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Are spring assisted knives legal in Pa.?
#11
The law on auto openers is completely absurd, given the vast improvements in fast, one handed manually opening folders.

The spring assist is not an automatic knife, f.y.i., and not illegal in PA as per state law, however some municipalities (like Philly), will hassle you over ANY knife.
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#12
das;162901 Wrote:Im going to call the Sheriff's Dept. tomorrow and ask. The PSP doesnt know and I need to be 100% sure. I dodged a potentially serious legal issue in 2013 and I dont want to chance a legal problem. I will let you know what I find out.

Why the hell would you do that? If they say it's legal, and then you get jammed up, are they going to fund your defense and/or testify on your behalf?

IMO, spring-assists ARE legal, but if you "really" need to know, pay an attorney to get a legal opinion.
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gnbrotz;162903 Wrote:
das;162901 Wrote:Im going to call the Sheriff's Dept. tomorrow and ask. The PSP doesnt know and I need to be 100% sure. I dodged a potentially serious legal issue in 2013 and I dont want to chance a legal problem. I will let you know what I find out.

Why the hell would you do that? If they say it's legal, and then you get jammed up, are they going to fund your defense and/or testify on your behalf?

IMO, spring-assists ARE legal, but if you "really" need to know, pay an attorney to get a legal opinion.
No they wont back up if they say its legal but I would hope they would know. I dont have the money to be the "test case". The knife laws seem a bit unclear on the spring assisted part. Where is Jah when you need him!
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#14
das;162906 Wrote:The knife laws seem a bit unclear on the spring assisted part.

How so? If it's "automatic", it's regulated (legal, but only under very narrow circumstances). "Assisted" is NOT "automatic."
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gnbrotz;162911 Wrote:
das;162906 Wrote:The knife laws seem a bit unclear on the spring assisted part.

How so? If it's "automatic", it's regulated (legal, but only under very narrow circumstances). "Assisted" is NOT "automatic."
Maybe its just me being overly cautious but it just seems to be a very fine line between assisted and automatic.
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#16
The fact that you can purchase assisted blade knives at Lowes here in PA is pretty telling, honestly. Push button release/retract are illegal to carry, but not own. The kind that are spring assisted when you move the blade are completely legal. Ignorant law enforcement may SAY otherwise, but rarely do they actually know.
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pinhead1979;162919 Wrote:The fact that you can purchase assisted blade knives at Lowes here in PA is pretty telling, honestly. Push button release/retract are illegal to carry, but not own. The kind that are spring assisted when you move the blade are completely legal. Ignorant law enforcement may SAY otherwise, but rarely do they actually know.
I got a firm "I dont know" from the State Police which is pretty telling also. I just want to avoid any possible issues.
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das;162920 Wrote:
pinhead1979;162919 Wrote:The fact that you can purchase assisted blade knives at Lowes here in PA is pretty telling, honestly. Push button release/retract are illegal to carry, but not own. The kind that are spring assisted when you move the blade are completely legal. Ignorant law enforcement may SAY otherwise, but rarely do they actually know.
I got a firm "I dont know" from the State Police which is pretty telling also. I just want to avoid any possible issues.

Again, at the State level, they are not a prohibited item. But individual towns, burgs, and cities may have their own ordinances. Philly prohibits all knife carry unless you are actively on a job that may require the use of a cutting instrument. You could have the micro Swiss army knife and if a philly cop wants to break your balls over it, he will.
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#19
The two worst sources for firearm law info is "law enforcement" and "gun shops".

I'd imagine it would be even worse getting advice about knives from either one.
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#20
"shall not be questioned"
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