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Agree’d. If any person is convicted of a violation of subsection (1) of this section, the person shall lose his or her concealed pistol license, if any. I purposely acquired a knife with a blade of 2.95 inches, to stay below the full 3 inch threshold requirement of my city. (2) “Spring blade knife” means any knife, including a prototype, model, or other sample, with a blade that is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement. Illegal: It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington. (2) "Spring blade knife" means any knife, including a prototype, model, or other sample, with a blade that is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement. Permits will be issued to residents and non-residents but it may take some time for these changes to be implemented. Alaska’s Knife Rights Act, which enacts sweeping reform of Alaska’s knife laws. If “intent” isn’t even necessary to allow the Peelers to throw you in the back of the black maria just because some overwrought liberal cat lady, who’d drank half a box of El Cheapo, and soiled her yoga pants at the sight of the buck knife hanging from your belt, I fail to see how you could carry anything openly (or you’re taking a big risk depending how sane the people are around you). So on top of state laws, there are local county and city laws to contend with as well. Does this mean militias are illegal in WA? Schools, public or private, no exemptions made for length or type of knife. Do “open carry” laws apply to knives? The 1950’s movies with Brando, motorcycles, black leather jackets, James Dean, ” Rebel without a Cause”, juvenile delincquancy, early TV productions, etc convinced America that switchblade wielding thugs were terrorizing our schools and cities. This does not seem like a verifiably legal definition of any kind of law. I think so but I can’t be sure. I am moving to Washington state in a few weeks. As for the carry laws…. No switchblades for us peasants! They are not required by law to take their medication. And what about concealment? It accomplishes little to argue with ignorant law enforcement personnel. They can stab only. ", "KnifeUp's series of knife reviews was really helpful. Folding knives in Seattle are limited to 3.5″, whether open or concealed. Is this a stiletto or a spring assisted knife? So a knife on your belt in summer is ok, but come fall or evening or that matter, you slip on a jacket . J. I live in Washington State, and I haven’t been able to find anything about whether or not it’s okay to sell a knife via private party. If have a concealed wepons permit. You can read all about this sorry state of affairs in RCW 9.41.250: (a) Manufactures, sells, or disposes of or possesses any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife; (b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon; or. Restrictions on Carry: I love KnifeUp. Insofar as open carry that could be prohibited under the statue below as others might consider it to be intimidating. It’s safe to assume you’d be expected to have ID on your if you’re over 18. Oh, I voted straight democratic ticket. It also enacts knife law preemption repealing all local knife laws as well as preventing new ones from being enacted. You do know that antifa is short for anti-facist right? Please help the next generation learn how to fend for themselves and help others at a younger age than I did! I have not read the statute but this is my understanding of Washington State law. (but that depends on the interpretation of the judge. What defines “alarm” in this use, because that is a very vague term in this case. From this section we see that it is also a crime to “furtively carry with intent to conceal” any dagger or dirk, or any other dangerous weapon, included in which common knives of all kinds must surely be since they can all, nearly without exception, cause lethal wounds. A butterfly knife opens with a centrifugal movement, so it is _clearly_ with the ambit of unlawful carry or possession by Revised Code of Washington § 9.41.250. Even looking at a woman lustfully means I have committed adultery already with her in my heart – according to scripture! Please answer directly. why.. What is legal to own in Washington? If you don’t like legal speak, here are the basics of what knives are legal under Alabama knife laws. All firearms are … I’m not sure if I’m asking a dumb question, but is it legal to conceal a 2 inch blade, Swiss army knife in Washington state? It is legal to open carry any type of weapon, so long as it is not carried in a way that may cause others alarm. Hey Ben; Thanks for taking the time to write – I really do appreciate it. We are no long land of the free, we are land of the over regulated, This doesn’t answer my question at all. Reading Time: 5 minutes Oregon Knife Laws While Oregon doesn’t top the list as the most knife-friendly state, it is certainly less restrictive than most. (3) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to: (c) Any person who is involved in a convention, showing, demonstration, lecture, or firearms safety course authorized by school authorities in which the firearms of collectors or instructors are handled or displayed; (d) Any person while the person is participating in a firearms or air gun competition approved by the school or school district; (e) Any person in possession of a pistol who has been issued a license under RCW 9.41.070, or is exempt from the licensing requirement by RCW 9.41.060, while picking up or dropping off a student; (f) Any nonstudent at least eighteen years of age legally in possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon that is secured within an attended vehicle or concealed from view within a locked unattended vehicle while conducting legitimate business at the school; (g) Any nonstudent at least eighteen years of age who is in lawful possession of an unloaded firearm, secured in a vehicle while conducting legitimate business at the school; or. What About pocket knives? How many people even know the names of their police chiefs or sheriffs. What is illegal is to conceal carry a dirk, dagger, or any dangerous weapon. Since it has “home rule” and all the attendant legislative powers that entails, D.C. has since installed its own laws and prohibitions covering all kinds of things. This important legislation makes Washington more friendly to knife owners and manufacturers by clarifying the definition of so-called "spring blade" knives (switchblades) so as to clearly make assisted-opening knives legal in the state. ), Remember ALWAYS that logic is not a necessary component of the law, See CIty of Seattle vs Montana (1996) and Seattle vs Evans (2015). A butterfly knife opens with a centrifugal movement, so it is _clearly_ with the ambit of unlawful carry or possession by Revised Code of Washington § 9.41.250. I live in WA and work in OR. I see very little difference between divorce, adultery, fornication, coveting something, and same sex relationships. Where is DC? Open carry is also permitted, provided the store or the facility does not have a sign displayed preventing it. I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he at least was trying to make sense, and just happened to be wrong, rather than considering that he was not just wrong, but being nonsensical too. No spin for the win!) I have used this stiletto for everything from apple eating to filleting fish and as my EDC knife. So would they be illegal to carry??? Everything seems out of control. I’m a new vendor for events, like rodeos and street fairs. I remember when CPL was called CWP in WA. Though, you did ask this 4 years ago. so let me get this right, you can walk around with a 1.5 foot bowie knife where everyone can see it and it will still be legal? Not good bro! Washington statutes fail to define dangerous weapons, but in 2002, in an unpublished opinion, the Court, in State v. Bonebright, citing two other cases, stated that Courts have generally defined a dangerous weapon as an object capable of inflicting great bodily harm. My question: What if a person in Washington State, seeing my knife legally open carried, and has not taken their prescription Prozac medication and feels “alarmed” ? It held that the word applied to the conduct of carrying a concealed weapon, which, when concealed was necessarily ‘secret’ and not to the intent. Is it ok to have my machete in between the center console and my driver seat? Washington State is an exemplar of restrictive laws on the ownership and use of arms, and knives are no exception. I would not refer to an “ordinary” slip joint pocket knife as a weapon should one be stopped. You can sell anything privately, SOGs main headquarters is located in WA. It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk, dagger, or other dangerous weapon. I might accidentally intimidate a liberal commie and get into trouble if I use a knife. The point is that there are laws covering the possession and transfer of both knives and firearms, and it’s wrong to think that firearms are not regulated in a manner very similar (including nonsensical and illogical laws) to knives. Just go see shows like “Blackboard Jungle” ! The Supreme Court looked to the dictionary for a definition of furtively, which means secretly. 9.41.250 says a knife with “bias toward closure” is not a “spring blade knife”. with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon." But is that reasonable? There are a handful of questions from Vancouver Washington all on the subject of knives lately, it may be that the answer has already been provided. Concealed carry is illegal without a CCW regardless of the weapon. My understanding is that it will depend upon whether you live within the city limits of a city or not. Washington Knife Laws. Or sue the state! It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring-blade knife in the state of Washington. It’s pretty easy to check the law in your city or county. “Own” and “Possess” are two different things. Why? *However* cops will often act on complaints about that behavior and might charge you. just curious if anyone knows what Washington state laws on butterfly trainers are (blunt version of a butterfly knives). As for somebody somewhere complaining, the laws imply a reasonable person should be considered when determining if a behavior – such as open carry – is threatening or not. That is the true issue. Can anyone simplify the knife laws for me? I own a folding pocket knife and the blade is less than 4 inches when unfolded. LEXIS 1487. those citizens who are not part of the formal organized militia are considered part of the “unorganized militia” to be called to duty in times of grave emergency (RCW 38.08.050). We do not need silly push button knife laws and a host of related hysteria prohibitions that do nothing more than reducing our individual rights even further. As a liberal martial artist in the suburbs, My daughter and I & family friends regularly train in the back yard with no problems. Can you carry a conceaed knife. I don’t think state law lets you have that, latch or no latch, but I am not a lawyer. According to federal law, the only knife that can be carried in a federal facility (like a federal courthouse or federal building) is a pocket knife with a blade less than 2.5” long. Bottom line is you still have the right to defend yourself, legally or otherwise. and could i still go into my local store and shop? Illegal: It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger. The laws for knives out here basically state if you carry anything (concealed carry gun aside), someone could have you arrested because they’re not a fan of you holding. So if you have a switchblade with a sick skin and dull it, is it still illegal? ", "I'm relieved that there is someone out there protecting me and my rights. Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality. I haven't found such clear law advice anywhere else. Knife laws in Washington are sort of descriptive but they are strict as well. my butterfly knife has a latch that you must undo before you can use it. Open carry is “possibly” legal, so long an no one is offended by it? are they legal to purchase / posses/ sell? (1) It is unlawful for a person to carry onto, or to possess on, public or private elementary or secondary school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public or private schools: (b) Any other dangerous weapon as defined in RCW 9.41.250; (c) Any device commonly known as “nun-chu-ka sticks,” consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope, or other means; (d) Any device, commonly known as “throwing stars,” which are multipointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; (e) Any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle, designed to propel a BB, pellet, or other projectile by the discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide, or other gas; or, (f)(i) Any portable device manufactured to function as a weapon and which is commonly known as a stun gun, including a projectile stun gun which projects wired probes that are attached to the device that emit an electrical charge designed to administer to a person or an animal an electric shock, charge, or impulse; or. VMC 7.11.010 - Defines some knife terms. The blade does not come out abruptly at any point, and the unfolding is completely manual, just technically made a little easier by a spring. I don’t have a super good answer, but I do know this: it depends on which fair in which state. They fired that cop but I wouldn’t be surprised he got another robocop job somewhere else. You can own it, but you can’t touch, carry or show it. They have gone to Hell with a joke. Most of these knife laws are simply wrong and probably unconstitutional in many cases. (I personally prefer pockets but if concealing them in public is a crime then I’m wondering if a sheath counts as “concealment”). I am friends with a 1%er MC and they all open carry fixed blades. Don’t know what jurisdiction you’re talking about here. Guess if I ever hunt in Washington I’ll have to clean with a sharp hatchet. You’d better remember to take it off or you could get into a lot of trouble. I read the actual law and it's a bit confusing. laws about switchblade knifes are wrong.this is america, Knife laws can be defined by the state since there is no federal say against it, also counties/cities can define as well so no its not wrong and no this is the US, a country within the continent America. Balisongs/butterfly knives are legal. Not to say it’s logical, mind you, but the constitution does not require the law to be logical. In 2017, Texas lawmakers repealed a ban on carrying some knives, including the Bowie knife. Is that concealed since the weapon itself cannot be seen? I haven’t seen a length limit smaller than 3″ in the three counties around Seattle. That’s it. Hi, I can’t find the answer anywhere to the question I’m about to ask. so just to be clear; you ARE allowed to carry knives in public, just not concealed; in your pocket, in a hidden knife-pouch, whatever. “anyone can get a gun on any street corner in any city”, Wrong. He would have made an 18” Bowie but I asked for a 3.5” drop point, Elk horn scales, pancake sheath, secure on horse back, perfect for eating an apple. The blade is 3 7/16 inches long. Please, never vote for conservatives. If I can carry a gun, I should be able to carry a 2″ knife. In 2017, Texas lawmakers repealed a ban on carrying some knives, including the Bowie knife. Democrats typically do have policies directly opposed to scriptural principles (that’s not my opinion, it’s actually a fact), but that’s a whole different topic altogether. Re: Knife Laws in Washington Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:07 am As I understand the state law allows one to carry a fixed blade knife as long as the knife is not a dagger or dirk. (d) “Fire or rescue agency” means any agency, department, or division of a municipal corporation, political subdivision, or other unit of local government of this state or any other state, and any agency, department, or division of any state government, having as its primary function the prevention, control, or extinguishment of fire or provision of emergency medical services or rescue actions for persons. SMC 12A.14.010 defines "dangerous knife" as "any fixed-blade knife and any other knife having a blade more than three and one-half inches (3 1/2") in length." So my question hasn’t been answered that I can find…. Last week, however, after several prior attempts at changing the law, Governor Cuomo finally signed a law that will change New York’s knife laws. 4. All local city and county knife laws were pre-empted by Senate Bill 1153 which was signed into Law on 4/28/10. Only if you cross the cascade curtain to the west. Paid Subscribers don't see ... but I'm pretty sure that when they say "or other weapons", they