Colonial’s Automatic Knives State Checklist

ColonialBlackieCollins2Colonial Knife Corp. has distributed a list of states where it is legal to possess switchblade and automatic knives (sometimes with restrictions).  Colonial has thrown some of their model numbers into the list–well, they did provide it!  The photo above is the Blackie Collins-designed model 103.

Knife Rights Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 that lobbies in statehouses for your legal rights to possess and carry knives.  They are mentioned by Colonial in the guide, and I suspect that is from where the information came.

My caution here is that it is incumbent upon you to research your own state’s laws to determine the legality of any weapon you might carry.  Colonial’s guide, and my reprinting of it here, does not constitute legal advice.  Enjoy.

by Wilson


Colonial Knives Guide to States Legal for Automatic knives:

As of September 1, 2015:  Alphabetical Listings of States where civilian possession of Switchblade/Automatic knives is legal with any limitations noted.

States where Knife Rights has enacted Knife Law Preemption are in Bold with Date.

States where Knife Rights has enacted Repeal of Switchblade Bans are Italics with Date or (Enactment Date).

*=Concealed Carry also legal


Alaska* 2013

Arizona*2010 (First in Nation)


California* (under 2 inches) perfect for the 102, 103, & 210

Connecticut* (with valid hunting or fishing license OR 1.5 inches and under)

Delaware* (possession requires CCW) weapons permit

Florida* (Concealed with CCW)

Georgia* 2012 (5-inch carry limit on all knives)

Idaho* (vague limitations on concealed carry, but definitely okay with CCW)

Indiana* 2013

Iowa* (Concealed with CCW)



Maine 2015 (Oct.15th)

Massachusetts* (1.5-inches or less) perfect for the Colonial model 102, 103 & 210


Minnesota (for “collectors” and/or as “curios or antiques”) perfect for the Colonial knife brand since it has a high collectible rating


Missouri 2012

Montana (as part of “registered collection”)


Nevada 2015

New Hampshire* 2010 Repeal (First in Nation) and 2011 Preemption

New Jersey (for “lawful purpose” including specifically “hunting” but no sales)

New York (with valid hunting, fishing or trapping license, but no sales)

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma* 2015  (repeal was of the carny ban, possession was already legal) & Preemption (Nov 1)

Oregon* (concealed with CCW)

Rhode Island* (concealed must be 3-inches or less) perfect for the model 102, 103 & 210

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee* 2013 Preemption 2014 Autos

Texas* (concealed with CCW) 2013 Auto

Utah* (concealed with CCW) 2011

Vermont* (under 3-inches) model 102, 103 & 210 are perfect for VT

West Virginia



No restrictions on possession–28

Knife Rights since 2010–10


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