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    Indiana Knife Law FAQ

    7-19-2009

    in a nutshell, but does not include if you are commiting a crime, or special permission on school property:

    no throwing stars. no carrying while on a school bus, bus being used for school activities, or in a school.


    know the law. too much misinformation out there on whats legal and whats not.

    IC 35-47-5
    Chapter 5. Prohibited Instruments of Violence
    IC 35-47-5-1
    Repealed
    (Repealed by P.L.123-2002, SEC.51.)

    IC 35-47-5-2
    Knife with blade that opens automatically or may be propelled
    Sec. 2. It is a Class B misdemeanor for a person to manufacture, possess, display, offer, sell, lend, give away, or purchase any knife with a blade that:
    (1) opens automatically; or
    (2) may be propelled;
    by hand pressure applied to a button, device containing gas, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife.
    As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.32. Amended by P.L.70-2000, SEC.2.

    Automatic opening knives (or switchblades) are legal in Indiana as of July 1, 2013.

    IC 35-47-5-2.5
    Possession of a knife on school property
    Sec. 2.5. (a) As used in this section, "knife" means an instrument that:
    (1) consists of a sharp edged or sharp pointed blade capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds; and
    (2) is intended to be used as a weapon.
    (b) The term includes a dagger, dirk, poniard, stiletto, switchblade knife, or gravity knife.
    (c) A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally possesses a knife on:
    (1) school property (as defined in IC 35-41-1-24.7);
    (2) a school bus (as defined in IC 20-27-2-8); or
    (3) a special purpose bus (as defined in IC 20-27-2-10);
    commits a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if the person has a previous unrelated conviction under this section and a Class D felony if the offense results in bodily injury or serious bodily injury to another person.
    (d) This section does not apply to a person who possesses a knife:
    (1) if:
    (A) the knife is provided to the person by the school corporation or possession of the knife is authorized by the school corporation; and
    (B) the person uses the knife for a purpose authorized by the school corporation; or
    (2) if the knife is secured in a motor vehicle.
    As added by P.L.72-2006, SEC.9.

    IC 35-47-5-12
    "Chinese throwing star" defined; related offenses
    Sec. 12. (a) A person who:
    (1) manufactures;
    (2) causes to be manufactured;
    (3) imports into Indiana;
    (4) keeps for sale;
    (5) offers or exposes for sale; or
    (6) gives, lends, or possesses;
    a Chinese throwing star commits a Class C misdemeanor.
    (b) As used in this section, "Chinese throwing star" means a throwing-knife, throwing-iron, or other knife-like weapon with blades set at different angles.
    As added by P.L.318-1985, SEC.2.


    as found on Indiana Code 35-47-5




    maybe we could get this as a STICKY?
    Last edited by VUPDblue; 07-26-2013 at 21:02.

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    So a fixed blade knife is ok to posess (as long as not property described above?)

    I seen a cops episode where some Joe Dirt got charged for illegal ccw of a fixed blade knife.

    I don't remember the location, but was curious if indiana had this law cause I carry fixed blade knives in most of my vehicles...

    And I think what I have on my bike is considered a switch blade !!

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    if the knife on your bike is assisted (most kershaws, ZTs, and some others) your fine. an auto ("switchblade") has to fired via a button, a bolster, a toggle, or something similiar. a spring can "assist" the blade open, but you cannot have a release type mechanism.

    as with all things: you can't believe everything on TV. it will depend on the situation (if he was commiting a crime, previous arrest history, and other things), state, local laws, ect. on what is "illegal"..... the above is the indiana state LAW on knives. its not a end all be all on all scenerios. sorta like speeding, getting pulled over, and having an open container while blowing 2.6.

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    it's a spring loaded blade with a button that releases it

    but it's only 2-3" long, lol

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    So its ok on school property as long as its not intended to be a weapon? When they say AND in law it usually means both.

    Who cares about sex ed... children really need 4 years of pre law included in their education these days with all the law happy ex-hippie baby boomers now "trying to make the world a better place".

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    [quote=RCB;652336Who cares about sex ed... children really need 4 years of pre law included in their education these days with all the law happy ex-hippie baby boomers now "trying to make the world a better place".[/quote]
    no kidding

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason867 View Post
    it's a spring loaded blade with a button that releases it

    but it's only 2-3" long, lol

    illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason867 View Post
    it's a spring loaded blade with a button that releases it

    but it's only 2-3" long, lol
    I often see threads about the length of knives and the legality attached to said length... the legal code sited above includes nothing about length... am I missing something, or is this just a point people are often confused about?

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    there are no blade length issues in the state law. many other states have maximium blade length restrictions, and that is usually where the confusion is set in.... for example, a man from texas may tell you there is a blade restriction. there may be, for him in his home state, but for an indiana resident there is none.

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    now, as has been noted in numerous other threads, local government (cities, counties, towns) can make laws SEPERATE from the state. those laws, in indiana, are few and far between but do exsist. for example: there are a few (i can think of two) places which have outlawed assisted opening knives. carmel is one, and i'm at a loss for the others right now.....

    sort of like short barreled shotguns are not illegal, but indiana residents cannot own one, due to state laws.


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