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Carrying a knife for work or sport could cause criminal charges

There are so many reasons why people who live in Missouri might need to carry a knife. Some people carry a knife because they need it for work. Others just appreciate the convenience of having a knife on hand to cut packaging or perform other small tasks. Still others carry knives because hunting is one of their pastimes.

Many people put knives in their pockets without really thinking about it. However, doing so could leave you vulnerable to criminal charges in Missouri. You need to take steps to ensure that you comply with all state laws regarding the possession and concealment of weapons if you intend to go out in public with a knife on your person.

There are very few limitations on the kind of knife you can own

Many other states have very strict rules regarding the ownership of knives. They may ban double-edged knives, folding or switchblade knives, and blades associated with martial arts or gang violence.

Missouri, in general, has no prohibition on the ownership of certain kinds of knives. Instead, the main enforcement focus is on preventing people from carrying potentially dangerous blades in public spaces.

Putting a knife in your pocket is a form of concealed carrying

Placing a folding knife in your pocket may be part of your daily ritual. However, that knife in your pocket could lead to serious ramifications if you wind up stopped or arrested by law enforcement for an unrelated issue.

If the knife that you have in your pocket doesn't comply with Missouri's somewhat strict concealed carry knife laws, you could face criminal consequences. Generally speaking, the blade on a knife that you carry in your pocket can be no longer than 4 inches. Unfortunately, many popular folding knives have blades that are longer than that.

There are also many people who might carry a non-folding knife that doesn't meet the state definition of pocket knife without realizing that they break the law in doing so. Missouri law is very clear that concealing any kind of knife, from a switchblade to a hunting knife, could result in criminal prosecution for a weapons offense.

People from certain professions are at higher risk of knife-related charges

People who work in shipping and receiving, in construction or contracting, or in a variety of other fields may need to use knives repeatedly throughout the day. Carrying a knife because you need it for your work is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

However, you should be careful about how you carry the knife. Placing it in your pocket or otherwise concealing it on your person could give law enforcement grounds to bring serious criminal charges against you.

If you are worried that the knife you use may not comply with state law or if you have already found yourself facing charges related to possession or concealed carry of a knife, consider discussing the situation with an experienced Missouri criminal defense attorney.

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