include knives. The local courts may or may not consider it a criminal act. Yes they are. However, my own sins disgust me and I do not celebrate them, but instead, I fall on my face daily (yes, literally) before God and ask for His forgiveness and grace which He freely gives to those who ask. As a liberal, commie, pinko PROGRESSIVE!!! or even come up and have a civil conversation with you, and learn something in the process, so they’re not so scared of gun owners in the future. are those legal to own or carry or what? The difference between Oregon’s knife laws and most other states is that Oregon relies on court decisions, rather in codified statutes. NO.1 can not be true. there is no state ban on length but cities and counties have their own laws. no, militias are not illegal, the statute is just stating that there is no individual or private right to organize a militia, which is in line with the 2nd amendment. Many conservatives think being cruel means they’re tough. As I pointed out, if he was comparing legal knife ownership to illegal gun acquisition and ownership, the comparison is unfair and is pointless (it doesn’t make sense to discuss the burdens imposed on a legal activity – knife collection – by complaining that others conduct another activity – illegal firearms sales – without similar burdens). Knife legislation is defined as the body of statutory law or case law promulgated or enacted by a government or other governing jurisdiction that prohibits, criminalizes, or restricts the otherwise legal manufacture, importation, sale, transfer, possession, transport, or use of knives.. While you could legally walk around with a .50 Desert Eagle openly carried on your belt without any permit, if you are carrying a 4″ paring knife, you would be arrested. Is it legal to open carry a bowie knife and close carry. Sometimes, it cannot actually be a full 3.5 inches to be legal. However, there is a caveat. cheers, J. They tried to detain my girl, but I told them right away that it was my knife, and that I had put it in her purse without her knowledge the night before and forgot about it. These two interstates cross many states so, Im reading state by state. What about during the winter, when a jacket is required to cover one’s belt, and consequently, one’s sheath? I hate this. I’m not a fan of any folders and find that OTF knives aren’t practical . I agree that ambiguous and contradictory laws are a pain in the backside. Jackasmacka…It is legal to carry a kabar, or large bowie knife openly around Washington State. It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington. I know Seattle has a specific ordinance requiring you to be 18. i am a knife collector and do not have a switchblade in my collection and find this law in wash.state to be idiotic.anyone can get a gun on any street corner in any city but you cant have a spring blade knife??? Soo…I can put my 16in ka-bar on my belt and and walk around town without getting hasseled by cops? Security freaked out when the xray scanners saw it. Conceal carry and display laws do not apply to those who are in their own homes, at their fixed place of business, or defending themselves against a presently threatened use of unlawful force. maybe if you had a friendly, respectful group. You need to pay close attention to the exact wording of the law and always err on the side of caution if you want to avoid trouble in the state. Thank you. I always length was the major difference, but according to the article, size isn’t even mentioned. I think we need to urge our legislators to revisit the assisted opening style of edged pocket tool. (ii) Any device, object, or instrument which is used or intended to be used as a weapon with the intent to injure a person by an electric shock, charge, or impulse. Not to mention in most states it is also legal to discharge a firearm in your backyard if you are in county property (unless otherwise noted or near a church. Might be worth a look in any case. Washington State Knife and Fun Carry Laws are so wishy washy. And at the same time I believe that when you aren’t allowed to defend yourself you will lose freedoms as well. If you don’t have a concealed carry you are subject to the whims and preconceived notions of whatever officer of the law you happen to run into. The juvenile Court found that the knife was a dangerous weapon and convicted Ms. Myles of possession of a dangerous weapon. Some cities have a 3.5 inch limit. The possession of any dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, or knife with a blade longer than 3 inches by anyone with intent to use it unlawfully against another is also an offense under Chapter 45. I will never SPAM you. It’s incredibly subjective and I can hardly wait for some very rich person with a good lawyer to get busted for it and get this cleared up. Does anyone know if a “Fixed Blade” is considered a “Dirk” or “Dagger”? You see, I’m not all about “freedom shouldn’t be infringed upon”. Knife owners are urged to join Knife Rights, and join the fight against really stupid, obsolete, and irrelevant knife laws. However, we can do little on an individual basis. You can own it, but don’t get caught carrying it outside your home, you would be asking for trouble if stopped. In reading through the law and how the court has ruled in the past, your conclusion seems to be correct. Concealed is left vague and open to interpretation. The laws are vague and impossible to really understand here. Ownership and use of arms are illegal in Washington; knives are no exception. You might be asked to surrender it while you are talking to the cop, but it will be returned, and if