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Indiana knife laws are fairly straightforward for such a large state with a diverse population. The laws in place are clearly set and defined, which prevents much confusion regarding the legality of carrying any type of knife.

Indiana Knife Laws Quick Look

Preemption? No.

Concealed carry? No limitation.

Open carry? No limitation.

Schools? Prohibited in schools.

Off-limits places:

  • Schools.
  • Churches.
  • Courthouses.
  • Airports.
  • Amusement parks and sporting arenas.
  • Carnivals.
  • Parades, funerals, public disturbances, or demonstrations.

Length & critical dimensions: No length restriction for knives in Indiana.

Legal Types of Knives In Indiana

The types of knives legal in Indiana include the following:

  • Balisong knives
  • Bowie knives
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos
  • Assisted knives
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, lipstick knives, and belt knives
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives.

Illegal Types of Knives in Indiana

Illegal knives in Indiana are ballistic knives and throwing stars.

Indiana Knife Ownership Law

In Indiana, 16 years old is the age considered to be an adult in charge of their own decisions. Parents are over the legal limit for allowing their children to carry knives. So anyone under the age of 16 must abide by these laws while they are minors and living at home with their parents or guardian.

Indiana Knife Carry Laws

Some of the gun carry laws in Indiana include the following:

Indiana Knife Open Carry Laws

Indiana is one of those states that do not have any open carry laws, which makes their knife laws a bit more relaxed. You may carry your pocket knives, hunting knives, and survival knives into public places without worrying about any issues regarding concealment or unlawful exposure.

Indiana Knife Concealed Carry Laws

Again, Indiana knife laws don't have any concealed carry laws in place. You may carry your pocket knives and hunting knives wherever you please without having to worry about being charged with a crime.

Indiana Laws for Different Types of Knives

Different knife laws in Indiana include the following:

Indiana Automatic Knife Law

The laws for automatic knives in Indiana are quite straightforward. The only connection that this state has with auto knives is the fact that they use the same language from their switchblade law to regulate autos as well. Auto knives and switchblades are completely legal in Indiana.

Indiana Fixed Blade Knife Law

Fixed blade knives are those types of blades that do not have a folding mechanism nor can be opened with a button, spring, or flick of the wrist. They are generally bigger than pocket knives but smaller than machetes. In Indiana, these types of blades are legal to carry in public since they do not meet any of the criteria on Indiana's unlawful knife list.

Knife Handle Law In Indiana

Indiana's knife handle law governs how you may carry your pocket knives. You may carry a knife with either a smooth or fixed blade, regardless of size. The only restriction for knife handle length is if you are on school property or in a school building.

Indiana Throwing Star Law

The throwing star law in Indiana is very straightforward. It states that any projectiles with sharpened edges like machetes, throwing stars, dirks, and daggers are illegal to own or carry.

Relevant Indiana Knife Law Statutes & Penal Codes

Indiana knife laws and penal codes include the following:

  • IC 35-47-3 Language About Automatic Knives.
  • IC 35-31.5-2-285 Knives in School Properties.
  • IC 35-47-2 Language About Fixed-Blade Knives.
  • IC 35-42-2-1 Murder and Related Offenses.
  • IC 35-47-5 Language About Possessing a Dangerous Weapon on School Property or in the Other Places Mentioned Above.
  • IC 35-47-2-4 Language About Folding Knives.
  • IC 35-41-3 Language About Brandishing a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Weapons, and Related Offenses.

Indiana Knife Offenses, Defenses, Restrictions & Penalties

They include:

Legal Defenses for Knife Charges

There are only a few knife-related defenses in Indiana. As long as the person isn't a minor, they can avoid prosecution for carrying any type of pocket knife and even other types of knives within the public. However, there is no law that prohibits minors from possessing hunting knives or even large fixed blade knives. All you need to do is show proof of your age and you'll be good to go.

Exceptions for Law Enforcement and Military Personnel

Indiana has no laws that ban military or law enforcement officers from carrying weapons within the public. All you need to do is make sure your badge is accessible so as to prove who you are and why you are allowed to carry a weapon. For possession within school properties, you need to have an officially sealed document so again, your badge will be sufficient.

