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Michigan Knife Laws

TueborThe law in Michigan can be confusing if you have not had formal training. This article will give you a thorough understanding of Michigan’s knife laws in everyday English. It will give you a brief version of the law, a full version of the law with explanations, as well as case precedence. The law does not have to be confusing (and it was never intended to be) and, hopefully, this article will make it more accessible for the common person.

Knife carry laws in the state of Michigan were amended in October 2017.  Spring-assisted knives (switchblades, automatic, etc.) are now legal as of the amendment date.  However, OTF (out the front) double-edged knives are still prohibited.

What is Legal to Own

  • Butterfly knives, also called balisong knives, are legal.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Hidden knives like belt knives and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that do not set off metal detectors) are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, and gravity knives are legal.

What is Legal to Carry

  • All knives, except for banned ones, are legal for open carry.
  • It is legal to carry a hunting knife concealed.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other stabbing items.
  • It is illegal to carry any automatic NON-FOLDING knife (that is, any knife whose blade protrudes out the front of the handle).
  • On top of this, you can not carry a dangerous weapon with intent to harm.
  • It is legal to carry an automatic or spring-assisted knife (as of October 2017) unless the blade deploys out the front of the handle

The law only limits the carry of dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other sharp, double-bladed stabbing tools. If a knife cannot be used to stab (has no point), it can be carried concealed as long as you do not have the intent to harm someone.  Also, note that while it is illegal to carry a double-edged OTF knife (automatic or not), an OTF knife that is NOT double-edged could technically be legal.  However, I’d stay away from carrying one since there’s a good chance it would be seen as a dirk or dagger by a judge or prosecutor. 

What the Law Says

No Intent to Harm

MCL § 750.226

§ 750.226. Firearm or dangerous weapon; carrying with unlawful intent. Sec. 226.

Carrying firearm or dangerous weapon with unlawful intent-Any person who, with intent to use the same unlawfully against the person of another, goes armed with a pistol or other firearm or dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, or knife having a blade over 3 inches in length, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or by a fine of not more than 2,500 dollars.

This law makes it illegal for individuals to use a dangerous weapon against another. The law states that daggers, dirks, razors, and stilettos are dangerous weapons per se. The law also goes on to say that any knife over 3 inches, when used against another person, is a defacto dangerous weapon. However, the clause also ends with “or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument.” What would be included under that? We don’t know for sure but case law gives us some ideas.

Any knife can be a dangerous weapon. In the 1971 case of People v Iverson, it was found that carrying a hunting knife is not a per se crime unless you are carrying a hunting knife with intent to harm another person. The implications of this are that, if you are planning on hurting someone with a knife, there is a chance that the knife can count as a dangerous weapon even if it is a 1-inch folder.

Pocket knives over 3 inches are not dangerous weapons per se. The case of People v Vaines in 1945 found that a jackknife (a type of pocket knife) that is over 3 inches in blade length is not an automatic dangerous weapon and carrying it is not a crime. The court goes on to explain that, only when the knife is used for attacking or defending is it than a deadly weapon.

What are the implications of these two cases and the law? It means that you can carry any of the above knives on you as long as you do not have the intent to harm someone. The prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you, at the moment the police found you, had the intent to harm while you were carrying a dangerous knife.

An example of a case where this happened was in Chicago where a man was convicted of carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to harm. A police officer found the man bent over behind a car at night with leather gloves on during the summer. Given the season, the fact that the knife was in the open position, and the fact he was concealed, a jury convicted him of carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to harm.

 

Limits on Concealed Knives

MCL § 750.227

§ 750.227. Concealed weapons; carrying; penalty. Sec. 227.

(1) A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length, or any other dangerous weapon, except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such, concealed on or about his or her person, or whether concealed or otherwise in any vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business or on other land possessed by the person. […] (3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or by a fine of not more than $2,500.00.

MCL § 750.222a

§ 750.222a. “Double-edged, nonfolding stabbing instrument” defined. Sec. 222a.

(1) As used in this chapter, “doubled-edged, nonfolding stabbing instrument” does not include a knife, tool, implement, arrowhead, or artifact manufactured from stone by means of conchoidal fracturing. (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an item being transported in a vehicle, unless the item is in a container and inaccessible to the driver.

From reading this, we know that it is legal to conceal carry a hunting knife. We also know that it is legal to open carry any type of knife as long as it is not an automatic knife (a knife your not supposed to have in your possession).

What is illegal then? Well, we must first find out what “other dangerous weapon” means. Case precedence will help with this.

People v Smith (1975) found that “other dangerous weapon” must mean other types of stabbing instruments. The implications of this is that carrying concealed a non-hunting knife that has a blunt tip is not illegal. Some dive knives have blunt tips and, under this law, you can carry them concealed. To further emphasize this point, the case of People v Grandberry in 1980 found that axes (top tomahawks for tactical use) do not qualify as dangerous weapons in this clause since they can not be used to stab others. From these two cases, we know that, as long as the knife cannot be used to stab others, it is legal to carry concealed.

What is a Hunting Knife?

The case of People v Payne in 1989 found that a hunting knife is a knife used to cut open and skin game. It is usually a wide, single bladed knife with a pointed tip. The law makes no distinction on folding or fixed blade. It also has no distinction in blade length.

Conclusion on Michigan Knife Laws

Michigan’s laws are not that confusing, it just requires some investigation and analysis. In Michigan, you can own any knife you want. You can also open carry any knife you want unless it is an automatic knife whose blade deploys out the front of the handle. The only limits to concealed carry are that you must not use the knife to harm others and that you can not carry a stabbing knife like a dirk or stiletto whose blade is deployed out the front of the handle.

Note that this is not legal advice and there is no client-attorney relationship. Talk to an attorney in your area if you need assistance. There are also county laws that come into play as well.

If you have a question, type it in the comment box below.

References

*This article was updated in April of 2019 using the State of Michigan Statutes overview which you can check HERE.

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Comments

  1. I know this post is a bit old but, check out the clinch pick. I conceal it on the front of my belt, police have seen it and, now all want one. Three inch blade, fit’s your palm swell, amazing for upclose and, personal… plus making bomb ass spaghetti lol. Take this with a grain of salt on legality. I’m a veteran so I tend to get the “move along” quite often. Might be wrong but, we play with the gift’s the God’s gave us lol.

  2. So I was wondering if you are carrying a knife as a minor and you catch yourself in a situation with an adult trying to hurt you would I have the right to defend myself with a knife?

    1. That’s a really tricky point because it would really depend on a lot of things. If you are in obvious danger (like being kidnapped) and you use the knife to escape, no one will criticize you, but anything less severe than that and you could be charged. However, that may also be to the discretion of the Police officer to shows up to investigate. Every officer has discretion to do as he sees most appropriate in the moment, and that could go either way. I wish I could help more, but that’s the reality.
      cheers,
      Pete

    2. Nolan, Michigan has the stand your ground law which means if you are in fear of your life or think the person can and will inflict great bodily harm to you or someone with you, you are allowed legally to use deadly force. Just be sure to not be carrying an illegal double edged knife or other weapon. There’s not a blade length law in Michigan as long as you’re not carrying it as a weapon. It’s worded weird but just never tell law enforcement that it’s for self defense, always say it’s a tool. Hopefully you never have to be in this type of situation. Be smart

  3. I am a bagpiper here in Michigan on the side. When I wear my kilt and cultural garb, I usually carry sgian duv (a kind of small dagger with a single blade). Stopped into Walmart after a gig and was harrased by some lady saying she was offended that I was wearing it. She said she was calling the police. The cops said that since I was on private property and it was a cultural dagger, they would not pursue. The lady was pissed. On they way out, she was booed by people who were of Irish and Scottish descent. I felt pretty proud being backed by fellow Celts! Knife owners-1 anti knife people-0.

    1. Can a 12 year old carry a pocket knife open carried in public in michagain?

  4. That one law says that if the blade is over 3 inches that you can be charged with a felony. So if I were conceal carrying a knife and a cop pulled me over and saw it, couldn’t he charge me with a felony for carrying that knife?

