Update: Knife Rights’ statement on signing of Michigan switchblade bill

Michigan Switchblade Law


We broke the news last night (thanks to a heads up from an intrepid reader) that Governor Snyder signed SB 245 – legalizing automatic knives in the State of Michigan. I promised more details as they became available, including details on the date the bill goes into effect.

From Knife Rights:

Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, was signed yesterday by Governor Rick Snyder.

SB 245, sponsored by Senator Rick Jones, simply repeals Section 226a (switchblade ban) of the Michigan penal code originally enacted in 1952. SB245 is the culmination of years of effort by Knife Rights and our friends in Michigan including Senator Mike Green, the original sponsor of the bill.

SB245 becomes effective in 90 days on October 10, 2017. Switchblade (Automatic) knives remain illegal in Michigan until then.

Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter noted, “this is a great day for Michigan knife owners, but there is still plenty of work to be done to rid Michigan of its remaining archaic and vague knife restrictions.  Knife Rights will keep working until Michigan’s law-abiding knife owners are free to carry any blade they want.”
Knife Rights has repealed switchblade bans in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin and now in Michigan.
Well done to all involved. Thank you to our readers who called and wrote the legislature and Governor to help get this passed.


  1. Rob says:

    H. Clay,

    This is great news! However, everyone in MI should be aware of this. The Author of the Bill was on the Rick Gruber show earlier to clairify the details of his Bill. They are as follows and I included a link to his page so everyone can read it so no one gets caught in an ooopsie, which is why this Bill came about to begin with. Too many people were getting in trouble for carrying spring assisted knives.

    Rick Jones
    19 hrs · Grand Ledge, MI ·
    The Governor signed my spring-assisted knife bill today. Some in the media will say it’s now legal to carry a “switchblade”.
    That’s technically not true. The switchblade commonly known as a Stiletto is still banned.
    This is the spring assisted utility knife that is like a common jackknife. It has a one edged blade. Not the double edge Stiletto.
    It is commonly carried by the National Guard and police. It is sold all over the place and some people were getting into trouble.
    Everyone from the ACLU to the MSP supported decriminalizing this commonly sold knife.


    1. I am going to forward this on to Doug and Todd for a response.


    2. I will have more on this later but yes double sided blades remain verboten. However, with repeal there is no law on the books to mechanism if opening a k ice with a spring in it.

      *insert I am not a lawyer disclaimer here

      1. knightofbob says:

        I’m looking forward to clarification, because I have a Benchmade AFO I’d love to have in my pocket instead of on a shelf. I originally just meant for it to be part of my collection (it’s what our pilots used to have in their survival kits), but it’d be fully practical with a little oil and a trip to the Worksharp.

  2. HandyDan says:

    So what does it mean that the law was “given immediate effect”? Does that mean that the 90 days started with Snyder’s signature instead of at the end of the legislative session?


    1. Knives with springs opening mechanisms will be legal 90 days from the signature in my understanding.

  3. Wil M. says:

    To Doug Ritter & Knife Rights: Congratulations on yet another job well done!

    Wil M.
    Phoenix, AZ

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Update: Knife Rights’ statement on signing of Michigan switchblade bill

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