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Prohibited weapons

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
  • fighting knives - a knife (other than a bayonet or sword) designed for hand to hand fighting, for example, a butterfly knife, dagger, flick-knife, push knife or trench 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.

Other weapons

  • nunchakus martial arts weapon
  • bayonet
  • 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
  • Freemasons
  • 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

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.