In general, it is forbidden to carry knives in public. There may be times when you might be exempt from these laws. However, you must have a reasonable apology and concrete evidence to support your argument. An example of a valid reason is religious practice – for example, kirpan, which is worn by Sikhs. And guess what, self-defense is not a legitimate reason to bring a knife. Well, before someone jumps up and down, let me give you the context. I work a second job and I deliver fruits and vegetables, I need a handy knife to help me cut cords/tape on the boxes. Now I`m currently carrying a pocket knife, but I wanted to get a one-handed opening job as I usually have a handful of them when I need the knife. Well, from what I understand, if you have a reasonable excuse to carry a knife, there should be no drama, but what are the limits? A Spyderco folding knife can be opened with one hand, but these are quite wild units, can anyone help me? To your health.
According to the Victoria Legal Aid website, “The law states that you may not carry, possess or use a weapon to injure or defend yourself. If the police think you are carrying a firearm illegally, they can search you and your car without a search warrant. If they find a gun, they can take it away from you. The reason Australia has been tough on wearing knives in public is that knife crime is on the rise. Previously, in 2000, 30% of homicides were caused by knives and sharp objects. In 2008, 43% of homicides now involve knives and other sharp objects. Australia has fairly strict restrictions when it comes to the possession of self-defence weapons. We certainly have strict gun laws. But what about a small knife? Is it legal to carry a pocket knife to defend yourself in Australia? Multi-tools are completely legal to own, which makes sense as they are available for free in a number of stores. Multi-tools are legal in Australia, but it`s not legal to wear them in public all the time. You must have a good reason to wear a multi-tool, and self-defense is not one of them. Being an electrician at a job is simply not leaving it fastened to your seatbelt when you go to a bar after work to have a beer.
A “knife” includes a knife blade, a razor blade and any other blade. The maximum penalty for this offence is 20 units or two years` imprisonment, or both. A “reasonable excuse” may be that you need the knife for work, to prepare food in a public space, for leisure and entertainment purposes, or for religious purposes. It is illegal to sell a knife to a person under the age of 16. All of this means that South Australia has more reasons than other states to make it illegal for you to wear a multi-tool. A multi-tool could be classified as an offensive weapon or burglary device, so you need to make sure you have a “legal excuse.” Some examples of a legal excuse would be when you need it for your work or leisure. And you could only argue this excuse if you were involved in these activities at the time. If you`ve decided to do something else, don`t take your multi-tool with you.
Clean – it is legal to own a multi-tool in Victoria. Although multi-tools are, as the name suggests, tools, of course, they usually have one or more knives. This means that they fall under any federal or state laws about knives. Hey, if your multitool doesn`t have a knife, you can own it and take it anywhere, even on a plane! Source 4: www.reddit.com/r/AusLegal/comments/g2wbx9/legality_of_carrying_a_swiss_army_knife_queensland/ you can carry the knife if it is legal and you have a VALID nonviolent reason to carry it, for example, open boxes for commercial purposes. You may think that the laws on the regulation of knives in Australia are strict, but you should know that it is necessary. Nearly a quarter of homicides and assaults in the past decade have been committed with a knife. Australia is strict on its regulations with knives so that it can protect its citizens. These laws exist to protect us in the end. If for some reason you really have a knife with you, you can contact a lawyer or get in touch with your state law. The same goes for Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia, which have the same restrictions on carrying knives.
Tasmania changed its laws a few years ago to align with all other states except Western Australia on this issue. You may own any folding knife and fixed blade knife that is NOT on the prohibited weapons list (or Category M weapons for Queensland residents) in your state. If there is no definition of the state you live in, it does NOT necessarily mean that the knife is legal.