New Jersey Expandable Baton Laws

New Jersey Expandable Baton Laws

Here are the laws regarding weapons in New Jersey. Most places consider a billy and expandable baton the same thing so the law would likely apply to all batons and other bludgeons.

New Jersey - Code of Criminal Justice

- 2C:39-3 Prohibited Weapons and Devices...

e. Certain weapons. Any person who knowingly has in his
possession any gravity knife, switchblade knife, dagger,
dirk, stiletto, billy, blackjack, metal knuckle, sandclub,
slingshot, cestus or similar leather band studded with
metal filings or razor blades imbedded in wood, ballistic
knife, without any explainable lawful purpose, is guilty
of a crime of the fourth degree.

- 2C:39-1 h. "Gravity knife" means any knife which has a
blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof
by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal
force... p. "Switchblade knife" means any knife or similar
device which has blade which opens automatically by hand
pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in
the handle of the knife... u. "Ballistic knife" means any
weapon or other device capable of lethal use and which can
propel a knife blade.

- 2C:39-4. Possession of weapons for unlawful purposes...
d. Other weapons. Any person who has in his possession any
weapon, except a firearm, with a purpose to use it
unlawfully against the person or property of another is
guilty of a crime of the third degree.

- 2C:39-5. Unlawful Possession of Weapons... d. Other weapons.
Any person who knowingly has in his possession any other
weapon under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for
such lawful uses as it may have is guilty of a crime of
the fourth degree.
- - e. Firearms or other weapons in educational institutions...
(2)Any person who knowingly possesses any weapon enumerated
in paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection r. of N.J.S.2C:39-1
or any components which can readily be assembled into a
firearm or other weapon enumerated in subsection r. of
N.J.S.2C:39-1 or any other weapon under circumstances not
manifestly appropriate for such lawful use as it may have,
while in or upon any part of the buildings or grounds of any
school, college, university or other educational institution
without the written authorization of the governing officer
of the institution is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

- 2C:39-6. f. Nothing in subsections b., c. and d. of N.J.S.2C:39-5
shall be construed to prevent... (2) A person carrying a firearm
or knife in the woods or fields or upon the waters of this State
for the purpose of hunting, target practice or fishing, provided
that the firearm or knife is legal and appropriate for hunting
or fishing purposes in this State and he has in his possession
a valid hunting license, or, with respect to fresh water fishing,
a valid fishing license;

(3) A person transporting any firearm or knife while traveling:
(a) Directly to or from any place for the purpose of hunting or
fishing, provided the person has in his possession a valid
hunting or fishing license; or

- 2C:39-9. d. Weapons. Any person who manufactures, causes to
be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of
any weapon including gravity knives, switchblade knives,
daggers, dirks, stilettos... is guilty of a crime of the
fourth degree.

- 2C:39-9.1... Any person who sells any hunting, fishing,
combat or survival knife having a blade length of five
inches or more or an overall length of 10 inches or more
to a person under 18 years of age commits a crime of the
fourth degree...

New Jersey Case Law:
- "Concealment was not a necessary element of the offense of
carrying a dangerous knife." (1973)
- "Concealment of weapon at time of incident constituted
important factor of offense of possession of dangerous
knife." (1971)


These are expandable baton laws for New Jersey. Basically there is a huge grey area. You really can't carry them unless you have a lawful purpose to be carrying the baton. In these cases, you may be arrested and at the same time you may be found not guilty. I would suggest not carrying an expandable baton in NJ. I am not an lawyer and one should be consulted before risking carrying an expandable baton in Jersey.

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Jun 11, 2014
by: Anonymous

Where I work is in Trenton NJ. And I have been threatened by one of my employees twice and I wrote him up on charges with Human resources. We work for the State as State of NJ employees. They cannot fire him until he either does it three times in one year or attacks me physically. If he does attack I asked what my options are for defense they said run. I said I'm 64 Years old and can't out run a 35 year old. They said hope someone comes to my aid then call the police you won't see him again. So I started to carry a key chain baton I can whack him with that if he gets close I also have Police strength Pepper Spray in my desk is this all Illegal do they want this guy to pummel me to death. Is that the political strategy. that would make the law makers happy that he beats the loving crap out of me or am I allowed to use a weapon for defense against him if he attacks. Your thoughts

Jul 09, 2014
2C39-3(i) not very grey.
by: Anonymous

It states a security guard can carry a baton in the employ of a private security company, who is licensed to carry a firearm, in the performance of his duty and has completed a training course approved by the PTC.

Dec 19, 2014
NJ Self Defense Options
by: Anonymous

Pepper spray is legal in NJ.

Non-weapons can be used defensively.
Light metal cane or some flashlights and pens are just as good as some purpose made "weapons".

Learn to use it.



Pepper spray is legal in NJ with restrictions. Restrictions are as follows: Must be non-felon over 18 to purchase. Cannot carry more than 3/4 fluid ounce of spray.

I agree with your statement. Please contact an attorney if you plan to use anything as a weapon to find out the laws or possible problems with your plan. Be sure you are only using it defensively or it will likely be charged as a deadly weapon in court.

May 11, 2015
Potentially Dangerous Job
by: Anonymous

I work as a delivery driver. I know it doesn't sound dangerous and a week ago I probably would have agreed. I have been doing this for nearly 7 months in Northern NJ and I have just been getting more and more worried about being attacked.

Firstly, I carry a lot of money on me, generally 400-600 a night. And that can make it's way up to the high 700s so you can see why I feel that I am a prime target. A lot of the time, I get deliveries to sketchy places. More and more, I realize that having a job where you deliver pizzas literally anywhere your asked to while carrying hundreds of dollars is dangerous.

Is it really too much to ask to get to carry a knife or at least a retractable baton?

Aug 28, 2015
security gaurd
by: Anonymous

I work as a security officer for a casino. I handcuff and charge people. After work I walk home. A few times, the ones I lock up I see in the street. One time they tried to jump me but I was able to fight them off. Can I carry a expandable baton with my gear when I go to and from work???


Do you carry a baton at work? If not, I am sure the law does not change specifically for you. If you do, I suggest speaking with your manager. Please contact an attorney if you plan to carry a baton in NJ prior to doing so.

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