Knife Laws of Twin Cities Metro Area Counties Ordinances

Anoka County - None known
Carver County – None known
Dakota County – Ordinances
Section F. Allows no dangerous weapons in possession or use in it’s Parks.
Hennepin County – None known
Ramsey County – Ordinances.
Park Rules; “It shall be unlawful for any person to;
3. Possess or carry in any park, any air gun, bow and arrow, knife with a blade
Three (3) inches or more in length, dart or projectile thrower, or any other
dangerous or illegal weapon.”


Scott County - Ordinances.
Section 7. Unlawful to possess, fire, discharge…any gun….
Washington County – Ordinances.
County Parks Section 7. Possession and use of Firearms/Dangerous Weapons/
Fireworks.
It shall be unlawful… a. have in their possession…any
weapon.

Municipalities

Andover – None known
Anoka – None known
Apple Valley – Ordinances.
130.25 Prohibited Activity.
(3) Possess any device known as slung shot, sling shot, sand club, metal knuckles,
switchblade knife, dagger, stiletto, dirk, black jack, chain club, pipe club, Molotov
cocktail, grenade, throwing star or similar device.
Arden Hills - Ordinances.
620.03 Weapons.
Subd. 1. Dangerous Weapons defined;
A. Any …firearm
B. Bows….
C. pellet guns
D. Sling shots
E. Cross knuckles or knuckles or lead, brass or other metal; and
F. Switchblade knives, being knives with retractable blades.
Subd. 6. Carrying Concealed.
The possession …of any deadly weapon concealed… prohibited.
Bethel – None known
Blaine – Ordinances.
Chapter 50.
Sec. 50-111. Definitions.
Deadly Weapons means…
(1) All firearms
(5) Sand club
(6) Metal knuckles; and
(7) Daggers, dirks and knives
Sec. 50-114 Possession of deadly weapons concealed… or in a public park
…the possession by any person…of any deadly weapon concealed or furtively
carried on the person is hereby prohibited.
Brooklyn Center – None known
Brooklyn Park – None known
Bloomington - Ordinances.
Section 1.11. City Code Provisions that are Administrative Offenses.
(18) Chapter 12, Article II, Prohibited conduct,
Division H. Firearms, Weapons, Concealed Weapons.
Dangerous weapon includes,
(1) Firearms
(2) Bows….
(4) Sand clubs, sling shots or black jacks.
(5) Metal knuckles
(6) Daggers, dirks, bowie knife, switchblade knife, push button knife, or figure
or disc with sharpened points or edges commonly referred to as a
“throwing star”.
(7) Any dangerous article or substance designed for the purposes of being
used as a weapon….
Section 12.36 Prohibited Acts.
(a) The wearing under clothing, concealed … or displaying in a threatening manner
any dangerous weapon.
(b) Possession of a dangerous weapon in a public place….
(c) The transport of a dangerous weapon in a motorized vehicle, except:
(1) In a case and fastened container or securely tied package, in the locked
trunk of a vehicle if the vehicle does not have a trunk, in the furthest rear
portion of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver or passengers,
and while unloaded, disassembled, or otherwise …incapable of immediate
operation.
(e) Reckless handling or use of a dangerous weapon….
(l) The manufacture, transport, or possession of metal knuckles or a switch blade
knife opening automatically.
Burnsville - None known
Champlin - None known
Chanhassen – None known
Chaska – None known
Circle Pines – None known
Columbia Heights – None known
Coon Rapids – Ordinances.
Chapter 7 – 200 Weapons.
7-201 Definition.
“Dangerous Weapon” means any firearm,
(2) Bows….
(3) Pellet guns.
(4) Sling shots.
(5) Sand clubs.
(6) Metal knuckles.
(7) Daggers, dirks, and knives.
7-202 Prohibited Acts.
(b) Recklessly handles…a gun or other dangerous weapon…so as to
endanger…another.
(d) …possesses metal knuckles or switch blade knife opening automatically.
