Knife Carry in Florida

This is a discussion on Knife Carry in Florida within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hello all... I've asked several people over the past two months and got conflicting answers about carrying a knife in Florida. One of the responses ...

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 53
Like Tree3Likes

Thread: Knife Carry in Florida

  1. #1
    Member
    Array Cakewalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    292

    Knife Carry in Florida

    Hello all...

    I've asked several people over the past two months and got conflicting answers about carrying a knife in Florida. One of the responses I got was a simple pocket knife does not constitute a concealed weapon. Other times, I was told that any knife, no matter what the style or blade length, if carried concealed, requires a permit, and that although unlikely, you can be charged for unlawful concealed carry if you get caught by the wrong cop on the wrong day.

    In reading Chapter 790 of Florida's Statutes, here's all I can find:

    790.06 License to carry concealed weapon or firearm. -
    "(1)..........For the purposes of this section, concealed weapons or concealed firearms are defined as a handgun, electronic weapon or device, tear gas gun, knife, or billie, but the term does not include a machine gun as defined in s. 790.001"

    There are other areas where it discusses knives, even box cutters, but it refers to those having a license as described under 790.06 as being exempt from any prohibition. Still, it I can't find any verbiage that describes a knife in any greater detail when being carried concealed. This leads me to believe that even a pocket knife, when carried, well, in your pocket (duh...) is indeed a concealed weapon under Florida law.

    Am I missing something or is this really the case? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    1stanley likes this.

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Senior Moderator
    Array MattInFla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    4,857
    You're looking for F.S. 790.001 (13)

    (13) "Weapon" means any dirk, knife, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon except a firearm or a common pocketknife, plastic knife, or blunt-bladed table knife.
    A common pocketknife is not a weapon under Florida law.

    I'd recommend getting a copy of Florida Firearms by Jon Gutmacher. On pages 105 and 106, he discusses the Florida laws relevant to this issue in detail.

    Matt
    bigmacque likes this.
    Battle Plan (n) - a list of things that aren't going to happen if you are attacked.
    Blame it on Sixto - now that is a viable plan.

  4. #3
    Moderator
    Array RETSUPT99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    44,556
    Not a problem to carry a knife in FL...
    The last Blood Moon Tetrad for this millennium starts in April 2014 and ends in September 2015...according to NASA.

    ***********************************
    Certified Glock Armorer
    NRA Life Member[/B]

  5. #4
    Member
    Array Cakewalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    292
    Thanks guys. Guess I should have read the "definitions" section more. Although this does give me good info for those who told me I need a license to carry a knife.

  6. #5
    Senior Member Array Rustynuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    777
    Note it says common pocket knife there, not a tactical 8" folder! Any "serious" knife, I'd still get a CWL.

  7. #6
    VIP Member Array ELCruisr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Central FL
    Posts
    2,073
    From the lawyers I talked with it seems FL knife law is a bit of a gray area. A common pocket knife is legal but it does not, by law, define just what that is. A somewhat chancey definition is a folder under 4". However I believe there has been one conviction on a knife under 4" because it's "tactical" features meant it was no longer a common pocket knife but a weapon.

    Stay with a plain non tactical knife under 4" and you should be safe. They can do as much damage as a so called "tactical" model anyways.
    If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

  8. #7
    Member
    Array Cakewalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    292
    Quote Originally Posted by Rustynuts View Post
    Note it says common pocket knife there, not a tactical 8" folder! Any "serious" knife, I'd still get a CWL.
    CWL is on its way. I sent in the paperwork 2 weeks ago. Hopefully it won't take too long...

  9. #8
    Senior Member Array fernset's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Miami, Fl
    Posts
    526
    What the heck makes a knife "tactical"?

  10. #9
    Member Array FLSquirrelHunter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    FL, The "Stand Your Ground' State
    Posts
    383
    Quote Originally Posted by fernset View Post
    What the heck makes a knife "tactical"?
    Probably the same thing that makes a rifle an "assault weapon" : stupid politicians who think it's okay to carry a "plastic knife, or blunt-bladed table knife" but not a serrated edge table knife?

  11. #10
    BAC
    BAC is offline
    VIP Member Array BAC's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Posts
    2,292
    Quote Originally Posted by fernset View Post
    What the heck makes a knife "tactical"?
    If it has assisted-opening features, a fixed blade, is of a larger size than is reasonable for casual use, or other things like this. I wouldn't use the word "tactical" though. These are features that would make an otherwise common pocket knife a weapon, not "tactical".


    -B

  12. #11
    Senior Member Array Rustynuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    777
    Quote Originally Posted by fernset View Post
    What the heck makes a knife "tactical"?
    I would think stuff like a clip, finger hole or lug for easy one hand opening, part or full serrations, or if it's marketed with a bad sounding name like the annihilator, etc. Something like the knife pictured in the banner up top. May not look that tactical, but doesn't look like your ordinary pocket knife either.

  13. #12
    Member
    Array Cakewalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    292
    You know, a Leatherman can be a pretty nasty weapon...

  14. #13
    Member Array Puppy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    474
    Quote Originally Posted by ELCruisr View Post
    From the lawyers I talked with it seems FL knife law is a bit of a gray area. A common pocket knife is legal but it does not, by law, define just what that is. A somewhat chancey definition is a folder under 4". However I believe there has been one conviction on a knife under 4" because it's "tactical" features meant it was no longer a common pocket knife but a weapon.

    Stay with a plain non tactical knife under 4" and you should be safe. They can do as much damage as a so called "tactical" model anyways.

    Hmmmm, okay! Now define "Tactical" please.

  15. #14
    Moderator
    Array RETSUPT99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    44,556
    Quote Originally Posted by Cakewalk View Post
    You know, a Leatherman can be a pretty nasty weapon...
    Yeah, if you want to put the 'screws' to someone...
    (I believe it has both phillips and a regular heads..)
    The last Blood Moon Tetrad for this millennium starts in April 2014 and ends in September 2015...according to NASA.

    ***********************************
    Certified Glock Armorer
    NRA Life Member[/B]

  16. #15
    Member Array 45MINK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    CINCY,OHIO
    Posts
    283
    here's a thought ........once you tell the officer about it or where it is , It's no longer concealed ...............

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Florida Open Carry holds events across Central Florida - Examiner.com
    By StogieC in forum Open Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: October 13th, 2010, 11:15 AM
  2. Best tactical knife that is not a "weapon" in Florida?
    By Blakestr in forum Defensive Knives & Other Weapons
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: January 17th, 2010, 07:07 PM
  3. Florida Automatic Knife Dealers
    By Uechi in forum Defensive Knives & Other Weapons
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: April 2nd, 2009, 11:14 AM
  4. In Florida you can carry an auto knife
    By gyro jock in forum Defensive Knives & Other Weapons
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: February 23rd, 2008, 08:35 PM
  5. Better not CCW a steak knife in school in Florida
    By pogo2 in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: December 19th, 2007, 12:46 AM

Search tags for this page

can you carry a knife in florida
,
carrying a knife in florida
,

florida knife carry laws

,
florida knife law
,

florida knife laws

,
florida pocket knife law
,
florida pocket knife laws
,
is it legal to carry a knife in florida
,
knife carry laws in florida
,

knife laws in florida

,
legal knife length in florida
,
pocket knife laws in florida
Click on a term to search for related topics.