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 Automatic Knives Legal in Georgia?
GingerKid  [Member]
2/18/2009 2:21:31 PM
Okay, before you say it, I have searched the forums, looked at Georgia law, called shops, etc. All of which have conflicting views.

Are automatic knives legal to own, carry, etc, in Georgia? My understanding is that Federal law prohibits interstate commerce of automatic knives to civilians, but each state varies on what's allowed in their respective state.

Georgia law mentions NOTHING (that I've seen) about AUTOMATIC/SWITCH-BLADE knives other than it is a crime to conceal any knife or weapon, etc, etc. Maybe I'm just not looking in the appropriate place. Army/Navy store in Marietta says they're illegal, Adventure Outdoors say legal to own but illegal to carry, Wikipedia (which I don't trust) says legal...


Any thoughts?


Kletzenklueffer  [Member]
2/18/2009 2:53:57 PM
Since nobody wants to touch this one (or knows it's recently been hashed out).

They aren't not unlegal to carry.

Hope that helps






O.k, the deal is, legally, you can't carry any knife in GA as I understand from my/our lawyer friend. so, an auto isn't legal because it is a knife, not because it's auto. However (and I'm not a lawyer), it's unlikely you'll be arrested solely for carrying one. It's more likely that you'll get nailed for it if you get busted for something bigger and the knife gets tacked on as well.
brazenatl  [Member]
2/18/2009 2:56:26 PM
Good question:
code:16-11-127.1
is about schools and it says NO SWITCHBLADES
But I'm having a hard time seeing anything else for everywhere else.
They keep referring to OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE knives, but no definition.
GingerKid  [Member]
2/18/2009 3:00:14 PM
Originally Posted By Kletzenklueffer:
Since nobody wants to touch this one (or knows it's recently been hashed out).

They aren't not unlegal to carry.

Hope that helps






O.k, the deal is, legally, you can't carry any knife in GA as I understand from my/our lawyer friend. so, an auto isn't legal because it is a knife, not because it's auto. However (and I'm not a lawyer), it's unlikely you'll be arrested solely for carrying one. It's more likely that you'll get nailed for it if you get busted for something bigger and the knife gets tacked on as well.


That is exactly my understanding as well... but certainly welcome any other input.

Thanks!

ByteTheBullet  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 3:12:19 PM
I own and carry one, I looked into it before hand. What is stated above is pretty much the same as what I found. The officer I talked to at the Blade show said he could not remember a case where someone was arrested for carrying one, but it would most likely be tacked onto the charges if there was an arrest for something else.

Legal to own, illegal to possess.


ByteTheBullet (-:
Johns96ss  [Member]
2/18/2009 3:59:19 PM
Originally Posted By Kletzenklueffer:


O.k, the deal is, legally, you can't carry any knife in GA as I understand from my/our lawyer friend.


I had no idea I have been a criminal since 3rd grade. I always have a knife. It is such a useful tool in day to day life, for me, no office job here. So we can CCW, but not a knife, weird. This must have stemmed from carrying ice cream cones in your back pocket on Sundays.
morningwood1429  [Member]
2/18/2009 4:24:20 PM
maybe next were going to have to register for a GKL (georgia knife license) and worry about some pantywaste newspaper editor post the list for the public to see
PapaJim  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 4:27:35 PM
If my former LEO self wakes up from retirement, Georgia Law precludes carrying a concealed weapon w/o a licence. Most magistrates base their interpretation of a knife as a weapon by the characteristics and dimensions of the knife. I heard magistrates talk aboubt blade lengths over three or four inches, if a fixed blade had a hilt adn




crap like that. In all my years I never saw anyone prosecuted for a Buck folder of any common pocketknife. I have auto knives at home with my hunting knives, I never liked having one in my pocket. Carry an assisted folder, they are by no means "switchblades", they are just as quick, they have more positive safeties and only a world class asshole, traffic nazi would ever prosecute.
PapaJim  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 4:27:35 PM
If my former LEO self wakes up from retirement, Georgia Law precludes carrying a concealed weapon w/o a licence. Most magistrates base their interpretation of a knife as a weapon by the characteristics and dimensions of the knife. I heard magistrates talk aboubt blade lengths over three or four inches, if a fixed blade had a hilt adn




