Alabama Knife Laws

Alabama knife lawAlabama has one of the best and most moderate knife laws of all the 50 states of America.

Knives that are Illegal in Alabama

Learn about the illegal ones first before you get in any trouble!

  • Bowies and anything that resembles like Bowies is illegal if it’s kept hidden.
  • Bowies are illegal too if you have it in your vehicle.
  • A machete can be classified as a Bowie and it is definitely illegal if you carry it hidden.
  • An 11″ butcher knife has also been found as a Bowie in court so it is also illegal in Alabama. So, do not get in trouble with that!
  • Large single-edge blade or large KA-BAR knives are illegal in Alabama State.
  • Selling Bowies and something like that to people under 18 is illegal in Alabama.

In a word, Bowie-like all knives are illegal if hidden in the Alabama state. 


What is “Bowie” all about?

According to Alabama law, Bowie is a fixed blade with a single edge knife that is way big to fit in your pocket.


Knives that are Legal in Alabama

Alabama’s knife laws are sort of relaxing than the other states. Let’s take a look what are the legal knives to carry and own for you!

All these types of knives are legal that are mentioned below,

  • Switchblades
  • Gravity knives
  • Automatic and assisted opening knives
  • Balisongs/butterfly knives
  • Stilettos
  • Dirks
  • Toothpick knives
  • All folding knives
  • Double sided knives of any size
  • Knives that fix in your pocket
  • Out the front knives

*Bowies are legal if those are carried open on your hip plus they are legal to carry concealed/hidden if these are on your own property.

Knife laws are one of the most important state laws. Instead of being more confused, we are going to provide you the thorough discussion about the knife laws by state by state. In Alabama, Bowie-like knife is illegal and there is a hint about it in the section 13A-11-50: about carrying concealed/hidden weapons.


What does Law Say about Bowies in Alabama?

Section 13A-11-50: about carrying concealed weapons

“Except as otherwise provided in this Code, a person who carries concealed about his person a bowie knife or knife or instrument of like kind or description or a pistol or firearm of any other kind or an air gun shall, on conviction, be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00, and may also be imprisoned in the county jail or sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than six months.”

This statement assumes, Bowies are illegal and you will be fined between $50 and $500 with/without 6 months of hard labor.

Bowies or related to these knives are legal to carry openly on your hip according to the Alabama law. But it would be illegal if you carry it concealed or hidden.

Carrying a Bowie or a similar knife in your vehicle also counts as carrying concealed. On the other hand, carrying a Bowie concealed as your property is alright as well.

It is mentioned before, an 11″ butcher’s knife is also been classified as a Bowie in Alabama’s court, so it has also some restrictions behind having concealed.

Carrying a machete under Alabama code also might be called a Bowie, so be careful using it.

Selling Bowie knife to minor also claim $50.00 to $500.00 fine to the convict.

The Section 13A-11-57 says about selling pistol or Bowie knife to minor, 

“Any person who sells, gives or lends to any minor any pistol or bowie knife, or other knives of like kind or description, shall, on conviction, be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00.”


So, parents or guardians cannot give a Bowie knife to their children as well as to a minor.


What should you do when you are charged and prove yourself not guilty?


If you are already charged for a Bowie or related to that, you would show excuse or the reasons behind carrying it for sure, but always remember the excuse must be proved by you on the trial with the satisfaction of the jury.

If you are charged, you have the right to trial. At the trial, the jury will ask the details from the prosecutor about you and the knife- if it was classified as a Bowie, concealed or something close and was on you or not and others possible inquiries.


Section 13A-11-55 says more clearly,

“In an indictment for carrying weapons unlawfully, it is sufficient to charge that the defendant carried concealed about his person a pistol, or other description of firearms, on premises not his own, or a bowie knife, or other knife or instrument of the like kind or description, or other forbidden weapon, describing it, as the case may be; and the excuse, if any, must be proved by the defendant on the trial, to the satisfaction of the jury; and if the evidence offered to excuse the charge raises a reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt, the jury must acquit him.”

If you are not able to defend yourself with a proper excuse or reason or with any proper evidence and the jury find you with a reasonable doubt, you are going to get under trouble, my friend!

Beyond a reasonable doubt means, the person is guilty and it is sure about 90-99%. So, try to handle everything with confidence.

If you are arrested and charged for carrying a concealed Bowie knife, you can have your punishment relaxed if you can show that you were carrying it to defend yourself. You can also carry a knife for fishing or hunting and with proper proofs; your punishment can also be reduced.


A Sum Up to the Alabama Knife Laws

Alabama is a region of the United States where knife owners and knife purchasers enjoy an ultimate freedom to purchase, use and own a different kind of knives. Therefore, Alabama owns the best knife laws in the US than most other states.

Try not to get caught under suspicion by the police but if you do, prove yourself right with proper evidence & confidence.


Hi this is Patricia Smith! I am a 30 year old mom blessed with two Beautiful children! I love cooking & this blog is a small effort of mine to guide others on a healthy cooking habit.

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