Connecticut Knife Laws


Connecticut is a bit of an oddball when it comes to knife laws.  While there aren’t any forbidden knives under Connecticut law, the restrictions on blade lengths when it comes to carrying knives manage to successfully stop most people from carrying knives.  Many manufacturers don’t create knives that follow Connecticut’s guidelines which state that carrying any automatic knife with a blade longer than 1.5″ or any other blade that’s 4″ or longer is a Class D felony.  Ouch!

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Connecticut?

Again, the doozy of Connecticut law is that all knives are technically legal to own.  Carrying knives, however, is another matter whether concealed or open.  Knives, when kept within your home, are no problem at all.  This includes balisongs, disguised knives (cane knives, lipstick knives, etc.), push knives, dirks, daggers, stilettos, and even switchblade and Bowie knives!

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Connecticut?

There are no forbidden knives under Connecticut law.  However, there are restrictions regarding the carrying of knives.

  • You cannot carry automatic knives with blades longer than 1.5″
  • You cannot carry any knife with a blade 4″ or longer
  • You cannot bring knives onto school grounds

There are exceptions, of course.  The military is an exception, displaying knives at gun shows, removing the knife from the house when moving, bringing a knife in for repair, using a knife for fishing, hunting, or trapping, or participating in a historical re-enactment.

Relevant Statutes

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