    1. YES THATS EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS. We are a hunting family. My son moved to Michigan last Spring. He was pulled over for speeding in August 2019 and the officer saw a long hunting knife between his seats and gave him a ticket for that. He followed up for several months and nothing was ever done about it. Last night he was pulled over for speeding again and arrested and put in jail for outstanding warrent for the knife charge. They never sent him a letter, court notice, nothing. So my 21 year old son who has never done anything except speed had to spent a night in jail and now faces a felony!!!! Prays for him would be greatly appreciated.

  5. So is carrying a folder/flipper knife with a visible pocket clip counseled carry or open carry?

    1. The high school I work at has a cooking class are those knives allowed? They are not secured just shoved in a drawer. We have all different lengths. Anyone has access to them.
      What’s the law on that if any?

    2. Hey so like, technically, I could carry around, let’s say a great sword or a sabre, as long as I’m not concealing it or having the intent to harm anyone?

  6. Whats the rules pertaining to a machete if you plan to go hiking and use it in the wilderness/ possibly cross state lines into ohio

    1. I have a 24” machete I carry in the cargo bay of my SUV in a sheath for clearing brush while hiking. There have been 2 times I’ve been pulled over where officer asked about weapons in the vehicle (once by state trooper other was local PD) and neither had a problem when I told them. I think as long as you have it stored in a responsible way and disclose you have it shows your intent you should be okay.

  7. Screw it if I’m being attacked I’m pulling that thing out idc what they say that’s one of the dumbest rules ever.

  8. So I bought an automatic knife in South Carolina and brought it back to michigan if i put it in my pocket and carry it around will i get in trouble for doing so it’s folding knife not an otf the blade is a single edge that is 3 and 1/4 inches long

    1. As far as I can tell Damian, you should be good as long as you’re not showing intent to harm someone (except in case you’re attacked by a bunch of hoodlums in an alley). You just don’t want to mess with OTF knives.
      Thanks for the question!
      J.

  9. because a double edged knife can penetrate an officers bullet proof vest better than a bullet can.

    1. Hi Sombra H:

      I just pulled this from the Michigan State Legislature website in late November of 2018:

      “750.227 Concealed weapons; carrying; penalty.
      Sec. 227.

      (1) A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double-edged non-folding stabbing instrument of any length, or any other dangerous weapon, except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such, concealed on or about his or her person, or whether concealed or otherwise in any vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business or on other land possessed by the person.”

      It basically says you can’t carry a doubled edged OTF (out the front) knife (only a folding knife) in the State of Michigan. Perhaps I’m interpreting this wrong?

      Thanks for your message,
      J.

    2. I guess no state wants to be too damn good in all aspects, or else we’d have the right to carry a 3′ sword in MI and a the right to carry a concealed handgun (shall issue) in CO. How the hell they can each be so confused about one thing but not the other is beyond belief.

    3. The ONLY kind of OTF knife that is NOT legal to carry in Michigan, is one that is double-edged like a dagger and therefore falls under the definition of “dirk, dagger, or other stabbing instrument”. I suspect the “Guardfather” spike weapon would also fall under that definition as well.

    4. Use EXTREAM caution if you own or carry any kind of dual edged knife in Michigan, even if it folds!!! It’s the wild west right now with dual edged knives in this state… your guess is as good as the next guy as to if your knife is legal or not based on the actual law… We need clear Knife Laws in this state not ones that can be easily manipulated by dishonest officials…
      I have a letter from the Michigan Governor’s office and several emails from the State Police stating dual edged folding knifes are legal in Michigan… Yet the Zeeland Police and Ottawa County Prosecutor believe dual edged folding knives can be called daggers, dirks or stilettos… And since those three terms are apperently NOT defined anywhere in MI’s laws… Guess what… You and I have no rights or protection under the law! Arguably Michigan has some of the worst written laws in this country as it relates to knives.
      Contact your State Representatives and ask them to support a repeal of 750.227, it needs to go!
      Rep Steven Johnson introduced House Bill 55123 (2018) to do just that, but that bill died in the House Judiciary committee… That committee apparently doesn’t want the people of Michigan to have Laws we can understand?!?!? that Bill needs to get reintroduced as it was written in 2018….

    5. You can tell that the people who wrote the legislation have no clue about the different types of knives! Typical for politicians to make and have laws enforced on things they know very little about or see on TV. I am confused however, so is an auto OTF non double blade legal to carry or not????

    6. Hey Will;
      Thanks for the question. I didn’t know the answer to your question but I did some research today and updated the post to show an answer. Basically, a non double-edged OTF might technically be legal (since it’s not double-edged), but if I were a betting man, I’d bet that if you’re caught with it by an officer with an attitude, the judge will see your knife as a dirk or dagger and you’d still be charged for illegal carry/possession. That’s not 100% since I’m not a lawyer, but it’s my best opinion based on my research.
      Best of luck
      J.

    7. The issue is” concealed weapon” vs “tool” vs “open carry” vs “intent”. Anything can become a weapon (legal or not). A tool becomes a weapon when used as to harm someone, in offense or defense. If it was hidden it becomes a concealed weapon. If a tool
      is used or carried with the intent to harm someone. You can be charged with carrying an ilegal wepon, while carrying something that is legal to carry. If you set out with intent to harm someone it will be an added charge, & they do not need you to commit a crime to charge you, meer implied intent is enough. Because the minute you use it to defend or offend it’s now a weapon. Not an attorney but researched this.
      I was hurt with a broken hand, & knee from a snowmobile accident (2 weeks prior) also had recent fractured neck & skull (6 months prior) 2 separate injuries both sever. Sitting at a table I was playing with my pocket knife opening & folding it. Actually as physical therapy for my broken hand. Not in any precarious situation. Some career criminal loser jumped on me without warning. I stabbed him twice, arm & stomach, & cut his neck once (he stabbed himself with it the arm a 3rd time thrashing around so much) so 4 total contacts with 2″ blade. It was To get him off of me once he was off I ran best I could. Because I was in no condition to fight. He also knew that, that’s why he attacked me. He thought I’d be an easy target. Without any warning months later they issued a warrant for my arrest. Charging me with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to do great bodily harm without intent to murder. Because a girl that witnessed it tryed to write a statement & didn’t think I should’ve stabbed him (stupid b!+¢h). I did go to jail & have to post bond. Charges were eventually dropped. Because the assailant was in Jackson prison on unrelated charges, so he couldn’t/wouldn’t testify, the girl who witnessed did not come to court either. Also they ran his name & found out he was a chomo/career criminal. Had the stars not been aligned in my favor I would’ve had to take that to trial. Or plea bargain. That’s one way Innocent people plead guilty. Innocent People going to trial sitting in jail for 2 years will take a plea bargain to get out of jail. Moral of the story it’s all open for interpretation & depends on your record as well as the record of others. Depends on the cop, depends on the prosecutor, depends on the judge. So if your not willing to take that chance it’s best to not carry & risk being a victim. My only regret is I didn’t have a bigger knife, & I didn’t stick him more times. His name is Thomas Clayton Goodrich. Mine is here, we’re both from Michigan about 40 years old. If you want to search is idc.

    8. you can carry an out the front knife as long as it only has a single edge, LEO and Military are authorized to have a double edged OTF knife in michigan however

  10. This page needs to be updated to thoroughly reflect the law passed in in october 2017.

    Very conflicting information regarding “automatic” knives. In at least two places it says they are illegal and in at least 3 says they are legal.

  11. I think you need to re-check this article. You say it’s legal to carry an automatic knife but it is illegal to own one.

  12. I’m with you!!! I agree ?%!!! I am a Michigander and I’m ashamed!!!

  13. Please update this as automatic knives are legal now in Michigan.

  14. Auto knives are legal to carry in Michigan. This article is now outdated (and always was poorly written)

  15. As of Oct. 11th, 2017 the posession and carry of switch blades, spring assisted knives and the like became legal in Michigan. Signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder about a month earlier. Would you please update your website to reflect that.
    Thank you.

  16. Update “Auto Knives” fro MI please. Law changed in Oct 2017 on this topic.

  17. UPDATE:
    Michigan has repealed the laws preventing sale or ownership of automatic (switchblade) knives. Tee only exceptions are OTF knives that are dual bladed (sharpened on both sides), dirks, stilettos, and daggers are still a no go. So basically as long as your knife has only one cutting edge, then you should be good.

  18. THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT)
    Act 328 of 1931

    750.226a Repealed. 2017, Act 96, Eff. Oct. 11, 2017.