Restrictions

  • It is a prohibition to possess a knife within school premises.
  • It is a prohibition to possess a knife on court premises.
  • It is a prohibition to possess a knife in prison, jail, or other correctional institution. Otherwise, you can carry knives anywhere else.
  • It is a prohibition to throw knives onto school premises or to throw a knife at another person.
  • It is a prohibition to possess a knife if you are a habitual drunkard, vagrant, or convicted of a crime involving violence.

Penalties for Knife Related Offenses

The following are the penalties for violating Indiana's knife laws:

Prohibited knives may not be sold, given away, or transferred to any other person. It is also illegal to possess a spring-assisted type of switchblade unless you have a valid license for it. Penalties can include fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 and three to five years in prison. It is also illegal to carry a knife that can be opened with the flick of the wrist, without a folding mechanism, or by pressing a button or switch when you are not hunting.

Fines for carrying these types of knives may reach $10,000 and between one and three years in prison. There is no lawful way to carry a prohibited weapon. Carrying such weapons is charged as a Level 6 felony within Indiana, which can lead to an enhanced sentence of up to two years in prison for repeat offenders. Penalties for carrying any type of knife on school grounds include fines between $500 and $1,000 and imprisonment that ranges from one month up to one year.

Penalties for unlawful possession of a weapon include fines between $500 and $1,000 and imprisonment that ranges from one month up to a year. It is an enhancement if the person carrying it was previously convicted of a crime involving violence. Penalties for possessing large fixed blade knives on school property may lead to fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 and imprisonment that ranges from one month up to a year. It is an enhancement if the person carrying it was previously convicted of a crime involving violence.

Indiana Knife Law FAQs

Some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about Indiana knife laws include the following:       

  • How Long Can a Knife Be in Indiana?

There is no limit or statute on the length of a knife that can be carried in Indiana. Rather, it's the size and design of the knife that determines whether carrying them will be lawful or not.

  • What Types of Knives are Illegal in Indiana?

Ballistic knives and throwing knives are illegal to own, possess, and carry in Indiana.

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

Most knives are legal to carry in Indiana. The following are some of the types of knives that can be carried: Bowie knives Broadswords Daggers Dirks double-edged knives Folding pocket knives hunting knife Large fixed blade Knives.

  • What is the length limit for pocket knives in Indiana?

There is no limit as to the length of pocket knives that may be carried in Indiana. However, it's important to make sure that you can legally carry them with any other applicable laws before doing so.

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

It depends. It is illegal to sell or transfer ownership of a prohibited knife in Indiana, which typically includes ballistic knives and throwing stars. In addition, you cannot assign the right to another person if you are unable to legally possess that type of knife yourself.

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

Brandishing a knife in Indiana is illegal. This may include waving it around or pointing it at someone to scare them.

  • Can a minor carry a knife in Indiana?

A minor can carry a knife in Indiana if they are doing so with the express permission of their parent or guardian. It is not legal otherwise, and they may be punished for carrying one.

  • Are swords legal in Indiana?

Swords are not illegal to own in Indiana. However, it's important to make sure they are being carried the right way. For example, if a sword is contained within the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle, it must be sheathed or securely encased for carrying purposes.

  • Are switchblades legal in Indiana?

Switchblades are legal to own, possess and carry in Indiana.

  • Are folding knives legal in Indiana?

Yes, folding knives are legal to own and carry in Indiana.

  • Are fixed blade knives legal in Indiana?

Yes, fixed blade knives are legal to own and carry in Indiana. However, it's important that you can legally possess them before carrying one.

  • Are butterfly knives legal in Indiana?

Butterfly knives are legal to own and carry in Indiana.

  • Are automatic knives legal in Indiana?

Automatic knives are legal to own and carry in Indiana.

  • Are spring-assisted knives legal in Indiana?

Spring-assisted knives are legal to own and carry in Indiana.

  • Are gravity knives legal in Indiana?

Gravity knives are legal to own and carry in Indiana.

  • Are throwing knives legal in Indiana?

Throwing knives are illegal to own and carry in Indiana

  • Are karambits Legal in Indiana?

It depends. In Indiana, karambits are treated the same as throwing stars. These weapons are illegal to own and carry in Indiana unless you can legally possess them.