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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeyedick View Post
    I wouldn't be too sure of that...I think it all depends on the situation. If you have a fixed-blade knife in a sheath on your belt while wearing a polo shirt and khakis in an office environment, then you're going to draw attention. If you're at Home Depot wearing jeans and a t-shirt with that same knife, nobody will even notice. I have openly carried a fixed-blade on several occasions and nobody has ever made an issue out of it.

    This assumes that you'd be carrying a traditional fixed-blade knife in the 6" range...you likely would draw some unwanted attention if you were carrying something along the lines of a machete or a Roman gladius.
    I've carried a Cold Steel Tanto on numerous occasions around here without incident. It's not exactly a 'work' looking knife, either! (important safety tip....when you get your CWFL renewal notice...SEND IT IN!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Japle View Post
    I know of nothing in the law that prevents you from carrying an auto. Lots of people on forums have said you need a CCW to carry one, but I haven't seen a legal reference.

    Be advised that most cops will take your auto away from you if get into a big enough argument to attract their attention. If you get searched, you're probably gonna lose the knife. You can try to get a receipt. Good luck with that.

    I carry a Boker auto. I also carry two guns and a spare mag and a Surefire light. If I get to the point where I need the knife, I doubt the Boker will be a serious issue.
    If you are within your right to carry an auto why would they be able to take your auto? It shouldn't be any different then carrying a gun with a cwfl.

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    Originally Posted by Japle View Post
    I know of nothing in the law that prevents you from carrying an auto. Lots of people on forums have said you need a CCW to carry one, but I haven't seen a legal reference.
    790.01 Carrying concealed weapons.--

    (1) Except as provided in subsection (4), a person who carries a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device on or about his or her person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

    (3) This section does not apply to a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm pursuant to the provisions of s. 790.06.

    790.001 Definitions.--As used in this chapter, except where the context otherwise requires:


    (13) "Weapon" means any dirk, knife, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon except a firearm or a common pocketknife, plastic knife, or blunt-bladed table knife.

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    Damn near every 1% biker I know open carries a fixed blade all the time... even in the bar. Never heard of one hassled about it.
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    I won't go so far to say I stand corrected, but it seems others have had fairly uneventful open knife carry experiences.

    Regarding carrying an auto, I wouldn't want to risk trying to convince a judge/jury that an auto folder was a "common pocketknife". If you've got the money for the lawyer to argue that, have fun with that. Personally, I don't see a fun side of being a test case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    I won't go so far to say I stand corrected, but it seems others have had fairly uneventful open knife carry experiences.

    Regarding carrying an auto, I wouldn't want to risk trying to convince a judge/jury that an auto folder was a "common pocketknife". If you've got the money for the lawyer to argue that, have fun with that. Personally, I don't see a fun side of being a test case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capngeo View Post
    Damn near every 1% biker I know open carries a fixed blade all the time... even in the bar. Never heard of one hassled about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    Regarding carrying an auto, I wouldn't want to risk trying to convince a judge/jury that an auto folder was a "common pocketknife". If you've got the money for the lawyer to argue that, have fun with that. Personally, I don't see a fun side of being a test case.

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    I agree

    Auto Knives (Switchblades) have a "History" of being carried for and used as a Weapon. Further the FEDERAL restrictions on import and interstate commerce of them I believe would further substantiate a prosecutors argument as to qualifying as such.

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    Recently I was forced by my wife to take her to Joannes fabrics so she could do some shopping. While there a 1% biker was in there by himself shopping for fabric. (looked really out of place) He was carrying a very large fixed blade knife stuck into his pants. At the time it made me kind of nervous as I think I was the only person there that noticed. Made me wonder what the laws were regarding that. Now after reading this thread I see all was o.k.

    Forgot to mention that I was carrying and kept my threat level assessment at high higher level while we were there.

    Thanks to all for the heads up.

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    "common pocket knife"

    A "common pocket knife" in cop terms is a folder that the blade does not exceed 3" sharpened on one side only, and the blade is not over 3.5" total.
    That is what you can carry in your pocket if you have no permit.
    The law will allow you to carry a large hunting knife in plane sight. Not a dirk, dagger, or sword.
    It has been a common practice in the biker world for over the past 40 years for them to wear a least a Buck Folding Hunter in plane sight on their belt at all times. Even convicted felons can legally do this once they're not on probation/parole.
    As, to the question why, answer is cause most can't legally carry a gun.
    As far as "legal front & side opening switchblades" are concerned, to legally carry one in Florida it had to be manufactured in Florida.
    You can legally own Italian or whatever, but it must be made in Floridia to carry, and as you know, you must have concealled weapons permit.

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