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Switchblade Laws Got Switched | Wisconsin Knife Laws


Now, this new law doesn’t mean anyone can walk down the street waving a knife around and get away with it. There are still some limits on carrying a knife according to Wisconsin Knife Laws and it’s important to know what you can and can’t do.


To set the record straight, here’s a list of knife carrying cans and can’ts “Wisconsin Knife Laws”.

  • You can carry a knife without a concealed carry permit unless you are already banned from carrying a firearm for any reason.
  • You can’t be charged with disorderly conduct just for carrying a knife. This was the case for firearms and now knives fall under the same rule.
  • You can now carry a switchblade, which was previously illegal.
  • You can’t be stopped by city or county regulations. This new law is preemption, meaning because it is a state law, it trumps local laws.

What is Illegal to Own in Wisconsin  

  • It is illegal to own a switchblade knife
  • It is illegal to own a gravity knife
  • It is illegal to own a butterfly knife
  • It is illegal to own any knife substantially similar to a switchblade, gravity knife, or butterfly knife

What is Legal to Own in Wisconsin Knife Laws

  • It is legal to own a bowie knife
  • It is legal to own a disguised knife such as a lipstick or belt buckle
  • It is legal to own a ballistic knife
  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife

So there you have it, the cans and can’ts of the new Wisconsin knife laws. If you need legal help with any kind of weapons charges, call the Huppertz & Powers “Waukesha Criminal defense lawyer ”  for a free case evaluation.

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