Re: Legal Knife Blade Length in Illinois?
(720 ILCS 5/Art. 24 heading)
ARTICLE 24. DEADLY WEAPONS
(720 ILCS 5/24?1) (from Ch. 38, par. 24?1)
Sec. 24?1. Unlawful Use of Weapons.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
(1) Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or
carries any bludgeon, black?jack, slung?shot, sand?club, sand?bag, metal knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, throwing star, or any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or a ballistic knife, which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as a projectile by means of a coil spring, elastic material or compressed gas; or
(2) Carries or possesses with intent to use the same
unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, stun gun or taser or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character;
***The way I read this is if the blade can deploy fully by the use/push of a buton/spring in the handle without additional manual manipulation of the blade, its a switch blade.
*** The way I read this one and I know Im not alone, any knife regardless of length can qualify for the unlawful use of weapon. The stipulation which an officer/states atty. needs to prove is "intent". This would qualify any size knife under unlawful use of weapon.
There are though instances where possesion of a knife during the commission of another crime elevates the charges from a misdemeanor to a felony without being required to articulate the intended use of the knife.