While this is not really related to the OC of handguns, it is related to OC so I am posting here in this area under MISC.
I carry a Becker BK2 made by KaBar as my utility knife while camping and etc. Is this legal to OC in Alabama?
Here are some knife laws:
Carrying concealed weapons.
Except as otherwise provided in this Code, a person who carries concealed about his person a bowie knife or knife or instrument of like kind or description or a pistol or firearm of any other kind or an air gun shall, on conviction, be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00, and may also be imprisoned in the county jail or sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than six months.
Now the way this reads “…concealed about his person a bowie knife or knife or instrument of like kind …” a person can not have ANY knife concealed. That means 3” folders, 4 inch straight or whatever. But there is some case law clarifying this that I will mention later.
Here is another mention
Indictment for carrying weapons unlawfully; proof.
In an indictment for carrying weapons unlawfully, it is sufficient to charge that the defendant carried concealed about his person a pistol, or other description of firearms, on premises not his own, or a bowie knife, or other knife or instrument of the like kind or description, or other forbidden weapon, describing it, as the case may be; and the excuse, if any, must be proved by the defendant on the trial, to the satisfaction of the jury; and if the evidence offered to excuse the charge raises a reasonable doubt of the defendant's guilt, the jury must acquit him.
OK I found some case law
A "bowie knife" ordinarily designates a long knife shaped like a dagger but having only one edge, and does not include a knife which opens and shuts and is not too large to be carried in a trouser's pocket as pocket knives are usually carried. Smelley v. State, 472 So. 2d 715 (Ala. Crim. App. 1985).
"Lock-blade" knife not included. - The "lock-blade" knife in this case was merely a type of pocket knife, the blade of which was capable of being locked open to prevent an accidental or unexpected folding of the blade. It does not fall within the statutory prohibition against carrying a concealed "bowie knife or knife or instrument of like kind or description." Smelley v. State, 472 So. 2d 715 (Ala. Crim. App. 1985).
So the question stands, can you open carry a "bowie" knife or large straight knife like the Becker BK2? I think the rule of thumbs is that if a law does not clearly restrict an action then the action is legal. I have not seen anything to note a restriction.