    Compiler’s Notes: The repealed section pertained to unlawful possession of pocket knife opened by mechanical device.

    © 2017 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(tvlljie1gmbwyyognknqogbo))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-750-226a

  19. The information on this website is outdated, on October 10th, 2017 a bill was passed to repeal the switchblade and automatic knife ban, as of October 10th, 2017 these knives are legal to possess, please update your information

  20. Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2017/10/michigan-switchblade-ban-repeal-effective-today-october-10-2017/#ixzz5BoAkYbf5
    Under Creative Commons License: Attribution
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    USA -(Ammoland.com)- Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, becomes effective today, October 10, 2017. This is a massive victory for knife rights in the state of Michigan.

    SB 245, sponsored by Senator Rick Jones, repealed Section 226a (switchblade ban) of the Michigan penal code originally enacted in 1952. SB245 was the culmination of years of effort by Knife Rights and our friends in Michigan including Senator Mike Green, the original sponsor of the bill.

  21. That just passed a law making automatic knifes legal to have in michigan

  22. This is a very helpful article. I came here mainly to find out if balisongs are legal and if switchblades arent as well. Someone correct me if this has changed or I am understanding this wrong, but effective October 11th of 2017 MCL § 750.226a has been repealed. This would mean that switchblades are legal. Once again, I ask anyone to correct me if this has changed. Thanks

  23. You might want to revise your Legal to Carry advice for MI. I think the law changed in about the summer of 2017 to legalize switchblades in MI. I believe it’s still illegal to use one on someone, though. Duh.

  24. I read this ok what knife can I carrie.in Michigan and if I get stop by a cop not go to jail for

  25. Hasn’t the law in Michigan for Automatic Knives changed? I believe it changed in late 2017.

  26. You should update this article, automatic knives are now legal in Michigan. Effective October 10th 2017

  27. Older thread I see. I heard since Nov. 16, 2018 that switchblade or (automatic, push button) knifes are now legal in Michigan? I must say they are only a novelty and not dangerous. There blades are typically not even sharp. I think this ridiculous law spans back to the 1950’s due to Hollywood movies such as Rebel Without A Cause and West Side Story. Anyone one with any bad or criminal intentions would certainly not make a switchblade knife such as an Italian Stilletto or German made equivalent a weapon of choice compared to many of the attack type knives out there today. I believe this is just a stigma due to the outdated bad boy, leather jacket type as was once portrayed in a bygone era and if not this ridiculous even though non important law should be changed. My reason is just for the fact as I know they now just seem to be a part of a past Americana and nowadays these older switchblade knives are just a curio and collectible item just as any older military or firearms have become. It is very ridiculous that this could be a felony or even a misdemeanor to be put on record for anyone. Just my two cents.

  28. NEED to UPDATE THIS PAGE
    Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, which became effective on October 10, 2017, repealed Section 226a (switchblade ban) of the Michigan penal code originally enacted in 1952. SB245 was the culmination of years of effort by Knife Rights and our friends in Michigan including Senator Mike Green, the original sponsor of the bill.

    Note that double-edged blades, including those in an automatic (switchblade) knife, remain prohibited from concealed carry. All other restrictions on knives in Michigan statute remain in effect.

  29. Someone needs to update this site as Senate Bill 245 was pass last year in the state of Michigan.

  30. I believe an update should be made to this website, being that Automatic knives are now legal in Michigan.

  31. So..I just purchased a knife..7″ blade..want to use it as self defense, hunting..but..with no intent to harm..if I identify this as a “hunting knife, if asked.is that legal to carry concealed?

  32. When was this last updated? The ban on automatic knives was lifted in Michigan last year.

  33. Please update your website as of 2017 all gravity knives are legal in Michigan as are any metallic knuckle

  34. As of October 10th 2017 all auto opening knives are now legal to care and use in the state of Michigan.

  35. I just bought a huge 12 inch Bowie knife because I’m older (63) and live in a high risk area so I leave the knife either on my belt OR sticking up by my center console shifter when driving. Am I legal to carry in relatively plain view in my car when not on my belt/hip?

    AND W.T.F. is the law doing by telling me I can’t defend myself with it If I’m attacked. I’m getting old and can’t fight like I did in my USMC days but I’ll be Damned If I won’t use any means at my disposal to stay upright during a dangerous conflict, even if that means having to hack off any appendages aiming to hurt me….

  36. Is a push knife considered a dagger since it is double sided and I do not understand are you allowed to carry a push knife

  37. Just wanted to let you know Michigan legislature has recently changed the law regarding “automatic” knives.

  38. If an instrument that can be used to stab is illegal to conceal carry and tomahawks are ok, wouldn’t that make machetes legal as well?

  39. This article needs an update. Michigan knife law changed on October 10, 2017. Senate Bill 245, recently signed into law, eliminates the prohibition on the sale or possession of spring loaded automatic (switchblade) knives.

  40. Some of the info has not been updated. As of 10/10/2017 in the state of Michigan automatic knives are legal to own buy and carry, this includes switch or button operated, side opening and out the front.

  41. Spyderco makes the mariner/fire rescue, it is intended to cut ropes, seatbelts, clothing etc….. been carrying for 20 years

  42. As of October 10th, 2017 switch blades are now legal in Michigan. You still can’t have a double-edged knife and all other laws restricting knives are still in effect.

    Please update this page to show this new law!

  43. So are 8 inch throwing knives legal to carry in Detroit because i keep getting followed and today my SUV was broken into

  44. Does this law apply to any age? Can a minor have such legal weapons or can only adults have these legal weapons?

  45. Automatic knives are no longer illegal in Michigan.

    ***** 750.226a THIS SECTION IS REPEALED BY ACT 96 OF 2017 OCTOBER 11, 2017 *****

  46. They need to update there page as of October 10th 2017 switchblades are now legal. I’m trying to find out if I need to get a permit because my knife 3 1/4 inches long

  47. This page needs to be updated with the recent repeal of the Michigan automatic knife ban being repealed. Thanks.

  48. I thought I saw a Michigan AG’s opinion on this a year or more ago, but I can’t find it online now. The opinion I read stated that if the user started the motion to open the blade manually and the spring simply reinforced (assisted) that motion, it was not an automatic knife. Maybe I do not remember correctly, but an AG’s opinion on this issue would sure help the current situation.

  49. This article needs to be updated. Automatics are now legal in Michigan as long as they are not double edged.

  50. Just wanted to let y’all know that effective oct 2017 the switchblade law in michigan was repealed. It is now LEGAL to possess carry and purchase a switchblade in the state of Michigan!

  51. I think automatic knives became officially legal on the 10th of OCT here in Michigan, am I correct?

  52. Today in Michigan, possessing and carrying a swithcblade or knofe opened by mechanical means is legal. With stipulations, it can only be one sided blade.

    MCL 750.227

    “(1) A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length, or any other dangerous weapon, except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such, concealed on or about his or her person, or whether concealed or otherwise in any vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business or on other land possessed by the person.”

    You state on your website that you cannot carry other stabbing instruments. That is not totally true. Mi law says “double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length”. It doesn’t say any stabbing instrument. You can carry single edge knives of any length concealed as long as it folds. The Mi Home Rule law will not allow cities the right to penalize for carrying such knives a worse penalty than what the state gives out.

    The wording is very specific. “Other dangerous weapon” in the statute is precedented by case law as to mean weapons of like kind in previous sentence or remark in statute, because not all weapons of that kind could be named in the statute, it would literally impossible.

  53. Please update Michigan’s knife laws description to include changes that went into effect Oct 10th, 2017.

  54. So my question if it’s a hunting knife I can carried it concealed yes and they is not amount of restriction on how long the blade can be then if I have to use it to depend myself would it be legal.
    Example
    I have a hunting blade that is about 11 inches long with a hilt and it is pointed would it be illegal for be to conceal carry it in the State of Michigan as well as what will differ from a blade that is illegal because it’s pointed but a hunting knife is pointed so please some help. If I would to use that blade to defend my self would it be legal.

  55. How about exactly what autos will legal or illegal starting next week Wednesday?????

  56. Your section on automatic knives needs to be updated. As of August 2017 the law has been changed and it is now legal to possess and carry automatic blades in the state of Michigan.

