Massachusetts Knife Laws

your Massachusetts Knife LawsKnife laws in Massachusetts are very broadly described.

Though there are no banned knives to own here but carrying open or concealed, manufacturing and selling are restricted to some particular knives in some particular situations.

 

Knife Carrying Laws in Massachusetts

These knives mentioned below are illegal to carry open or concealed,

  • Stilettos
  • Daggers
  • Dirks
  • Ballistic knives
  • Knives having double-edged blades
  • Metallic knuckles or knuckles
  • Switchblades & automatic knives over one and one-half inches of blade size.

The code 269, section 10 (b) describes the illegal carrying knives.


“(b) Whoever, except as provided by law, carries on his person, or carries on his person or under his control in a vehicle, any stiletto, dagger or a device or case which enables a knife with a locking blade to be drawn at a locked position, any ballistic knife, or any knife with a detachable blade capable of being propelled by any mechanism, dirk knife, any knife having a double-edged blade, or a switch knife, or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which the blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches, or a slung-shot, blowgun, blackjack, metallic knuckles or knuckles of any substance which could be put to the same use with the same or similar effect as metallic knuckles,…


Punishment

Those who commit disturbance of the public peace carrying these illegal dangerous knives open or concealed will be punished by,

  • Imprisonment for not less than two and one-half years nor more than five years in the state prison or,
  • Imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction.

 

Exception: Those who have not been previously convicted of a felony, he/she will be punished by;

  • a fine of not more than fifty dollars or,
  • Imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction.

The statement- code 269, section 10 (b) goes on mentioning the punishment as below,


“…or whoever, when arrested upon a warrant for an alleged crime, or when arrested while committing a breach or disturbance of the public peace, is armed with or has on his person, or has on his person or under his control in a vehicle, a billy or other dangerous weapon other than those herein mentioned

and those mentioned in paragraph (a), shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two and one-half years nor more than five years in the state prison, or for not less than six months nor more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction, except that, if the court finds that the defendant has not been previously convicted of a felony, he may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction.”


Knife Manufacturing & Selling Laws in Massachusetts

Manufacturing, selling or displaying the knives mentioned below are illegal here,

  • Dirk knives
  • Automatic knives or switchblades having blades of over one and one-half inches.
  • Ballistic knives
  • Metallic knuckles or knuckles

 

Punishment: Those who will Sell or manufacture or display these knives mentioned above will be punished by,

  • a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one thousand dollars or,
  • imprisonment for not more than six months

 

Code 269, section 12 describes the law below:


Section 12– Whoever manufactures or causes to be manufactured, or sells or exposes for sale, an instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as a dirk knife, a switch knife or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which the blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches or a device or case which enables a knife with a locking blade to be drawn at a locked position, any ballistic knife, or any knife with a detachable blade capable of being propelled by any mechanism…

…or metallic knuckles or knuckles of any other substance which could be put to the same use and with the same or similar effect as metallic knuckles, shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months,” …


 

Knife Laws for Schools

Anyone who carries a knife on school premises or at school-related events or athletic games will be expelled from the school by the principal.

Chapter 71, section 37H explains the consequences of carrying knives on school premises.


“(a) Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife; or a controlled substance as defined in chapter ninety-four C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.”


Knives that are Legal to Own

Other than the restrictions for carrying knives in Massachusetts, there are no knives illegal to own here.

  • All kinds of pocket knives are legal to own.
  • Balisong knives or butterfly knives are legal to own.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, and other automatic knives are legal to own.
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are legal to own.
  • Lipstick knives, cane knives, pen knives, belt buckle knives and other disguised knives are legal to own.
  • All kinds of undetectable knives are legal to own.
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars are legal to own.
  • Ballistic knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives and other larger knives are legal to own.

 

 

Sum up to the Knife Laws in Massachusetts

Knife Laws in Massachusetts are not that tricky as it looks like.

Knife carrying laws are strict here for those dangerous knives. Those mentioned dangerous knives are restricted carrying concealed or open in most other states too.

Here the legal limit of blade size for the switchblades is one and one-half inches which is way shorter than the other states.

Selling and manufacturing those particular dangerous knives are restricted here. Otherwise, owning all types of knives is legal here in Massachusetts.

 

Resources:

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter269/Section10

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXII/Chapter71/Section37H

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter269/Section12

Patricia
 

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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