Why The Balisong "Butterfly" Knife is ILLEGAL

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The reason for its tight restrictions is in fact due to the very thing that attracts people to it: The Balisong is fun knife to play around with. Unfortunately due to spikes in emergency room visits from irresponsible users many jurisdictions have made the ownership, use, concealment and transport of this knife either restricted, prohibited or outright illegal.

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  • Troy Angelo

    The real reason it's illegal.. because it's just too damn cool.

  • dj 97

    everything i like is either illegal, immoral, fattening, expensive, or impossible 😩

  • joshthemlg pro

    it's not the knife or gun that kills, it's the person behind that weapon

  • grimey 5.56

    Politicians ban these because they have watched too much "big trouble in little china".

  • Legendary Amazing

    NOT ANYMORE BITCHES! WOOO! (I'm from Texas btw)

  • alex

    Skip to 1:16 for the actual video.

  • Tay Moh

    Reasons why to buy a trainer: 1. Real = max 500$ Trainer = max 20$ 2. Real = illegal Trainer = legal 3. Real = cut yourself and others Trainer = no cutting The rest are same.

  • Archer 07

    MANY things the government makes illegal often make no sense at all. You have pencil pushers making laws on things they know nothing about. The balisong knife is just one example of these kind of laws. Sadly it is not just knives that are affected by these uneducated politicians.

  • วคx

    It's not illegal where I live. (Indiana)

  • BigVic

    Because too libertards it looks so scarrrry,

  • Camel likes flannels

    The video REALLY starts at 1:28

  • Dark Shift Music

    SO.... Basically there's no reason that it's illegal. Okay, I'll just keep carrying mine anyway, then.

  • Kanna Kamui

    If Filipinos created the balisongs, then why is it illegal? it doesn't make any sense.

  • noirtec9

    I cut my self soooo bad with a butterfly knife when I was a kid, right between the thumb and forefinger. oooh I still have a wiked scar.

  • supa0ne

    there is no actual valid reason to make the balisong illegal , especially since there are way more lethal alternatives available.

  • NGMonocrom

    They're illegal because they have a bad reputation. A balisong is no more deadlier than any other knife.

  • Monkeytogaman

    They are legal where I live. Its pretty rad

  • Jackson Meier

    dude wtf is wrong with ur face.

  • sultan wahab

    you're unlucky, i just unboxxed a slaughter one

  • Dyfi All

    In my youth that was my figit spinner I spent so many hours flipping that thing.

  • HowlingMoonCinemas

    That's exactly why I thought it was illegal - the accidental self inflicted injuries and trips to the hospital.

  • That Kajun Guy

    Basically it's illegal in some places because of emotional nonsense. It is neither more or less dangerous than any other knife.

  • S.R.

    All I herd was clink clink clunk bing the butterfly knife is loud

  • TheBlyatMan

    The reason it is banned is because of TF2 fanboys cutting themselves.

  • Morgan H

    Not illegal in the state of Georgia

  • Searose101

    It’s legal in arkansas

  • pyromaniac000000

    When he said Raul Martinez i thought he said Raul Menendez, the bad guy from black ops. I need sleep, too much cod!


    I own one in California how you ask go to Nevada

  • Lucas Ramey

    Isn't that the knife that the spy uses in tf2

  • Danny Lookpoint

    Banning inanimate objects is silly . . . it's not the knife, gun, truck or bat that does harm. It's people. 12 died in NYC recently due to someone playing with a "stove". Gonna ban them, Commie Mayor DeBlasio ???

  • Jason Xiong

    I live in Canada and I just got a trainer so it's okay

  • Stray03

    Reason canada Banned it is because movies make it looks "supa dangerous". They went through those 1980 martial arts bs magazines and circled a bunch of "weapons" they deemed too dangerous, including blowdart guns, ninja stars, and morning stars....Then in the 90's they did the same thing but with gun magazines therefore making a bunch of rifles prohibited for no reason other than Arnold killed a bunch of cops with them in a documentary about time traveling robots...

  • Miquel Vico

    No need for a trainer, i put cloth adhesive plaster tape along the edge of my first balisong and didn't get cut once, as soon as i got the hang of it i removed the tape and that was that.

  • Monter Moner

    It's legal to own and hold an ak-47 in public where i live, DON'T EVEN ASK

  • Matt Sushi

    Who else is here cause CCCSSSGGOOOO

  • deep in love with mudic

    A weapon does not kill, the person behind it does, a knife can be far more deadly that a gun if used properly, the reason it's illegal is because people try to show it off and cut themselves or other bc they have not been trained, and it looks different that our knifes, so people are afraid of it, if u are going to use a weapon, learn how to use it first

  • Caramel Johnson

    The balisong is illegal because power hungry, amoral politicians wanted to cater to their cowardly, idiotic voter base who knows absolutely nothing about knives and believes that certain knives are more deadly than others just because they're fancy and foreign.

