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New York knife laws are confusing, to say the least. But it just got easier for you New Yorkers who carry a knife to defend yourself and your property with deadly force because of the state's new self-defense law.

New York is part of what is called the "common-law" states, as opposed to other states where concealed weapons permits are issued.

New York Knife Laws Quick Look

Preemption? None.

Concealed carry? Yes.

Open carry? No.

Schools? Not allowed.

Off-limits places:

  • Schools.
  • Airports.
  • Courthouses.
  • Nursing homes.
  • Churches or other religious institutions.

Length & critical dimensions: Knives with blades more than 4 inches are not allowed in New York City.

Legal Types of Knives In New York

The types of knives legal in New York include the following:

  • Hunting knife
  • Dirk or dagger
  • Stiletto
  • Gravity knife

Illegal Types of Knives in New York

Illegal types of knives in New York include:

  • Metal knuckle knife
  • Ballistic knife
  • Cane sword
  • Throwing stars

New York Knife Ownership Law

People in New York may own any type of knife as long as they have no criminal intent. There is absolutely no restriction on the size, style, or types of knives you can own.

New York Knife Carry Laws

Some of the gun carry laws in New York include the following:

New York Knife Open Carry Laws

Open carrying of any knife is not allowed in the state as long as the knife is legal and there is no intent to cause harm with it.

New York Knife Concealed Carry Laws

Concealed carrying of any knife is not allowed in the state as long as the knife is legal and there is no intent to cause harm with it.

New York Laws for Different Types of Knives

Different knife laws in New York include the following:

New York Automatic Knife Law

New York sees automatic knives as dangerous weapons. They are not allowed to be carried concealed or open, even if they are legal in the rest of the United States.

New York Hunting Knife Law

New York knife laws do not have a specific hunting knife law or any law that covers knives used for hunting purposes. Knife owners can assume that their hunting knives are legal and there is no need to worry about them.

New York Bowie Knife Law

New York knife laws do not have any restrictions on bowie knives. Owners can assume that they can own and carry a bowie knife as long as it does not fall into the illegal category.

New York Switchblade Knife Law

New York has a switchblade knife law that prohibits the ownership and carrying of automatic knives. Switchblades are defined as knives with blades that fold or swing into place by force when opening.

New York Gravity Knife Law

New York gravity knife law also bans automatic knives, which include gravity knives. Owners can assume that they cannot own or carry these devices.

New York Pocket Knife Law

Pocket knives are legal in New York State as long as there is no intent to use the knives illegally or with criminal intentions. There are different laws for open and concealed carrying of pocketknives, so it is very important that you carry your pocket knife legally.

Knife: A cutting instrument that increases sharpness by dividing the edge of objects. Knives generally have pointed tips, rounded points, or edged sides. They are made in different shapes and sizes, such as pocket knives (pocketknife), utility knives and knives.

New York Oregon Knife Law Statutes & Penal Codes

New York knife laws and penal codes include the following:

  • Pen 4.01-02: Carrying a concealed and dangerous weapon on school grounds, in a school building, or at an athletic event is illegal.
  • Pen 15.02: Conviction for carrying a loaded firearm in public without a license will result in up to 3 years of jail time and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
  • Pen 15.01: Anyone who intentionally threatens another person with a knife or other dangerous weapons can receive up to 3 years in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
  • Pen 15-05: Carrying any kind of weapon on an aircraft is illegal and will result in up to 15 years in jail and/or $25,000 in fines.
  • Pen 160.10: Assaulting or attacking a policeman or another law enforcement officer with a knife is illegal and will result in 2-8 years of jail time and/or up to $5,000 in fines.

New York Knife Offenses, Defenses, Restrictions & Penalties

They include:

Legal Defenses for Knife Charges

There are a few legal defenses for knife charges that can be used in New York:

  • Intent to threaten or harm someone with the weapon is not proven.
  • The knife was confiscated or discovered during an illegal search.
  • Evidence of the crime is not enough to prove guilt.
  • The person did not knowingly possess and carry the weapon.

