Knife Enthusiasts Guide to Florida Knife Laws

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Florida Knife Laws

Overview of Knife Laws in Florida

Florida has an extremely open policy with regards to it’s knife laws. There is no limit on the sale of knives in florida, except for ballistic knives. Ballistic knives are defined, in simple terms, as knives which have a means of detaching and propelling the blade from the remainder of the knife.

However, as in the case of a minor, which is a person under the age of 18, no one may give or sell a knife, other than a common ordinary pocket knife, to them unless they are given express permission from a present parent or guardian.

In order to carry concealed knives, in most cases, a concealed weapons permit is required.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Overview of Knife Laws in Florida
  2. Florida Pocket Knife Laws
  3. Florida Knife Open Carry Laws
  4. Florida Automatic Knife Laws
  5. Florida Butterfly Knife Laws
  6. Florida Knife Laws Length
  7. Illegal Knives in Florida
  8. Florida Knife Laws 2018

Florida Pocket Knife Laws

Pocket knives are completely legal in Florida for all open carry laws. However, as knives normally require a concealed weapon permit to carry in a concealed fashion, and confusion over laws have led to multiple lawsuits and problems, it isn’t necessarily safe to just carry your pocket knife in a concealed fashion.

Laws regarding pocket knives do state that an ordinary pocket knife can be carried concealed, as well as be sold and/or given to a minor. However, understanding the definition of an ordinary or regular pocket knife is the questionable part, and may require research into specific cities or districts.

The laws regarding minors and weapons are listed as follows:

790.17 Furnishing weapons to minors under 18 years of age or persons of unsound mind and furnishing firearms to minors under 18 years of age prohibited.—

(1) A person who sells, hires, barters, lends, transfers, or gives any minor under 18 years of age any dirk, electric weapon or device, or other weapon, other than an ordinary pocketknife, without permission of the minor’s parent or guardian, or sells, hires, barters, lends, transfers, or gives to any person of unsound mind an electric weapon or device or any dangerous weapon, other than an ordinary pocketknife, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.775.082 or s. 775.083.

(2)(a) A person may not knowingly or willfully sell or transfer a firearm to a minor under 18 years of age, except that a person may transfer ownership of a firearm to a minor with permission of the parent or guardian. A person who violates this paragraph commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(b) The parent or guardian must maintain possession of the firearm except pursuant to s.790.22.

Florida Knife Open Carry Laws

All knives which are legal in Florida are also legal to open carry. There are currently no extra laws which regulate what may and may not be open carried with regards to knife.

It’s important to note for concealed carries that Florida, in most cases, does require a concealed weapons permit in order for you to carry your knife in a concealed fashion. Exceptions would be box cutters, multi-tools, work knives, and regular pocket knives with less than 4 inches in blade length.

  • 790.01. Unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or concealed firearms.—

(1) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device on or about his or her person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

Regarding concealed weapons, they are defined as such by Florida state law:

790.001 (3)(a) “Concealed weapon” means any dirk, metallic knuckles, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the weapon from the ordinary sight of another person.

Florida Automatic Knife Laws

Automatic knives are currently legal in Florida, though they’re required to either be open carry or come with a concealed weapons permit. However, if the automatic knife involves any ballistic knife designs or implementations then it will be considered a ballistic knife, and thusly illegal to own, sell, buy, gift, or otherwise possess.

Florida Butterfly Knife Laws

Butterfly knives are legal to own and open carry in Florida. Like most knives, any concealed carrying will require a concealed weapons permit.

Florida Knife Laws Regarding Length

The only law regulating length is related to pocket knives. Ordinary pocket knives, ones able to be carried in a concealed manner without a permit, must be less than 4 inches in length. Anything of this length or longer will require a permit in order to carry concealed.

Illegal Knives in Florida

The only knives considered completely illegal in Florida are ballistic knives. These knives are defined as follows:

  • 790.225.  Ballistic self-propelled knives; unlawful to manufacture, sell, or possess; forfeiture; penalty

(1) It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, display, sell, own, possess, or use a ballistic self-propelled knife which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as a projectile and which physically separates the blade from the device by means of a coil spring, elastic material, or compressed gas. A ballistic self-propelled knife is declared to be a dangerous or deadly weapon and a contraband item. It shall be subject to seizure and shall be disposed of as provided in s. 790.08(1) and (6).

These knives are completely banned, and are the only knives to fall under this category.

Type of Knife

Legal (*with restrictions)


Pocket Knife / Folding Knife


Butterfly Knives


Switch Blade


Bowie Knives






Dirks / Daggers / Stilettos


Ballistic Knives


Misleading Knives


Hidden Knives


Florida Knife Laws 2018

More information will be updated as 2018 continues on, however it’s recommended to check further into city, county, and other sizes of legal districts in order to ensure that you are not in violation of any laws.

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