Many people carry pocket knives. Different states have different laws on pocket knives, and understanding the laws of the state in which you will be travelling is very important. Georgia has some very strict laws on what types of knives can be carried concealed in your pocket.
Legal Definition of a Bladed Weapon
Georgia defines the following as knives designed for the purpose of offense or defense: a dirk, bowie knife, switchblade, ballistic knife, straight razor, razor blade or any other knife with a blade longer than two inches.
Georgia state law does not allow certain knives to be concealed. Any knife defined as intended for offense or defense may not be concealed and must be carried openly.
Carrying a knife designed for offense or defense at public gatherings is prohibited in Georgia.
In Atlanta, any knife with a blade over three inches long that locks is illegal.
Use of a Knife in a Crime
The use of a knife in the commission of a crime is considered as using a weapon and is treated similarly to the use of a firearm.
Article Written By Ma Wen Jie
Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.