Kentucky Knife Laws

Summary

Kentucky has some confusing knife laws, the recent updating of them means that it can be confusing as to what’s legal and what’s not.  Thankfully, we’ve got it all figured out for you!  Remember, if you’re unsure, check the laws yourself, Google it, or drop a line to an attorney.

Basically, all knives are legal in Kentucky nowadays.  Moreover, everyone over the age of 21 is allowed to carry a knife concealed, but minors must open carry.  However, minors can still possess knives.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Kentucky

While there are many knives that fall under the somewhat vague category of ‘dangerous weapon’ in Kentucky, that doesn’t stop anyone from owning them.  There don’t seem to be any restrictions on what you can and cannot own in Kentucky, knife-wise.

Moreover, as of 2019, all persons over the age of 21 can legally carry concealed weapons.  The definition of a deadly weapon includes any knife that isn’t an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife.

Persons age twenty-one (21) or older, and otherwise able to lawfully possess a firearm, may carry concealed firearms or other concealed deadly weapons without a license in the same locations as persons with valid licenses issued under KRS 237.110.237.109 Authorization to carry concealed deadly weapons without a license. (1) Persons age twenty-one (21) or older, and otherwise able to lawfully possess a firearm, may carry concealed firearms or other concealed deadly weapons without a license in the same locations as persons with valid licenses issued under KRS 237.110. (2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow the carrying or possession of any deadly weapon where it is prohibited by federal law. Effective: June 27, 2019 History: Created 2019 Ky. Acts ch. 10, sec. 1, effective June 27, 2019.

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Kentucky?

There are no knives that are illegal in Kentucky.  However, there are some rules you need to follow.

  • Don’t threaten anyone with a weapon, even if it’s fake
  • Don’t bring your knife to school
  • Don’t carry your knife concealed if you’re under 21
  • Don’t bring your knife to school
  • Convicted felons might have their knives taken away

Relevant Statutes

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