Arizona Knife Laws

If you live in Arizona you are in luck, Arizona has the best knife laws of all 50 states. Basically, you can own any type of blade you want and carry it concealed or in the open without worry. There are no municipal laws so you won’t have to worry about cops the next town over harassing you for something that is legal in your home town.

What is Legal/Illegal in Arizona

  • Pocket knives are legal.
  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, Bowie knives, and stilettos are legal.
  • Knives of any length are legal.
  • It is legal for anyone over 21 to carry knives concealed.
  • It is illegal to not inform a police officer when they stop you that you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife.
  • It is illegal for someone under 21 years of age to carry a non-pocket knife concealed.
  • It is illegal to bring a knife into schools.

Outside of what is listed above, it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already illegal. What this means is that it is illegal to rob a bank with a knife and you will be penalized more severely than if you robbed a bank without a weapon. You can read the law here.

Removal of Municipal Knife Laws in 2011

In the old days, the State of Arizona had its own knife laws and individual cities would have their own knife laws as well. The result was that people were being charged with having illegal knives that are 100% legal in their home town.

In 2011 the State of Arizona preempted all municipal laws and, basically, made every type of knife legal. The new code was based off of the fact that the majority of knife owners used their knives as tools rather than weapons. The old laws were harming innocent citizens instead of criminals and were finally changed.

Conclusion on Arizona Knife Laws

If you are from Arizona, go buy Balisongs, gravity knives, Bowies, stilettos, and whatever else you want: you live in the coolest state in America. Just don’t use it for a crime.

I am not an attorney so take this article with a grain of salt. I am just a law student. Also, this is not legal advice, talk to an attorney if you want that.

Do you have any questions? Post it in the comment section below. We are also looking for an Arizona attorney who would like to do an interview about Arizona knife laws.

  • Soulforger

    I’m 14 and I bought kunai can I conceal carry them or not.

    • Olen Thomas Giles

      not until you are 21…all you have to do is read whats above and you will have known this

    • Aiden

      Noooooo

  • Sick As Jish

    So I’m 13 and I have a 12 inch bayonet, would I be able to open carry it or not?

  • Thorin Ochs

    So its legal to carry a multi tool concealed or not,under the age of 21 (im turning 15 this year)?

    • Aiden

      Yes just not concealed

  • Anthony Cota

    is it legal to carry a machete in arizona

    • Aiden

      Yes it is a knife

  • andrew sanchez

    Well, how about an axe in your car can you keep it there if your at least 18?

  • Wyatt Dufresne

    I’m 14 and i have a butterfly knife with over a 4 inch blade is it not considered concealed if it has a pocket clip?

    • Aiden

      if your talking about clipped and the knife is inside your pocket then that’s concealed

  • Mike Reaves

    Arizona will be the last place a muslim terrorist wants to visit.

    • Owen Hasbach

      Heck yeah, dey will DIE from our awesomeness

  • Adrian Aguilar

    Is it legal to carry ninja swords?

    • Stephen Allen

      Good question, great idea

  • Kelly Rae Pisano

    My 19 year old son carries a SOG Gambit with a 2.58 blade in a shealth and today he was told by an “acting” security guy that it’s considered a weapon and he needs to remove it and put in the car. I have read the laws however I would like to get a little more input. Thank you for your time.

    • Thiel

      Did it happen at school by any chance? The Gambit is not a pocket knife, so you can’t bring it to school.

    • Kelly Rae Pisano

      It did not happen at school. It was at church but both him and I are on the security team. What is it classified as?

  • cordel

    Im 16 and i have a sword of 28 inches is it alright to carry to a public place for protective purposes? (Also it is in the sheath)

  • somerandomclique

    hello so i am under the age of 21 but i have a balisong with a blade under 4 inches so i know i have to carry it unconcealed but do i have to carry it in my hand or can i have it on a belt but i dont have any intentions on opening it in public unless i really feel like flipping

  • Aiden

    I’d like to know about tomahawks

    • Jake

      I read that tomahawks r legal to have for sporting events such as camping,hiking,and hunting

  • Jake

    I am 16 I have a 12 inch overall ka-bar as long as it is visual able can I carry it because it was a gift

  • Landinator

    I am 16 and own a double bladed folding dagger that I keep in my house away from public only to be used in the most of extreme cases would that be allowed the blades about 4 inches by itself