donutsrule wrote:Bear in mind that the University of California system has pretty strict blade length laws (don't know about Cal State system), so while your municipality may allow something, if you set foot on the local UC campus you're subject to a whole different bundle of laws ... and those campus cops are real cops.
I'm an Officer for a College PD and I'm also a knifenut, so I'll give you the benefit of my knowledge. All Colleges (Community Colleges as well as the Cal State and U.C. systems) fall under the same P.C. section, 626.10(b), and that restricts you from carrying/possessing on campus a knife with a "fixed blade" length longer than 2.5 inches. While the specified length of a "folding knife" blade is not mentioned, I know a Sgt. at a Cal State campus near me who says his PD considers folding knives whose blades lock into place to be "fixed blades". I don't agree with him, but the D.A. just might, so make sure to ask your schools' PD prior to carrying even a folding knife with a blade length over 2.5 inches (Dodos, Salsas, Crickets, Dragonflys, Kopas, Jesters, and Ladybugs seem to fit the bill for California College EDCs).
Also, make sure you know your local ordinances, cause we enforce those as well. You might be within PC provisions carrying a 2.5 inch folder, but if your College is located within a City whose ordinance prohibits the carry of a knife with a blade over 2 inches, you could be running a risk.
It is very important to know all the laws pertaining to the carry of knives, if your going to carry. Just because PC 626.10(b) says you can carry/possess a "fixed blade" knife of 2.5 inches or less on campus, that doesn't mean you can carry it concealed. You can't! That would be a violation of PC 12020(a)(4), carrying a concealed "dirk or dagger" (which is not a "double-edged" knife, like most people think, but rather- "A "dirk" or "dagger" means a knife or other instrument with or without a handguard that is capable of ready use as a stabbing weapon that may inflict great bodily injury or death
The thing is, knife laws are tricky! If you are going to carry a knife, you need to take the time to read and learn all of the pertinent statutes (State Code Sections, City and County ordinances, School policies and regulations, the directives/policies from your place of employment, and like Joe stated, CaseLaw). After you do that, talk to a couple of your local Police Officers, District Attorneys, and Judges, just to get a feel for how they interpret the relevant statutes.
Just remember, not all Cops are knifenuts! You might be surprised to find out how little some Officers know about laws regarding knives. I know I was! I'm the only knifenut in my small Department. However, I've managed to convert a few
! Giving them Spydies as gifts seems to work well
The Bottom line is, as responsible knife-owners/users, we owe it to ourselves and our knife-community to be educated and responsible. How we act and what we do can determine what future Knife laws and restrictions are put into place. I'm sorry for the long post, but I hope it helps.