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Florida Knife Laws

Florida is a knife-friendly state that allows the use of various types of knives. But there are still some gray areas in the state knife laws.

Florida Knife Laws Quick Look:

Preemption? No

Concealed carry? Yes

Open carry? Yes.

Schools? Only for lawful reasons.

Off-limits places:

  • Public or private school.
  • Highway patrol station
  • Courthouse and courtroom
  • Polling units
  • Community college.
  • Residential facilities in colleges or universities
  • Local and public buildings.
  • Legislative or political subdivision meetings
  • Passenger terminals in airports.
  • Transport facilities
  • Career centers.
  • Alcohol beverage establishments
  • Places where firearms are prohibited.
  • Professional athletic events.

Length & critical dimensions: Florida allows the concealed carry of knives with 4 inches blades or shorter. To conceal carry knives with blades longer than 4 inches, a license is required.

Legal Types of Knives In Florida

Knives that are legal according to Florida law include the following:

  • Balisong knives
  • Belt Knives
  • Cane Knives
  • Undetected Knives
  • Bowie Knives
  • Throwing Knives etc.

Illegal Types of Knives in Florida

  • Only Ballistic knives are prohibited in Florida.

Florida Knife Ownership Law

Florida knife law allows the ownership of pocket knives and other knives with blades length of 4 inches or less, without the possession of a weapon license. Knives with length more than 4 inches are regarded as weapons and to possess them you must have a permit

Florida Knife Carry Laws

The possession of a knife and how you carry the knife are very important in Florida.

Florida Knife Open Carry Laws

Florida allows the open carry of all types of knives.

Florida Concealed Carry Laws

Conceal carry of knives in Florida is allowed without a permit for pocket knives, box cutters, and all other types of knives that have lengths of 4 inches or less. To conceal carry knives with a length of more than 4 inches, you must first obtain a Florida weapon license.

Florida Laws for Different Types of Knives

Florida defines various types of knives in the state and the laws governing each one of them. They include the following:

Florida Automatic Knife Laws

Florida does not have a restriction for automatic knives, but the state statutes refer to automatic knives as switchblade knives manufactured by stalwart knife companies in 1951. The Florida Attorney General saw these knives as nothing extraordinary or bizarre.

Florida Pocket Knife Laws

Florida legislative definition of pocket knives are knives that are community knives and have foldable blades that can easily retract to their handle and be carried about in the pocket. The state Attorney General in 1951 opined that pocket knives that have a blade length of 4 inches or less should be called “common pocket knives”.

Florida Ballistic Knife Laws

In Florida, it is a prohibition for anyone to possess, carry, purchase, sell, transfer, trade, or own a ballistic self-propelled knife.

Florida statute defines a ballistic self-propelled knife as a device that releases a knifelike blade as a projectile, in such a way that the blade is physically separated from the device via a soiling spring, an elastic feature, or a compressed gas.

Ballistic self-propelled knives are prohibited in Florida, hence they are contrabands and will be seized and disposed of when found in one’s possession.

Florida Knife Law by Size

The length size accepted for knives’ blades that can be concealed carry without permit or license in Florida is 4 inches or less. However, this does not mean that knives with blades more than 4 inches are illegal, but the issuance of a weapon license is required to conceal carry these knives.

Relevant Florida Knife Law Statutes & Penal Codes

Some of the relevant knife law statutes and penal codes, concerning legal and illegal knives, ownership, possession, carry and use of knives include the following:

  • Florida State Constitution Article 1, Section 8
  • Florida State Statute Chapter 790.01
  • Florida State Statute Chapter 790.06 and -.06(15)
  • Florida State Statute Chapter 790.17
  • Florida State Statute Chapter 790.225

Florida Knife Offenses, Defenses, Restrictions & Penalties

They include the following:

Exceptions for Law Enforcement and Military

Florida exempts law enforcement officers and members of the military from owning a weapon license before they can possess knives and weapons while they are carrying out official duties within the states. For possession of weapons and firearms outside official duties, Florida provides military members and honorable discharged veterans with a simplified license option.

