New Jersey Pocket Knife Laws – Strict Laws for Knife Owners?

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When going to New Jersey you need to be careful about what you chose for your every day carry in your backpack. Folding pocket knifes or any other dangerous knifes that can inflict serious body injuries are prohibited from carrying in a public space, there were several cases where people were arrested just for having a small folding knife in their pocket. You can carry a pocket knife with you but you may put yourself at risk if the police stop you and start asking question about what you carry and what you want to use it for.



The New Jerse pocket knife laws are some of the strictiest in all of the United States of America. When it comes with multi tools that have blades on them you might get away without having too much trouble since these multi tools don’t have just just one blade, it have lots of other tools and you can use the need of other tools as excuse for having a blade, but then again that is just a gamble and we are in no way specialized in law to explain in detail how New¬† Jersey pocket knife law are applied.


Besides Folding Knifes there are some other tools that can get you in trouble with the police:

  • Gravity knifes
  • Switchblade knives
  • Daggers
  • Dirks
  • Stilletos
  • Slingshots
  • Razor blades imbedded in wood
  • Stun guns
  • Any weapon or other device which projects, releases, or emits tear gas or any other substance intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or permanent injury


Some policemen might test you if they see you with a multitool on your belt but you might get away by saying that it’s not a weapon or anything dangerous, it’s just a tool. As we explained earlier the New Jersey pocket knife laws are very strict and you can get in serious trouble.

We highly recommend that you will leave your pocket knife at home or hide it somewhere deep in your backpack (if you really must have it with you). The use of pocket knife or any of the above mentioned tools is totally illegal to use it as self defence.

We are in no means specialized in law but this is just a basic information we belive you need to know before you travel to New Jersey.


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