Oklahoma Knife Laws


Oklahoma has few knife laws, which makes the law fairly straightforward.  Restrictions on carrying can leave some up to interpretation, however it seems that as long as you have a good reason for carrying a ‘dangerous weapon’, the law won’t stop you from carrying it.

There are no illegal knives in Oklahoma, and for the most part, you can carry any knife you wish, both openly or concealed.  However, it would be good to consult an attorney if you’re unsure of the law.  It’s always possible that my interpretation of these laws is incorrect, as they can be somewhat vague.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Oklahoma?

Recent legislation has removed restrictions on all knives, which means you can legally own any kind of knife in Oklahoma, including the previously restricted switchblade, and it would seem that you can carry any knife as long as you have a good reason for it.

  • You can own any knife, including switchblades, gravity knives, butterfly knives, disguised knives, pocket knives, and more
  • You can carry any knife, including weapons, if you have a good justification for it (self-defense is a valid reason in Oklahoma)

Oklahoma is one of the few states that recognizes self-defense as being a valid use for a knife.  Most states with restrictions on carrying knives with intent to harm consider self-defense as ‘intent to harm’, even if most of us can agree that if your safety is in danger, you should be able to defend yourself.

There is also a statewide preemption, meaning there are no local ordinances that will restrict your carrying or owning of knives or certain types of knives.

What the Law Says About Carrying Weapons

UNLAWFUL CARRY A. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry upon or about his or her person, or in a purse or other container belonging to the person, any pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle whether loaded or unloaded or any blackjack, loaded cane, hand chain, metal knuckles, or any other offensive weapon, whether such weapon be concealed or unconcealed, except this section shall not prohibit: 1. The proper use of guns and knives for self-defense, hunting, fishing, educational or recreational purposes; 2. The carrying or use of weapons in a manner otherwise permitted by statute or authorized by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act;

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Oklahoma?

You cannot carry a knife onto school property.  That seems to be the only restriction, which is sensible.

Relevant Statutes

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