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Kansas Knife Laws

Kansas knife law is practically non-existent. This article will discuss the current Kansas knife law, what it means in simple everyday terms, case precedence, and explanation of legal terms.

The knife laws for Kansas has been updated as of 7 JANUARY 2014. Read the new law here.

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal to Own

Definition of Throwing Star

A throwing star is defined by Kansas statute as “any instrument, without handles, consisting of a metal plate having three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges and designed in the shape of a polygon, trefoil, cross, star, diamond or other geometric shape, manufactured for use as a weapon for throwing.”

Limits on Carry

What the Law States

Penalty for Criminal Use

K.S.A. § 21-6301 (2012)

21-6301. Criminal use of weapons.

(a) Criminal use of weapons is knowingly:

(1) Selling, manufacturing, purchasing or possessing any bludgeon, sand club, metal knuckles or throwing star;

(2) possessing with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a billy, blackjack, slungshot, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character, or a dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument;

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(m) As used in this section, “throwing star” means any instrument, without handles, consisting of a metal plate having three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges and designed in the shape of a polygon, trefoil, cross, star, diamond or other geometric shape, manufactured for use as a weapon for throwing.

Kansas § 21-6301(a)(2), shown above, says that it is illegal to possess certain types of weapons, with the intent to use them unlawfully against another. Therefore, we can assume that until one has used one of the enumerated types of weapons against someone illegally or shows some type of intent to do so, the possession of those weapons is legal in the state of Kansas.  

It is a crime however, under § 21-6301(a)(1), above, to own metal knuckles or throwing stars. Note that under the definition of throwing star, a throwing knife is legal, as long as it has a handle.

Some knives that not listed in section (a)(1) might still be banned. For example, a WWI trench knife with a handle that also works as a metal knuckle could easily fall under that category.

Using a dangerous weapon to hurt someone else is unlawful. While a knife may not be listed as illegal to own or carry, it may or may not be a dangerous weapon and you will not find out until a judge decides. The only type of knife that would never be considered a dangerous weapon is a folding pocket knife with a blade under 4 inches.

Limits on Carry

K.S.A. § 21-6302 (2012)

21-6302. Criminal carrying of a weapon

(a) Criminal carrying of a weapon is knowingly carrying:

(1) Any bludgeon, sandclub, metal knuckles or throwing star;

(2) concealed on one’s person, a billy, blackjack, slungshot, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character;

Knives not listed as legal or illegal to carry fall in the gray area of “dangerous weapon” and it is up to a judge or jury to determine if it meets the requirements of a dangerous weapon.

Conclusion to Kansas Knife Laws

In Kansas, you can own any knife you want except for a throwing star or ballistic knife. It is legal to open or conceal carry any type of knife that it is legal to own.

Note that this is not legal advice and there is no attorney-client relationship. There are also county and city laws that come into play as well so check with your municipal.

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References

K.S.A. § 21-6301 (2012)

K.S.A. § 21-6302 (2012)

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