Legal

Owning Lockpick is regulated by the USA and also other countries around the world. 

Here is some general information about lockpick ownership, but please check your local laws for more detailed information.

 

Global Laws

Country Possession
Australia  Legal; must show intent
Finland Legal; must show intent
France Legal; must show intent
Japan Illegal; must be certified
The Netherlands Legal; no restrictions
Poland Illegal; must be certified
Sweden

Legal

 

USA Laws - State by State

 

Legal to own, must show intent:  Possession of lock picking tools is legal; intent to break the law with the tools must be shown before possession of lock picking tools can be considered a crime.

 

Not illegal: There are no specific laws rendering illegal the sale, transfer, and/or possession of lock picking tools.

  • West Virginia,
  • Pennsylvania,
  • North Dakota and
  • Indiana

Prima facie evidence: The mere possession of lock picking tools is considered intent to break the law. It is illegal to possess lock picking tools in these states.

  • Illinois - Bump keys illegal
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Virgini
US State Possession
Alabama Legal; must show intent
Alaska Legal; must show intent
Arizona Legal; must show intent
Arkansas Unknown, no specific laws
California Legal; must show intent
Colorado Legal; must show intent
Connecticut Legal; must show intent
Delaware Legal; must show intent
Florida Legal; must show intent
Georgia Legal; must show intent
Hawaii Legal; must show intent
Idaho Legal; must show intent
Illinois Legal; must show intent, bump keys require Certification
Indiana Unknown, no specific laws
Iowa Legal; must show intent
Kansas Unknown, no specific laws
Kentucky Legal; must show intent
Louisiana Legal; must show intent
Maine Legal; must show intent
Maryland Legal; must show intent
Massachusetts Legal; must show intent
Michigan Legal; must show intent
Minnesota Legal; must show intent
Mississippi Illegal; considered prima facie
Missouri Legal; must show intent
Montana Legal; must show intent (stated as "purpose to commit an offense")
Nebraska Legal; must show intent
Nevada Illegal; considered prima facie
New Hampshire Legal; must show intent
New Jersey Legal; must show intent (stated as "purpose so to use or employ")
New Mexico Legal; must show intent
New York Legal; must show intent
North Carolina Legal; must show intent
North Dakota Unknown; no specific laws
Ohio Illegal; considered prima facie
Oklahoma Legal; must show intent
Oregon Legal; must show intent
Pennsylvania Unknown; no specific laws
Rhode Island Legal; must show intent
South Carolina Legal; must show intent
South Dakota Legal; must show intent
Tennessee Legal; must show intent
Texas Legal; must show intent
Utah Legal; must show intent
Vermont Legal; must show intent
Virginia Illegal; considered prima facie
Washington Legal; must show intent
Washington D.C. Legal; must show intent
West Virginia Unknown, no specific laws
Wisconsin Legal; must show intent
Wyoming Legal; must show intent

 

 

WARNING

  1. Master the locks are not lawyers, this information should not be taken as legal advice. It represents the current laws as they are on the books at the time of our research. It is to be used as a guide and information purpose only.
  2. Many municipalities may have laws that are different from the state law.
  3. This research is based on lock picking tools and does not include: bump keys, auto keys, or other tools.
Reference: http://law.justia.com/, http://toool.us/laws.html , http://lockwiki.com/index.php/Legal_issues