Cottage Grove – Ordinances
Chapter 3 Weapons.
5-3-1; Definitions:
Assault weapons…having…characteristics of any sap, num chucks, black jack, sling
shot, sand club, chain club, metal knuckles, shurikens or Yawara stick.
Concealed Manner: …having a knife in a sheath shall be considered as having the
knife concealed.
Knife: Any dirk, dagger, stiletto, switch blade knife, spring blade knife, push button
knife, folding knife with a blade in excess of four inches (4), machete, bayonet or
any fixed blade knife.
A. Possession of certain weapons prohibited.
…no person…shall keep, carry or have in his/her possession while in public…
Knife….
D. Other dangerous weapons: …no person shall transport any dangerous
weapon in any manner whatever, whether by person or vehicle or any type,
whether motorized or not, unless completely contained in a secured
container or confined in the trunk of the car with the trunk door closed.
Secured Container: A locked case legibly marked “Weapon” having no
mechanical features designed for immediate weapons removal or use and
containing no other nonrelated objects:
Crystal – Ordinances
Subd. 2. Dangerous Weapons.
Prohibited.
“The possession of a firearm, dangerous weapons, ammunition, or explosive
within any building owned by the city of Crystal in which city business is
conducted, or on any property owned by the city of Crystal, is prohibited.
(Added, Ord. No. 2003-4)”
Subd. 4. Breach is a misdemeanor.
Eagan – Ordinances.
Sec. 10.10, Dangerous weapons and articles.
1. B. … weapon includes, but is not limited to, Chinese throwing star, nunchaku,
sharp stud, metal knuckles, sand club, switch knife, trench knife, butterfly knife,
stiletto knife, or any double edged knife, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise
fastened, with no portion of the firearm exposed, or unless unloaded and
contained in the trunk of a car with the trunk door closed. Pistols and revolvers
may be transported when done according to MN Statutes 624.711 through
624.717.
5. Carrying and transporting of firearms: …it is unlawful to carry any firearm unless
it is unloaded and encased in a proper case or to transport any firearm in a motor
vehicle unless it is in the trunk, unloaded and encased in a proper case. In motor
vehicles which do not have a trunk, it shall be in that portion thereof not designed
for carrying passengers.
Eden Prarie – Ordinances.
Chapter 9 Public Protection, Crimes, Offenses.
Section 9.04 Rules and Regulations Governing Public Parks.
Subd. 4 It is a Petty Misdemeanor for any person in a park to:
AM On public property, have, possession, fire…any gun of firearm, spear,
bow….
Edina – Ordinances.
Sec. 22-80. Prohibited Weapons.
…be manufactured, sell, offer or expose for sale, lend, give away, or have in their
possession…black jack, sand-club or metal knuckles, sling shots…dagger, dirk, stiletto,
switch blade knife, spring blade knife or push button knife.
Elk River – None known
Excelsior – None known
Falcon Heights – None known
Farmington – Ordinances.
Chapter 1. General Offenses.
6-1-15: Dangerous Weapons.
…unlawful to…
(D) Manufacture or sell… sling shots sand club.
(E) Manufacture transfer or possess metal knuckles or a switch blade knife
opening automatically.
(F) Possess any other dangerous articles….
Golden Valley – Ordinances
Section 10.20: Dangerous Weapons
Subd. 1. Acts Prohibited.
D. “Manufactures, transfers, possesses metal knuckles or a switch blade knife
opening automatically; or
I. Possess, sell, transfer, or have in possession for sale or transfer, any weapon
commonly known as a throwing star, nun chuck or sharp stud.”
Hopkins – Ordinances.
830.17 Hunting and Firearms.
No person shall use, carry, …or possess firearms….
Inver Grove Heights – Ordinances.
5-6-2 Regulation of firearms, pistols and weapons.
WEAPONS: Dagger, metal knuckles, switchblade, stiletto, or other dangerous or
deadly weapon.
B. Concealed Weapons prohibited.
No person shall carry or wear concealed about his prson any dagger, metal
knuckles, switchblade, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon within the
city.
