Does a CW permit negate laws on blade length?

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    Does a CW permit negate laws on blade length?

    Just wondering, if you have a Concealed Weapons Permit, are you OK to carry a knife with a blade longer than the local law allows?

    Meaning, can you carry a knife with a 5" blade if the law limits folding knives to a 3 inch blade?

    Never paid any attention, and I generally carry my Spyderco Endura and Delica based on my pants pockets, not the law for blade lengths...

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    In Florida, there isnt a blade legnth stipulation, anything but a folder is a weapon, and the permit is a concealed weapons permit, so, with a permit you are only limited by your ability to conceal.
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    In Delaware we have a CCDW Permit. (Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon) You can carry about anything you can conceal with the exception of machine guns.
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    What does your state law say about it? There is no overarching law (i.e. Federal)...it's up to the laws of your state. Good start with handgunlaw.us
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    Yup, depends on the statute wording. I would also ask the AG or local police. In MO, the law reads a CCW would let one carry a fixed blade, but the AG is "choosing" to interpret it as only a firearms permit.

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    Not in TN, its 4" even for armed security. LE may be different.
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    It's based on your state. In AL, our permit only applies to handguns and doesn't effect any other types of weapons.
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    I think it does in KY, their's is a weapon permit, I was told you can even carry black jacks and brass knucks.
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    Don't foget saps or "gloves" where your statutes allow.

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    In Colorado -- absolutely not.

    My CCW clearly states "CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT"

    way back the CO CCW's covered knives also, but those days are long gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    In Delaware we have a CCDW Permit. (Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon) You can carry about anything you can conceal with the exception of machine guns.
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    KY allows for pretty much anything once you have the CCDW.
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    Hopefully, this summer I will renew my collapsable baton permit. Waiting for the trainer to schedule the classs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nedrgr21 View Post
    Yup, depends on the statute wording. I would also ask the AG or local police. In MO, the law reads a CCW would let one carry a fixed blade, but the AG is "choosing" to interpret it as only a firearms permit.
    Exactly right... I just recently had discussions with the Mo. Attorney General's Office who would not give a definitive answer, and suggested I contact my local State Representative and have him make a formal request for info to the A/G's office...an obvious stalling tactic. But Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and the "Knife Rights Group" did answer my questions. They said basically the same thing. Missouri's CCW is a weapons permit, but the Attorney General will not acknowledge this and interprets the wording of the law to mean for "firearms only." Their office will prosecute anyone carrying a knife with a blade "over" 4 inches in length, whether you have a permit or not, and the local law enforcement agencies will arrest you if they catch you with one, until the statute is amended to specifically cover knives with blades larger than 4 inches. The exception to the rule is if you're out fishing, camping, hunting, etc. then you may carry a larger hunting knife. I got this straight from their mouths over the phone last week. This will not change until the CCW permit statute is amended so that the A/G's Office can't decide to interpret it however they like.
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    Michigan changed their CCW to a CPL. CPL is Concealed Pistol License. So I would think that at least in Michigan the length of a blade still falls under the laws for such things.
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