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Michigan Knife Laws

Michigan is a knife-friendly state, and almost every type of knife is legal in the state.

Michigan Knife Laws Quick Look:

Preemption? No

Concealed carry? Not for all knives.

Open carry? Yes.

Schools? No.

Off-limits places:

  • Schools.
  • Daycare center
  • Universities
  • Sports arenas
  • Places where alcoholic drinks are sold.
  • Churches.
  • Mosques.
  • Synagogues.
  • Hospitals.
  • Entertainment facilities.
  • Commercial airports.
  • Courtrooms.
  • Places prohibited by federal laws.

Length & critical dimensions:

Knives that are legal according to Michigan law include the following: Michigan knife laws prohibit the possession and carriage of knives, dirks, daggers, or stiletto with blade length more than 3 inches.

Legal Types of Knives in Michigan

Knives that are legal in Michigan include the following:

  • Balisong knives
  • Dirks
  • Daggers
  • Stilettos
  • Stabbing knives
  • Bowies
  • Large knives
  • Undetected knives
  • Pocket knives
  • Box cutters
  • Switchblades
  • Gravity knives
  • Hunting knives
  • Spring-assisted knives

Illegal Types of Knives in Michigan

Michigan prohibits the possession and carriage of automatic non-folding knives. The state statute defines these as knives that their blade protrudes from a handle’s opening feature.

Michigan Knife Ownership Law

Michigan does not have any restriction for the ownership, sales, and transfer of legal knives that have the required blade length.

Michigan Knife Carry Laws

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

Michigan Knife Open Carry Laws

Michigan allows the open carry of all types of legal knives in the state.

Michigan Concealed Carry Laws

In Michigan, it is unlawful to conceal carry daggers, dirks, stilettos, or any other stabbing knife. Also, it is illegal to conceal carry knives with the intention to injure or harm someone.

However, pocket knives and box cutters can be concealed carry.

Michigan Laws for Different Types of Knives

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

Michigan Automatic Knife Laws

Michigan knife laws no longer restrict the use of automatic knives in the state. This stopped in October 2017. Prior to the date, automatic knives were referred to as pocket knives that required a mechanical feature to open them, and they were unlawful to sell or possess.

Michigan Dagger and Non-Folding Knife Laws

Concealed weapon laws in Michigan states that it is a prohibition to carry weapons such as daggers, double edges knives, non-folding stabbing devices, stilettos, dirks, and other dangerous weapons. An exception is made to this law for hunting knives that are concealed carry for hunting purposes.

Furthermore, the weapons prohibited by this law cannot be carried in a vehicle. They can only be possessed in homes or any land property of the weapon owner.

Michigan Dirks, Daggers, and Stiletto Definitions

According to Michigan knife laws, daggers are referred to as knives that have a sharp end that can be used to stab and thrust.

Dirks are a type of thrusting dagger but are usually longer.

Stilettos are knives or daggers that take a slender and longer shape and are usually edgeless.

Michigan Knife Law by Size

The legal blade length size for all legal knives that can be openly carried in Michigan is at most 3 inches. Knives with blades longer than 3 inches are illegal.

Relevant Michigan 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:

  • MCL Section 750.222a
  • MCL Section 750.226
  • MCL Section 750.227
  • MCL Section 750.235b
  • MCL Section 750.237a

Michigan Knife Offenses, Defenses, Restrictions & Penalties

They include the following:

Exceptions for Law Enforcement and Military

Michigan statutes exempt law enforcement officers, peace officers, and military members from the restriction of knives in terms of carriage and possession. This exemption includes reserve members traveling to or from drills. However, exceptions for law enforcement officers and military members do not include the possession of weapons in school areas.

Restrictions

Aside from school zones, Michigan restricts the possession and carriage of knives in some places in the state.

  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in buildings or property used for children's care or any daycare center, either government or privately owned.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives within halls of residence of a college, technical institution, or a university.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in a stadium or anywhere that is used for a professional sporting activity.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in bars where the primary source of income is the sales of alcohol.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in places of worship such as churches, mosques, temples, or synagogues. An exception to this is if the person in charge of the place. An example is when the head pastor or imam permits the possession of guns.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in a facility with more than two thousand five hundred holding capacity.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in a hospital or any other health institution.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in Michigan state university or Wayne University. Except for special cases such as visitors with Michigan with permits to possess weapons
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in restricted airport areas.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in game houses or casinos.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in courthouses or offices within a courtyard that is used by chief judges and other judicial workers. An exception to this is if the judge has a written policy to allow the use of firearms.
  • It is a prohibition to possess knives in places prohibited by federal laws.

Cities, municipalities, and counties in Michigan have local ordinances and can define various restricted areas for the possession of weapons. Detroit and Lasings are 2 of the major cities in Michigan that have local knife law ordinances.

Penalties for Offenses

The possession of illegal knives or unlawful carriage of knives in Michigan is a felony, and the penalty for this offense is a jail term of 5 years’ imprisonment or a payable fine of $2,500 or both.

For the possession of knives in school zones, a combination of either of the 3 penalties involved include the following:

  • Imprisonment for a stipulated jail term period.
  • A payable fine of at most $2,000.
  • Community service for at most 100 hours.

Michigan Knife Law FAQs

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

  • How Long Can a Knife Be in Michigan?

The maximum length accepted for a knife blade in Michigan in Michigan 3 inches.

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

All types of knives are legal in Michigan, except automatic non-folding knives, and those with a blade length of more than 3 inches.

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

Only automatic non-folding knives are illegal in Michigan.

  • What about legislative and/or constitutional issues?

Michigan 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 Michigan?

Sales, transfers, and ownership of knives in Michigan are lawful only if a legal knife is involved.

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

Michigan statutes prohibit the brandishing of weapons in the public. Brandishing is a misdemeanor offense in Michigan and has a penalty of up to 3 months in jail and a payable fine of $100.

  • Can a minor carry a knife in Michigan?

Minors are not allowed to carry or possess knives that are termed as weapons. However, pocket knives are legal as long as the minor does not have the intention of harming someone with it.

  • Are swords legal in Michigan?

Swords can be carried openly in Michigan.

  • Are switchblades legal in Michigan?

Switchblades that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried.

  • Are folding knives legal in Michigan?

Folding knives that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried.

  • Are fixed blade knives legal in Michigan?

Fixed blades that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried.

  • Are butterfly knives legal in Michigan?

Butterfly Switchblades that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried.

  • Are automatic knives legal in Michigan?

Automatic knives that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried. However, Michigan prohibits automatic non-folding knives that makes use of a mechanical device to protrude the blade from its handle

  • Are ballistic spring-assisted knives legal in Michigan?

Ballistic spring-assisted knives that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried.

  • Are throwing knives legal in Michigan?

Throwing knives that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried.

  • Are karambits Legal in Michigan?

Karambits that are within the required length are legal in Michigan and can be openly carried.

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