Connecticut ratified the United States Constitution on January 9th, 1788 and became the fifth state to join the union. I spent part of my childhood in southwest Connecticut, before I knew any better, but Connecticut’s gun laws are now so offensive to my liberty that I’ll smoke a turd in hell before I ever set foot there again. What do you need to know about their knife laws?
First, as usual, a quick disclaimer: I’m not licensed in any state except Washington and none of this is meant to be relied on as legal advice. If you need to know what you can or can’t get away with under any state or local law, you’ll need to hit the law books yourself or call a lawyer in that state.
But now back to business. The Nutmeg State’s state-level knife laws aren’t terribly bad, at least for now. General Statutes Of Connecticut section 943-53-206 says you can own anything you want including automatics, but you can only carry knives with blades of 4″ or less. For carried automatics, the blade limit is an almost-comical 1.5″ and there’s some unclear language about ‘dirk knives’ and ‘switch knives’, whatever the hell they are. As usual, there are no knives allowed in schools, courthouses, prisons, etc.
The term ‘switchblade’ isn’t well defined, and the statutory language does not include the crystal-clear knife definitions advocated for by Knife Rights. Assisted openers are not clearly legal since there’s no safe-harbor provision for spring-activated blades with a ‘bias towards closure,’ but neither are they obviously illegal because they lack an ‘automatic spring device by which the blade is released from the handle.’
So far this isn’t too bad, but Connecticut state law does not preempt local knife laws, and its various counties and municipalities are free to enact and enforce a patchwork of restrictions. I only did a quick survey of local knife regulations, but I found that New London prohibits carrying blades longer than 3.” Other localities may be worse.
Conclusion: Connecticut’s knife laws aren’t too bad. If state law preempted local laws and included a safe-harbor definition of assisted openers,I’d say their laws would actually be pretty good. But Connecticut can still FOAD for pissing all over the 2nd Amendment, and all right-minded Americans should boycott it and everything that comes from it.