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Need help on CA knife carry laws.

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Iragon, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. Iragon

    Iragon Loaded Pockets

    Jan 16, 2014
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    I know it's very late, but I am heading to the Redwood at 0600 today. And I've had a very long week at work, 10 hours a day 5 days straight.

    So, please help me now!
    I will be bringing the Ladybug 3, 1.9" blade,on keychain, open carry.
    Endura 4, 3.75", in the pocket with clip shown.
    Silent Soldier, 2.7" fixed blade, concealed.
    Izula, 2.7" fixed blade, concealed.
    And a 7" Ka-Bar in the bag.

    I know the city is a whole different story, but we will be staying at the campsite.
    As far as knife goes, am I good to go?
    Not going to bring any firearms, my mom is worrying about I might run into bad cops, and I know CA does not allow open carry.
  2. 0dBm

    0dBm Loaded Pockets

    Mar 29, 2006
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    What will you be doing with all those knives?
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  3. ran23
    • In Omnia Paratus

    ran23 Loaded Pockets

    Nov 15, 2007
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    way back I was told my mini grip, under 3" was fine for CA.
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  4. EveryDayBeer
    • In Omnia Paratus

    EveryDayBeer Loaded Pockets

    Jul 17, 2012
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    Can't link to it here; but a quick search returned the following (from a law site, not .gov though):
    Almost any (2" or greater) fixed blade knife which may be used as a stabbing weapon must be open carried. Can't conceal fixies, guess it's a technicality they may or may not stick you with. Has something to do with dirks and daggers, ref. CA Penal Code 21310.

    Folders can be carried openly or concealed, except folders which are not legal (switchblades etc) that you shouldn't have anyway. :p If you're going to carry one open and locked into position (can't think of why) it also qualifies as a dirk or dagger and needs to have a sheath of some sort.

    Don't quote me on any of that (not a lawyer etc etc). Just did a quick search as the thread caught my interest, being from CA.
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  5. Enemy Combatant

    Enemy Combatant Loaded Pockets

    Mar 23, 2014
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    Folding knives are exactly that. Folding. Therefore, there is no California state law restricting the size of folding knives. Both manual-opening and assisted-opening knives are unaffected. The primary exceptions to this absent restriction emerge when you're on California state school property or California governmental establishments (I think).

    Individual cities and counties are a bit different as the legislative bodies could enact various types of local ordinances restricting knives.

    Best advice I could give you is don't carry a fixed blade concealed. At all. I'm a bit rusty on my state's knife laws, but carrying a concealed fixed blade in your unlocked backpack, on your person, could be subjected to law enforcement attention upon detainment and inspection.
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