Ohio Knife Laws
Ohio knife laws are quite complicated, especially when it comes to concealed carry. Here is a deeper look into what the laws entail.
Concealed carry? Allowed for legal knives that are not used as weapons.
Open carry? Yes.
Length & critical dimensions: No general length or critical dimension for knife or blade length in Ohio.
Knives that are legal according to Ohio law include the following:
Ohio prohibits the possession, open carry, and concealed carry of ballistic knives.
It is legal to own all types of knives in Ohio, except ballistic knives, regardless of their blade length. However, local ordinances apply to blade length in some parts of the state. An example of this is the prohibition of knives with a blade length of 2.5 inches or more in Cleveland and Akron.
The possession of a knife and how you carry the knife are very important in Ohio.
Open carry is allowed for all legal knives in Ohio.
Ohio concealed carry laws do not specifically prohibit the concealed carry of knives in the state (except ballistic knives) but it prohibits the concealed carry of deadly weapons, and some types of knives may be regarded as deadly weapons according to laws of the state.
Ohio statutes have various definitions for different types of knives in the state, and they include the following:
Ohio statutes refer to ballistic knives as any type of knife that has a detachable blade such that it is being propelled with the aid of a spring feature mechanism.
Most of the restrictions on knives in Ohio, especially when it has to do with concealed carry, are based on the ability to prove that the knife is a deadly weapon.
Ohio statutes refer to a deadly weapon as any device or tool that has the ability to cause death, or designed to be specifically used as a weapon, or carried on a person with the intention of being used as a weapon.
With this definition, a knife could be seen as a deadly weapon in Ohio if:
For these 3 scenarios, it will be a prohibition to conceal carry a knife.
Knives that are categorized under Automatic Knives in Ohio are switchblades, spring blades, gravity knives, etc. Since the 12th of April 2021, Ohio made it lawful to purchase, manufacture, and design these knives.
Ohio does not have a knife size or blade length law. However, local ordinances exist for blade lengths in some parts of the state such as Akron and Cleveland that prohibits the public possession of knives with a blade length of 2.5 inches and more.
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:
They include the following:
Ohio provides a reasonable exception for the concealed carry of weapons and the possession of knives in off-limit areas for law enforcement officers, military members, peace agents, and some federal and state employees. However, this exception will only apply when they are operating within the scope of their official duty.
Ohio knife laws restrict the possession of knives in some areas. The instances for this include the following:
In Ohio, 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.
Most offenses related to knives in Ohio have to do with the possession of a deadly weapon or violating the off-limit regulation. Either of these offenses is treated as a 5th-degree felony and will carry penalties of about 12 months’ imprisonment or a payable fine of $2,500 or both.
Some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about Ohio gun laws include the following:
Ohio does not have any law concerning the length of a knife blade in the state. However, some parts of the state like Akron and Cleveland require that knives with a blade length of 2.5 inches or more cannot be possessed publicly.
Ohio legalizes the open carry of all types of knives with an exception of ballistic knives.
It is illegal to carry ballistic knives in Ohio.
Ohio allows cities, municipalities, counties, and districts to enact local ordinances and regulations for the use of knives.
The sale and ownership transfer of legal knives is not prohibited in Ohio.
Brandishing of knives or any other type of weapon is prohibited in Ohio.
In Ohio, minors that are less than 18 years old are not allowed to carry knives that can be termed deadly weapons.
Yes, swords are legal in Ohio.
Yes, switchblades are legal in Ohio, except for carrying them concealed as a weapon.
Yes, folding knives are legal in Ohio, except for carrying them concealed as a weapon.
Yes, fixed blades are legal in Ohio, except for carrying them concealed as a weapon.
Yes, butterfly knives are legal in Ohio, except for carrying them concealed as a weapon.
Yes, automatic knives are legal in Ohio, except for carrying them concealed as a weapon.
No, Ohio prohibits all types of ballistic knives in the state.
Yes, throwing knives are legal in Ohio, except for carrying them concealed as a weapon.
Yes, Karambits are legal in Ohio, except for carrying them concealed as a weapon.
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