Indiana Knife Laws


Indiana surprises me with its knife laws, which are fairer than its neighbor’s, Illinois’.  There aren’t too many restrictions on carrying knives, and you can even bring them to school if they’re under a specific blade length and if the school permits.  Indiana’s knife laws are also quite straightforward, so you don’t have to decipher bizarre legal jargon to figure out if your knife is okay or not.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Indiana?

Everything except ballistic knives and throwing stars is legal.  Even automatic knives are legal in Indiana!  This mean that you can own disguised knives, undetectable knives, switchblades, balisong knives, daggers, etc.

You can also carry them openly or concealed, so long as you aren’t bringing them to school.

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Indiana?

Even though it’s fairly knife-friendly, Indiana does have some restrictions.

  • You cannot own ballistic knives
  • You cannot own throwing stars
  • You cannot bring a knife to school without the school’s permission

Relevant Statutes

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