Exceptions for Law Enforcement and Military Personnel

The New York knife laws allow law enforcement and military personnel to use certain kinds of knives, even if these instruments are considered deadly weapons. They are not prohibited from owning and carrying these knives, even if the knife itself is prohibited.

Restrictions

  • It is a prohibition to possess a knife within school premises.
  • It is a prohibition to possess a knife in government buildings and properties.
  • It is a prohibition to possess or carry switchblades in public.

Penalties for Knife Related Offenses

The penalty for most knife-related offenses is determined by the type of weapon and the intent of the person. The following penalties are possible:

If you use a knife to commit a crime, you can expect up to 15 years in jail, depending on the severity of your crime. You may face anywhere from 2-8 years if convicted of assault with a knife.

  • Penalty for Possessing a Pocket Knife in Public

You will not face jail time if you are charged with possessing a pocket knife that is less than 4 inches long (or any non-locking folding knives). However, if you choose to carry your pocket knife in public, there are penalties that you may have to pay:

The first time you are found with a non-locking folding knife, you may have to pay $50.

If you choose to carry the same kind of knife in public again within 5 years, you can be fined up to $100 for this offense.

If your pocket knife is less than 21 inches long (or if it has a locking blade), you are not allowed to carry it in public. The first time you are charged with this offense, you can be fined up to $250.

If you repeat this offense within 5 years, the fine that you have to pay for this crime is doubled in amount. This means that you may be forced to pay up to $500.

New York Knife Law FAQs

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

  • How Long Can a Knife Be in New York?

In New York city, you are not allowed to carry or possess a knife that exceeds 4 inches, regardless of the material used in making it. As long as your knife is less than 4 inches, you will not face penalties for possession.

  • What Types of Knives are Illegal in New York?

In New York, there are specific knives that you cannot own or carry in public. These include:

  • Pilum ballistic knife
  • Switchblade (or automatic) knife
  • Ballistic knife
  • Dirk, dagger, stiletto, poniard, or any other similar type of weapon
  • Throwing star/iron throwing disc/sh
  • What types of knives are legal to carry in New York?

There are some types of knives that you can bear or carry in public without facing penalties. Examples are folding and pocket knives.

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

Yes, you can sell or transfer ownership of a knife in New York as long as the transferee is not prohibited from breaking such a transaction.

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

No, it is not illegal to scare someone with a knife in NY. However, if you threaten or harm someone with an object that you have on your person (a pocket knife for example), then such actions may be charged as a crime.

  • Can a minor carry a knife in New York?

No, a minor cannot carry or own knives in New York. This is the case unless he has written permission from a parent or legal guardian to do so.

  • Are swords legal in New York?

Yes, swords are legal in New York as long as they do not fall under the prohibited knife category.

  • Are switchblades legal in New York?

Switchblades are illegal in New York. If you own or carry a switchblade, you risk facing criminal charges.

  • Are folding knives legal in New York?

Yes, folding knives are legal as long as they do not lock.

  • Are fixed blade knives legal in New York?

Yes, fixed blade knives can be legal in New York if they are worn or carried for a lawful purpose.

  • Are butterfly knives legal in New York?

Butterfly knives are illegal under NYS law. Unless you have written permission from your parent or legal guardian to carry such a knife, you risk facing

  • Are automatic knives legal in New York?

Yes, automatic knives are legal in NY as long as they do not have a blade that is 4 inches or longer.

  • Are spring-assisted knives legal in New York?

Yes, as long as spring-assisted knives do not lock open.

  • Are gravity knives legal in New York?

Yes, gravity knives are legal in NY as long as they do not lock open.

  • Are throwing knives legal in New York?

No, it is illegal to own or carry throwing knives in NY.

  • Are karambits Legal in New York?

The ownership of karambits is illegal in New York.