inc

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    Good thing we're not purists Many Americans are mudbloods, like myself. Irish, Scandinavian, Lokota Sioux. With all that guess what I am?
    AMERICAN!
     
  19. trip286

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    Well aren't you just the smart one. For your info, I already know history pretty well, especially my own personal history. Father's side were Anglo Saxon invaders of the British isles, mother's side is Welsh, unknown how far back they go or where they mat have come from before that.

    Why are you always trying to compare America to England and trying to make it sounds like this is such a terrible place? Aren't you the one who said that your police would be gunned down with automatic weapons if they were identified as police? Yet you take our culture to been that we must be such an overly violent people that we're all paranoid and afraid of being caught in an act of violence everytime we step outside?
     
  20. 1911love

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    I was told my Florida CWP covers knives, including autos. I don't see why it wouldn't.