  57. Switchblade knives made legal in bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder 07/16/17

    A statewide ban on switchblades will be lifted under legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday.

    Senate Bill 245 eliminates current law prohibiting sale and possession of spring-assisted knives, also known as switchblades.

    Under the ban that’s being lifted by the new law, the only people allowed to carry switchblades were those in the police, military or people missing a hand or arm. The law banned others from purchasing knives with mechanical means of being opened.

    The bill was introduced by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs in March. Both the House and Senate passed the legislation, and the legislation was sent to the governor in June.

  58. The Knife Law has Changed. Switch blades are no longer illegal in Michigan, Per Senate Bill 245 (PA 0096’17).

  59. my fiance ALWAYS carries a buck knife on his belt. an officer told him a while back that it IS legal to carry, he just has to put it on the dashboard if he is driving. He recently got arrested and they are trying to get a felony on him for his buck knife. is this legal? especially after another officer said it WAS legal??

  60. Get yourself a F.A.S.T spring-assisted Gerber Covert or Mini-Covert. Both are folders based upon the classic Applegate-Fairbairn design and are very comfortable to carry and very easy to open — and with a little fine-tuning and gun oil they are actually faster opening than a Gerber automatic in the same design. (The Mini has a 2.9″ blade, the Covert has a 3.7″ blade.) I have one with me daily along with my Seecamp .32. (I have a CPL.) With one (normally the Mini) in my left pocket and the Seecamp in my right, I am ready for any challenge that comes up. (My Colt 1911 in .45acp generally stays at home along with a few friends … including a much larger military-issued Gerber manual-opening Applegate-Fairbairn folder.)

  61. You are wrong about not bein able to defend yourself if you feel your life is in danger you should let the attacker you have a knife and you will use it if he/she/They do not stop. This gives them the opportunity to stop and rethink if they want to get cut. At this point you treat your blade as a fire arm like I said let them know you ill use force if they don’t stop but if you let the situation evolve into you getting your ass kicked you were doing something wrong to let it elevate that far . The law says if you feel your life is indanger then protect yourself/ family or other b any means possible but you should try your best to not let the situation get out of control in the first place. Remember if you are in a calm state you have the ability to make a better assment of the situation and better determen whether additional force is needed to stop the situation.

  62. Boot knife is very essential weapon when you are going to hunting or survival in the rain forest. It can save your life from very dangerous animal. When you are going to prepare outdoor to hunting you must carry with best boot knife for self protect.

  63. I have a knife the shape of a key amd the blade is about 1in. Can i carry it in my pocket

  64. all these yrs I was led to believe that if you carry a pocket knife (concealed in your pocket) the blade had to be under 3 inches long.as for open carry like on your belt in a sheath it could be a bigger blade such as a hunting knife fixed blade.

  65. Please note that Governor Snyder signed SB245 -spring assisted knife ban repeal Bill into Law two days ago in Michigan. The Law will take effect in 90 days. I’m not a Lawyer, but the Author of the Bill, Senator Rick Jones has a post on his FB page where he describes exactly what his definition of a “spring assisted knife” is. There is also information available on the Kniferights.org website and the Detroit News also has an article out today as well. Quotes from the Author of that Bill about MI knife Laws are in that article. Here is a link to it:

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/07/14/switchblade-switcheroo-blades-now-legal/103688182/

  66. Is it legal to carry a buck spring assisted with less than three inches in Ottawa county Mi.?

  67. Knife laws in my opinion are just ridiculous. You can get a felony just for having a knife that springs open and some you can have but not carry.

  68. Law allowing switchblades in Michigan has been passed and sent to the governor, June 2017. No idea if he will sign it. Stay tuned.

  69. Eric k bosserdet van buren co. Mi. Charges dissmissed assaulted by staff twice broke ribs both sides placed in chair noncombative. Sprayed in face mase placed in chair noncombative. Denied lawlibrary untill pychexam took 10 months. Also arrested ohio lorian co. Charged wanton n no lights lorian paper report high speed case 5 street lights. Charges pending not guilty. Need help now….need vid u get it n post.

  70. Except knives that jump out of handle and double edged

  71. A weapon is not deemed a weapon unless used as a weapon in a criminal manner therefore nothing u carry is a weapon u can carry anything. Keep that in mind when pleading not guilty in court. Then file lawsuit against the state. If need be do it yourself. Im having no luck with lawyers. Thanku for comments

  72. Van buren co. Add on. Beaten by officer in elevator while cuffed broke both sides of my ribs dislocated my jaw almost broke my neck then put in restraint chair all while none combative on second incident sprayed in face while waiting to be cuffed then put in restraint chair i was none combative.the first time i swore the second time i was talking to my self. Petition the video jail house and court wouldnt provide law library asked judge.

  73. Look up (People vs Parker)

    The Court also noted MCL 750.226 does not prohibit the carrying of any weapon (including a knife with a blade over three inches in length) for purposes of self- defense.

  74. A gravity knife is a knife or you only push a button and if you hold it upside down the blade will eject but if you hold it straight up the blade or retract only thing that pulls it out is momentum and gravity

  75. Question-a delivery person left a knife in my house on Sunday, today is Thursday. After numerous attempts to get it out of here I finally heard from the guy today. It has a 4 inch blade. I have kids and dogs.
    I feel that this is extremely dangerous for my children and dogs. Is there anything that I can do? Should I not be so worried/concerned?
    I should add that it was left on the top of my couch, open.

  76. Question-a delivery person left a knife in my house on Sunday, today is Thursday. After numerous attempts to get it out of here I finally heard from the guy today. It has a 4 inch blade. I have kids and dogs.
    I feel that this is extremely dangerous for my children and dogs. Is there anything that I can do? Should I not be so worried/concerned?

  77. Troy you can open carry a double edged knife,you just cant conceal carry one in michigan,you can open carry any knife other than an auto,and auto’s are illegal to sell or buy or have at all in the state of michigan,but all a cop has to do is charge you with conceal carry even if you are open carrying and its your word against their word in court,i carry a buck 110 i have plenty of single and double edged knives and you dont need a dirk or dagger,a buck 110 is considered a hunting knife,good to go.

  78. Also to note there is no such blade as a knife blade on this Balisong. It is a Multifunctional Multi-task first and a trainer Balisong second.

  79. I am buying a Multifunctional Balisong Trainer knife with a flat head screwdriver tip that’s more blunt than sharp as well as a letter opener on the bite side of the blade and some wrench cut outs in the center of the blade to release weight and carry momentum through spinning and flipping. I don’t see this tip or even the 1cm letter opener being illegal. Just for clarification though…. I am not using in attempt to harm, but I would carry it in my back pocket (so it’s out of reach to harm another and they would see me reaching if the case (which it’s not)). Is this legal?

  80. I want to have an EDC backpack. Stuff in it like extra clothes, emergency phone, ect. as well as a knife. I want to know how big the knife can be to have it concealed. I have no intent of harming anyone, I have it for self-defense and as a tool. I have a certain knife in mind but it’s 6″. Now _obviously_ I know I can’t have it strapped to my belt, I’m wondering how large the blade can be to have concealed. Include that I am 14.

  81. Spring-assisted knives are not automatic knives. I carry one from time to time. Not illegal.

  82. Is it legal for me to carry my swiss army Hercules concealed in my pocket that is over 3″ in. Long even when concealed?

  83. So by my understanding, the State of Michigan allows me to carry a concealed pistol with as many rounds as I can carry but I can’t own a knife that opens with a press of a button. This makes a lot of sense.

  84. I’m still not quite clear. I own several spring assisted knives, but I don’t carry them because: The spring may be considered a mechanical contrivance. Is a spring assist a mechanical contrivance? Also is a “God Father” style knife considered a stiletto? What blade shape or geometry makes a knife legally a stiletto?

  85. Has anyone thought about Karambits? The curve on them should prevent them from being considered a stabbing knife. Even with the sharp point you can’t stab anyone with it, unless you twist and hold it at some weird angle. Its just not feasible. Would a cop charge you anyway?

  86. What age can someone purchase a knife in Michigan? I can’t find the answer anywhere.

    Other states we have visited have purchase age of 18.

  87. In Michigan, in terms of its blade length and style (Bowie) , is it legal to carry a Spyderco Slysz Bowie Folding Knife with pocket clip? Thanks.

