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    Question: Is it legal to carry a small knife in one's pocket? Are switchblade knives illegal in Arizona?

    Answer: Arizona Law addresses these questions in ARS chapter 31, section 13. First, Arizona law (ARS 13-3101) defines deadly weapon as anything that is designed for lethal use. Second, ARS 13-3102 states that a person commits misconduct involving weapons if they carry a deadly weapon without a permit, except for a pocket knife concealed on his or her person. So, the answer to the first question is that it is legal to carry a pocket knife concealed on your person.

    As to the matter of switchblade knives, there is nothing specifically making switchblade knives illegal in this state. As they are not commonly carried by sportsman or tradespersons, they would probably be considered fighting knives and, therefore, deadly weapons. While not specifically illegal to possess, they may have to be either carried visibly or, if concealed, the possessor must have a concealed weapons permit issued pursuant to ARS 13-3112.


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    11 thru 15 of 32 comments     1   2  [ 3 ]  4   5  ...   
    On 07/07/07
    Matt from CA said:
    I bought one while in arizona and i think its legal for them to be carried there in ur pocket without a permit but im not sure
    On 02/24/07
    STN from AZ said:
    Is a hidden button spring assist knife with approx. 4.5-5" blade length considered a switchblade? And is anyone SURE about length and age limits in AZ?
    On 03/18/06
    charles from AZ said:
    i think a teen could walk around with a knife as long as people can see it only if it is over 4 inches. if it is under 4 inches it is known as a pocket knife there for people could have it in their pocket.
    On 09/17/05
    j.m. from AZ said:
    how old do you have to be to carry a switchblade?
    On 07/27/05
    ry from AZ said:
    hello my name is ryan, currently i was walking down the street with a 4 foot kantana on my backpack. my friend let me borrow the item and i was wondering if it was illegal? and what fines i would get if i was caught with it in my posetion. also are switchblades insde your pocket illegal?
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