Connecticut Knife Law

Knife laws in Connecticut can be a little bit tricky. This article will clear everything up for you. It presents Connecticut knife law in simple English as well as quotes from the actual code.

Basics about Connecticut Knife Law

Connecticut knife laws are very nice. There is no specific knife that is illegal and limitations are only on the carry of knives.

All Knives Are Legal to Own:

  • Balisongs, automatic knives, gravity knives, and switchblades are legal to own.
  • Dirks, stilettos, daggers, and push knives are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives, cane knives, and boot knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal to own.
  • Basically, any knife is legal to own and have in your home.

Some Knives Can Not be Carried (Open or Concealed):

  • Automatic knives over 1.5 inches are illegal.
  • Switchblades over 1.5 inches are illegal.
  • Stilettos are illegal.
  • Blades longer than 4 inches are illegal.

Details on Carrying Knives in Connecticut

Sec. 53-206. Carrying of dangerous weapons prohibited.

(a) Any person who carries upon his or her person[…] any switch knife, or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which a blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches in length, or stiletto, or any knife the edged portion of the blade of which is four inches or more in length[…] or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than three years or both.

c. 29-38. Weapons in vehicles. Penalty. Exceptions.

(a) Any person who knowingly has, in any vehicle owned, operated or occupied by such person, any weapon […] shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years or both, and the presence of any such weapon […] in any vehicle shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section by the owner, operator and each occupant thereof. The word “weapon”, as used in this section, means any […] dirk knife or switch knife, any knife having an automatic spring release device by which a blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches in length, any stiletto, any knife the edged portion of the blade of which is four inches or more in length, […] or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument.

The above two laws do not apply if you are in the military going to and from duty/drill, transporting them for a trade show or sale, moving from your old house to your new house, getting it repaired, in a reenactment, or if have a license for hunting, fishing, or trapping and are going to use it for hunting, fishing, and trapping.

It is 100% legal to carry a Balisong knife as long as the Balisong is less than 4 inches in length. A Balisong is not a switchblade (there is no switch that will open it) or an automatic knife (there is no spring that will open it, you need to flick your wrist).

Knives that have no real purpose besides stabbing can not be carried if it is longer than 1.5 inches. This means stilettos, daggers, dirk, and other long, thin knives with a sharp point.

Conclusion on Connecticut Knife Law

You can own any knife you want but you need to watch out on what knife you carry. Stilettos and automatic knives can not be carried if it is over 1.5 inches. You can carry any other knife if it is less than 4 inches. Fisherman, hunters, and trappers can carry whatever they like as long as it is used for fishing, hunting, or trapping. The penalty is $500 and/or 3 years in jail. Having one of those weapons in a vehicle is a $1,000 penalty and/or 5 years in jail.

Note that I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. The above was all found on LexisNexis. Talk to a lawyer if you would like legal advice. Post questions in the comment box below and I’ll try to answer them the best I can. We are also looking for a lawyer to do an interview about Connecticut knife laws.

  • Nicholas Audette

    Also what is the law on neck knives

    • Eric

      same as any other fixed blade, sub 4″ and you’re fine.

    • Glen Mones

      Same single under 4 ok

    • Glen Mones

      Neck knives,sheath knives ,folding knives …concealed ..open carry all the same rules apply

  • David

    The knives that we can carry that are less than 4 inches can or can’t be kept in a vehicle? What do you mean by “one of those weapons”?

    • Eric

      This article is poorly written. “Weapon” refers to the dangerous weapon definition NOT knives under 4″

    • Glen Mones

      Correct legal length knives cannot be called dangerous weapons under statute

    • Glen Mones

      Single edged under 4″ can be in your car

  • Eric

    This article is poorly written, and pretty inaccurate. In CT you need to pay attention to the “Dangerous Weapons” definition, and the rules that apply to who can and who can’t carry them. There is no discussion of open/concealed, or ages.

    a BB gun.
    a blackjack.
    metal or brass knuckles.
    a dirk knife.
    a switch knife.
    a knife having an automatic spring release device by which a blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches in length.
    a stiletto.
    a knife the edged portion of the blade of which is four inches or more in length.
    a police baton or nightstick.
    a martial arts weapon or electronic defense weapon.
    any dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument.1

    If its outside of those then it is legal to carry, there is no exception for CCW holders anymore.
    http://www.jud.ct.gov/ji/criminal/part8/8.2-16.htm

    • Glen Mones

      There used to be a weapons permit but that was issued by your town-city…not valid outside your city….but there is a exemption for blade Length. By holding a valid Hunting- fishing lic. Gun permit only allows for handgun ..not knives…

  • Glen Mones

    The only flaw i find in this description in this article is. A stiletto is listed with any knife (,a stiletto ,any knife the blade 4″ or longer..it is not listed with the switchblade,dirk knife,….avery cop ove talked to says only Double edged knives are dirks,,,,,,,.also just possessing a hunting ,or fresh water fishing lic YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM BLADE LENTH..dosent state you have to be fishing!!

  • Glen Mones

    BTW. Police Battons were added a few years back to the list. Of items you cant have in your vehicle or on you in public…this includes those colapsible-expandable batons…(blackjacks on person in car been on books for years)..if you want a nice impact weapon carry a cane-walking stick….(they cant ban those)also 3 to 5 D -cell maglight. Flashight. (Any color than black)

  • Glen Mones

    I own some single edged..under 4″ T-Handle push knives ,but I’m reluctant to carry them..as some officer might consider them “DIRKS” Even though they are only single edged. & some the blade isn’t even symetrical..but safe than sorry ..who needs the hassell !!

  • Glen Mones

    The only flaw i find in this sites sumation is. A stiletto is listed with any knife (,a stiletto ,any knife the blade 4″ or longer..it is not listed with the switchblade,dirk knife definition ..stiletto is listed AFTER along with any knife,..so A single edged stiletto under 4″ is legal,….avery cop ove talked to says only Double edged knives are dirks,,,,,,,.also just possessing a hunting ,or fresh water fishing lic YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM BLADE LENTH..dosent state you have to be fishing!! ..it then states a SALT WATER FISHERMEN..while fishing ..thats because at the time the law was revised ..there was no salt water lic. & they wanted to include. SW fishermen

  • Coo Coo?

    A baseball bat or a glass soda bottle can be defined as a “lethal weapon”. Correct? But I can’t have a black flashlight with 3 or 5 D cell battery’s or A 4″ fixed blade? What if I paint my flashlight pink! please. what a joke.

  • Justin Nguyen

    If the knife is an assisted opening folding knife, does it count as an automatic spring release device? Also the blade comes out from the side of the handle, so will this be illegal to carry?

    • Justin Nguyen

      The blade is a single edged 2.25 inch.

  • Hockeyboy423

    is there an age limit on owning a knife

  • adam smith

    I find it annoying you can have a .45 in your car, but not a knife with over a 4″ blade. I can legally carry a crossbow if I’m going hunting with it but not my machete. Unless I’m going camping or bring it home from the store. Knife laws are stupid. From what I read the whole reason is guns are considered civilized and knives don’t fall under the Second Amendment which is bullshit because most of the people alive when that was written carried swords!

  • colt reichler

    in the section where is talks about all the illegal stipulations and such (dirk, 4 inches or longer) it doesn’t specify the balisong does that mean anything is it legal to carry?

  • Anne

    Folding knives of what length are permitted? 1.5 or lower than 4 inches?

  • Tim Smith

    “edged portion of the blade of which is four inches or more in length” NOT “Some Knives Can Not be Carried (Open or Concealed): Blades longer than 4 inches are illegal.” It should read as UNDER FOUR inches.