South Dakota’s knife laws are basically non-existent, however, combing through the weapons laws in order to determine that can be difficult for those who have not have any legal training. This article tells you what the weapons laws say, and how that applies to the ownership and carrying of various types of knives.
In 2006, the legislature repealed the only law prohibiting ownership of any type of knife. The former statute, 22-14-19, made it illegal for a person to own, possess or sell a ballistic knife.
South Dakota’s statutes discuss dangerous weapons and carrying concealed weapons, however neither of the statutes apply to knives, as its definition of “concealed” is “any firearm that is totally hidden from view.”
It is legal to own and open or conceal carry any knife in South Dakota, as it has no laws controlling the ownership or carry of any type of knife.
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