crap like that. In all my years I never saw anyone prosecuted for a Buck folder of any common pocketknife. I have auto knives at home with my hunting knives, I never liked having one in my pocket. Carry an assisted folder, they are by no means "switchblades", they are just as quick, they have more positive safeties and only a world class asshole, traffic nazi would ever prosecute.
PapaJim  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 4:27:35 PM
If my former LEO self wakes up from retirement, Georgia Law precludes carrying a concealed weapon w/o a licence. Most magistrates base their interpretation of a knife as a weapon by the characteristics and dimensions of the knife. I heard magistrates talk aboubt blade lengths over three or four inches, if a fixed blade had a hilt adn




crap like that. In all my years I never saw anyone prosecuted for a Buck folder of any common pocketknife. I have auto knives at home with my hunting knives, I never liked having one in my pocket. Carry an assisted folder, they are by no means "switchblades", they are just as quick, they have more positive safeties and only a world class asshole, traffic nazi would ever prosecute.
PapaJim  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 4:30:36 PM
If my former LEO self wakes up from retirement, Georgia Law precludes carrying a concealed weapon w/o a licence. Most magistrates base their interpretation of a knife as a weapon by the characteristics and dimensions of the knife. I heard magistrates talk aboubt blade lengths over three or four inches, if a fixed blade had a hilt and crap like that. In all my years I never saw anyone prosecuted for a Buck folder of any common pocketknife.I have auto knives at home with my hunting knives, I never liked having one in my pocket. Carry an assisted folder, they are by nomeans "switchblades", they are just as quick, they have more positive safeties and only a world class, asshole, traffic nazi would ever prosecute.
PapaJim  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 4:34:20 PM
Sorry about the multiples. I do not know what I hit while trying to fix that adn and typo.
gunguy56  [Member]
2/18/2009 5:11:49 PM
Can't speak for the rest of the state, but in Chatham County I see people charged almost daily for carrying a concealed knife....I work in the county jail, and see that most cases are made by young officers who stop people for whatever reason-like riding a bike at night without a headlight-or riding a bike on the sidewalk-or walking in a drug-infested part of Savannah late at night-they stop and frisk-mainly looking for marijuana or crack- and guns-but if they find a knife-out come the cuffs. I believe state law allows knives with blades up to 3" before it becomes an offensive/defensive weapon-I think Atlanta restricts it to 2-1/2" blade length-but as others have stated, it's almost always an add-on charge to other charges. I have seen charges made on knives with less than 2-1/2" blades too-whether or not the charges stuck in court I can't say-oh, by the way, if you are coming to Savannah for St Patrick's Day festivities next month, leave the guns and knives at home-unless you've got a good lawyer and plenty of money....see you soon..
ByteTheBullet  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 5:43:36 PM
Originally Posted By PapaJim:
Sorry about the multiples. I do not know what I hit while trying to fix that adn and typo.


Post whoring sob...


ByteTheBullet (-:

REISCO  [Member]
2/18/2009 6:06:02 PM
I just started looking into it myself and it appears as long as you carry it exposed, you are okay (- schools etc), just do not conceal. But I just started looking at the laws this weekend, and for no particular reason.

From what I gather, any knife regardless of size can be used for offensive/defensive purposes, but 3" seems to be a magic number for what ever reason. Very likely that if you are involved in anything that results in an arrest or even being ticketed and you have a knife of any significance (fixed blade, auto, assisted open, etc), you could be charged with carrying a concealed weapon. The first one is on the house (misdemeanor if convicted), the next time you are facing a felony with I believe a mandatory 2 years. Again, I just started looking and I might not have everything correct.

Hopefully all that will get resolved soon.

I find it incredible that I can carry a firearm fully concealed with my GFL, but try and conceal a little OTF and I am a criminal. Definitely a bunch of BS….

I would just be careful where you carry and how you carry.
LaRue556  [Member]
2/18/2009 6:24:11 PM
Wait...hold up.....


Carrying a concealed knife is illegal here in GA?

Shoot....I was under the impression that like 85% of all men in the U.S. carried a knife for whatever purpose........utility, defense, work, emergency, car troubles, etc....

That's just how I was raised, like someone ALWAYS has a knife.
Outsydlooknin75  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 6:31:21 PM
Keep the pocket clip on it ......... and use it ............ its not concealed at the point.

footrat  [Member]
2/18/2009 6:58:25 PM
Originally Posted By Outsydlooknin75:
Keep the pocket clip on it ......... and use it ............ its not concealed at the point.



