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Arizona Knife Laws

If you live in Arizona you are in luck, Arizona has the best knife laws of all 50 states. There are no illegal pocket knives in Arizona.  Basically, you can own any type of blade you want and carry it concealed or in the open without worry. There are no municipal laws so you won’t have to worry about cops the next town over harassing you for something that is legal in your home town.

What is Legal/Illegal in Arizona

  • Pocket knives are legal.
  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, Bowie knives, and stilettos are legal.
  • Knives of any length are legal.
  • It is legal for anyone over 21 to carry knives concealed.
  • It is illegal to not inform a police officer when they stop you that you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife.
  • It is illegal for someone under 21 years of age to carry a non-pocket knife concealed.
  • It is illegal to bring a knife into schools.

Outside of what is listed above, it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already illegal. What this means is that it is illegal to rob a bank with a knife and you will be penalized more severely than if you robbed a bank without a weapon. You can read the law here.

Removal of Municipal Knife Laws in 2011

In the old days, the State of Arizona had its own knife laws and individual cities would have their own knife laws as well. The result was that people were being charged with having illegal knives that are 100% legal in their home town.

In 2011 the State of Arizona preempted all municipal laws and, basically, made every type of knife legal. The new code was based off of the fact that the majority of knife owners used their knives as tools rather than weapons. The old laws were harming innocent citizens instead of criminals and were finally changed.

Conclusion on Arizona Knife Laws

If you are from Arizona, go buy Balisongs, gravity knives, Bowies, stilettos, and whatever else you want: you live in the coolest state in America. Just don’t use it for a crime.

I am not an attorney so take this article with a grain of salt. I am just a law student. Also, this is not legal advice, talk to an attorney if you want that.

Do you have any questions? Post it in the comment section below. We are also looking for an Arizona attorney who would like to do an interview about Arizona knife laws.

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    1. Guys…as the article states: the ONLY two times in Arizona that a knife is NOT legal is 1) a person under 21 years of age carries a concealed NON-pocket knife; 2) anybody having a knife at school…that’s IT!

  1. In the state of South Carolina it is legal to own, possess, open carry any knife and conseal carry any knife except a Bowie, even if you are a (FELON).
    So, are FELONS allowed to carry knives in the state of Arizona?
    Will someone please reply.
    Thank you ⚔️

  2. Hey can a 16 year old carry a knife of the size. 11.5 inches on his hip with a sheath. Damascus steel.

  3. I have a Scheffield Rogue that I want to carry around for my safety do you think that is legal to carry around in the open that’s all I want to know thank you

  4. i’m 26 and i have a multitool which has a knife and a smaller knives under 5in is that ok to carry?

  5. I’m 13 And I have a fixed blade winchester with I guess you can call a belt sheeth Can I carry it on my person conceled or non conceled.

  6. I am 16 and own a double bladed folding dagger that I keep in my house away from public only to be used in the most of extreme cases would that be allowed the blades about 4 inches by itself

  7. I am 16 I have a 12 inch overall ka-bar as long as it is visual able can I carry it because it was a gift

    1. I read that tomahawks r legal to have for sporting events such as camping,hiking,and hunting

  8. hello so i am under the age of 21 but i have a balisong with a blade under 4 inches so i know i have to carry it unconcealed but do i have to carry it in my hand or can i have it on a belt but i dont have any intentions on opening it in public unless i really feel like flipping

  9. Im 16 and i have a sword of 28 inches is it alright to carry to a public place for protective purposes? (Also it is in the sheath)

  10. My 19 year old son carries a SOG Gambit with a 2.58 blade in a shealth and today he was told by an “acting” security guy that it’s considered a weapon and he needs to remove it and put in the car. I have read the laws however I would like to get a little more input. Thank you for your time.

