- Any weapon that is disguised or not immediately recognizable as a weapon (any type of knife that is designed to look like an air gauge, lipstick case, writing pen, walking cane, belt buckle, hair brush, etc.)
- Any type of hardened knuckles (wooden, metal or composite / plastic)
- Any type of billy club, blackjack, sap, sandbag, sandclub, sap or slungshot (this is not a typo. a "slungshot", also called a "monkey fist", is a weighted ball on a rope). Courts have determined that "billy club" includes any type of bat, stick, club or baton if it's kept for use as a weapon, even for home defense. Wait, that can't be right. But it is. Keeping a baseball bat under your bed as a weapon for home defense is arguably illegal in California. That's right, a loaded shotgun under the bed = legal. Baseball bat under the bed = illegal. Of course, it would be virtually impossible for police to enforce this absurd law unless the bat were used to commit some sort of crime. In the absence of some other criminal activity, courts would likely find that the 2nd Amendment's Right to Bear Arms trumps California's nonsensical rule against club-type weapons in the home for self-defense.
- Class 1 also includes "nunchaku" / "martial arts"-type weapons, with exceptions for martial arts schools and instructors.
- Switchblades and butterfly knives with blades longer than 2 inches fall within this class -- they may be owned and possessed at home, but not in public or in your car. You may not sell them, loan them to a friend, give them away, or transfer them to any other person.
- Any dirk or dagger. "Dirk" and "dagger" are both synonymous terms for stabbing weapons. This includes anything with a fixed blade, capable of being used to inflict death or serious injury by stabbing. Folding knifes don't count, no matter how big they are, as long as the blade is not extended and locked into place while concealed. If you've ever watched an episode of "Sons of Anarchy", you probably noticed Jax wearing a large Bowie knife on his belt. Jax must have studied section 20200 of the California Penal Code, which reads, "A knife carried in a sheath that is worn openly suspended from the waist of the wearer is not concealed within the meaning of [this code]". If you want to carry a fixed-blade knife, you must wear it openly on your belt, or else leave it in your car. Do not wear a knife on a lanyard around your neck or concealed under your shirt. Aside from being stupid, it's also illegal.
- Tear gas / pepper spray
- Stun guns
- Folding knifes, as long as the blade is not open and locked into place while concealed.
There are many possible defenses to weapons charges in California. Often, illegal weapons are discovered by police during illegal searches of your property. If a search is performed without your permission, without probable cause and without a warrant, there may be grounds to suppress anything discovered as a result of that search. Only a qualified criminal defense attorney can tell you whether or not you might have a defense based on a violation of your right to privacy.
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