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State Laws Regarding Gravity and Switchblade Knives (17-10)

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Gravity and switchblade knives, which were originally popularized by classic movies such as West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause, are considered illegal weapons in Colorado.  Possessing such a weapon could result in a fine or jail time, or both.  This issue brief provides an overview of Colorado law and legislative history concerning switchblades and gravity knives, as well as the laws in other states.


The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details