    1. Did it happen at school by any chance? The Gambit is not a pocket knife, so you can’t bring it to school.

    2. It did not happen at school. It was at church but both him and I are on the security team. What is it classified as?

    1. Heck yeah, dey will DIE from our awesomeness

  11. I’m 14 and i have a butterfly knife with over a 4 inch blade is it not considered concealed if it has a pocket clip?

    1. if your talking about clipped and the knife is inside your pocket then that’s concealed

  12. Well, how about an axe in your car can you keep it there if your at least 18?

  13. So its legal to carry a multi tool concealed or not,under the age of 21 (im turning 15 this year)?

  14. So I’m 13 and I have a 12 inch bayonet, would I be able to open carry it or not?

    1. not until you are 21…all you have to do is read whats above and you will have known this

  15. And what about a bayonet now that there is not concealed handgun license requirements

  16. Is a sword the same as a knife I now they are both blades but we’ll on is usually not more than 9″ the other is about 4′

  17. I am 14 and I own a 3.5 in pocket knife can I carry it concealed?

    1. Yes. The limit is either 4 inches or 3.5 ( I think I’ve read both) but either way its legally not considered a knife, it’s technically a “knife shaped tool” in AZ so you should be perfectly fine, just make sure you tell and officer, especially if he’s about to search you.

  18. I am 16 and if I have a 12 inch knife and the handle is under my shirt is that legal

    1. The HANDLE under your shirt? so the sharp part is sticking up? I think (hope) I’m confused… As long as the knife is displayed since you are under 21 and the knife is larger than 4 inches (I believe that’s the cutoff, it’s either 3.5 or 4 inches). Your best bet is display it in a carrying case that clips on your belt, or anywhere visible… If you mean the handle is covered by your shirt but the blade sticks out down past that, I would guess that’s considered visible but that may be a gray area. My advice: ask a lawyer or (easier solution) get a sheath for it.

    2. Typically concealed means if it is covered at all. So a weapon (knife) partially covered by your shirt could be construed as concealed. To be safe make sure the entire knife is visible. – In a sheath that is designed to protect the blade should be fine, so long as the sheath is not designed to conceal the blade to appear as something other than a knife.

  19. As Crockodile Dundee says,”that’s not a knife”,THAT’S A KNIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Im 13 and i bought a karambit at a big five in Arizona they let me with parental consult so is that legal.

    1. It is legal to own and carry, but it is not a pocket knife, so don’t carry it concealed.

  21. I just bought a straight blade overall is 12 inches the blade is 7. So if I have it in the sheath and strapped to my waste I won’t get in trouble?

    1. Yes, all types of knives are legal and considered tools.

  22. Is it illegal for someone under 21 to own a non pocket knife

  23. Can someone under 21 carry a non pocket knife unconcealed??

  24. I live in Arizona and i’m underage to carry a concealed knife. I want a butterfly knife and I don’t know if I can have it closed in sight on my belt or I have to have it open?

    1. unless you find a butterfly knife that’s 4 inches or under, you have to carry it Unconcealed and in clear view. The definition of a knife under 4 inches legally isn’t a “knife”, its a “knife shaped tool” which is way underaged people can carry it concealed.

  25. Im 16 and just bought a butterfly knife, am I able to carry it on me legally? thanks.

    1. unless you find a butterfly knife that’s 4 inches or under, you have to carry it Unconcealed and in clear view.

  26. I have a quick question. I’m 15 and I own a knife with a blade just over 2 and half inchs. A: Can I carry it? B: It has a clip so it hangs in my pocket and you can see the clip when its in my pocket, would that be considered a ‘concealed weapon’? Thank you.

    1. You should be good if you always have part of it showing. Keep in mind that one police officer may be different from another. Be safe and never reach for a knife when talking to a police officer.

  27. What about carrying swords and such. What are the laws on that.

    1. If you are 21, (as far as I’ve read from multiple websites…) Go nuts! There is no blade length of any kind I’ve ever seen, and I think you can even carry it concealed (if you can manage lol) here’s some links to back it up
      First of all, at the top of this page, the 4th bullet down, say:
      “Knives of any length are legal.” (if you are 21 I believe)

      And here is a link

      http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/what-knives-you-can-carry-where-in-the-united-states-1697091171

      Arizona: Anything goes. Tell a cop if you’re carrying one.

