I am a Boy Scout and I want to impress my friends with a cool knife but due to the vagueness of New Jersey's knife laws I want to check if it is legal to own a Paragon Warlock gravity knife before I do something stupid and get arrested for it.
NO! It is a switchblade knife and possession of it will get you arrested.
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New Jersey's laws are not unclear, they are just very tough. Many of the knives you see on television are not legal in NJ. Length of knife can make it illegal to carry, but type of knife as well. If as noted it is a switchblade, sorry.
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Some knives are both legal and illegal. Sounds contradictory, but it's true. Sometimes it depends on what the knife is used for and the intent of the holder. For example, say you have a small pen knife, which is deemed to be legal, then the knife is used to assault someone. Then the legal knife becomes illegal, and the holder can be charged for possession of the knife for an unlawful purpose.
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Great question. NJSA 2C:39-3e specifically states that knowingly possessing a gravity knife, WITHOUT ANY EXPLAINABLE LAWFUL PURPOSE, is a 4th degree crime. Moreover, NJSA 2C:39-1r(3) counts a gravity knife as a weapon. So if it is explainable that it is for Boy Scouts there may be a defense.
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