The 2nd Amendment: ‘Arms’ Includes Knives, Right?

Jurist and gun-rights guru David Kopel, shown here, has co-authored a law review article about knives and the 2nd Amendment in which he argues that knives, just like guns, are among the ‘arms’ protected by the United States Constitution. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Okay, maybe somebody has, but they probably weren’t as erudite or as persuasive as Kopel is . . .

My research for ‘Know Your Knife Laws’ has turned up some Kafka-esque restrictions on edged weapons. Many states can lock you up for carrying an automatic knife while allowing you to carry a concealed automatic pistol with 18 rounds in the magazine.

I’ve emailed Kopel and begged for permission to excerpt sections for publication here. It will be awesome if he’s cool with it, but even if he doesn’t, he’s still a regular contributor to The Volokh Conspiracy (a great blog if you don’t already read it) and I’ll be happy to share the link to whatever excerpts he publishes there.


  1. Aharon says:

    Thanks Chris! It is about time that the pro 2A community began to include knives in our struggle to the RKBA.

    1. travis m. says:

      Arms should also include less lethal weapons as well, for those who aren’t ready to defend themselves with bullets or sharp edges, but this will open the door for that if it succeeds.

  2. robert says:

    could not read article for the ATT adds moving screen around..happens everywhere i go…..everywhere..BOYCOTT ATT and Their OBNOXIOUS INTERFERING Adds

  3. robert says:

    I guess if you wait long enough the adds let up…Here in Texas we have long had an Unconstitutional Prohibition on Blades longer than 5 1/2 inches..there is an incident early in the last century ,where a Texan of Mexican lineage was arrested on his private property..On a warrant i believe, then walked out in the county road and arrested for a BOWIE knife..convicted…overturned on appeal…as search at arrest should have happened on his private property…I would think same applys for all persons charged at jailhouse for items Prohibited in jail….

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