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.