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    knife carry laws

    Is there a limit to how many knives can be carried by any one person? For example i have a shoulder holster that carries three 5 1/2 inch throwing knives as well as i carry a custom made kukhri fighting knife and a boot knife. My kukhri is the only one that is over 3 1/2 inches long. "8 inch long blade"

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    I have never seen such a limit, but you might want to look here:

    KNIFE LAWS of the 50 STATES - Introduction and LINKS

    Handgunlaw.us

    http://www.akti.org/legislation/finding-knife-laws

    A careful read of the Arkansas Statutes should yield an answer.

    A Google search as in "knife laws USA" will provide a lot of reading opportunities. Of course, you have to live with the results, so read carefully!

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    Thanks I'll look into it

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    The info from the provided link doesn't look favorable in Arkansas.

    In MD, you can carry a folding knife of just about any size, but a non-folder can't be concealed.

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    As long as the knives & carry method all pass legal scrutiny, I've never heard of a limit on the number. But it might be hard (in the eyes of a jury) to justify being geared-up in public like a circus performer if you ever had to use one for SD.

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    In MD...but a non-folder can't be concealed.
    Even with a Concealed Weapon Permit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker
    ... Even with a Concealed Weapon Permit?
    All I found so far for MD re carrying:

    4-203. Wearing, carrying, or transporting handgun.
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    (b) Exceptions.- This section does not prohibit:
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    (2) the wearing, carrying, or transporting of a handgun by a person to whom a permit to wear, carry, or transport the handgun has been issued under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Public Safety Article;

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    and about knives:

    Dangerous weapon under MD Criminal Article CR 4-101 a 5i

    4-101. Dangerous weapons.

    (5) (i) "Weapon" includes a dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife, sandclub, metal knuckles, razor, and nunchaku.

    (ii) "Weapon" does not include:

    1. a handgun; or

    2. a penknife without a switchblade.

    (b) Exceptions for certain individuals.- This section does not prohibit the following individuals from carrying a weapon:

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    (3) a holder of a permit to carry a handgun issued under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Public Safety Article; or
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    In Kentucky, if you don't have a nice, big ol' knife on you somewhere, we'll give you one!
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    Just my two cents: In Arkansas IFF you do not carry the knife/knives as a weapon you MAY legally carry anything with a blade at or under 3.5".

    Arkansas - 5-73-121. (a) A person who carries a knife as a weapon, except when upon a journey or upon his own premises, shall be punished as provided by section 5-73-123(b).

    (b) If a person carries a knife with a blade 3-1/2 inches long or longer, this fact shall be prima facie proof that the knife is carried as a weapon.

    Bernard Levine - Knife Expertise: Knife ID, Knife Laws, Knife Values
    Note a blade longer than 3.5" is deemed to be carried as a weapon thus you are in big do do.

    5-73-120,121; travelling exception; sec. 120 bans carry of anything with intent to use as a weapon. A three-justice dissent in Garcia v State 969 S.W.2d 591 (1998) makes a good argument against the constitutionality of the 3.5" limit, with a good U.S. Supreme Court quote toward the end of the dissent. Sec. 120 was enacted after 121, and they overlap; 121 probably should have been repealed, and 121 is probably unconstitutional. Also, Nesdahl v State 890 S.W.2d 596 (1995) and Smith v State 411 S.W.2d 510 (1967).
    While one may argue the Constitutionality of a law all day long, unless you want to go to Court, I'd quit carry of anything over 3.5".
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    Re: knife carry laws

    Arkansas repealed knife blade restrictions, you can buy one as big as you want.

    That said it is illegal to carry a knife in Arkansas for defensive purposes.

    My Spiderco I carry is for peeling apples.

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    Arkansas repealed knife blade restrictions, you can buy one as big as you want.
    You mean this is repealed? Do you have a cite for the repeal?


    5-73-123:

    (b) If a person carries a knife with a blade 3-1/2 inches long or longer, this fact shall be prima facie proof that the knife is carried as a weapon.
    I guess you can carry as big a knife as you want (i.e. restrictions have been repealed), but it is assumed it is carried as a weapon and thus a criminal act. Do I misunderstand?

    I can buy many types of knives in many places that are illegal to carry. What can be bought means nothing.

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    Re: knife carry laws

    5-73-121 was the section that dealt with blade size and also things like butterfly knives - it was repealed.
    5-73-120 remains in effect.

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    knife carry laws

    I looked at the Texas laws and its says switchblades and spring blades are prohibited but I didn't see any further clarification of what they mean by those terms. Would a regular pocket knife with assisted spring open fall in this category, or even a knife with push button open like in the link below?

    http://www.bladehq.com/item--Dalton-...Automatic--977

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    ???? I got an email saying people replied but now I see nothing?

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