D. Transporting firearms, pistols and weapons.
1. Without a permit…shall not carry a firearm, pistol, or weapon except unloaded
and completely enclosed in a container. When said firearm, pistol or weapon is
transported in a vehicle, it shall be stored in the trunk or the most inaccessible
part of the vehicle

Lakeville – Ordinances.
5-2-1-1: Definitions.
DANGEROUS WEAPONS: Slung shot, clubs, black jack, spring guns, brass or metal
knuckles or any knife with a switchblade which opens automatically under spring
pressure with a button or release mechanism or by any other mechanical
contrivance.
Lauderdale- None known
Little Canada – Ordinances.
1203 Discharge and Concealment.
…all discharging and use of deadly weapons within the city…shall include…all
firearms, bows…sling shots; sand clubs; metal knuckles; and dagger, dirks and knives.
1203.020 Concealed Weapons.
…unlawful…to carry or wear concealed…any pistol, dagger, switch blade knife, bowie
knife, razor, metal knuckles, or any other dangerous or deadly weapons.
Maple Grove – Ordinances.
Section 20-39. Illegal Possession of Tools and Weapons.
(a) No person shall have in a motor vehicle, or in his possession or concealed or
furtively carried on his person… Dangerous Weapons.
(b) …include, Dangerous Weapons… any device designed as a weapon and capable
of producing death or bodily harm.
Mendota Heights – None known.
Medina – Ordinances.
Chapter 3.
320 Firearms, Deadly Weapons and Fireworks.
Subd. 2. “Deadly Weapon” means …bows…sling shots, metal knuckles, daggers,
stilettos, switch-blade knives and similar….
Minneapolis – Ordinances.
393.10, Sub. F. Weapon does not include 91) except when used as a weapon, a folding
knife with a blade of four (4) inches or less in length, measured in a straight line
from the point to the handle….
393.90-2006: There can be no carry of weapons on the person.
Except for folding knives with a blade length of four inches or less.
393.50: The carry of weapons while intoxicated is prohibited.
Minnetonka – Ordinances
Chapter 101: Crimes and Offenses
1025.005 Definitions
1 a Dagger. Dirk, or stiletto;
b Saber or sword;
c Switchblade knife, spring blade knife or any knife the blade of which can be
opened by gravity, a flick of the wrist, or some type of mechanism;
d black jack, sand club, sap, sap gloves, pipe club, bludgeon, mace club;
f artificial knuckles or other objects designed to be worn over the fist or knuckles;
g throwing devices with cutting or pointed edges;
h Japanese or other metal sticks, nut cracker, nunchaku, chaka, flail, Karate stick,
morning star;
j Spears, lances;
k Bow and arrow, blow gun;
1025.020 Possession Prohibited.
1 “…must not have a dangerous weapon in his/her possession, custody or control in
a public place.
a A dangerous weapon ... may be transported …
b “…only if …it is:”
(1) In a closed and fastened container or securely tied package
(2) In the locked trunk of a vehicle…or, if (no trunk) ..in the furthest rear portion
of the vehicle in an area not normally occupied by the driver or passengers; and
(3) Unloaded, disassembled, or otherwise rendered incapable or immediate
operation, if possible.
1025.045 Replica Firearms.
A person must not display, exhibit, brandish, or otherwise employ a replica firearm in
a threatening manner if in doing so, the person either.
(1) Causes or attempts to cause fear in another person or;
(2) Acts in reckless disregard of the risk of causing fear in another person.
Mound – Ordinances.
Division 2. Weapons.
(1) Firearms
(2) Bow…
(4) Sling shots
(5) Sand club
(6) Metal knuckles
(7) Daggers, dirks, stilettos, switch blade knife, spring blade knife, push button knife,
or figures or disks with points or edges (commonly known as throwing stars).
(b) Prohibition.
…use of deadly weapons…prohibited.
(f) Possession of knives on school grounds…prohibited.
(g) Concealed.
