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Are there any good resources out there for knife laws? I'm looking at buying a butterfly knife which from what I've found is legal in TN. I would like to find the laws for other states so that should I travel them, I would or would not be legal. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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22 minutes ago, icruz said:

I never even think of knife laws.  Thanks for the link. 

You're welcome. 


Looking back at my emails Kinfe Rights presence here at TGO was back in 2013. 

At least my emails to the State Reps were in 2013.

Time flies!🤯

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You ask about other states.  I can share what I know about Florida and butterfly knives.  In Florida a butterfly knife is not considered a "common pocketknife."  That means it is illegal to conceal a butterfly knife in Florida without a concealed carry weapons permit.  Even with the CCW license, the State of Florida does not have preemption over municipalities with regard to knives as they do with firearms.  That means a local city or county can pass their own ordinance, unlike the case with firearms for which the State of Florida maintains all rule making authority.

I have no idea how the pending legislation which is about to become law regarding permit-less concealed carry may affect this area of the law.  Will being able to soon carry a handgun without a permit in Florida translate into being able to also carry a concealed knife that previously required a permit?  I read of a lot of problems with the wording of the legislation.  Time will tell.

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I just got home and read @billyblazes post.

I carried on a Florida weapons permit for several years until I claimed TN residency in late 2006. (Traveling RN etc. lived in South MS and worked primarily out of New Orleans...it was unnecessarily more complicated than it should have been...).

I haven't read the Florida bill (HB 543) but received an email from Knife Rights a couple of days ago.

I'll link what I read on their website below.

Hopefully the Bill is on the up & up and Gov. DeSantis signs it as promised.



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