Unless your shirt covers your pockets, as shirts are wont to do when they also cover firearms.
saj195  [Member]
2/18/2009 7:05:38 PM
Originally Posted By gunguy56:
Can't speak for the rest of the state, but in Chatham County I see people charged almost daily for carrying a concealed knife....I work in the county jail, and see that most cases are made by young officers who stop people for whatever reason-like riding a bike at night without a headlight-or riding a bike on the sidewalk-or walking in a drug-infested part of Savannah late at night-they stop and frisk-mainly looking for marijuana or crack- and guns-but if they find a knife-out come the cuffs. I believe state law allows knives with blades up to 3" before it becomes an offensive/defensive weapon-I think Atlanta restricts it to 2-1/2" blade length-but as others have stated, it's almost always an add-on charge to other charges. I have seen charges made on knives with less than 2-1/2" blades too-whether or not the charges stuck in court I can't say-oh, by the way, if you are coming to Savannah for St Patrick's Day festivities next month, leave the guns and knives at home-unless you've got a good lawyer and plenty of money....see you soon..


City of Atlanta ordinance: 2" max blade length for folders, 3" max for fixed blades

but what do i know? i'm just a cop-bashing criminal defense attorney these days.

Sec. 106-306. Knives, razors, similar weapons.

It shall be unlawful for any person to have in such person's possession, except within such person's own residence or place of business, any of the following implements unless securely wrapped so as not to be readily available for use:

(1) Any knife which has a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle, the blade of which when open projects from the handle more than two inches;

(2) Any knife which has any obstruction or other device of any kind which holds the blade partly open, the blade of which when open projects from the handle more than two inches;

(3) Any knife of any kind, the blade of which when open projects from the handle more than three inches; this is intended to include all knives such as butcher knives or other knives which do not close;

(4) Any razor; or

(5) Any ice pick or similar device having a sharp point.
M4-Stag  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 7:34:53 PM
An APD officer tried to bust me for a Buck knife many years ago. It had a "flicket" on it that could not be seen until it was pulled from it's sheath. He decided to write me a ticket and confiscate the knife. (4" blade) I was working in Little Five Points (pony tail) putting a new sound system into the apartment of Bo Diddly's wife.
We go to court and I get my Dad (an ATF Agent and the creator of "instant" superglue latent fingerprints) now deceased to bring into court some of my other deadly tools. The judge calls the case, the officer presents his case, and I finally tell my story of who and what and why. Dad puts some of my other 'deadly' objects before the judge and I explain their uses as well as my knife with 3 notches in the blade to cut back wire with the 'flicket' on it so I can open it with one hand when I'm in an electrical panel. The Judge looks down at me and says "Who's apartment?" I tell him Bo Diddly, he looks at me like I'm nuts so I ask Bo to stand up, square shades and all three rows back. Judge looks at Bo, looks at me, then the officer and asks did the defendant explain to you what he was doing there. The officer says yes but I thought he was BSing me. Did you check it out? No the officer says. The judge the proceeded to chew him a new one for waistin the courts time. Not guilty! Then I said thank you and asked for my knife ([tool] that I'm allowed to have because I'm a technician) and the officer whines about the flicket and the judge tells him to go get my knife from property and give it back.
The cop was really pissed off and told me that if I sneezed wrong with him around I was gonna get an ass kickin and jail. I sold my truck and bought a car and didn't go near 5 points for nine months. If your a tech and it's a tool it's legal.
I shit you not.
ByteTheBullet  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 7:43:49 PM
Originally Posted By Outsydlooknin75:
Keep the pocket clip on it ......... and use it ............ its not concealed at the point.



This, I believe, is a myth.


ByteTheBullet (-:

saj195  [Member]
2/18/2009 8:15:51 PM
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
An APD officer tried to bust me for a Buck knife many years ago.


officer must not have been a Bo Diddley fan, eh?
M4-Stag  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 11:57:18 PM

Originally Posted By saj195:
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
An APD officer tried to bust me for a Buck knife many years ago.


officer must not have been a Bo Diddley fan, eh?

He was not there, his wife and kids were. All he had to do was walk 100ft.