Knife Laws in Denver


Knife Laws In Denver

Denver is the populous city in the state of Colorado where owning a switchblade was a serious crime. However, in 2017, a new knife law emerged that changed the status of switchblade knives in Denver. Now, the dwellers of Denver can enjoy owning switchblade knives. Moreover, Denver’s laws are the least tricky rules that are easy to comprehend by the common men. The laws are communicated in a candid tone to keep them simple. The city allows its citizens and new migrants to use survival knives to confront an unnerving situation.

Denver’s legal stand against knives

There are multiple knife types to perform respective tasks accordingly. Moreover, the different states, cities, and districts have different concerns regarding knives. Nevertheless, the blade size is one of the factors on which the state of Colorado and its Hussle-bustle city Denver have made strict laws, and rigorous measures are taken to enforce them. When it comes to the blade sizes, 3.5 inches” is the number you should remember always.

Denver’s legal approach against concealed weapons

According to the C.R.S. Const. Art. No. 2, 13

“The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.”

Knives that are Illegal in Denver

Earlier in 2016, gravity knives, switchblades, and ballistic knives were illegal to possess in the knife laws of Colorado and Denver.

A legal definition of a dangerous weapon, as per city’s law, Universal Citation: CO Rev Stat § 18-12-102 (2016)

“As used in this section, the term “dangerous weapon” means a firearm silencer, machine gun, short shotgun, short rifle, or ballistic knife. The term “illegal weapon” means a blackjack, gas gun, metallic knuckles, gravity knife, or switchblade knife. A person who knowingly possesses a dangerous weapon commits a class 5 felony. Each subsequent violation of this subsection (3) by the same person shall be a class 4 felony. A person who knowingly possesses an illegal weapon commits a class 1 misdemeanor.”

By August 2017, the law observes switchblades as legal weapons.

Revised Law

With the effect of an updated knife law,

“With the code C.R.S. 18-12-101, gravity knives or automatic knives are no more illegal or dangerous to possess. But the ballistic knives are still banned.”

“(a.3) Ballistic knife” means any knife that has a blade which is forcefully projected from the handle employing a spring-loaded device or explosive charge.”

What will be the city’s legislative stand if you still possess the banned knife?

If you own the forbidden dangerous or deadly weapon, “ballistic knife”, it will be a felony offense and you will be punished by,

  • a year (1 year) or more years in jail and/or
  • a fine of $1,000-$100,000

Knife laws against the blade length and concealing knives

According to Concealed-Carry Laws,

“If you are in the city for fishing and hunting then all fishing and hunting knives are legal with no fixed length of blade size. Though, it will be a class 2 misdemeanor if you conceal a knife knowingly or illicitly.”

Code 18-12-105 says,                                 

“A person commits a class 2 misdemeanor if such person knowingly and unlawfully; carries a knife concealed on or about his or her person”

According to the law for blade sizes,

“You cannot carry a knife including a dagger, dirk, stiletto, or other dangerous knives concealed over 3.5 inches blade-sized. It will be illegal.”

C.R.S. 18-12-101 says,

“Knife’ means any dagger, dirk, knife, or stiletto with a blade over three and one-half inches in length, or any other dangerous instrument capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds, but does not include a hunting or fishing knife carried for sports use. The issue that a knife is a hunting or fishing knife must be raised as an affirmative defense.”

Knives that are under 3.5’’ are permissible to carry either open or concealed.

Exceptions of the law

Law has granted the following exceptions.

  • All fishing and hunting knives more than 3.5 inches in blade size can be carried concealed
  • A Bowie knife, machete or sword, and skinning knives can be carried openly with any size of blades

You can still carry an illegal or dangerous weapon if you belong to any of the following stated below,

  • If you are a member of the armed forces of the States
  • If you have a lawful authorization or license for the possession of that dangerous or illegal knife
  • If you are ignorant to comprehend the tool you are carrying is an illegal one
  • If the knife you are possessing is an old blunt knife that demonstrates the poor quality of being dangerous or deadly

You have a legal right to defend yourself when charged if you can prove any of the aforementioned charges.

Knives that are permissible under Denver’s knife laws

Apart from the legal restrictions imposed on a few deadly and forbidden knives, most of the knives are legal. For instance,

Restricted venues

All educational institutions come under critical security and are highly restricted from any deadly weapons. Moreover, the law is strict and rigid on a knife display in or near any educational concerns. All weapons are strictly prohibited; either open carry or concealed. You can not own any knife on any school campus, ground, or building. From kindergarten to schools even university areas are circumscribed to possess one. And it will be a class 6 felony when someone knowingly or unlawfully brings one.

“A person commits a class 6 felony if such person knowingly and unlawfully and without legal authority carries, brings, or has in such person’s possession a deadly weapon as defined in (1) section 18-1-901(3)(e) in or on the real estate and all improvements erected thereon of any public or private elementary, middle, junior high, high, or vocational school or any public or private college, university, or seminary,…”

Exceptions of the law

The law has exclusively granted relaxation to some authorized persons who can still carry or possess treacherous weapons on the school premises. For instance,

  • To present a public exhibition that is authorized
  • For an individual employee to carry if he/she while performing their duties
  • For an authorized extracurricular activity or athlete team who are purposefully required to carry or show any of the dangerous weapons or knives

 According to the Code 18-12-105.5,

“except to present an authorized public demonstration or exhibition according to instruction in conjunction with an organized school or class, to carry out the necessary duties and functions of an employee of an educational institution that requires the use of a deadly weapon, or for participation in an authorized extracurricular activity or on an athletic team.”

Final thoughts

Denver’s knife laws are easy to comprehend and strictly enforced by the legal authorities. The rules and regulations are strictly scrutinized and enforced. If you are fond of knives then the only number you always remember is 3.5”, which is a permissible blade length. As you will cross the legal threshold, you would be in handcuffs in no time. The city’s laws let you feel the thrill in public or your backyard, with any knife except a ballistic knife.

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