Possession…any deadly weapon concealed or furtively carried on the person is
Prohibited.
Mounds View – Ordinances.
Subd. 13. Crimes against Public Safety and Health:
a 609.66 Dangerous Weapons.
b Possession.
(1) Definitions:
(B) Switchblade;
(C) Weapon; any gun, pistol, revolver, slingshot, sand club, metal knuckles,
daggers, dirk and knife.
(2) …unlawful…to handle or have is their possession…any weapon,…switchblade
knife or any other dangerous or deadly weapon….
Oakdale – Ordinances
Chapter 13 Offenses- Miscellaneous.
Article II Weapons.
Sec. 13-9. Carrying Concealed.
No person …shall have concealed about their person any pistol, firearm, replica
Firearm, dagger, sling shot or knuckles made of lead, brass or other metal or
rigid plastic, bowie knife, dirk knife, switchblade, razor of any sort or
description…unless… a valid “concealed carry” permit….
Sec. 13-12. Metal knuckles, switchblades …It shall be unlawful for any person to
Manufacture, transfer, or possess metal or rigid plastic knuckles or a
switchblade knife opening automatically.
Article IV laser Pointing Devices.
Sec. 13-18. Prohibited Conduct.
It shall be unlawful to focus, point, or shine a laser-pointing device directly or
indirectly at another person knowing or having reason to know that said act will
alarm, frighten, or disturb this person.
Osseo – Ordinances.
Chapter 93 Health and Safety.
(X) No person shall carry, display, or possess weapon in a public place….
(b) Weapon. Includes.
1. …defined by MN 609.02 Subd. 6.
4. Any edged object or instrument as a knife, sword, machete, or other device
that is designed to or is capable of cutting or slashing or otherwise causing
bodily injury, or….
Prior Lake – None known
Richfield – None known.
Robbinsdale – Ordinances.
Chapter IX.
925.01 Dangerous Weapons.
Subd. 4. Prohibited acts; Prohibited weapons.
(c) …possession, or the person or on or about the person’s clothes, or in any
portable container, such as a purse or briefcase in the person’s immediate
control, any device known as sling shot, sand club, metal knuckles,
switchblade, dagger, stiletto, dirk, black jack, chain club, pipe club, Molotov
cocktail, grenade, throwing star or similar star of any similar weapon.
Rosemount – None known.
Roseville – Ordinances.
Chapter 503. Weapons.
503.04 Switchblade Knives Prohibited.
No person shall sell, offer or display for sale, give away or have in his/her
possession any knife commonly known as a switchblade, spring or push button
knife.
503.05. Dangerous Weapons Defined.
…any revolver or handgun, dagger, knuckles of wood, metal or plastic,
switchblade knife, club, or bow and arrow.
503.06 ..may not carry any of the above on the person or in… motor vehicle.
Rosemount – None known
St. Anthony – Ordinances.
S130.15 Definitions. Weapon.
(1) Any firearm….
(2) Dagger, dirk, or stiletto;
(3) Saber or sword;
(4) Switchblade knife, spring blade knife, or any knife or which can be opened by
gravity or a flick of the wrist;
(7) Artificial knuckle or other objects designed to be worn over the fist of knuckles.
(8) Throwing device with cutting or pointed edges;
(9) Japanese or other nightstick, karate stick, morning star;
(10) Slung shot; and/or
(11) Spear or lance
130.16 Possession Prohibited.
…may not have in possession…in a public place.. residence of another…or passenger
compartment of a motor vehicle, unless…
130.17 Transportation of Weapons.
In a motor vehicle.
(B) A weapon other than a firearm which is in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle: or
(C) A handgun…per MN carry permit law.
St. Louis Park – Ordinances.
Sec. 18-93. Possession of Knives or Weapons in School zones.
(1) Any knife, regardless of size or the intended use. Supp. No. 24 (04-13)
(b) …unlawful for any person to be possession, or, manufacture, carry, transport
or control any edged weapon in the school zone.
St. Paul – Ordinances.
