Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Signed!

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Virginia’s ban on switchblade knives has been repealed! IMG iStock-534217766

U.S.A.-( Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill, SB 758, which passed with broad bipartisan support, has been signed into law by Governor Glenn Youngkin. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “we sincerely appreciate Gov. Youngkin signing this bill after nearly 5 years of effort to repeal this ban”.

NOTE: Repeal does not become effective until July 1st. Until that date, possession of automatic knives remains illegal in Virginia.

NOTE: The concealed carry knife bans in Virginia, including of switchblade (automatic) knives, will still remain in effect: “If any person carries about his person, hidden from common observation, (i) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, … or (v) any weapon of like kind as those enumerated in this subsection…”

Ritter said, “Knife Rights will never stop until all archaic knife restrictions in Virginia are repealed.”

Knife Rights expresses our sincere thanks and congratulations to sponsor Senator Todd Pillion for his efforts that have resulted in the repeal of Virginia’s longstanding irrational switchblade ban.

With the repeal in Virginia, only five states remain with a complete ban on civilian possession of switchblade (automatic) knives. Knife Rights has led the effort to repeal switchblade bans or restrictions in 19 states, starting with New Hampshire in 2010. Repeals have since been enacted in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and now in Virginia.

Altogether, Knife Rights’ efforts have resulted in 36 bills enacted repealing knife bans in 25 states and over 150 cities and towns since 2010.

About Knife Rights

Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners’ organization; leading the fight to Rewrite Knife Law in America™ and forging a Sharper Future for all Americans™. Knife Rights efforts have resulted in 34 bills enacted repealing knife bans in 23 states and over 150 cities and towns since 2010.Knife Rights

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Freedom! Sort of. They have a concealed knife ban? Pfhew. I carry what I want, where I want, as I am a free man. Sounds like Virginians need to do more work to secure their freedom from the king, I mean oppressive busybody state government.

Wild Bill

Sharpen the edge of a credit card, and you have a concealed knife. How are they going to control that?


I sharpened a branch against a concrete curb made a spear as a boy to hunt in the woods Opps !!!

VCDL President

Just to be clear, concealed folding knives are OK in Virginia with no blade limit at all, but in a few places (K-12 schools only allow a folding knife with a blade less than 3 inches, for example). We need to repeal the law and not have a ban on any concealed weapons. It will be at least 2024 before we can do that as the Democrats control the Senate until then (and assuming elections go well).


Knife bans are foolish as are all the democratic historia a person can walk into a grocery store and have apick of any kitchen knife on the rack. If they are dishonest just steel that knife walk out. Maham is committed by mentally maladjusted people

A pocket knife is a tool a knife is still a knife no matter how it opens silly democrats.

Wild Bill

A guy can glue an old fashion razor blade to the back of a credit card and have a knife. If we blamed people with personality defects for bad acts rather than objects, then we would empty out government.


Gun Violence is FAKE News have a read


Actually, a switchblade knife is more dangerous–to the user! Otherwise, I concur with Virginia’s decriminalizing switchblade owning and carrying.


Switchblades are only good for stabbing most do not take or hold a edge unless you have very expensive blade. Any self open knife can cause harm to the user always good if they have lock so as to stay closed in your pocket.