Alaska Knife Laws
Among the 50 states of America, 10 states have got the friendliest and more relaxing knife laws than the others and Alaska is one of those 10.
Alaska is an ultimate freedom-land for the animals as well as for the knife users.
It is the region in America where fishing and hunting are very popular and also a good number of animals may welcome you. You can meet those at any time and which is why the usage of knives are pretty relaxing out there (to protect yourself mostly).
Knife laws in Alaska have been updated for more than 7 times in 2013 and finally, the most updated and effective version of laws has been established on September 16, 2013.
There is some confusion about the knife laws in Alaska whether the switchblades and gravity knives are illegal or not. But the new and updated knife laws of 2013 say there are no knives illegal in Alaska except some factors.
To clarify the confusion, first learn what switchblade and gravity knife is all about.
What is Switchblade?
The Switchblade Knife Act of 1958 says,
“The term ‘switchblade knife’ means any knife having a blade which opens automatically—by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of the knife, or (2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both.”
So, switchblades are sort of knives which open automatically with a switch/button or a hand pressure. Assisted opening knives are not always illegal but the switchblades or the automatic knives are illegal in most of the states of America. Swords are in the same category as switchblades are.
But Alaska allows switchblades as the legal one right now.
What is Gravity Knife?
The gravity knife is a sort of knife which opens with the force of gravity or inertia. Gravity knives are different than the switchblades from their fundamental perspective. Switchblades open automatically through a switch or a push of a button but the gravity knives open with the help of the spinning motion and gravity.
Knife Laws in Alaska
The most recent and updated version of the law has declared particularly, there are no illegal or forbidden knives in Alaska to carry and own. Switchblades and gravity knives are now legal to carry over the age of 21. Otherwise, all other knives are legal to carry.
But, there are some restrictions for some factors such as carrying in some particular places, concealing, owning, and selling.
Some Important Facts to Set in Mind-
Though the knife laws in Alaska which has been updated on September 16, 2013, declared there are no knives forbidden or illegal or prohibited but there you should be aware of the concealment of the knives even if those are pocket knives.
If you are contacted by the police officer, you should let him know about the knife you are carrying. Do not conceal it in your pocket or vehicle or anywhere, just let the police officer know.
There are no restrictions or prohibitions on those persons over 21 years of age to carry knives. It is illegal to carry a knife as well as a deadly weapon by a person under 21 years old especially if concealed. Pocket knives are exceptions.
“Deadly Weapons” mean which are a very dangerous weapon and anyone can easily get a serious physical injury or even death. Knives with fixed blades and regardless of size are considered as deadly weapons.
Some places you can never carry any knives:
Knife laws in Alaska are very relaxing, true, but there are some places where you can never carry or conceal any sort of knives. It is illegal.
Schools: It is prohibited to carry or bring any knives or deadly weapons in any schools’ campuses or grounds or buildings knowingly without the permission of school administration.
Anyone’s Private Residence: You need to get your “express or written permission” if you want to carry or conceal any knives in someone’s house. Otherwise, it would be count as illegal.
When is it Illegal?
- It is illegal to escape as a convict with carrying a knife
- It is illegal if you want to rob or stalk a place with a knife
- It is illegal if you talk to a person with a restraining order on you when having other knives except for a pocket knife.
- It is illegal when you are under 21 years old and you conceal a deadly weapon.
- It is illegal when you do not tell yourself when you meet a police officer by the road even if you conceal one.
- A minor under 16 years old cannot own or buy a switchblade and gravity knife unless he/she has been given an express or written permission by their guardian or parents.
As it is mentioned in the beginning, Alaska owns a huge number of animals for which fishing, hunting as well as being hunted by the animals is a very common scenario. So, carrying, buying and owning knives in Alaska end up with low restrictions and complexions.
There is no prohibition on producing switchblades and gravity knives.
After 21 years old, it is all legal for you to bring any blades in most places.
The interesting part is, there are no restrictions for the blade sizes in Alaska’s knife laws. But the most police department considers the blade length to be 3” or 4”.
A conclusion to the knife laws in Alaska:
You are not going to get any trouble unless you are following the simple rules and restrictions. The police officer is not going to charge you and get you offended unless you are acting like one.
The knife laws in Alaska are friendlier than any other states so far. Do not get confused and learn the new laws where there are no illegal or forbidden knives in Alaska not even switchblades and gravity knives.