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Tennessee Likely To Ease Knife Restrictions


Tennessee Likely To Ease Knife Restrictions

A Tennessee CCW permit lets you carry a full-size 1911, an automatic pistol with a 5-inch barrel. So far so good, but if you carry an automatic knife like this Benchmade Adamas you’re probably breaking the law. This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but fortunately the Tennessee legislature is in the process of fixing it.

Under current state law, switchblades are a criminal no-no of the PITA misdemeanor variety, and so are knives (like this Cold Steel Espada) with blades longer than 4 inches, if they are carried ‘for the purpose of going armed.’ The rule of thumb seems to be that if you’re carrying a big knife as a tool (i.e., for hunting or fishing or chopping through the brush on your back 40) rather than as a weapon, then you’re not carrying it ‘for the purpose of going armed’ and it’s all good. But good luck convincing the police of that distinction.

Volunteer State law currently allows carry of sub-4″ knives, including assisted openers. Schools and courthouses are no-knife zones just like they are almost everywhere else, but county and local ordinances also impose a patchwork of additional restrictions on what blades a law-abiding Tennessean can carry and where.



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  1. foxxybey

    March 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    What? no knife control for the nazi government? Won’t be long now and they will knock down your door and take anything they deem dangereous and leave you with your fingers to eat with.

  2. polmutant

    March 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    forget the knife double bladed throwing axes are far better.

  3. jong

    March 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I have always like a CQC8 good friend to have in a tight spot.

  4. donutman1911

    March 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Rigdht on foxxey. You know the mess that England is in and now the Parliment is working on outlawing certian kitchen knifes!!!

  5. barbiecakes

    March 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    NH last year lifted the ban on switchblade knives. They are no more dangerous than a pocket knives.

  6. Ronald R. Johnson

    March 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    What makes Cops have anymore right to carry a gun in a court house than a person with C C W Permit who has been cleared by the F B I ? I would trust them with a gun more than many Cops!

  7. Adrian Vance

    March 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The logic is that the IQ of those carrying guns is significantly higher than those with knives. It may have basis in fact.

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  8. moparfan54

    March 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Perfect example of a government that is ran by a bunch of dumbasses.

  9. Lobo VNVMC

    March 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    There are funky knife laws all over the country and most people don’t know them until confronted by a cop. For instance a commercial truck driver is not allowed to carry a knife with a blade longer than 4” and in
    San Antonio, TX a lock back knife (Buck Folding Hunter) is illegal, but if the lock is to the front as in the lock is in the blade recess then it is OK. You can also carry a full size K-Bar without a problem.

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