Knife Laws in Florida

By Alexis Devan
The state, Florida, residents, concealed weapons

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The state of Florida allows residents to carry concealed weapons as a means of self defense provided that they follow all laws and obtain a proper license. However, there are specific instances and specific knives where this right is not extended.

Knives and minors

Pursuant to Chapter 790, section 790.18 of the Florida statutes, it is illegal for a dealer to sell or transfer to a minor any bowie knife or dirk knife. Violating this law is a considered a felony of the second degree under Florida law.


In the state of Florida, it is illegal to manufacture, display, sell, own, possess or use a ballistic self-propelled knife. The related statute has also been interpreted to include switchblades. If found guilty of this crime, you can be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Carrying concealed weapons

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issues licenses to carry concealed weapons or concealed firearms as long as several requirements are met. The license must bear a color photograph of the licensee and the individual must be able to provide an identification card upon demand by a law enforcement agent. Licenses are only issued to resident citizens of the United States at least 21 years of age. Those with a "physical infirmity," mental illness, a criminal record relating to controlled substances (drugs) within the past three years, or habitual offenders of drug and alcohol offenses are unable to receive a license. Those seeking a license must take a safety course, fill out an application and pay a fee of $85. The license may be rescinded at any time for lack of failure to comply with any of the state's requirements.

Jack Hagler Self Defense Act

Section 790.06, the Florida concealed weapons statute, is also referred to as the Jack Hagler Self Defense Act. The act, signed in 1987, was enacted to provide the state with a uniform set of laws pertaining to concealed weapons and to protect citizens' right to bear arms as well as defend themselves. Generally, reference to the act tends to pertain to guns as they are the most commonly used weapons for self defense and the most controversial.

Castle Doctrine Bill

The Castle Doctrine Bill, signed in 2005, further expanded Florida's concealed weapons laws. The bill allows individuals to use deadly force against those who forcibly enter your home or car. The law also stated that police officers and other officials who carry firearms as part of their job and duties could not be prosecuted for using such force.

About the Author

Alexis Devan is a New Jersey resident. She attended college at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and obtained a B.S. in paralegal studies. She is presently obtaining a M.B.A. at Centenary College in management. Devan has written for various websites since 2007.

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