The ownership of automatic opening knives, pursuant to the laws of the United States, is restricted to bonifide members of the armed forces of the United States, National Guard, law enforcement and public safety agencies, including federal, state and local dealers who sell to these persons and entities.

Although automatic opening knives are not subject to prohibitive legislation in some states, many states are not so fortunate. Federal law prohibits shipment of automatic knives across state lines, with the following exceptions:

  1. To civilian or Armed Forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the Federal Government ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of the Federal Government;
  2. To supply or procurement officers of the National Guard, the Air National guard, or militia of a State, Territory or the District of Columbia ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of such organization;
  3. To supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or of the government of any State or Territory, or any county, city or other political subdivision of a State or Territory;
  4. To manufacturers of such knives or bona fide dealers therein in connection with any shipment made pursuant of an order from any person designated in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3).

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