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Old October 13th, 2020, 04:47 PM #1
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Automatic knives

With the possibility of my moving to Md. one my questions is... are auto knives legal to carry, own?
I'm afraid I already know the answer.
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Old October 13th, 2020, 04:55 PM #2
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afaik no knife restrictions in MD but you can’t concealed carry a switchblade and open carry is ok as long as you stabbed the guy “by accident.”
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Switchblades, where you push a button to release the blade, I believe you cannot carry.

Assisted opening, where you start the blade moving with thumb stud or flipper nub on the backside, are fine; with the exception of Baltimore City and Ocean City where spring assist is verboten.

I have found several flipper type folding knives with no springs at all that will still open with a flick of a finger. Look for a ball bearing opening system if interested... there's an acronymn but I forget what it is.

I believe you can own anything if you keep it at home, only carry is restricted.
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Old October 13th, 2020, 04:57 PM #4
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afaik no knife restrictions in MD but you can’t concealed carry a switchblade and open carry is ok as long as you stabbed the guy “by accident.”
You can't carry a fixed blade concealed, must be open carried.

You can carry a penknife concealed. A penknife is defined as a folding knife, with no length restriction.

I don't believe you can carry a switchblade at all, open or concealed.
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In general in Maryland you can’t carry a knife for the purpose of self-defense and switchblades cannot be conceal carried.

Various cities and counties have further restrictions and there is no statewide pre-emption for knife laws.
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I’ve probably been living dangerously -early in the lockdown I would go walk for miles at night and I have a small wharncliffe that clips on the front of my belt, I guess “open” depends on whether a shirt or jacket was hanging over it. Is self defense ok if I’m defending against rabid raccoons?
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JerseyMike was correct about switchblades, however it does not say anything about self defense.

It does say no carrying with 'intent to injure in an unlawful manner'.

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Maryland Code, Criminal Law § 4-101

(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

(2) “Nunchaku” means a device constructed of two pieces of any substance, including wood, metal, or plastic, connected by any chain, rope, leather, or other flexible material not exceeding 24 inches in length.

(3)(i) “Pepper mace” means an aerosol propelled combination of highly disabling irritant pepper-based products.

(ii) “Pepper mace” is also known as oleoresin capsicum (o.c.) spray.

(4) “Star knife” means a device used as a throwing weapon, consisting of several sharp or pointed blades arrayed as radially disposed arms about a central disk.

(5)(i) “Weapon” includes a dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife, sandclub, metal knuckles, razor, and nunchaku.

(ii) “Weapon” does not include:

1. a handgun;  or

2. a penknife without a switchblade.

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(c)(1) A person may not wear or carry a dangerous weapon of any kind concealed on or about the person.

(2) A person may not wear or carry a dangerous weapon, chemical mace, pepper mace, or a tear gas device openly with the intent or purpose of injuring an individual in an unlawful manner.
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Wear and Carry permit covers auto knives concealed. If you have no permit, carry auto knife in view.
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JerseyMike was correct about switchblades, however it does not say anything about self defense.

It does say no carrying with 'intent to injure in an unlawful manner'.
Hence my bad joke about stabbing by accident. That was my understanding of it though who’s to say if using it in self defense is “lawful.” Being here in MoCo they’d probably err on the unlawful side.
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You can only carry a "switchblade" if you have a MD concealed carry permit.
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