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 Are Assisted Open Pocket Knives legal in Michigan?
karaba23  [Member]
2/13/2012 5:28:27 AM EST
I am interested in picking up an assisted opening pocket knife for daily use but am concerned about the legality of these knives. The MCL makes mention of "mechanical contrivances" in the law regarding switch blades and automatic knives. Does an assisted open knife fall into the mechanical contrivances area of the law making them potentially illegal to carry. Are these basically a grey area item? Anybody know what the LEO consensus is on these pocket knives?
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JohnnyBuckshot  [Team Member]
2/13/2012 6:39:44 AM EST
assisted opening is perfectly legal. As long as it's you opening it. A spring making it go faster is fine. If you push a button to open it thats a no no.
mi650  [Team Member]
2/13/2012 2:16:29 PM EST
Be careful with it in your pocket!!
Easy_E  [Team Member]
2/13/2012 6:03:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By mi650:
Be careful with it in your pocket!!


They put a lock on them for a reason. You know whats close to your front pocket ?

PS don't ask how I know
fxntime  [Team Member]
2/13/2012 6:08:44 PM EST
Legal, make sure of the blade length [3.5] and no double edged blades. [if carried]
Kuryakyn  [Team Member]
2/13/2012 7:06:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Legal, make sure of the blade length [3.5] and no double edged blades. [if carried]


We have no such blade length law in MI.

ETA:

Michigan State police
Q. Is it illegal to have a knife with a blade over 3 inches in my possession?

A. MCL 750.226 No. Michigan law specifies that a person, with intent to use the knife unlawfully against another, shall not go armed with a knife having a blade over 3 inches in length.



watertower  [Member]
2/14/2012 2:50:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By Kuryakyn:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Legal, make sure of the blade length [3.5] and no double edged blades. [if carried]


We have no such blade length law in MI.

ETA:

Michigan State police
Q. Is it illegal to have a knife with a blade over 3 inches in my possession?

A. MCL 750.226 No. Michigan law specifies that a person, with intent to use the knife unlawfully against another, shall not go armed with a knife having a blade over 3 inches in length.





Correct, there is no length restriction per MI law. However, I recently found out there are a lot of local restrictions. For example, the city of Wyoming has a 3" blade length restriction. Personally I don't worry too much about it, but there are restrictions in place per some local ordinances.
snakeman48  [Life Member]
2/14/2012 6:02:17 AM EST
I asked the Michigan (Police State) State Police, thru email, about assisted openers.

To them, they are illegal, and subject to confiscation under the spring opening knife wording in the knife laws.

I never been bothered by any LEO and I carry my assisted opening knife most days.

We need legislation in Michigan making auto knifes legal as Indiana is doing right now.

http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012/IN/IN0006.1.html
dezmo1754  [Member]
2/14/2012 6:47:05 AM EST
Just remember, attitude is key.... Dont act like a shithouse lawyer, spouting off laws and such.
Even if youre dead wrong, attitude and politeness will keep you out of trouble most of the time.
TheOtherMike  [Member]
2/14/2012 1:03:25 PM EST

I asked the Michigan (Police State) State Police, thru email, about assisted openers.

To them, they are illegal, and subject to confiscation under the spring opening knife wording in the knife laws.


Then they oughta raid all the Wal-Marts

watertower  [Member]
2/15/2012 3:45:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By snakeman48:
I asked the Michigan (Police State) State Police, thru email, about assisted openers.

To them, they are illegal, and subject to confiscation under the spring opening knife wording in the knife laws.

I never been bothered by any LEO and I carry my assisted opening knife most days.

We need legislation in Michigan making auto knifes legal as Indiana is doing right now.

http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012/IN/IN0006.1.html


I think the MSP missed the boat on this one.

750.226a. Pocket knife opened by mechanical device...
Any person who shall sell or offer to sell, or
any person who shall have in his possession any knife
having the appearance of a pocket knife, the blade or
blades of which can be opened by a flick of a button,
pressure on a handle or other mechanical contrivance shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor... [Also, concealed carry may
be charged as a felony under 750.227.] The provisions of
this section [750.226a] shall not apply to any one-armed
person carrying a knife on his person in connection with
his living requirements.

As mentioned above, one can buy an assisted opening knife at Walmart, or any sporting goods store worth browsing. The same can't be said for autos because they are restricted in this state.

THOLL223  [Team Member]
2/15/2012 11:39:37 AM EST
flick of a button, pressure on a handle or other mechanical contrivance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.


If you look at my Kershaw which is spring-assisted, you don't flick a button, pressure the handle or other mechanical contrivance to open it. You push on the back of the blade.
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