Law enforcement officers and members of the military are also allowed to possess weapons and firearms, including knives, in out-of-zone areas, as long as they are carrying out official duties while in the area.

Restrictions

Florida knife laws restrict the possession of knives in some areas. The instances for this include the following:

  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in any Florida highway patrol station.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in any detention facility in the state.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in courthouses or in a courtroom.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in any polling station during elections.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in any meeting organized by schools, counties, municipalities, or districts.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in any professional athletic event.
  • It is a prohibition to unlawfully possess knives in any school building or property
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in any Florida career center.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in an establishment that is licensed to sell alcohol on site.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in an airport’s terminal area.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in places where federal law prohibits the possession of firearms and dangerous weapons.

In Florida, there is no preemption law for knives. Therefore, possession, carry and restriction of knives are not the same in all parts of the state. Municipalities and counties have various restrictive ordinances.

Penalties for Offenses

Florida statute states that the possession of a concealed weapon without a permit is a first-degree misdemeanor. For this statute, a concealed weapon will include all, but not limited to the following:

  • Tear gas guns
  • Chemical weapons
  • Dirks and similar short
  • Billie clubs
  • Slungshots
  • Other forms of deadly weapons, including knives.

Penalties for offenses of a first-degree misdemeanor are up to 12 months jail term and a fine of $10,000.

Florida Knife Law FAQs

Some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about Florida gun laws include the following:

  • How Long Can a Knife Be in Florida?

All lengths of knife blades are accepted in Florida. However, knives with a blade length of 4 inches or less can be concealed carry without a license, while those with a blade length of more than 4 inches require a license to carry them concealed.

  • What types of knives are legal to carry in Florida?

All types of knives are legal in Florida, except ballistic knives. However, knives with a blade length of 4 inches or more require a weapon license.

  • What types of knives are illegal to carry in Florida?

Ballistic self-propelled knives are illegal to own, possess, use, sell, transfer, or manufacture in Florida.

  • What about legislative and/or constitutional issues?

Florida does not have statewide preemption knife laws. So ordinances will differ in some counties, municipalities, and districts.

  • Can I sell or transfer ownership of a knife in Florida?

Yes, you can sell and transfer ownership of a knife as long as the knife is legal. For restricted knives, you must have a license before you sell or transfer ownership.

  • Is it Illegal to scare someone with (brandish) a knife in Florida?

It is a prohibition to brandish a knife in the presence of someone in a manner that is rude, annoying, threatening, or careless as long as it is not a case of self-defense.

  • Can a minor carry a knife in Florida?

No, the required age for the possession of knives that are categorized as weapons is 18 years old.

  • Are swords legal in Florida?

Florida allows the open carry of swords, but to use them as weapons in the state, one must first obtain the necessary permit.

  • Are switchblades legal in Florida?

Switchblades are legal in Florida, but if they have a blade length of 4 inches or more, one must obtain a license before carrying them concealed.

  • Are folding knives legal in Florida?

Folding knives are legal in Florida, but if they have a blade length of 4 inches or more, one must obtain a license before carrying them concealed.

  • Are fixed blade knives legal in Florida?

Fixed blades are legal in Florida, but if they have a blade length of 4 inches or more, one must obtain a license before carrying them concealed.

  • Are butterfly knives legal in Florida?

Butterfly knives are legal in Florida, but if they have a blade length of 4 inches or more, one must obtain a license before carrying them concealed.

  • Are automatic knives legal in Florida?

Automatic knives are legal in Florida, but if they have a blade length of 4 inches or more, one must obtain a license before carrying them concealed.

  • Are ballistic spring-assisted knives legal in Florida?

No, Florida prohibits ballistic knives that are spring-assisted or projected with an elastic feature.

  • Are throwing knives legal in Florida?

Throwing knives are legal in Florida, but if they have a blade length of 4 inches or more, one must obtain a license before carrying them concealed.

  • Are karambits Legal in Florida?

Karambits knives are legal in Florida, but if they have a blade length of 4 inches or more, one must obtain a license before carrying them concealed.

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