A Guide to NJ's Knife LawsPeople own knives for many legal purposes. Some people are hunters. Others are collectors. Still others carry a knife because they like to be handy. However, possession of certain knives could result in criminal charges.

New Jersey law outlaws particular types of knives but the law also allows for exceptions in certain circumstances. Because of this, New Jersey residents have a hard time determining if their knives are legal or if possession of their knives could bring criminal charges.

Under N.J.S.A. 2C 39: 3(e), the following knives are illegal to own if you do not have an “explainable, lawful purpose:”

  • Gravity knife, which is defined as “any knife which has a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force.”
  • Switchblade knife, which is defined as “any knife or similar device which has a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife.”
  • Dagger
  • Dirk
  • Stiletto
  • Billy
  • Blackjack
  • Metal knuckle
  • Sandclub
  • Slingshot
  • Cestus or similar leather band studded with metal filings or razor blades imbedded in wood
  • Ballistic knife, which is defined as “any weapon or other device capable of lethal use and which can propel a knife blade.”

New Jersey knife law also bans possessing a weapon with the purpose to use it unlawfully. For example, even if you own a knife that is not listed above and would thus be legal, that knife would become illegal and you could face criminal charges if you were planning on using it to attack someone or cause property damage.

New Jersey knife law allows for possession of the following types of knives for most people:

  • Balisong or butterfly knives
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives
  • Bowie knives
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives

The knife law also allows possession of a knife if you are hunting or traveling in a car to or from hunting so long as you have a hunting license.

Finally, being convicted of certain felonies can change what types of knives you can legally possess.

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If you are accused of a knife or other weapons violation, you do not need to face these criminal charges on your own. A knowledgeable New Jersey criminal defense lawyer can look at your case and determine what options you have. To schedule a free consultation with New Jersey criminal defense lawyer David C. Barry. Call our office today at 732-238-8686 or send us an email through our online contact form.