Chapter 225.01 Concealed manner shall mean having the object on the person in such
a manner so that it is not completely visible to any other person. Having a knife in a
sheath shall be considered as having the knife concealed, irrespective of position of
the sheath on the person.
…and utility blades of less than 1 inch.
Knife shall mean dirk, dagger, stiletto, switchblade knife, spring blade knife, push
button knife, a folding knife with a blade in excess of four (4) inches, a machete, a
bayonet, or any fixed-blade knife, carried in a concealed manner or within reach of
any person in a motor vehicle.
Savage – None known.
Shakopee – Ordinances.
Sec. 10.20. Dangerous Weapons and Articles.
C. Manufacture or sell or any unlawful purpose any weapon known as a slung-shot
or sand club, or,
D. Manufacture or sell, transfer or possess metal knuckles or a switch blade knife
opening automatically;….
Shoreview – Ordinances.
604 Weapons.
604.010 Definitions.
“Weapon” means any gun,…sling shot, sand club, metal knuckles, daggers, dirk,
bowie knife, razor, …switch blade…and any other dangerous or deadly weapon or
instrument.
604.030 Carrying.
No person shall handle or carry any weapon outside his home unless…properly
encased,….
Spring Lake Park – None known
Vadnais Heights – Ordinances.
145 Dangerous Weapons.
145.010 Prohibition – Dangerous Weapons.
It shall be unlawful…to carry or wear concealed…any pistol, dagger, sling shot,
knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, bowie knife, dirk knife, stiletto, switchblade
knife, razor, or any sort of …dangerous or deadly weapon.
145.050 Use of Deadly Weapons.
No person shall:
(1) Recklessly handle…any…dangerous weapon….
(3) Manufacture, transfer or possess metal knuckles or a switch blade knife opens
Automatically….
(9) Have in their possession a loaded firearm of any kind…without having obtained…
City license to do such….
West St. Paul – Ordinances.
925.09 Transportation of Firearms and Bows and arrows.
Subd. 1. A person may not transport any firearm in a motor vehicle, airplaine,
snowmobile or boat unless it is unloaded in both barrels and magazine and
completely contained in a gun case expressly made for that purpose and is
fully enclosed by being zipped, ….
White Bear Lake – Ordinances.
S 703.030 Miscellaneous offenses; Concealed Weapons License.
No person shall carry or wear concealed about his person…dagger, slingshot, or
knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, bowie knife, razor or any other…dangerous
or deadly weapons…
The Chief of Police can issue permits for dangerous weapons. A $20 annual fee !
Woodbury – Ordinances.
Article III Park Rules.
Chapter 16.
Sec. 16-55. Weapons and Fireworks.
(b) No person except a law enforcement officer shall possess or carry a
firearm… in any public site or open space.
No person … shall possess or carry on any public site or open space…knife
with a blade greater than three inches, ….
(g) It shall be unlawful … except for transportation in a locked container, in the
trunk of a vehicle, or if the vehicle has no trunk, the rear most portion of the
vehicle inaccessible to occupants.
Wayzata – Ordinances.
704. Firearms and Assault Weapons.
704.01 Definitions.
(b) “Assault Weapon” shall mean…dagger, dirk, or stiletto; saber or sword; spear or
lance; switch blade knife; spring blade knife or any other knife with a blade which
can be opened by gravity or a flick of the wrist; black jack, sand club, sap, pipe
club, bludgeon, mace or nightstick; chain club or chains assembled or used as an
assault weapon; artificial knuckles or other objects designed to be worn over the
fist or knuckles; throwing devices with cutting or pointed edges; Japanese night
stick, nut cracker, nanchaku, chaka, flail, karate stick or morning star; sling shot.
704.04 Possession of Assault Weapons.
No person shall carry in a public place, or have in his possession, custody…or
transport in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle…unless…is carried in
a locked case or container in such a manner that it cannot be easily be used or is
carried in the locked trunk of a motor vehicle.
704.07 Exception.
Nothing to …prohibit…the use …when done in lawful defense….