Specifically, I'm talking about two samurai swords which are kept mounted on a decorative rack, a machete used when I go camping, and a dagger (8" blade) that's also used when camping. The swords never leave the house. The machete and dagger stay in a drawer until I drive out of state to camp. All are very sharp, real weapons. I was recently told that even owning a small gravity pocket knife in the home is illegal, so now I'm wondering about everything else.Once again, I'm only interested in whether or not the swords, machete, and dagger are legal to have in my own home.
There are two sets of laws that govern possession of knives. There is the state penal code and there is the NYC Administrative Code. Under the penal code the samurai swords the dagger and machete would be legal so long as there isn't an intent to use them unlawfully against another. The gravity knife would be illegal no matter the size or circumstance. Under the administrative code (which applies to NYC) it would be unlawful to possess any blade larger than four inches in any public place and it would further be unlawful to display any blade whatsoever unless while in lawful use. There are some exceptions such as immediately to and from camping, place of purchase or repair etc.
Machete--yes. Dagger--yes. Samurai Sword is a tough one but generally speaking, displayed should not be an issue UNLESS you have a prior conviction!
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