Florida Knife Laws

Summary

Florida has some wordy knife laws and an interesting history of prosecuting the carrying of knives.  That being said, you can legally own any knife that isn’t a ballistic knife (which is already illegal under federal law) and you can openly carry any of these knives.

However, unless you have a permit, you cannot conceal carry anything other than a common pocket knife.  Florida defines common pocket knives as being any folding knife with a blade less than 4″.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Florida?

All knives other than ballistic knives are legal in Florida.  However, you cannot conceal and carry anything other than a common pocket knife without a license to do so.  You may, however, openly carry any knives.  Please check with local ordinances before heading into town with one, though.

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Florida?

  • Ballistic knives are illegal to own
  • You cannot possess weapons on school grounds
  • You cannot furnish a knife to anyone under 18 or to the mentally impaired
  • You cannot conceal and carry any knife other than a pocket knife without a permit

Many cities have their own local ordinances that may impose further restrictions, so check your local laws before deciding to head out with your knife.

Relevant Statutes

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