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Alabama is among the most forgiving states in terms of carrying knives. Local laws are minimal, and the interference barely exists. Of course, there are a few rules and offenses to consider, but overall, Alabama has permissive regulations and lenient laws regarding knives. Here is our guide to knife laws in Alabama.
What knives are legal to own in Alabama?
Butterfly knives, aka balisongs, are legal in Alabama, so there are no specific laws regarding carrying them. Dirk knives, gravity knives, switchblades, toothpick knives, folding knives, double-sided knives, and out-the-front knives are all legal. Bowie knives are permitted only if carried open – such as in a sheath by the hip.
What knives are illegal to own in Alabama?
Bowie knives and other similar knives are illegal if concealed. When visible, there are no issues whatsoever. From this point of view, machetes may also go in the same category. A machete could be considered a bowie knife, so carrying it in a concealed way is illegal. Long butcher knives can go in the same category.
What are the limits on carry?
There are no limits on carry in Alabama, but a general restriction applies to large knives – such as bowie knives or machetes. They cannot be concealed. Other than that, there are no restrictions regarding the size.
Concealed carry is allowed in Alabama, as long as you are not carrying a bowie knife or similar size and appearance.
Restrictions on Carry in Specific Locations / Circumstances
It is illegal to carry a knife on the premises of public schools. Other than that, there are no restrictions on carry, yet certain institutions may have their own rules.
Restrictions on Sale or Transfer
There is only one restriction on the sale or transfer in Alabama, targeting bowie knives. The sale or transfer to someone under 18 years old is illegal.
Is there a statewide pre-emption?
There is no statewide pre-emption regarding knives in Alabama, yet smaller communities can develop different rules. Therefore, it pays off considering local laws and regulations before getting a knife.
Major Cities in Alabama with Knife Ordinances
Montgomery is the most significant city with a knife ordinance. You can carry a knife with a blade up to three inches in length. A longer blade is considered illegal.
|City, State||Law Title/ Chapter/ Section||Concealed Carry Legal||Max Size Restriction||Short description from the law|
|Decatur, AL||16-22.1.||or knife or instrument of like kind or description|
|Elba, AL||50-87.||or any other knife of like kind or description,|
|Enterprise, AL||14-25.||or any other knife of like kind or description,|
|Gadsden, AL||90-61.||or knife of like kind or similar nature,|
|Fairhope, AL||14-6.||Yes||3"||any knife of whatever nature containing a blade more than three (3) inches long,|
|Huntsville, AL||No Code Found concerning Knives.|
|Lankett, AL||20-6.||Pawn Shops to not sell or take in or any knife with a blade exceeding four (4) inches in length.|
|Midfield, Al||Sec. 36-73||Yes||3"||or other knife having a blade three inches or more in length,|
|Montgomery, AL||18-111||Yes||3"||any knife of whatsoever nature containing a blade more than three inches long|
|Montgomery, AL||18-114||No weapon/knife of any kind allowed on School Property or on School Transportation.|
|Montevallo, AL||18-111||any knife of whatsoever nature containing a blade more than three inches long|
|Mountain Brook, AL||13-53.||Yes||3"||or other knife having a blade of three (3) inches or more in length|
|Muscle Shoals, AL||70-82.||or other knife or instrument of like kind or description,|
|Opp, AL||41913||Yes||No Knife of any kind while on school property within the police jurisdiction of the city|
|Pell City, AL||13-25||No||It shall be unlawful for any person to carry off of his premises any knife or instrument of like kind|
|Tuscaloosa, AL||44335||Yes||4"||with the exception of pocket knives ... with a blade of less than four (4) inches|
|Tuscumbia, AL||11-7.||Yes||3"||any knife with a blade three (3) inches or more in length,|
|Vestavia Hills, AL||11-7.||Yes||3"||knife having a blade of three (3) inches or more in length,|
There are no exceptions when it comes to the laws in Alabama. However, law enforcement agencies (such as the police) in smaller communities might be open to exceptions.
Summary of Knife Laws in Alabama
Bottom line, Alabama is highly lenient in terms of carrying knives. The bowie knife is the only one coming with a few restrictions. Other than that, there are no significant restrictions to limit the necessity of carrying a knife – it is still worth double-checking local laws, as some cities come with knife ordinances.
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