Knife Rights Debuts new State-by-State Knife Law app.


The LegalBlade app. is available on Android now, and iOS in the near future.

It is not news that is working hard to protect (or restore) your right to keep and bear whatever edged tools you would like. However, they have just come up with a way to protect you personally. Knowledge is power, and their new LegalBlade app will empower you to avoid running afoul of the patchwork of anachronistic blade restrictions that plague some States and municipalities.

From press release on The Outdoor Wire (for some reason I can’t find the release on the KR webpage):

“Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter said, “While Knife Rights will continue to aggressively work to repeal bad knife laws, knowledge of the law is the first step in avoiding an unfortunate arrest, loss of your knife or other legal complications. Knife Rights’ LegalBlade app was originally conceived back when I saw the first iPhone in 2007, shortly after Knife Rights was organized. I am pleased that we can finally offer knife owners a comprehensive, up-to-date and readily accessible compendium of knife laws that’s been sorely needed.”

Knife Rights LegalBlade™ App Features: 
Includes the knife laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, plus cities
Results presented incorporate judicial decisions that affect how the law is actually enforced
Easy to understand, color-coded tables
Comprehensive information on the legality of Possession, Open Carry and Concealed Carry for all common knife types, including those most often restricted 
Includes length restrictions, age restrictions and other restrictions in the law
Includes the text of the state law, plus applicable portions of court decisions that further define what is legal and what is not
“What To Do If Stopped or Arrested,” by Evan Nappen, noted knife law expert and attorney, provides clear, concise information to protect your rights if you are ever stopped for carrying a knife or arrested for a knife law violation
All legal data is maintained on the server for instant law updates and the addition of more cities going forward.”

As the release alludes too, they are still in the process of adding municipal restrictions for those unfortunate States where KnifeRights has been (so far) unsuccessful in helping pass knife law preemption. At the time of this writing the app is only available on Android platform devices, but iOS will be added once approved by Apple (we hope). When that happens we will let you know. (Read the whole release here).



  1. Roger says:

    KnifeRights ignores entire swaths of the country. Like here in Maryland we’ve got four state senators talking about ending zero tolerance policies in the schools and preemption state wide who are either up for election or going to be embattled. Being personally in contact with these men leaves me dumbfounded that none of them had been contacted by KnifeRights and only one of them knew what it was.

    Passing a law that says autos are okay in a red state with general gun freedom isn’t going to get anybody but Tennessee residents and knife guys talking.

    1. Doug says:

      Knife Rights is aggressively rewriting knife law in America. We are a young and very tiny organization getting outsized results by taking advantage of political and funding opportunities and with a strategy of maximizing the positive results we can gain for the minimal resources we have available and building on those successes. With 18 legislative victories in the states in just 5 years, I’ll stack up our record against anyone. Add to that the Knife Owners’ Protection Act we developed now running in Congress and our Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit against New York City, we have a very full plate. Then there’s this Administration’s Domestic Ivory Ban, which affects a significant number of our dues paying members, that we now find ourselves fighting as well.

      We will continue to build on our success, continue building momentum, so that we will be able to go to more problematic states and be successful where right now the cost of trying to achieve a legislative improvement would be very high (beyond our means) and the odds of success are low. We have an overall strategy and we are very successfully implementing that strategy. If we aren’t in your state today, there’s good reasons why we are not, either an issue of funding or the political climate or both. The more help we get today, the more likely we will be in a position to do more tomorrow. It took decades to get where we are today with many of the bad knife laws. We won’t turn it around overnight, but we will continue to work hard to do the most we can with the resources available.

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      1. Thank you Doug for chiming in (and reading the Blog for that matter).

        I figured that your explanation was the case re Maryland. It sucks to leave folks out to dry, but as Sun Tzu said, “Wise warriors win first, and then go to war, while a foolish warrior goes to war, and then seeks to win.”

        Keep fighting the good fight, racking up successes on the low hanging fruit, and build your army until you can win a few fights in occupied territory.

        To that end, anything you wish to share or any actions (calling or writing congresscritters etc) you wish for our readers to take, please ask and we will see what we can do.

        TTAK Managing Editor

        p.s. Thanks for your work in Tennessee. I am looking forward to receiving my Benchmade Serum auto after July 1.

        1. Doug says:

          Thanks! And, just to be clear, “low hanging fruit” doesn’t necessarily equate to “easy.” Tennessee took two years including a very difficult, time-consuming and expensive effort this year. Last year Kansas and Alaska and Indiana were two-year efforts. Texas was not easy, and we only got it half done (similar to TN the first time around) and we’ll be back next year for another go (they only meet every other year) and that is likely to be a long, difficult and expensive fight. We have been working in a couple states for 3 years with nothing yet to show, states that ought to have been “easy,” but were not. We appreciate the support!

  2. CM says:

    I can’t speak to the method that KR uses to prioritize its legislative efforts, but as a grassroots organization I’m certain that they are limited in their resources, both financial and human. As a resident of TN, I am grateful for KR’s efforts on our behalf. Even though we may be a red state, the more states we get on board may help our less fortunate friends that don’t live in “flyover country”.

  3. @doug…
    No disrespect intended. I know it was not easy. Low hanging fruit was simply meant as a euphemism for picking your battles.

    The first time TN looked good to go when it was partially derailed at the last minute. (An auto might be mistaken for a shotgun racking…wtf?. Either way, deploying any weapon against the police is a very bad idea, so why would it matter?)

    I find it slightly amusing that the first time around in TX you got lifting restrictions but no preemption, while in TN you got preemption but the length and action restrictions were left in place. But no one every accused legislators of acting in a rational and logical manner.

  4. Craig says:

    Wisconsin 941.24  Possession of switchblade knife.
    (1) Whoever manufactures, sells or offers to sell, transports, purchases, possesses or goes armed with any knife having a blade which opens by pressing a button, spring or other device in the handle or by gravity or by a thrust or movement is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

    After reading this I thought of retractable utility razor knives sold in every hardware store. They have a button that you slide forward to extend the blade. Is Home Depot and Menards guilty of a misdemeanor?

    Here in Wisconsin it is legal to carry a 10″ bowie knife or a .357 magnum but not a folding knife that can be opened with one hand (assisted open).

    Would filing charges against Stanley Tools or Home Depot or Menards for selling switchblades open the legislators eyes in Madison?

    1. Doug says:

      Generally speaking, definitions such as the one posted refer to and are enforced against knives which open “automatically” via the button in the handle, not by manual action or otherwise. Clearer definitions in most states that bar switchblade/automatic knives include the words “opens automatically.” In any case, no, Home Depot and the rest are not breaking the law and any effort to enforce the law against them in that manner would most likely be thrown out, even if you could find someone to do so in the first place. There are few shortcuts in getting laws fixed. It’s a hard political slog through the legislative process.

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