Are Switchblades Legal in Illinois?
Most people assume that firearms are the only weapons subject to special rules and regulations. However, this is not the case. In Illinois, knives are also subject to certain legal restrictions. Unfortunately, many well-meaning individuals find themselves in trouble for carrying a weapon they did not know was illegal. If you or a loved one have been arrested for unlawful use of a weapon or another weapon-related offense, make sure to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for help.
Knife Laws in Illinois
In most circumstances, ballistic knives, automatic knives, and throwing stars are illegal. However, legislation passed in 2017 made it legal for certain individuals to possess switchblades. A switchblade is defined as a knife with a blade that can be opened automatically by the press of a button, spring pressure, or another mechanical device.
According to Illinois law, you are permitted to carry a switchblade if:
- You have a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID Card)
- You are 21 years old or older.
However, cities may enact their own legislation prohibiting or limiting the possession of knives. Chicago, for example, has enacted a law limiting the types of knives that may be carried in the city and you must confirm that you knife complies with the law prior to carrying.
Even if you are legally carrying the weapon, it is important to comply with police officers’ instructions when asked to present your FOID card. Police officers have the right to stop and search individuals suspected of illegal activities, so make sure you understand your rights. Carrying a weapon without the proper permit is an offense that should not be taken lightly, so it is essential to discuss your legal options with a qualified criminal defense lawyer.
Also, keep in mind that even completely legal knives can lead to criminal charges. For example, if you are accused of using a knife to threaten someone, you could be charged with assault or aggravated assault.
Contact Our Will County Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved one were arrested for a criminal offense involving a knife, contact the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. Will County criminal defense lawyer Jack Zaremba has represented clients in a range of criminal cases and has extensive courtroom experience. If you are facing charges, you need an aggressive and skilled defense lawyer on your side. Jack Zaremba can review your case, explain your legal options, and provide you with the representation you need to protect your rights.
Call (815) 740-4025 for a free initial consultation.