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Whats the deal with switchblades in PA?
#1
So, what is the deal with switchblades in PA? I have heard that you can buy kits and build them but can't buy them pre assembled? What about owning and carrying them? Just curious on what the da law is??
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A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
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#2
From what I understand you can own them as a curio/relic but that's it. You can't daily carry them. I guess you could technically carry them to a knife convention.
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#3
Quote:§908. Prohibited offensive weapons.

© Definitions.-As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
"Firearm." Any weapon which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive, or the frame or receiver of any such weapon. "Offensive weapons" Any bomb, grenade, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, firearm specially made or specially adapted for concealment or silent discharge, any blackjack, sandbag, metal knuckles, dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mecha¬nism, or otherwise, any stun gun, stun baton, taser or other electronic or electric weapon or other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury which serves no common lawful purpose.

(b) Exceptions.¬
(1) It is a defense under this section for the defendant to prove by a preponderance of evidence that he possessed or dealt with the weapon solely as a curio or in a dramatic per¬formance, or that, with the exception of a bomb, grenade or incendiary device, he complied with the National Firearms Act (26 U.S.C. §5801 et seq.), or that he possessed it briefly in consequence of having found it or taken it from an aggressor, or under circumstances simi¬larly negativing any intent or likelihood that the weapon would be used unlawfully.


I would say owning a functioning switchblade in Pa is illegal except as a curio, but good luck proving it.

I think GL once commented encasing the blade in Lucite as an example of something that had no purpose other than curiosity may pass the sniff test. I think he was being somewhat facetious but making the point that the owner had the duty to prove it was being kept purely as a curio.

IMO having it potentially available for use in any capacity is dicey.
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All those stupid Crossfit people are illegally carrying. They should be thrown in jail.

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#5
Aside from the legal issues with switchblades, most of them just aren't built to withstand daily use, unless you want to pay over $400 for a Benchmade or Microtech auto. They're just not practical, in most cases. I have a cheap OTF Microtech clone that sits in a drawer; it's not even fit for use as a letter opener.
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#6
I have two. Just keep them with the rest of my knife collection. Im hoping they will become legal soon but we need to get on our reps for that.

I want a microtech but Im not dropping 200+ on a knife purely for my collection.
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#7
I have a cheap china one I open boxes with. I also have a early stiletto which lives in the safe. Just another novelty item, not really practical for anything.
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#8
Yeah, I'd like to have a cheapy one purely for novelty. I don't need any $200+ knives! LOL!
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A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
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#9
[two cents] First off, I wouldn't go admitting you have a knife that is prohibited by law... someone out there is ALWAYS looking for a reason to kick in someone's door at 2am. Just saying... [/two cents]

That said, the switchblade law is ridiculous. We can own firearms, swords, machetes, and just about anything else in this state, but a knife that opens by a button-activated spring system is illegal... wtf? You can get a spring assist that requires that you nudge the blade in some way and the rest is done by spring tension. Hell, I have pocket knives and folding utility knives that I can whip open without even touching the thumb-assist. It's def not about the speed of the knife, it's about the stigma behind gangs carrying switchblades back in the day. The law is antiquated and needs repealed.

As a side note, by what I've been reading, it's illegal to carry ANY "cutting weapon" in Philly unless in the act of doing a job that requires it. The penalty is $300 in fines and possible 3 months in the local playpen.
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#10
Pinhead, its not illegal to own them.
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