Prohibited weapons are a risk to public safety. You cannot possess a prohibited weapon without an exemption.
Exemptions are issued for specific purposes only and conditions apply for each weapon.
Prohibited weapons include:
- ballistic knife where the blade is fired by explosion, mechanics or percussion
- butterfly knife / Bali knife / Balisong knife
- handheld fighting knives including flick knives, trench knives, push knives, Ka-Bars, United States Marine Corps knife
- knife belt that conceals or disguises the knife
- star knife / shuriken / ninja star / throwing star
- whole or part of a knife that cannot be detected by a metal detector or x-ray.
- double-sided blade or spike-style blade daggers
- traditional Scottish daggers - Dirk and Sgian dhu.
- nunchakus martial arts weapon
- brace catapult / slingshot
- concealed weapons
- extendable baton
- full-size or pistol cross-bow
- hand or foot claws / ninja claws
- knuckle duster including weighted or studded gloves
- laser pointer of more than 1 milliwatt
- morning star, also known as English or medieval mace
- poniard, a Masonic ceremonial weapon
- tear gas where the chemical is CN, CS or DM tear gas.
Prohibited weapon exemptions
You may be able to apply for an exemption to possess a prohibited weapon.
Exemptions may be allowed for:
- astronomical use by the Astronomic Society SA and Mars Society Australia
- collectors to add to an existing collection
- emergency workers or volunteers
- executors, administrators and receivers of estates
- family heirlooms
- lawful and recognised entertainment
- lawful and recognised sport or recreation
- legal manufacturers of weapons
- museums and art galleries
- preparation of food and drink for human consumption
- religious purposes
- Scottish associations
- security agents protecting or guarding property
- service organisations such as the Returned Services League.
Conditions and requirements apply for each weapon.
See Schedule 2 of the Summary Offences Act 1953 on the South Australian Legislation website for a full list of exemptions and their conditions.
Dangerous articles are a risk to public safety. You cannot possess a dangerous article unless it is allowed under another Act.
Dangerous articles include:
- anti-theft case designed to give an electric shock
- blow gun or blow pipe
- commercially made catapult / slingshot without a brace
- dart projector designed to propel a dart by elastic material
- gas injector device designed to inject gas or other substance into an animal
- handheld electric, sound or electromagnetic self-protection device
- self-protecting offensive, noxious or irritant spray.
See Schedule 2 of the Summary Offences (weapons) Regulations 2012 on the South Australian Legislation website for descriptions of dangerous articles.