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Posted: 2/27/2006 9:46:02 AM EDT
I am being lazy, because I'm certain someone knows where to find this info off the top of their head. What are the laws for carrying a knife OUTSIDE of Daleytown? Aere there blade length restristrictions? Does it matter if you are carrying a fixed blade or a folder? As I recall, the laws aren't too bad if you don't have "criminal intent". I must be getting old if I'm actually worried about the laws covering pocket knives. Thanks, Andy
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:47:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 10:53:33 AM EDT by silascobb]
You can start with the "Deadly Weapons" Article of the Criminal Code:

720 ILCS 5/24-1 et seq.

Here's a snippet...I'd read the whole Act, esp. for any section that defines: "deadly weapon," "ballistic knife," etc...


§ 24-1. Unlawful Use of Weapons.


(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:


(1) Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or carries any bludgeon, black-jack, slung-shot, sand-club, sand-bag, metal knuckles, throwing star, or any
knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or a ballistic knife, which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as a projectile by means of a coil spring, elastic material or compressed gas; or


(2) Carries or possesses with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, stun gun or taser or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character; or

(3) Carries on or about his person or in any vehicle, a tear gas gun projector or bomb or any object containing noxious liquid gas or substance, other than an object containing a non-lethal noxious liquid gas or substance designed solely for personal defense carried by a person 18 years of age or older; or

(4) Carries or possesses in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his own abode or fixed place of business any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm, except that this subsection (a)(4) does not apply to or affect transportation of weapons that meet one of the following conditions:

(i) are broken down in a non-functioning state; or

(ii) are not immediately accessible; or

(iii) are unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card; or

(5) Sets a spring gun; or

(6) Possesses any device or attachment of any kind designed, used or intended for use in silencing the report of any firearm; or

(7) Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or carries:

(i) a machine gun, which shall be defined for the purposes of this subsection as any weapon, which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot without manually reloading by a single function of the trigger, including the frame or receiver of any such weapon, or sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses, or carries any combination of parts designed or intended for use in converting any weapon into a machine gun, or any combination or parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person;

(ii) any rifle having one or more barrels less than 16 inches in length or a shotgun having one or more barrels less than 18 inches in length or any weapon made from a rifle or shotgun, whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise, if such a weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches; or

(iii) any bomb, bomb-shell, grenade, bottle or other container containing an explosive substance of over one-quarter ounce for like purposes, such as, but not limited to, black powder bombs and Molotov cocktails or artillery projectiles; or

(8) Carries or possesses any firearm, stun gun or taser or other deadly weapon in any place which is licensed to sell intoxicating beverages, or at any public gathering held pursuant to a license issued by any governmental body or any public gathering at which an admission is charged, excluding a place where a showing, demonstration or lecture involving the exhibition of unloaded firearms is conducted.

This subsection (a)(8) does not apply to any auction or raffle of a firearm held pursuant to a license or permit issued by a governmental body, nor does it apply to persons engaged in firearm safety training courses; or

(9) Carries or possesses in a vehicle or on or about his person any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or firearm or ballistic knife, when he is hooded, robed or masked in such manner as to conceal his identity; or

(10) Carries or possesses on or about his person, upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within the corporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town, except when an invitee thereon or therein, for the purpose of the display of such weapon or the lawful commerce in weapons, or except when
on his land or in his own abode or fixed place of business, any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm, except that this subsection (a)(10) does not apply to or affect transportation of weapons that meet one of the following conditions:

(i) are broken down in a non-functioning state; or

(ii) are not immediately accessible; or

(iii) are unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card.

A "stun gun or taser", as used in this paragraph (a) means (i) any device which is powered by electrical charging units, such as, batteries, and which fires one or several barbs attached to a length of wire and which, upon hitting a human, can send out a current capable of disrupting the person's nervous system in such a manner as to render him incapable of normal functioning or (ii) any device which is powered by electrical charging units, such as batteries, and which, upon contact with a human or clothing worn by a human, can send out current capable of disrupting the person's nervous system in such a manner as to render him incapable of normal functioning; or

(11) Sells, manufactures or purchases any explosive bullet. For purposes of this paragraph (a) "explosive bullet" means the projectile portion of an
ammunition cartridge which contains or carries an explosive charge which will explode upon contact with the flesh of a human or an animal. "Cartridge" means a tubular metal case having a projectile affixed at the front thereof and a cap or primer at the rear end thereof, with the propellant contained in such tube between the projectile and the cap; or

(12) (Blank).



Edit to add: LINK to ILCS.

Also, I don't recall any other restrictions on length outside Shitcago, or restrictions on fixed v. folder other than the switchblade, etc. type.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:25:54 AM EDT
Oh, sure, great Silas, Are you telling me I can't drive around with a broken 2 liter wine bottle while wearing a ski mask, if I have intent to use the same unlawfully against another? What am I going to do on Saturday nights from now on???? I'll bet you can do it in Texas!

That answers my questions. Thanks!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:56:33 AM EDT
I know you told me not to take your picture, but I couldn't help myself....



Link Posted: 2/27/2006 12:05:27 PM EDT
So basically Andy, feel free to carry that long sword.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:16:41 AM EDT
That is a good picture Silas, you even got my favorite mittens in the frame. Thanks again.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:18:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By drobs:
So basically Andy, feel free to carry that long sword.



Maybe I will pursue my lifelong dream of being a Samurai, can I still wear the ski mask and mittens?
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:09:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By handyandy:

Originally Posted By drobs:
So basically Andy, feel free to carry that long sword.



Maybe I will pursue my lifelong dream of being a Samurai, can I still wear the ski mask and mittens?



Only if you get a part-time job working security at a mall

WIZZO
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