Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jealous

Plenty of other bloggers have been talking about knives and unfortunately I can't own most of them. Here in Delaware we can't own anything but an ordinary folder. If it's assisted opening it's illegal to own, much less carry. We're also limited to a 3 inch blade length when carrying folders.

Why is that the case? Oh, because the definition of "Switchblade" in the Delaware criminal code is unusually broad.
§ 1446. Unlawfully dealing with a switchblade knife; unclassified misdemeanor.

"A person is guilty of unlawfully dealing with a switchblade knife when the person sells, offers for sale or has in possession a knife, the blade of which is released by a spring mechanism or by gravity."
You might be able to argue that this statute prohibits only true auto-openers, but I'm not willing to risk it.

4 comments:

Linoge said...

You might be able to argue that this statute prohibits only true auto-openers, but I'm not willing to risk it.

That interpretation has actually been upheld in court here in TN, but I shant blame you for not wanting to be the gerbil...

Anonymous said...

Emerson Mini Commander with the Emerson Wave...

No spring or gravity assist and faster to deploy than any auto or spring assist will ever be.

Damn sharp too!

Lissa said...

Maybe you should consider a hideaway knife -- http://www.hideawayknife.com/main.php

I absolutely love mine.

Mike W. said...

Lissa - Cool little knife, but that's a no-go here as well since it's fixed blade rather than a folding pocketknife. If I had my Delaware CCDW I could carry one.

General definitions... (6) "Deadly weapon" includes... a knife of any sort (other than an ordinary pocketknife carried in a closed position) switchblade knife, razor, or any other dangerous instrument. For the purpose of this definition, an ordinary pocketknife shall be a folding knife having a blade not more than 3 inches in length.

Also of note, violating DE's CCDW law is a class G Felony, not a misdemeanor like in some other states. Making sure you don't run afoul of it is really important.