I sugest you contact the Wisconsin DOJ for the correct answer.
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This is a discussion on Conceal Carry of a large Fixed blade knife in WI within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I know in WI we are allowed to carry knives concealed but I was wondering would it be illegal to pull this knife out and ...
I know in WI we are allowed to carry knives concealed but I was wondering would it be illegal to pull this knife out and use it to cut rope or something similar? Is that the same as brandishing a deadly weapon? I have a knife with a 10 inch overall length and 4.75 inch blade which I thought about carrying around sometimes. Could I use this knife in public at all?
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You'd have to research the specifics of your state laws on knives. Also, in many states cities can have their own specific knife laws. While states may have preemption laws for guns, knives are usually not covered by them.
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From the WI DOJ site FAQs...
"What type of weapons can I carry with a CCW license?
The license is for a ―weapon,‖ which is defined as a handgun, an electric weapon as defined in § 941.295(1c)(a), a knife other than a switchblade knife under § 941.24, or a billy club. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(1)(j).
A handgun does not include a machine gun, a short barreled rifle or a short barreled shotgun. Wis. Stat. 175.60(1)(bm)."
"941.24 Possession of switchblade knife.
(1) Whoever manufactures, sells or offers to sell, transports, purchases, possesses or goes armed with any knife having a blade which opens by pressing a button, spring or other device in the handle or by gravity or by a thrust or movement is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(2) Within 30 days after April 16, 1959, such knives shall be surrendered to any peace officer. "
So, I would think you'd be OK.
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Did you buy it in Wisconsin? If so, I'd assume it is legal to own and use...
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If you're going to go to the trouble of concealing it, why bring it out for mundane tasks? That's kind of like using your EDC to shoot your way through your door lock every night after work. My suggestion would be leave it concealed and get yourself a Leatherman or some such tool for cutting rope. Nice looking knife, BTW.
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It's really not much bigger than a full-sized utility tool. Like my Leatherman Charge that I carry with me every day. I started carrying the original Leatherman 15 years ago and have moved on to a couple of better ones over the years. They have always been legal to carry as long as I carry them openly. Openly means not intentionally trying to hide it as well. Basically, if you are carrying it on your belt, and are wearing a coat because it is cold, then you are legal.
We have a maximum blade length law for concealed knives which is 3". A CC permit might not eliminate that requirement.
Just having it on your belt out in the open is legal if you do not have a permit. Granted, you don't want to carry something big enough to be considered something other than a knife. Say something big enough to be considered a machete or a sword. There are laws against that.
Trust me, if you openly carry it, no one will really notice it. No one really says much about my carrying a Leatherman around beause they just don't see it. It's basically invisible until you use it, and your attitude while using it and how you respond to any potential stupid comments determines on whether they continue to even think about it.
I carry mine around a bunch of teachers (I work for the local school district), so you should understand that I have gotten some inane comments. I just tell them it's easier than having a belt loaded with tools, and if I can carry around tools I can carry around my multi-tool. It's the person behind the tool that makes it safe, or dangerous, to be around after all.
Complaints have been made by a few, and yet I still carry one around when there is a general ban for most staff and all students to have a bladed item on them. As a support staff person who does repair work, I get to have certain exceptions made so I can do my work. Don't call attention to yourself, and you don't have to worry about idiotic beauracratic rules that have no factual basis for being made.
In TN max blade lenth allowed for carry on your person is 4".
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Milwaukee and many surrounding cities have bans on any knife with certain blade lengths, it varies by city so check with local law experts. Surprise surprise Madison and surrounding cities have similar laws. Outside of these areas there is no limit on blade length set by state statute. Check out handgunlaw.com with the link at the top of every forum, Gary has knife laws there as well.
Last edited by Doubledown; April 2nd, 2012 at 05:25 PM. Reason: Corrected handgunlaw.us
so if i have my 2.5 inch blade in my pocket walking around in public is that legal too do or do i have to have i openly carried
I have a 2 1/2" Schrade for work and 5" Gerber for SD.
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