  88. I have seen K-Bar (Marine fighting knife) like knives sold as a hunting knife with a deer embossed on the sheath.

  89. Would it be legal to carry a Benchmade Nimravus in my pants if I’m not using it to hurt someone?

  90. This speaks of daggers and such that are double edged. I’m interested in a defensive push dagger, but with only a single edge. Are those legal to carry in Michigan?

  91. To my knowledge as long as you must take part in the action of opening the knife beyond clicking a mechanism it is fine. So in your case you would have to pull out the blade somewhat before the spring took over. Hope this helps.

  92. what about something without an edge at all like a sharp kubotan or one of those long thin defense spikes?their technically non folding stabbing implements but they have no sharp edge only a point.

  93. I don’t see why it would be illegal to open carry a sword so long as it’s a single edge blade and you carry it as a hunting knife without the intent to harm people. I could be wrong, but a good way to know for sure would be to ask a cop.

  94. Funny how they like to word the laws in the vaguest way possible and even funnier how the pseudo-elected politicians/prosecutors make and interpret the laws without our consent.

  95. I’m very confused on the spring loaded or button push open law due to the fact that it states no one is allowed to sell them. My work sells these knives and every one is spring loaded, and it’s a gas station so the police are in there all the time for coffee, etc. Why are we still allowed to sell them? Mount Morris MI

  96. so are otf knives illegal to just keep in your home and it never leave the home.
    please answer

  97. The exact definition of an assisted knife is when you yourself apply pressure to the blade causing it to flip open with the help of a spring. With assisted knives you don’t apply pressure to the blade.

  98. I bought a knife to carry and or show off I live in upper Michigan and bought this offline with the description that it was a spring assisted not an automatic but if I look up automatic knives it will come up with this knife model what’s the deal with that can I carry it or not?

    1. Well the knife might look the same but might not have the same function I would say that you should talk to the police about it the local police because if you talk to them about it you can set things straight faster than getting pulled over or getting in trouble for having a knife you were unsure about.

    2. can I carry a knife (2.5 inch blade) that locks? it locks in place once I pull the blade out of the side and I have to push something to drop it back down (it’s not fast, nor is it supposed to be. Its that orange eddie bauer knife) is it legal to carry around? I’ve been carrying it around for months and never thought about it

  99. I was pulled over today and had a dagger in my vehicle. It was given to me by a buddy that got it from a burned down house he was renovating. It had a handle with metalic knuckles. I was told by the officer it was considered like brass knuckles. I forgot it was in my vehicle. They confiscated it and said they were turning it over to the district attorney and I would hear from them in a couple weeks. To me it is a novelty piece ( has painting on the blade. After reading here I’m affraid they might charge me with a felony. The cop said they didn’t arrest me on the spot cause I have a cpl but might still catch a charge. I have a clean record and have a family. Imy affraid to be charged with a felony go to jail or something like this. I had no idea it was a felony to have. What do you think my chances of being charged with it are?
    Cop says they may just deem it to be destroyed? Should I get a lawyer or wait to hear from d.a. first?

    1. You’re asking questions about a felony on a forum? Contact a lawyer fgs.

    2. I would say get a lawyer and try to get it back because the fact that you didn’t know this law is unfair and you have no intent to harm someone just don’t do it again and you should be ok but try to get it back. If you weren’t doing anything with is that was deemed suspicious they should have no reason to try to charge you or anything.

  100. I was thinking about having a katana (a Japanese sword) for decoration , and possible stage prop. Is it illegal to own/buy swords? If it is legal, would I need a permit, and what are the transportation regulations?

  101. I have a 8 inch full tang buck knife that I carry on my hip everywhere I go, nice sharp point and single blade, I keep it in its leather sheath and have gotten stopped by the cops several times, they’re usually nice enough just making conversation, as long as you are nice and tell them yoh have a knife on your hip (not concealed but incase they can’t see it) and they usually don’t care

  102. You cant bring metal weapons to comicon or any other con I know of, and even if you find one in michigan, it cant be used for stabbing. An exacutioners sword is fine.

  103. So, let me get this straight. Spring assist, such as Gerber and Kershaw ARE LEGAL? Is that correct? Can I keep it in my pocket or do I have to have it clipped to a belt in plain site. I hate it when people carry knives on their sides. It just looks shady as hell.

    And what about blade length? I called the state police and city police and no one knew wtf they were talking about. They said spring assist are NOT LEGAL. And I got a few different answers about the blade length. I have researched this and came up with conflicting answers as well

    And a knife with no point = lol….I might as well carry a brick.

  104. > except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such

    Doesn’t this pretty much mean it’s illegal to carry for any purpose other than hunting?

  105. How old do you have to be for these laws to apply, is there an age limit where a person is not allowed to carry a knife in general?

  106. Hello,
    My question is , what if you are carrying a hunting knife concealed but not necessarily on a hunting trip ? Would it still be legal to carry ?

  107. No there isn’t but I believe under ten it may be looked at as child endangerment in certain situations

  108. Do Spring-Assisted knives count as automatic since you flick a switch to open them?

  109. Most all of the knives that I own are 3.25 or 3.5 inches. So since they are larger then 3 inches (although only marginally) are they illegal to carry? They all have pocket clips. If the pocket clip is visible, is this still considered concealed when the majority of the knife is in the pocket?

  110. My experience is that law enforcement doesn’t tend to know or understand the laws. 3″ or under folder is all you’ll be able to carry in my area, as even state troopers question ANYTHING else. Fixed blade of ANY size are a no- no, UNLESS you’re hunting and have a hunting license on you. Not based on the law, this is based on me asking multiple S. Dept. deputies, local city police, and State. They are taught what they are taught, which is very little.

  111. – I’m in Michigan..and yes..the details on our Knife Laws are a Bit confusing..but there are only these things to remember and you should be OK.

    1.) Know the difference between Concealed and Open Carry. Concealed is “not seen”..and anywhere in a care..even if you are driving and the knife is not on your person..the fact that it is in the car is interpreted as “concealed” because it could possibly be accessed and used by you.

    2.) Walking with any Knife of any length, that is not a Switchblades, automatic knife or gravity knife, holstered and seen… is Legal and recommended.

    3.) Don’t drive with or walk and conceal anything over 3 inches in length..and you will be good.

    4.) Don’t own or use any Gravity or Mechanical Knife whatsoever. In any situation.

    5.) The only two legal knives accepted as concealed.. (including in a car while accessible)…are 1.) Knife under 3 inches.. and 2.) A “hunting knife”..which is described as a Stone Knife..or Obsidian Knife.

  112. Why can’t you carry a Gerber Mark II?? The only banned knife is an automatic, mechanical one. Are you referring to a ‘concealed” one? Concealed must be 3 inches or smaller….and carrying in a car is legally..”concealed”..so any knife that is not mechanically driven can be carried openly while walking. (Unless it is in the trunk in a case)…and the ones than can be in your pocket or accesses easily in a vehicle has to be 3 inches or smaller….(unless it is from Obsidian Stone)…in which case it can be concealed at any length.

  113. Considering that convention rules often ban any type of “live metal”, AKA real metal is rarely allowed,
    That it’s more likely you’d get in trouble with ComicCon “laws” than state ones.
    As they say- if it ain’t legal outside the convention, it ain’t gonna be legal inside.

  114. What about carry swords for ComicCon and other conventions when en-route to the vicinity? Are they legal to carry?

    1. I use to do a lot of “Ren” (Renaissance) Fairs around the State of Michigan, most of the time (for both vendor and actors) swords and stabbing weapons had to be “in some manner, locked away and inaccessible to the occupant of the vehicle” while traveling. This was the way it was usually printed on invitations and instructions. Once on site these could be carried, but required what was referred to as “Peace Tied”. During “the day” this was done by a guard at the gate or entrance to the Kingdom or Castle you were entering. It was a cord with a special knot that made it difficult or impossible to draw you sword, which kept “Peace” in the area. Modern day Ren-Fairs use zip-ties as the same means; most of the time we would leave them on the sword or what ever even when traveling. That being said, I had an event where an officer helped my wife change a flat tire and seen my swords and daggers in the trunk of the car. He did look at them and replied to her “that’s a good idea when transporting those”, and left it go at that.

