Good News for Oklahoma Knife Owners

On November 1, new laws go into effect in Oklahoma that make it legal to carry a switchblade knife.

Last April, Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the HB 1911, the Switchblade Ban Repeal law, that removes switchblades and other knives that open automatically by hand pressure to a button or spring from the list of weapons that are unlawful to carry. Daggers, bowie knives and dirks are still prohibited from general carry in Oklahoma.

Combined with HB 1460, the Knife Law Preemption bill that the Governor also signed, switchblade carriers will not have to deal with local restrictions on switchblades and that possession of most knives other than those listed above will be legal throughout the state. Knife Law Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.

Automatic knives are legal in 39 states (some with restrictions) and 27states have no restrictions whatsoever on these knives.

NOTE: Until the law goes into effect on November 1, it is still illegal to carry a switchblade knife in Oklahoma and you can be charged under the existing laws.