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Notched  [Member]
4/5/2010 12:03:34 PM


Hey fellers...

What are the blade restrictions for folding and fixed blades here in mpls and MN? I get LOST in the .gov sites trying to find them... And for some reason my damn comcast connection is awful today and I keep timing out...

I know I should be able to dig this up myself.... My web-fu is weak today...

tia
Notched  [Member]
4/5/2010 5:21:59 PM
http://pw1.netcom.com/~brlevine/sta-law.htm#A-H

the only thing I can find for sure is that the laws regarding the length of blade in Mn are vague at best... Two sites that I have found that include blade specs per state only mention types of knives but not lengths...
mcnielsen  [Team Member]
4/5/2010 6:50:52 PM
What size knife are you trying to carry?
tac870  [Member]
4/5/2010 6:56:21 PM
Anything under six inches is o.k.. No automatic knives are allowed except for LEO, carrying is the same as a pistol, no schools, court houses, etc..
Originally Posted By Notched:


Hey fellers...

What are the blade restrictions for folding and fixed blades here in mpls and MN? I get LOST in the .gov sites trying to find them... And for some reason my damn comcast connection is awful today and I keep timing out...

I know I should be able to dig this up myself.... My web-fu is weak today...

tia


Wormfood  [Member]
4/5/2010 7:10:56 PM
I looked this up years ago and I thought I remember seeing that If it was a fixed blade and it was longer than 4 inches, it had to be carried in a sheath. Non-automatic folder have no restriction on length that I know of. I seen that Minneapolis has a 6 inch rule. Like I said this was about 7-8 years ago.
Notched  [Member]
4/5/2010 10:15:17 PM
is that a 6 inch blade or six inches overall? I would like to start carrying a fixed blade in a sheath rather than a folder and dont want to cause myself any trouble...

Thanks for the input...
norseman1  [Team Member]
4/5/2010 10:22:05 PM
Originally Posted By Notched:
is that a 6 inch blade or six inches overall? I would like to start carrying a fixed blade in a sheath rather than a folder and dont want to cause myself any trouble...

Thanks for the input...


6" blade.

In reality, if your caught doing something illegal, it would not be unheard of to call the knife as an "offensive" weapon.

Longer than 4" fixed needs to be sheathed. I think I recall that this was a safety issue that was made law... been a while since this was brought up.
AFTERMATH_MN  [Team Member]
4/6/2010 2:53:12 AM
All I've ever heard has been extremely vague...
I believe there are municipal laws that lead to this confusion...

I did ask a state trooper once; and even he was vague.
I was asking particularly about fixed blade knives.
He pretty much said as long as you're not carrying a sword, you're ok.

I did find this: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/USKnife.pdf

I'd say; as long as you're not committing any crimes; you're ok.
For the most part you'll probably be at the mercy of the officer's discretion.

A friend of mine got busted with a switch-blade once on his way outta work...
All the the local cops did was confiscate it... And his donuts! (You can't make this stuff up!)
But that was Hinckley; which I'm sure is a little more laid back than Mpls.

I would really like to get some clarification on this myself...
So let us know when you find out!
b910  [Member]
4/6/2010 9:40:11 PM
there's no state statute that limits or restricts the length of a knife that you can carry; nor is there a statute that restricts a double-edged knife. HOWEVER, there are local ordinances against them in some municipalities. so, it's best to check with the city you are intending on carrying said knife. the statute that governs dangerous weapons (MSS 609.66) restricts what you do with that arkansas toothpick you have tucked in your boot, not the length. Minneapolis has an ordinance, and i believe eagan does also and there may be others. but, really why bring a knife to a gunfight...
norseman1  [Team Member]
4/6/2010 11:06:04 PM
Originally Posted By b910:
really why bring a knife to a gunfight...


+1

Notched  [Member]
4/7/2010 4:57:43 PM
aint about fight'n, just about havin a good blade when ya need one.
AFTERMATH_MN  [Team Member]
4/7/2010 11:01:45 PM
Originally Posted By Notched:
aint about fight'n, just about havin a good blade when ya need one.


It's difficult not to appreciate the utillity of a good blade.

Notched  [Member]
4/8/2010 7:17:32 PM
I thought everyone carried a knife in their pocket or on their hip... Thanks for the help guys!
AFTERMATH_MN  [Team Member]
4/9/2010 4:25:21 AM
Originally Posted By Notched:
I thought everyone carried a knife in their pocket or on their hip... Thanks for the help guys!


Everybody does... They've just never worried about the technicallities.
mcnielsen  [Team Member]
4/9/2010 2:09:46 PM
Originally Posted By AFTERMATH_MN:
Originally Posted By Notched:
I thought everyone carried a knife in their pocket or on their hip... Thanks for the help guys!


Everybody does... They've just never worried about the technicallities.


Knife yes, bayonet, no.

Drive by bayonettings are illegal in da MPLS dawg.
Notched  [Member]
4/9/2010 3:46:08 PM
I'm all about the rules...

AFTERMATH_MN  [Team Member]
4/10/2010 1:14:43 AM
Originally Posted By mcnielsen:
Originally Posted By AFTERMATH_MN:
Originally Posted By Notched:
I thought everyone carried a knife in their pocket or on their hip... Thanks for the help guys!


Everybody does... They've just never worried about the technicallities.


Knife yes, bayonet, no.

Drive by bayonettings are illegal in da MPLS dawg.


Really? Since when?
Dang! Now what am I going to do on Saturday evenings?
Ya just don't get a break these days!