Automatic Knife Laws by State

What does your state say about automatic opening knives?

A lot of people will tell you a lot of things about automatic opening knives (aka auto-open, switchblades or even switch knives), but here's what the American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI.org) generally tells us about the automatic opening knife laws in your state for non-law enforcement citizens. Make sure you're checking your State Knife Laws for details on possession, carry, manufacturer or sale, as restrictions may apply in your state or locality.

Automatic Knives Restrictions Map

These states do NOT prohibit automatic opening knives:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California (Maximum 2″ blade length limitation)
Colorado (Concealed carry maximum length 3-1/2″)
Connecticut (Maximum 1-1/2″ blade length limitation)
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois (Must have valid Firearms Owner’s Identification Card FOID)
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky (must be 21 years of age)
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts (maximum 1-1/2″ blade length limitation)
Michigan (out-the-front, double edged automatics still prohibited)
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
North Carolina (concealed carry not recommended)
North Dakota (maximum 5″ blade length limitation)
Oklahoma
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont (maximum 3″ blade length limitation)
Washington (manufacture allowed, carry limited to law enforcement and emergency personnel)
West Virginia (must be 21 years of age)
Wisconsin
Wyoming

These states/areas DO prohibit automatic knives:

Chicago, IL
Delaware
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Los Angeles, CA
Maryland
Minnesota
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
San Francisco, CA
Virginia

We also cannot ship automatic knives outside the US or to any US territories.

IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL STATUTES, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Inc. requests that you read carefully the requirements set forth below, and agree to this prior to your purchase or receipt of any automatic opening knife from our company.

Federal law prohibits shipment of automatic knives across state lines, with the following exceptions:

1. To civilian or Armed Forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the Federal Government ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of the Federal Government.

2. Active Armed Forces member or employee acting in the performance of his or her duty.

3. To supply or procurement officers of the National Guard, the Air National Guard, or militia of a State, Territory or the District of Columbia ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in the connection with the activities of such organization.

4. To supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of a State or Territory, or any county, city or other political subdivision of a State or Territory.

5. To manufacturers of such knives or bona fide dealers therein in connection with any shipment made pursuant of an order from any person designated in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Inc. will not sell automatic opening knives to any customer unless such sale or receipt of Product Service return is made in compliance with one or more of the above conditions.

AUTOMATIC KNIFE LAWS BY STATE

WHAT DOES YOUR STATE SAY ABOUT AUTOMATIC OPENING KNIVES?

A lot of people will tell you a lot of things about automatic opening knives (aka auto-open, switchblades or even switch knives), but here's what the American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI.org) generally tells us about the automatic opening knife laws in your state for non-law enforcement citizens. Make sure you're checking your State Knife Laws for details on possession, carry, manufacturer or sale, as restrictions may apply in your state or locality.

THESE STATES DO NOT PROHIBIT AUTOMATIC OPENING KNIVES (WE WILL SHIP AUTOS TO):

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California (Maximum 2″ blade length limitation)
Colorado (Concealed carry maximum length 3-1/2″)
Connecticut (Maximum 1-1/2″ blade length limitation)
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois (Must have valid Firearms Owner’s Identification Card FOID)
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky (must be 21 years of age)
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts (maximum 1-1/2″ blade length limitation)
Michigan (out-the-front, double edged automatics still prohibited)
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
North Carolina (concealed carry not recommended)
North Dakota (maximum 5″ blade length limitation)
Oklahoma
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont (maximum 3″ blade length limitation)
Washington (manufacture allowed, carry limited to law enforcement and emergency personnel)
West Virginia (must be 21 years of age)
Wisconsin
Wyoming

THESE STATES/AREAS DO PROHIBIT AUTOMATIC KNIVES (WE CANNOT SHIP AUTOS TO):

Chicago, IL
Delaware
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Los Angeles, CA
Maryland (legal to own and open carry but we choose not to ship to because they are illegal to conceal carry)
Minnesota
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York (hunting/fishing exemption but we choose not to ship to because they are illegal in all other instances)
Ohio (Legal to own or carry but still illegal to sell, ship, or manufacture)
Pennsylvania
San Francisco, CA
Virginia

We also cannot ship automatic knives outside the US or to any US territories.

IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL STATUTES, SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE WORKS, INC. REQUESTS THAT YOU READ CAREFULLY THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH BELOW, AND AGREE TO THIS PRIOR TO YOUR PURCHASE OR RECEIPT OF ANY AUTOMATIC OPENING KNIFE FROM OUR COMPANY.

Federal law prohibits shipment of automatic knives across state lines, with the following exceptions:

1. To civilian or Armed Forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the Federal Government ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of the Federal Government.

2. Active Armed Forces member or employee acting in the performance of his or her duty.

3. To supply or procurement officers of the National Guard, the Air National Guard, or militia of a State, Territory or the District of Columbia ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in the connection with the activities of such organization.

4. To supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of a State or Territory, or any county, city or other political subdivision of a State or Territory.

5. To manufacturers of such knives or bona fide dealers therein in connection with any shipment made pursuant of an order from any person designated in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Inc. will not sell automatic opening knives to any customer unless such sale or receipt of Product Service return is made in compliance with one or more of the above conditions.