  28. SO, WE CAN MANUFACTURE, TRADE, USE AND OWN POCKET KNIFE, SWITCHBLADE KNIFE, OUT-TO-THE-FRONT STILETTO KNIFE.
    IF OK, WE WILL SET UP A COMPANY DOING THIS BUSINESS.
    ANYONE CAN MAKE SURE IT IS OK?

  29. I have wondered if you could carry them in public now I know… The most thing I wondered about was the age you have to be to buy a machete. Yes I’m only 13 and a girl but I used my friend’s machete to go through the woods and make paths. I’m also terrified of snakes and we have a bunch of them and one time I didn’t have the machete and I almost got bit. Even though I’m a girl it doesn’t mean I don’t have a right to own a machete…What age do you have to be to purchase a machete?

  30. I don’t believe this statement is correct.

    “•It is illegal to not inform a police officer when they stop you that you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife.”

    I believe that is only illegal if an officer asks if you have deadly weapon and fail to accurately inform.

    From A.R.R. 13-3102

    “(b) When contacted by a law enforcement officer and failing to accurately answer the officer if the officer asks whether the person is carrying a concealed deadly weapon;”

  31. Your average multitool carries a hefty blade. A tool kit in your pocket. And if you’re worried about self-defense against an atracker with a knife, I’ve never seen anyone stopped for packing a large crescent wrench.

    1. …and I’ve never seen anyone PACKING a large crescent wrench. BECAUSE IT’S A LARGE CRESCENT WRENCH! Oye.

  32. Sounds like New Hampshire knife laws except New Hampshire doesn’t call you a child until you reach the age of 21. Maybe someday AZ will catch up to NH with sane, rational knife laws 😉

  33. so im 16 and live in az, so can I carry a 3.5inch pocket knife with me?..thanks to whoever answers this I just cant seem to find answers anywhere else

  34. Couple of typos above you should correct:

    “it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already legal” should be “it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already illegal”

    “made every time of knife legal” should be “made every type of knife legal”

  35. Way many years ago I bought a ton of government surplus parachute harness. Behold, a paratrooper’s switchblade knife.

    In those days, I believed what I saw on TV, and that it was a felony to possess such a terrible weapon.

    I was terrified I would be sent up the river, so I called the police to come and take it away.

    The kindly “Mayberry” type police officer informed me that switchblade knives were legal in Arizona even then.

  36. I live in Arizona and did not know the law here ,and had not been carrying one for that reason, Thanks for the good info. I own a “Neck Lance” knife as well its meant to be worn around the neck and can be easly concealed .

  37. I have a ‘short machete’ with a 10′ blade which I have used when either camping or hunting. What’s the difference between a large knife and a ‘short machete’? Is a machete, which is a basic tool, regarded the same as a large knife by authorites?

  38. I’m 18 and I own 6 inch knife yes cops will be pissed if your carrying a bowing knife like mine or th 12 inch knife. So jusy hide it on u if u carry it and if they stop u and ask just u u can ether be honest and hope for the best or denie them access to your belongings I personally think enyone 18 and over it should be legal but wharve

    1. you’re also 18 and the legal age for concealed knives is 21 so maybe that’s why they were pissed.. All you had to do was display it, and let them know (in case they didn’t see it) that you have a knife on you.
      (NOTE: ALL MY ANSWERS ASSUME YOU LIVE IN AZ AS THATS THE FORUM WE’RE IN)

  39. Hi I had a few questions, I’m 17 years old and i’m thinking of carrying a knife, ever since my friend was assulted walking back from a friends house. Me as a minor would I be able to open carry a 12 inch (overall) knife. Thank you for your time.

    1. Since you are under 21, if you display it you are allowed to carry it

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