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  • Kevin Fegan

    I really respect Doug, and he may specifically know that in one or a few cases, this is the reason that butterfly knives are illegal in those few places. But more likely, he is using his intuition, or his knowledge from stories he has heard, which may or may not be true. If he has first hand knowledge then I'm sure he is telling the truth and as I said, I respect that.But it's not possible that he could know this for all the places in the world that these knives have become illegal. I'm sure that the reason in many different places is different for each place.Logically though, overall, there are many more cases of people injuring themselves with many everyday items, including other types of knives, and none of these are illegal/banned. And most times these other items cause injuries that are much more serious than you could ever get by injuring your self while mishandling a butterfly knife.Consider falls from ladders, hand axe injuries, lawn mower injuries, and even kitchen knife injuries while preparing food. Aside from for example, stabbing yourself in the eye, accidental self-injuries from mishandling a butterfly knife are mostly limited to small cuts on the hand/fingers, that really wouldn't require any medical attention in the hospital.The more likely reason is that the PERCEPTION is that these knives are used frequently in crimes.

  • Ciel1820

    we should ban peppers, too many people rub that stuff in their eyes...

  • Marco Estanislao

    last night i saw a kid holding a balisong toy(made out of plastic)and then he rushed to me and stab me in the back luckily it's just a toy

  • Edmond Dantez

    It's illegalfor the standard reason ... Because the ignorant are scared of it.

  • Nobody Important

    Thanks for the info Genghis Kahn

  • John Smith

    It ain't illegal in my state

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  • Rufusmortis

    Thank God we have governments to protect us from ourselves.


    I learned a trick for "balisong"Its called the cut your self trick the first step is to open the blade then you cut your self

  • roblox is cancer

    The mini balisongs are safe

  • roblox is cancer

    I own oneBut its a keychain

  • Biggie Cheese

    1:58 Who would've thought injuring someone took nearly 1 second?

  • Your new world Leader

    Let's ban walking, people can trip and break their ankle.

  • Biggie Cheese

    Lmao you could just get a trainer blade to prevent all those ER visits

  • ThegnThrand

    This is Thrand! The balisong or butterfly knife is legal in Texas including swords and knives of all lengths and types thanks to Greg Abbott and knife rights. Spears are legal as well to open carry I might add under new laws :)

  • grimey 5.56

    Well thank God I live in the great state of Indiana where there is no prohibition of any knives except ballistic. Or is there any restriction on legal firearms long gun or handgun excluding NFA. Indiana rules! Go Micro tech!

  • Mike Literious

    The Butter fly knife is soooo B-E-A-UTIFUL

  • freshil96

    If i was his friend I would have been like. boy if you jab that knife at me one more time.

  • The best Bro show

    it's illegal to carry in public for ny

  • metamorphicorder

    Its illegal because of stupid fearful people. A stupid person sees a 'song being demoed by a skilled person and thinks wow thats cool and gets one and tries to do what they saw and cuts themselves and either puts it away forever, or they heal and keep practising, and get better, thereby becomming smarter. A stupid and fearful person sees it and thinks, wow that seems like it gives some one an unfair advantage, all that flipping and clacking frightens and confuses me, im afraid that not only will bad guys currently extant get these and use them but ordinary people will see how easy this tool will make crime for them and buy one and become a criminal and people will be getting murdered hourly by gangs of blade flipping marauders. Because they are stupid and fearful they never get to the point that they realise that for the most part, given a similar level of skill between a use of a 'song or a regular folder or fixed blade, the person with the fixed blade is probably gonna be able to deploy faster all other factors being similar.

  • ngc 427

    Don't some states allow them though in the USA?

  • Yung Pik

    so its illegal cuz someone hurt themself? well i grazed my knee on some gravel...BETTER MAKE GRAVEL ILLEGAL!

  • James TheDoctor Duncan

    FIRST!! And most importantly, I am NOT attempting to disparage, badmouth, or disrespect law enforcement officers (LEOs,) sheriffs, police officers, state troopers, etc., AT ALL with these comments. I used to BE a cop years ago, and I know that they are all human, can make mistakes, and may often simply not be informed on the latest laws, or possibly just, plain misinformed! Believe me, while it's part of every LEO's job to know The Law, their actual job description is only to ENFORCE the law! Unfortunately for their citizens, NOBODY is perfect, and VERY FEW AUTHORITIES have every law on the books memorized word-for-word. In fact, you'd be stunned to find out how many LEOs apprehend or arrest innocent civilians because said civilians did or possessed something that the LEOs PERSONAL BELIEFS had them mistakenly ASSUME that a law was being broken when, in fact, it wasn't! Now, with that being said, this video's description reads that you should check with local authorities (LEOs, or their Dept,) to find out if Balisongs (or anything,) are illegal where you live. For the reasons I stated above, that's just a bad idea. The only way to find out FOR CERTAIN is to talk to a criminal DEFENSE attorney, period. DO NOT consult the prosecutor's office! Not because I think THEY don't know the law, but because it's in their best interest to have their jurisdiction contain as few "deadly weapons" as possible, and they'd rather have the public misinformed in any way that's to their advantage. Quite a few of the older cops in my old jurisdiction felt the same way and would answer in the exact same way. On the plus side, you can tell when an LEO is doing that: they'll tell you that the object in your possession is illegal, but they won't arrest you or confiscate it.Again, I'm not saying all this to slam cops, or to be disrespectful toward them, I'm just saying that nobody's perfect, and we all make mistakes. But some of them may even purposely make a "mistake" if it might get a weapon off their streets, possibly save a life, make their job easier, and their jurisdiction safer. Just check with an attorney to be sure. After all, they don't ENFORCE the law, they paid a king's ransom to KNOW the law, inside and out!

  • Aaron ledford

    they arent illegal in the us Georgia allows them

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