    2. Im not an expert on this but a few friends of mine often use swords in there cosplay at ComicCon and they haven’t had a problem with any officials or police. Safe to say you’d be just fine

    1. U can have a switchblade in mi after October 10 just passed a new law but no double edged blade

  115. if i own a switchblade and i am from indiana but i carry it to my lakehouse in michigan and carry it around is it still legal to have, or what would i get charged with. my knife is a benchmade infidel double edged blade. please respond thanks.

    1. No, it is not legal. Unless you have only one arm, possession of an automatic knife is illegal in Michigan regardless of what state you call home. You could be charged with possession, the penalty is up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $300.

    2. POSSESSION of automatic/switchblade style knives is ILLEGAL in Michigan.

      NO Automatic Knives
      MCL § 750.226a

      § 750.226a. Pocket knife opened by mechanical device; unlawful sale or possession; persons exempted. Sec. 226a.

      Any person who shall sell or offer to sell, or any person who shall have in his possession any knife having the appearance of a pocket knife, the blade or blades of which can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on a handle or other mechanical contrivance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not to exceed 1 year or by a fine of not to exceed $300.00, or both. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any one-armed person carrying a knife on his person in connection with his living requirements.

    3. Sorry Sandro. It is illegal to possess that knife in the state of Michigan.

    4. I don’t care where you live but if you r in MI u have to follow MI laws

    5. You would deffinetly get charged with carrying an elegal knife you should leave it in Indiana

    6. That is illegal. Get yourself another knife to carry in Michigan and leave your switchblade at home.

    7. Moving one state to another is hard to say but, using common sense once you cross state lines you are under that law of the state and federal government which is everywhere. So I would say if it is legal to carry a switchblade in Indiana then you can carry it there but since they are illegal in Michigan I would say no.

    8. It would have been illegal but they just made automatic knives legal in Michigan

    9. double edged otf(out the front, aka switchblades) are illegal in Michigan. as of 2017, single edged otf knives are legal as long as it is not, essentially, used as a weapon….this means if you are carrying a double edged switchblade…thats a felony….if you are carrying a single edged switchblade…your fine. if you use ether one to defend yourself from an attacker….that’s a felony. dumb ass rule but that’s whats currently on the books bud.

  116. Three questions
    1) what is a “gravity knife”?
    2) are “flipper” knives legal?
    3) are knives like the kershaw ken onion series with the assisted opening legal?

    1. a gravity knife is a special kind of knife where you turn it upside down and press a button to let gravity deploy the blade. Some places confuse these with butterfly knives but they are NOT the same thing. you can google them to see what they look like. flipper knives are totally legal. And “assisted opening” knives are legal. It is only considered an automatic knife if it is deployed by the press of a button.

    2. a gravity knife is a knife that paratroopers use when jumping it is a knife that is retracted in the handel it is not spring loaded but can be deployed buy holding the knife bladeside down and pressing a button and closing the blade in the opposite way. hence gravity opening and closing. From what I read yes the other assisted and flipper knifes a legal.

  117. While this article only speaks of state law on knives. You must remember Mi has NO preemption on knife laws, so a knife that is legal in one city or township may not be legal in the next city.

    1. right, But doesn’t Mi law trump city, county laws?

    2. STATE LAW superceedes all local and county laws.

  118. If I were to buy a switchblade off the internet and keep it in my house for collection would I get in trouble with any kind of law enforcement

    1. By my reading that would be illegal. Possession in MI of a switchblade is illegal. Spring assisted is okay by my reading.

    2. Spring assisted knives are legal as long as the blade is under 3 inches and the mechanism to unfold the blade is activated by man (no switches like a switchblade or buttons, it has to be done by hand like a thumb tab)

  119. I feel you. They should know the laws they enforce. Police use certain tactics to scare you anyways, legal or not. Its the same way with them and medical cannabis laws right now.

    1. Yes you can. As long as you do NOT have unlawful intent…
      In People v Brown, 406 Mich 215, 222-223 (1979), the Michigan Supreme Court stated:

      “Accordingly, we today reaffirm the principles set forth in People v. Vaines and hold that where a defendant is charged with carrying a “dangerous weapon” contrary to M.C.L. § 750.227; M.S.A. § 28.424, the burden is on the prosecution to prove that the instrument carried by the defendant is a dangerous weapon per se or that the instrument was used, or intended for use, as a weapon for bodily assault or defense. The fact that a pointed instrument, such as a machete, has great potential as a dangerous weapon does not render it a dangerous weapon Per se. Thus, in the instant case, mere proof that defendant knew that a machete could be used as a dangerous weapon does not support a conviction under M.C.L. § 750.227; M.S.A. § 28.424.”

    2. According the aspects of the machete I would say yes because it could not be a stabbing weapon because it doesn’t have a point depending on which type it is. If it doesn’t have a point then I would say yes. Which of course with the intent to harm anyone.

  120. Are karambits legal in michigan? I cannot find a answer anywhere

    1. no it is considered a fixed blade knife and is legal

    2. I do not believe Karambits are illegal but I believe you must open carry them.

    3. Shure it is not an automatic knife not all Kerambits are double edged and this knife is not intended for stabbing just slashing .

    4. Yes as far as I know I own several and have purchased a few in Michigan from reputable dealers but I would double check the law

    5. I would say this if you conceal it be ready to be questioned they are very small depending on the blade you can get I see them used primarily to open boxes. You can own any knife from what I read but if you wish to conceal it as the police about it i’m sure it’s a concealable weapon that is legal but make sure you ask first i’m not a lawyer.

    6. Auto Knife law in MI has changed. This page needs to be updated as it’s incorrect.

  121. If you were carrying a knife and someone attacks you can you use that knife to fight back?

    1. Auto knives are illegal in michigan no matter the situation, atleast springloaded one and tension knives. Now if you have a knife on you and are attacked you are allowed to use a knife to defend your self, but if attacked warn them that you have knife and will defend if they continue, defend your self

    2. whatever you do it will need to hold up in court because that’s where you will be headed after the cops show up.

    3. It would probably be similar to carrying a hand gun in which you can deploy and use your wepon if your life is in danger.. But it is a very good question which I would love to here someone who knows answer.. I can only guess this would fall under similar cercomstances as a concealed carry fire arm or even an open carry for that matter. you do realize we here in MI have an open carry law that makes it legal for anyone to carry there firearm in the open. Just thought id share.

    4. SB 245, in late 2017 was signed by Gov. Snyder making switchblade knives legal.

  122. Is it legal to own these and throw them at a target in my backyard?

    1. if the blades ar 3 – 4 inches and are concealed yes, i would contact your local police station and ask them.

    2. legal at home yes. Might have trouble if you carried them out and about. Especially if concealed.

  123. Can a 15-16 year old carry a balisong with it clipped to there pocket or in a sleeve on the belt? Also what is considered open Cary and closed carry with a knife?

    1. Concealed carry, not open carry, open carry is for firearms. and yes as long as it is concealed and not used for unlawful meanings.

    2. Hello, I work in a Michigan privately owned business where alcohol is served and run into situations where someone with a large (well over 3, maybe 5 inch) bladed knife will be in a holster on their belt or shoulder harness. Do I have the right to ask him to put the knife in their vehicle or deny them entry?

  124. How old do you have to be to carry a pocket knife under 3 inches?

    1. I believe you have to be atleast 15 in michigan

  125. Ok I am sure someone has asked this before but here I go…..I have a small foldable knife that has a blade with a small tang on the back to open it. It is not a button nor will the blade automatically pop open it is part of the actal blade. But it does allow you to “flip” it open.. Is this considered a automatic/switch blade under the law? It is legal to sell them they are in every convenient store and mall kiosk in the state so I would assume they are legal to carry.

    1. id say legal. It really is not auto, spring or gravity assisted. I’m no pro though.

    2. So can I OPEN carry a stiletto style folding knife with only one edge and be legal?

    3. Wait so is legal to carry a tomahawk/hatchet here in Michigan l. I’m thinking of buying one for self defense, but I want to completely legal. Any tips would be nice, thanks.

  126. I have an Uncle Henry 183uh fixed blade with a leather sheath I use to carve wood,cut fruits and vegetables.
    Is that legal to carry on my belt in its sheath?

