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What Types of Knives Are Illegal to Carry in Georgia?

knife crimeGeorgia places restrictions on the specific type and size of knife that people are permitted to carry. If a law enforcement officer discovers that you are carrying one of those knives, you could face serious charges. Some of the knives that are illegal to carry in Georgia include:

  • Locking blades
  • Razor blades
  • Darts
  • Throwing knives
  • Pocket knives with blades that are longer than five inches
  • Other kinds of knives with blades that are longer than five inches

Carrying any of these knives can result in severe penalties and possessing any of them can worsen criminal charges for other offenses. For instance, if someone has been arrested in Georgia on assault charges, he or she may face a longer prison sentence if they possessed an illegal weapon at the time of the offense, including a knife. In cases involving serious felony charges, offenders could face decades in prison in addition to heftier fines.

Even if someone is in possession of a legal knife in Georgia, that person could be charged with a misdemeanor crime if they’re carrying a concealed knife with the intent to cause harm to another person. Penalties for these offenses could include a sentence of up to one year in jail along with a fine of as much as $1,000.

Individuals are also prohibited from carrying any type of legal or illegal knife in the following locations in Georgia:

  • Jails
  • Courthouses
  • Certain government facilities
  • Places of worship
  • Mental institutions
  • Schools and other locations where children are frequently present

If you are arrested for any crime involving a knife or other weapon in Georgia, the reputable weapons crimes attorney at James D. Michael, P.C. provides strong representation. Call 404-857-4059 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.