Quote:You have been incorrectly informed about the law. Cal. Penal Code Â§ 12020 prohibits the carrying of a concealed "dirk or dagger."
12020 provides that:
As used in this section, 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. A nonlocking folding knife, a folding knife that is not prohibited by Section 653k, or a pocketknife is capable of ready use as a stabbing weapon that may inflict great bodily injury or death only if the blade of the knife is exposed and locked into position.
and also provides that:
Knives carried in sheaths which are worn openly suspended from the waist of the wearer are not concealed within the meaning of this section.
Local laws can be more restrictive than 12020 (e.g., some cities restrict overall blade length), but most of those laws have safe harbor provisions for knives carried for use in one's employment. There is another section in the Penal Code that prohibits carrying certain knives on school premises (including colleges) but in general, 12020 is the governing statute.
I see, but isn't this the same type of idea as the fact that you can indeed legally carry a non-concealed firearm on your person even if it is not for occupational use/protection? I am pretty sure that if you are approached by a police officer, having a Ka-bar strapped to your leg may not go down so well. In addition, I don't believe that most of the people carrying shanks/daggers are doing so in a non-concealed manner. I was simply pointing out that people should know that they cannot carry a fixed position knife even if it is 2" long in their pockets....is that not what the law states?