134-52 Switchblade knives; prohibitions; penalty. (a) Whoever knowingly manufactures, sells, transfers, possesses, or transports in the State any switchblade knife, being any knife having a blade which opens automatically (1) by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of the knife, or (2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b) Whoever knowingly possesses or intentionally uses or threatens to use a switchblade knife while engaged in the commission of a crime shall be guilty of a class C felony. [L 1959, c 225, 1; Supp, 264-9; HRS 769-1; ren L 1972, c 9, pt of 1; am L 1990, c 195, 4]


Case Notes


A butterfly knife is not a switchblade knife. 73 H. 89, 828 P.2d 272.



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