Hmmm… I want to get a knife for self defense, but I don’t want something that’s illegal here locally. Most of the knives I see on Amazon are ‘spring assisted,’ which qualify as switch blades and are illegal. The definitions these lawyers mention aren’t very specific to self defense, so let me find a video with a little more info on that.
By the way, back when I was out thugging, the San Diego cops would consider manual fold-out knives as switchblades, even though they didn’t have buttons or switches on them.
YT description: More info at http://www.shouselaw.com/california-k… — A former D.A. & a former cop explain California knives laws. What knives are always illegal to carry? What knives may be carried, but only openly on a sheath? And what knives may be possessed openly or concealed? What are the penalties — misdemeanor or felony — if you get arrested and charged with unlawful knife possession?
We answer all of these questions, with reference to switchblades, dirks and daggers, pocket knives, utility knives, Swiss army knives, gravity knives, spring loaded knives and others.
Former Los Angeles County prosecutor Neil Shouse — and former San Bernardino County police sergeant Michael Scafiddi — explain the laws and rules in California.
Title: California Knife Laws (a former D.A. explains) (YT link) Uploaded by Shouse Law Group Channel.