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.

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13 comments on “Connecticut Knife Law
  1. Alix says:

    You said stilettos are illegal to carry then you said any stiletto over 1.5 inch can’t be carried

  2. Mark says:

    Note that it says “4 inches or more” which means blades that are exactly 4″ are illegal, not just blades over 4″, as you stated in your post. Just trying to save someone a headache.

  3. Vito says:

    Excellent page, you do a good job breaking it all down, the way you wrote it out would make it a lot easier for people to understand how these knife laws work. However you did make a couple errors. Balisongs are illegal to carry in Connecticut. Carrying a balisong is considered carrying a dangerous or deadly weapon and is a Felony. I know from experience. [(6) “Deadly weapon” means any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be discharged, or a switchblade knife, gravity knife, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, or metal knuckles. The definition of “deadly weapon” in this subdivision shall be deemed not to apply to section 29-38 or 53-206;]
    The state considers balisongs gravity knives.

    You should contact for an interview.

  4. R. M. says:

    You gotta love the occupied state of Corrupticut. I have a permit to carry pistols and revolvers and do carry often. I can carry my .45 and spare mag all day long but I have to leave my dirks and daggers at home. How does that make any sense? Permission to carry a loaded handgun is fine with the statists, but face a penalty of not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years or both. Wake up voters.

  5. Scott Sagman says:

    Question…can I carry a Ken Onion “spring assist” in Connecticut? I have called KERSHAW and have been told it is not a spring loaded knife. Does that play with your experience in the state.



  6. Nick says:

    Is it legal to transport a blade over 4″ in your automobile if you are going camping on private land?

  7. Mick Johnson, North Western Ct. says:

    Of the dozens of knives i own/collect, i choose to ‘wear’ a neck knife made by Ridge Runner, the ‘edged’ aspect is exactly “3 and is not ‘double edged’, which is illegal to carry in Ct. I openly wear the knife around my kneck, instead of carrying/clipping a knife to my belt or pocket. I find that this knife and the method of carry seems to intimidate some folks who i pass by, or at the counter in a store, etc etc. My concern now is the part above where it states “knives that have no other purpose other than to stab”. Could you expound a bit on that for me? Although i have never felt the need to use the knife in a defensive manner, it is why i carry it. However…i have used it many times to open packages, boxes etc… Do you in your opinion, think that a knife such as mine would be considered by a police officer as one of those described as having no use other than to stab?

  8. Andrew says:

    need to be verry clear. is it that the “BLADE” has to less than 4″ or the hole knife?

  9. Glen M. says:

    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,<NOTE:THERE IS A COMMA HERE< or stiletto, or any knife the edged portion of the blade of which is four inches or more in length..Stiletto Falls under Or Stiletto Or Any other knife …So you can carry a stiletto If it is under 4 inches & Single edged The way I read it ..Also the law states 4in The "Edged" Portion of the blade ..which means "Sharpened" portion.. NOT the unsharpened Riccaso…so according to the statute the Blade from the handle may be longer as long as the Edged portion is under 4in..The revision to the statute also says you can carry a longer knife if you possess a Hunting or fishing license..Or a salt water fisherman while fishing ..Thats because at the time of the revision ..there was no salt water license Available ..Note the law says you dont have to be fishing or hunting to carry a large knife Just possess the license.

  10. Andy in West Haven says:

    I can carry all the handguns I can on my person open or concealed but I might go to jail for carrying a fixed blade knife 4.00 inches or longer.

    That’s CT for ya!

  11. Anon says:

    Mick Johnson: Don’t carry a knife around your neck with the intent to intimidate. If someone intends you harm, you’ve told them that you have a weapon, and if someone doesn’t intend to do you harm, you just intimidate normal nice folk. If you aim for defense, carry a knife in your pocket. You won’t intimidate nice folk and when you need to defend yourself, the surprise will be there.

  12. rick mcginnis says:

    i have had problems with cops when i carry 4 inch blades i always recite the law above and they always check on it and have to let me go. i never knew about the balisong knives. under 4 so when i go to storage this weekend i’m pulling them out thanks.

  13. JAMES says:

    Question: Is the 4″ legal blade length limit MEASURED (1.) Straight down shank from blade tip to end of blade edge? -OR- (2.) Along the radius of the curve?

    I ask because I have a knife that “Teeders” the line depending on how measured?

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