Importing some types of weapons, such as knives, swords, and other blades, is illegal. They are as follows: Butterfly knives (also known as "balisongs") feature a blade concealed within a handle that splits in the center. Knives of Gravity Steel which cannot be opened by any means other than being cut loose from its handle are also banned.
Butterfly knives are popular among martial artists for their ability to open quickly with one hand while providing heavy duty cutting ability due to the use of a sharp steel blade hidden within a handle made of more durable material such as wood or fiberglass. Because of this reason, they are commonly used by martial artists and collectors. The term "butterfly knife" comes from the fact that when closed, the knife resembles a butterfly wing.
However, because butterfly knives look like knives that can be easily concealed on a person's person, they pose a threat to public safety. Police departments across the United States have found them in crime scenes where people have been assaulted.
Furthermore, because the blade is completely exposed when the knife is not in use, children could find the knives dangerous if they manage to get their hands on them. Therefore, importing these types of knives is illegal because there are no provisions in place to prevent them from being used as weapons.
Answer: Importing knives into the United States is not an issue as long as they do not open automatically or are not switchblades, which are forbidden commodities.
The importation of kitchen knives is generally permitted, but their distribution is restricted to prevent unnecessary injury. Only certain types of knife imports are allowed, and they must be done so that they cannot be used as a weapon. For example, imported cutlery cannot include razor blades or stilettos.
Knives have been illegally imported into the U.S. for use in criminal activity. The National Institute of Justice reports that approximately 25 percent of all crime involves the use of a knife. Thus, the possession of knives can be dangerous business!
Illegal knives include those obtained through black markets, stolen from licensed dealers, or manufactured in other countries where safety standards are not as high as here in the U.S. A fully functional knife can be converted into a deadly weapon if used improperly. Even legal knives can be used unlawfully if they are not disposed of properly after use. For example, a knife that has been cleaned and put away without sharpening the blade can be used again and again until it becomes too dull to be useful.
It is prohibited to bring into the United Kingdom, sell, hire, lend, or gift any of the following to anyone: Butterfly knives (also known as "balisongs") feature a blade concealed within a handle that splits in the center. Disguised knives conceal a blade or sharp tip inside ordinary things such as a buckle, phone, brush, or lipstick. Gift-wrapped knives present a problem for security officials; to resolve this issue, they will remove the wrapping from the knife box and examine it under ultraviolet light before releasing it to its owner.
The prohibition applies to all knives including folding knives, fixed-blade knives, dagger-type knives, switchblades, meat knifes, and other cutting instruments. Even if the knife is legal to own in another country it may not be allowed in Britain. For example, American-made utility knives are legal to buy in America but cannot be brought into Britain. The same rule applies to Japanese-made knife kits sold in Japan but imported into Britain.
Butterfly knives are popular among women for their appearance although they can be difficult to use because of the lack of blade visibility. They have been used in crimes across Britain. In 2016, a woman was arrested for allegedly stealing watches from men by presenting them with a butterfly knife for sale in South London. The victim would buy the knife for £10 ($13.50) and when he went to take it away the woman would run off with it.
The legislation prohibits carrying or importing any automatic knife with a totally disguised blade, such as OTF switchblades. Importing historically important knives or knives with high artistic value is exempt from the prohibition. Switchblades must be cased and guarded when being transported by law. Uncased switchblades are considered dangerous weapons.
OTF means Over The Counter. This term is used for prescription medication because there are no restrictions on their possession. However, if an OTF knife is not properly cared for, it can be hazardous to your health especially if it contains a sharp blade.
The good news is that there is an exemption from criminal liability if you possess an uncased, locked OTF knife that is designed only to be opened by a key or similar device. A "disguised" blade means one that is intentionally modified so that it cannot be recognized as a knife until it is in use. For example, a razor blade hidden inside a pencil would be regarded as a disguised blade. Any other alteration to the design of the knife, such as removing one of the handles, would make it a completely different weapon that could not be classified as a switchblade.
So long as you comply with all laws governing firearms ownership, there is nothing illegal about owning a knife.
1.3. According to California knife regulations, it is always prohibited to own, sell, manufacture, or import certain types of knives. According to California Penal Code 21510 PC, these knives include ballistic knives, switchblades, a spring-blade knife, spring-loaded knives, and gravity knives. It is also illegal to provide false information on a California State Form 5300 in order to purchase a knife that is listed as prohibited.
There are several other states that have similar laws regarding knives. Some of these states include: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Other states may have restrictions regarding specific types of knives but not overall sales limits. For example, Utah prohibits the sale of folding knives but does not limit the possession of other kinds of knives.
In general, most states prohibit the sale of knives by individuals who are not licensed dealers. These licenses are often required by local governments if you want to sell food at a market or fair. Selling at a market or fair can be an alternative way for artists, musicians, and performers who want to make some extra money to support themselves. Before you sell anything at a market or fair, make sure to find out the requirements in your area.
As a result, it is illegal to purchase, lend, own, carry, use, alter, sell, or make Balisong knives in Germany. If you break the restrictions, the knife will be confiscated and you will be fined EUR10,000.
The ban on lending and owning Balisongs applies even if they are converted into harmless tools such as paperweights. The only exception is if you can prove that you needed the knife for work or another acceptable reason. If this argument is accepted by prosecutors, then the fine can be waived.
Any material that shows how to make a Balisong from scratch can be used to create a dangerous weapon. German law enforcement agents check online forums regularly and will seize any information about how to build these knives.
Balisongs are expensive - usually between $300 and $500. They also tend to be stolen items - especially in public places where they're likely to be seen by police officers. This makes them attractive targets for thieves. In addition, because of their sharpness and ability to cut through clothing, they pose a risk to bystanders if someone steals one and decides to use it against police or other people.
In conclusion, carrying a Balisong knife in Germany is not allowed. Whether it is legal to possess one depends on how it is equipped - specifically, whether it has a blade longer than 3.5 inches.