Define ordinary

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by Vlade, May 22, 2020.

  1. Vlade

    Vlade

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    Feb 8, 2020
    Under Florida law it's against the law to carry a knife other than an ordinary pocket knife. What is an ordinary pocket knife? Let me know if you could figure this out. Because I can not.
     
  2. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    It's whatever the officer decides is not ordinary.
    Rich
     
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  3. Vlade

    Vlade

    7
    Feb 8, 2020
    Yeah Rich,
    I guess it all depends on how you handle yourself around the police. Respect goes a long way. Now if you are a wise guy and a smartass . Well... That's the best I got it figured.
     
  4. glistam

    glistam

    Dec 27, 2004
    Florida law (790.001) says "common pocket knife," not "ordinary."

    Porter vs. State, 2001 established that folding knives with blades less 4" are considered common pocket knives. However, knives that have features suggesting they are designed to be used as a weapon, such as serrations, a notched grip, hilt guard, and locking mechanism, could make them run afoul of this even if they are less than 4" (F.R. vs State, 2012). A box cutter or razor knife is definitely considered common (Holley v. State, 2004). Possessing a knife while committing a violent crime, even if the knife isn't used, could make it no longer a common pocket knife (Mims v. State).
     
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  5. Tjstampa

    Tjstampa Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 25, 2019
    Where are you getting your information
     
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  6. Vlade

    Vlade

    7
    Feb 8, 2020
    I thought I read it in a Florida statutes but apparently I was wrong. I probably read it somewhere I took it for a gospel but thanks for clearing that mess up
     
  7. flphotog

    flphotog

    315
    Jul 10, 2014
    The real kicker in FL is that knives are not preempted so the law is what ever every little town says it is. Knives are covered by 790.33, only firearms are covered.
    I've always found it interesting that the rest of 790 covers "weapons" while 790.33 explicitly says firearms and ammunition.
     
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