  127. Is it illegal to conceal carry a 1in S&S precision mini shiv in my boot??

    1. if it has no real point (shiv?) id pick a more rounded point. Also no two sided knives. I’m not sure of your model but those are.the laws.

    1. Knives vs guns. Apples and oranges.

    1. I believe concealing it would be the issue. Should think of a holster, either sideways or whatever on belt. I didn’t look at actual knife, just stating it how I understand ot.b

    2. it is literally a one sided hunting knife. They are the easiest to see that’s legal. Re-read above about concealment of it.

    3. hunting knives can be concealed. Stated above.

  128. My 17 year old son went to Gander Mountain to buy a multi tool as a christmas gift for his older brother. The store would not sell it to him as they said it had a knife on it. I went back to the store to purchase it for him and to discuss it with the manager. She told me that they will not sell anything with a knife blade on it to anyone under the age of 18 as it was the law. My response to this that this may be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. A minor could buy a hatchet, steak knives, paring knife or a butcher knife but they are not allowed to purchase a multi tool in an outdoor recreation retailer. My question is; is this a true law on the books or is this a company policy that Gander Mountain has?

    1. I’m 40+ and was carded for a wrist rocket the other day. It was a thing on their registers that asked for bday if it was a weapon. I laughed but showed and bought it anyway. 18+.Tractor Supply! Bet it is a state law. But many teens accept their fathers pocket knives as a keepsake?

    2. I’m 33 and was carded for buying slingshot ammo in Michigan. Yep, just some marbles. I said to the lady, “these are just marbles.” Lady: “I know, but it says slingshot ammo so I need to see your ID.” Me: “So you’re saying that if I walked 6 more aisles and was in the toy section and grabbed the marbles that are in the same exact bag but labeled “marbles” we wouldn’t be doing this?” Lady: “That’s correct.” I love Michigan lol

    1. You can carry both spring assisted (no problem at all) and fully automatic knives in michigan. Must be some ancient law that people have in their mind. Just talked to a local gun & knife shop owner.

    2. can or can’t? It deffinately says can not be spring assisted or auto.

  129. All I want to know is whether it’s legal to carry a folding knife that has a blade over 3 ” in length

    1. if you live in michigan folding knives are fine but needs to be 3 inches, MCL 750.226 No. Michigan law specifies that a person, with intent to use the knife unlawfully against another, shall not go armed with a knife having a blade over 3 inches in length.

      This is if you are living in michigan

    2. so if there’s to intent to use against the law, it’s ok to carry a knife over 3″ long. Also if the knife has more than one blade.

      *Rick Fisher….” It’s not if you win or lose….It’s how you play the game…”*

  130. I recently purchased a double edge karambit with a belt holster from Karambit.com, but was unclear on the difference between open and conceal carry. I understand that it’s illegal to conceal carry any double-edged, non folding, stabbing instrument, which is what I presume to be what category karambits fall under.
    I carry all my knives on belt holsters, and plan to do the same with my karambit. I’ve walked into grocery stores and baseball parks with a ten inch throwing knife on a belt holster without any problem.
    I guess what I’m trying to ask is if it’s on a belt holster, is visible, and I’m not deliberately trying to hide it; is it considered open carry?

    1. That’s how I look at it. Wouldn’t be concealed that way. I’m planning on wearing mine too. but I disagree with a karambit being included as a stabbing knife. It is really more for slicing if you have seen any YouTube Vids. Besides that, I’m claiming it as a hunting Skinner and gutting knife. Easily shown if they wanted an example. I personally would feel legit even as a concealed knife. Also I’m touting it as more of a tool.

    2. ask the officer just how you might “stab” someone with a blade that is curved like that. I’d definitely fight a charge in court, based on what I’m reading here.

    3. I’m not sure there is a distinction between open carry and concealed carry with knives. I think thats just for guns. You are either carrying or not, with knives. (I’d guess its becasue you can conceal most all knives without much trouble, even pretty big ones)

  131. SO it is legal for me to carry my bowie hunting knife that is obviously over 3″ in length so long as I am carrying it without harmful intent?

    1. Yes. Considered a hunting knife.

  132. So you can carry as long as it’s for protection from someone robbing you or trying to hurt you ?

    1. sounds like, as long as you aren’t obviously able to over power them using just your body. Then its legal to.defend with a blade.

  133. Can you have a auto knife shipped to you if you live in Michigan ? Says to cilivan

    1. you can have it shipped to you but it is illegal to own an automatic opening knife with out proper licenses

    2. yes. Maybe some places would hold it but most say you are responsible to check your local laws. It is deff illegal though, even in your home.

  134. So how about butterfly knives? Can you carry them as long as they are concealed since they are a double-sided folding knife as compared to a non-folding one?

  135. so no double-sided non-folding knives are legal? Does this mean butterfly knives are legal since the fold?

  136. Why can u Cary a knife and not knuckle dusters? This makes no sense. That sound be changes. Don’t know about you but I would defiantly not want to cause serious cuts and scars to a person. I would much rather leave bruises and at most a broken nose. Can someone explain this to me?

    1. it depends on where in michigan you currently reside, most cops or cities see (for example) a karambits pinkie ring as a “brass Knuckle” but if you are responsible you be fine and as long as it is not a full hand knuckle holder, legal to own but not in public

  137. Why is it that you are allowed to carry a knife that can not be detected by metal detectors but you can not carry a switch blade that can be detected by a metal detector

    1. its because you can walk up to someone with a closed switchblade and they have no idea untill its aginst there neck

  138. P.S., in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, the Karambit/Kuku Macan is a weapon, pure and simple. It has no utility function, being carried concealed on the person and used to rip open someone’s throat or disembowel them. Straight up illegal. You can use a Spyderco Hawkbill the same way, but you can’t say it’s ‘only designed to be used as a weapon’. Don’t know if Michigan LE would see it that way, though.

    1. From this article and looking at the same laws on Michigan.gov, it seems that they’re absolutely legal.

    2. I would think/ hope that karambits are legal. Not a “stabbing” knife and also its a tool, originally a rice/garden tool. Could deff be a hunting/skinning knife, with double blades even? The convex side can skin well and concave can get into hide and cut.

    3. That’s my story. Lol. I just ordered two (one longer and one shorter) TRADITIONAL Filipino karambits. Water buffalo horn handles ECT. I just wonder about the concealing thing. I’d wear it on my belt though.

  139. Hi,
    Is it legal to carry a 4″ Cold Steel Voyager in my pocket? As a utility knife?

    1. Yep, that’s legal. As long as it’s not used for unlawful intent, which, by the way, self defense in many situations, is lawful. Where it’s not is if you have more force than your opponent barehanded and you take out a knife to up the ante, as that would be deemed too much force.

  140. Is it legal for me to carry my swiss army Hercules concealed in my pocket that is over 3″ in. Long?

    1. Yes. Just don’t use it for unlawful purposes. For a more in depth discussion of that, see my post to the comment above yours.

  141. “MCL § 750.222a

    § 750.222a. “Double-edged, nonfolding stabbing instrument” defined. Sec. 222a.

    (1) As used in this chapter, “doubled-edged, nonfolding stabbing instrument” does not include a knife, tool, implement, arrowhead, or artifact manufactured from stone by means of conchoidal fracturing. (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an item being transported in a vehicle, unless the item is in a container and inaccessible to the driver.”

    Does the last part mean to say that Knives are TO BE in a container and inaccessible to the driver or SHOULD NOT BE in a container. What a confusing and poorly written law….

    1. This excerpt is only stating that stone knives/tools/implements/etc are not to be considered “Double-edged, nonfolding stabbing instruments” unless they are being transported in a vehicle and not stored in a container inaccessible to the driver. It has no bearing on knives NOT made of stone, so don’t worry about it.

    2. “double edged” non folding does not “apply” if carriedlocked away in a vehicle.

    3. I interpret this law as you can carry these things that are typically illegal if it’s in an inaccessible container in a car.

    4. that’s how I take it as well. Transporting safely a knife that’s allowed in home but maybe not public. Like a lock box.

  142. My name is eric kriston bosserdet I was arrested and held one year for carry conceald hatchet in mi. Van buren co. And released no charges.?

    1. that is illegal, mainly its a hatchet. That is illegal and released with no charges probably cause you did nothing and was just seen with it

  143. I have a old hunting Knife my grandpa passed down to me it’s 10 inches long can I carry it?

    1. As long as you don’t do unlawful activity with it, in theory, yes.

  144. I’m not sure how much truth is behind this but I heard if you have any kind of hunting license or fishing license you can carry any sized fixed blade knife you want. If you don’t have a hunting license your blade can’t be any bigger than 3 inches .

    1. well in a sense yes and no, in hunting season it is allowed on hunting ground or around the game you have scored. If not and is way over 3 inches such as a 5 inch skiing knife, you probably would be questioned

  145. Guys — this content is misleading in that as of 1/18/15, the Michigan State Police do not allow you to carry a large double-edged hunting knife in your car, except in certain circumstances.

    Quote from http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10953–,00.html

    ————begin quote——————-
    3. I recently purchased a double-edged survival knife. Does Michigan law allow me to carry this in my vehicle?

    MCL 750.227 No. A dagger, dirk, stiletto, or double-edged non-folding stabbing instrument of any length, or any other dangerous weapon, except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such, cannot be carried concealed on or about a person, or whether concealed or otherwise in any vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in their own home, place of business or on other land possessed by the person.

    ————end quote——————–

    1. That is not what that law says. It says “except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such,” you need to also have a hunting or a fishing license on you or in the vehicle, and it must not be concealed.

    2. id like to see anywhere that says you have to have a hunting license to Cary a hunting knife. Otherwise id be fighting it in court for sure.

  146. Under the ‘open carry’ in Michigan, can I open carry my kabar? even though it is In a Sheath? and in full view?

    1. mainly michigans, the open carry is for firearms, not knives you are not allowed over 5 inches, mainly due to the “publics safety” also if its concealed, it is hard to hide a knife that big, secondly, the open carry laws allows almost any weapon for be Open carried in certain places with no ammo near the gun and i believe the distance has to be 3 feet away from the gun unloaded. and must be un concealed meaning it must be visible at all times.

    2. Again, imo a one sided kbar especially, should-would be considered a hunting knife.

    1. generally, if you are not using for unlawfull reasons you are fine. and keep it sheathed

  147. I am 14 and going on a backpacking trip in a public park can I open carry a large fix blade knife

    1. no you cannot open carry a knife, it must be concealed with a sheath, also assuming your age is 16 now you are allowed to now.

  148. The grammar on this page sincerely makes me doubt the accuracy of the information given.

    1. you are missing a comma American English Professor…

  149. I’m curious. Does Michigan allow a person to carry a Katana (or similar sword like weapon) on their person in public. With no intent to harm of course. I want to buy one and simply walk around with it but I’m not sure if it is illegal or not.

  150. Nice! Thank you for clarifying the law, i carry a knife everyday for practical and defensive purposes now i can’t state my case if every approached by law enforcement

  151. So it is legal for me to carry a 4, 5, 6″ single blade folding knife on my belt as long as i dont carry it with intent to harm?

  152. @Jarod, if I understand the laws right, it’s legal to open carry pretty much anything here, so long as it’s not outright banned.

    But there’s LEGAL and then there’s what police will stop you for. Open carrying an 8 inch hunting knife might be legal, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go through what “Ottawa County is Unjust” did, being detained, spending months and thousands on legal defense, before having all charges dismissed.

    It’d be nice if prosecutors and police were actually held liable for knowing the laws they are enforcing.

  153. I have read a lot of people saying that a hunting knife is considered a dagger in Michigan, but that is from 2-3 years ago. Have the laws changed to allow it? Also is it legal to carry my hunting knife in a sheath on my belt?

  154. Logic does not work in Ottawa county, but according to the US code the title “Switchblade” does not apply to the action of a ‘spring assisted’ knife as described below:
    15 U.S.C. § 1244 provides that the federal Switchblade Knife Act does not apply to: … 5) a knife “that contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife.”[59]
    So according to the law the knife is being opened by the blade and not “mechanical contrivance”, as the blade is already opened manually before the action comes into play… a thumb stud or ‘flicker’ on the back of the blade should make no difference per the law. Review MI case law, People of the State of MI vs Mata, 51st district 2003.

    1. Thank you. Very good.

  155. MCL 750.227 prohibits a person from carrying a …. non folding stabbing instrument … or any other dangerous weapon concealed.

    That includes tomahawks.

    It also says concealed or otherwise in a vehicle. There is no exception for transporting it. So even if carrying it openly, you have to walk from your home to wherever you are going.

    Lastly, there is no preemption and local laws are often much more strict (many cities ban carrying knives over 3inches and some ban all knives for carry).

  156. I know logic does not always work, but trying to be logical with respect to a one-handed opening knife, I would think a mechanical contrivance would have to be something separate from the blade. Now, what does that mean for thumb studs? Are they separate from the blade or a mechanical contrivance? But to my main point, a blade with a lever integral to the blade for one handed opening should not be a mechanical contrivance since nothing apart from the blade is being used to open the knife. Thumb studs would seem more suspect than such a blade design. Any legal opinions available?

  157. Dealing with a case in Ottawa County where the prosecutor who at the moment is keeping charges standing against my 14 year old Son because the Officer called My Son’s knife a dagger. The knife is a dual edge spring assisted folding knife. When I emailed the Governors Office they replied with the Following about dual edged knives:

    “MCL 750.227 does not ban all double-edged knives. MCL 750.227 prohibits a person from carrying a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double-edged [and] nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length or any other dangerous weapon concealed on or about his or her person or whether concealed or otherwise in a vehicle, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business or on other land possessed by the person. The exception within the statute for hunting knives only applies to a “hunting knife” and only if the person can show he or she was using and carrying the hunting knife as a hunting knife. The portion of the statute that refers to “any other dangerous weapon” applies to stabbing instruments, including knives, when such stabbing instruments are used as a weapon or carried for use as a weapon. Therefore, double-edged folding knives are legal to possess concealed in Michigan, provided the person is not using the knife as a weapon or carrying it for use as a weapon.”

    He was riding his bike down the sidewalk minding his own business. No unlawful intent was found. Yet the charges stand? I was told by the arresting Officer on the night it happened that knives over 3 inches are illegal in Michigan as are all dual-edge knives, and if he was over 18 he would be in JAIL. He then went on to exaggerate the blade length by 2 inches in the Police report, with pictures. The paper ruler in the Police report makes a 3.75 inch blade 5.75 inches long. No justice for knife rights in Zeeland.

    1. I know this is old but this guy naturally wants to protect his son but is twisting the statute. If you read the statute carefully and then how this guy changes it you’ll see that the son is obviously guilty based on the statute. The dad said that double edged knives are legal as long as they’re not being used as a weapon or carrying it to be used as a weapon. The statute doesn’t state that. The statute basically states if it’s double edged and CAN be used as a weapon it’s illegal. If you take a butter knife and put a razor sharp edge on both sides of it you cannot carry that off your property because that’s considered a dangerous weapon now based on the Michigan Statute.

  158. I have a KA-BAR knife and the blade is 8 inches but is a hunting knife can i still legally carry it with me?

  159. Nice summary but you missed one very important statement.

    There is NO STATEWIDE PREMPTION! Knife laws can change from city to city including and up to outright bans. So beware.

  160. Are spring assisted knives illegal to carry?
    Also wondering would it be considered a switchblade or automatic knife?

  161. Excellent summary. I read through the laws myself a few months ago when I was in the market for a fixed blade to camp with. This summary really helps elimate the need to read and reread each line of each statute several times before understanding. Thank you and great job. I would love to see something like this for a city or county level.

  162. What is the legal leangth of a fixed blade knife you can carry in a sheath on your belt in the state of michigan?

  163. Are “assisted” knives illegal in Michigan? Do they fall under the “automatic” knife category?

  164. From what you said, can I carry any length fold knife, concealed in my pocket as long as I do not have unlawful intent? Is that correct?

    1. A “flick knife” is just what Brits and others in the Commonwealth call a switchblade knife. The law banning those in the state of Michigan was repealed in October of 2017.

    2. What about boot knives that are no longer then 3 inches. Would I get in trouble for carrying that I’ve been doing research and couldn’t find an answer. It might be a stupid question but no one has asked it yet.

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