you are charged, you, and the cop, will be able to say “it’s not a weapon”. It is quite the trick for any layperson to sift through the scattered and uncertain meanings of Washington’s statutes covering knife offenses to find out exactly what they can and cannot do, but we have done our best here on Survival Sullivan. RCW 9.95.040 - Defines what "deadly weapon" means for felons. That list is below. Washington State knife laws are vague and difficult to piece together. And they all vary. What Are the Knife Laws in Washington? No other knife is defined by the statutes or by the case law. No person who is serving in a position that is basically clerical or secretarial in nature, or who is not commissioned shall be considered a law enforcement officer. washington state has a legal militia, and in fact all able-bodied citizens of washington state are legally considered members of the state militia (RCW 38.04.030). If one has a concealed permit is any of this a concern??? Stay in the eastern, more sensical and conservative side, and you should be fine. Can you tell me the brands and names of the assisted open knives? It is NOT illegal to carry a concealed pistol in Washington State, so long as you are properly licensed to do so. (a) Manufactures, sells, or disposes of or possesses any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, (b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon. A fixed blade in a sheeth, folder on a clip in your pocket, a sling shot in your pocket, open carry of a firearm or concealed, someone gets a peek or even one who just wants to make an issue to cause trouble in your life. What about a conceal carry a fixed karambit? This means that one does not have to intend to cause alarm or fear in order to be guilty of a crime under the statute. “Washington DC gun laws now operate on a “Shall Issue” policy after a ruling by the US Court of Appeals, the decision is FINAL! I am awaiting a background check for the purchase of a Glock, so I can conceal carry that in places like Seattle where a reasonable knife carry is not legally possible. it is illegal to conceal a dagger or any double edged knife. With that new title it limits what can be carried. I am not clear if Washington allows the carry of a simple pocket knife. (b) “General law enforcement agency” means any agency, department, or division of a municipal corporation, political subdivision, or other unit of local government of this state or any other state, and any agency, department, or division of any state government, having as its primary function the detection and apprehension of persons committing infractions or violating the traffic or criminal laws in general. Is that concealed carry? My rights are non negotiable, anyone using any “law” or other excuse to try to infringe upon them deserves to be resisted and defeated with whatever force is nessicary. Led by the efforts of 2012 Knife Rights Freedom’s Point Award winner Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, a bipartisan “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, has been introduced by Washington State Senator Hans Zeiger.It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.” Craigslist and letgo are great platforms for selling as well as if you can get into some knife pages. Because military, law enforcement, and handicapped are allowed to have them. Balisong knives are illegal in just about every place is my understanding. When something threatens my rights, KnifeUp is the first to inform me. Are those legal? All of which are novelty of course and never recommended for practical use. I was told if it wasn’t longer than 6 inches but I’m wondering seeing he same question and also how old u have to be to carry one around. All I see is no fixed blades, no folders longer than 3.5″. Also, what do you suggest is the best type of knife to carry for self-defense purposes, legally? Fixed or retracted? You need to pay close attention to the exact wording of the law and always err on the side of caution if you want to avoid trouble in the state. However, pointing fingers at one political side or another gets us right where we are; divided, unable to stand, russia’s play-thing. They need to use a ruler. Different counties treat knives differently. you are the reason these silly laws exist! Thanks for info. Does it fold? Switchblades, gravity knives, … It is all insanity. . Washington D.C. When the legislature fails to define a term, the Court will generally use the plain English meaning of the word, which is the meaning giving by Webster’s dictionary. Being against Nazis is a good thing. That doesn’t mean you won’t run afoul of idiotic municipal laws that conflict with state law. Watch your back when around conservatives however. I was told You could carry them if the blade wasnt longer than your four fingers. Or your shirt comes untucked and you don’t realize.. or an idiot says something idiotic to you, suddenly the rules change. I’d have to reread all these statutes again to figure out if it would be legal to carry in public. Current state law permits assisted openers, since July 2012. The world has changed! The federal knife law only applies to individuals who are traveling internationally as well as between states. Quick Legal Facts Statewide Preemption: No. (No fixed blade knives whatsoever in Seattle), So a basic pocket knife, having a blade of 2″ or even less, can be illegal, if you get a hanging judge? Does Washington State have a restriction as to to length of a folding pocket knife blade? They are fighting to get stupid knife laws repealed. You have a responsibility to look this stuff yourself as part and parcel of being a free and informed citizen. The ability to open a blade by spinning would seem to apply to balisong and butterfly knives, yet I see them all the time at gun/knife shows and shops. Relevant Washington State Statutes Covering Use and Ownership of Knives, Relevant Cases of Importance to Legal Interpretation. Your logic is not logic it is emotion, and I am sick and tired of the left’s feeble weak mind passing idiotic laws that affect my reality. Usually, it is the local city ordinances that get you. Illegal Knives. Some public buildings, and schools, carry is not permitted even with a CCP. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men. Even if you did have a permit, you’re still likely to have problems. MYTH: Switchblades / OTF Knives and Balisongs (butterfly knives) are illegal everywhere without exception Not true. Some help, please. there is a difference between the appeals court ruling and the Supreme court ruling in state v Byrd and in state v Byrd, the Supreme court of Washington reversed Byrd’s conviction and sent the case along for a new trial with new jury instructions. Also, another article on this site mentioned that not being able to see the handle was concealed- not sure if it was only in that state though. I can conceal a 3 foot long katana. Also the switch blade l aw is kind of hard to beleave. WA knife laws aren't what you need to be concerned about so much as local laws. liberals haven’t done one thing right ever so how are you going to convince them to change. @Nate G. Pretty much, Welcome to Washington. If you reside in a federal district (see Washington D.C. knife laws), the federal law is the only law that governs knives for you. In 1994, in State v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Washington held that there must be a sufficient basis for the alarm, such that a reasonable person would be alarmed. In Washington State, conceal carry is permitted if you have a valid State approved CCP. on your belt is fine. Thanks for voting Democrat! Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. In the day and age fear we will cause fear if we pick our nose or our hinni, we have no wiggle room left. Washington State Knife Laws 2019. There is an exception for one’s conduct in his or her place of ‘abode’, but this does not extend to the yard surrounding the abode. The Lockup is as good as any knife out there. It’s almost like they read every page of the Holy Bible and then specifically tried to do everything the opposite to the principles and commands in the Book!! Automatic knives are illegal but guns are ok what’s wrong this picture the government is so stupid!!!!! I was informed that the city of Seattle had a city ordinance prohibiting the carrying of any concealed weapon over six feet in length. The Evergreen State is surprisingly restrictive when it comes to knives. Nominally, as written, the law would require all the components named in 1(b) to be present for a crime to be committed, but the extremely vague nature of “furtively” means that anyone who merely keeps a common, short pocketknife in their pocket is liable to be charged under the right circumstances. Logic would say both, but Washington law doesn’t always follow logic. In the state of Washington, it’s legal to own dirks, daggers and other stabbing knives, Bowies, stilettos, disguised knives and throwing stars. Convincing liberals to do the right thing is much, much easier. The problem is that, unfortunately, the more liberal mentality runs straight up the West coast from Southern California, right up to Vancouver Island, Canada. sadly from county to county in WA, the laws and enforcements are not consistent, even in neighboring counties, I don’t see how anyone could carry any weapon, knife, etc., openly in WA State when, “It is also illegal to carry or display a dagger, sword, knife, or other cutting or stabbing instrument in a manner or under circumstances that would cause alarm or show an intent to intimidate another. I will say that I have never seen anyone exhibit “alarm” with a knife of mine, even in lefty Seattle. People are so soft; either allow knives with clear restrictions, or don’t allow any at all. I’ve moved to WA when I was younger from CT and all I’ve noticed since being out here is that the average person is a baby. A knife that contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires physical exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife is not a spring blade knife. “reasonable person” in Washington State is an oxymoron….. a military base), or live in Washington DC. The constitution has been null and void for at least 100 years. Guess I’ll quit, don’t want to intimidate anyone. It seems only foreigners in protected cities have these special rights! (You are certainly talking about legal transfers. I leave now more confused than EVER!! Washington Knife Laws. So your statement was wrong with respect to certain firearms and certain purchasers, and is now generally wrong for all types of firearms transfers in Washington State. It is a collection of Session Laws (enacted by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor, or enacted via the initiative process), arranged by topic, with amendments added and repealed laws … RCW 9.41.290 makes no mention at all of knives or other dangerous weapons aside from firearms: The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. RCW 9.41.250 Dangerous weapons—Penalty. You might want to read: Washington State Knife Laws. This is just a comment that shows anger and bias. They should be like Arizona, which has no knife laws, and knives are covered by a Concealed Weapon Permit. I found a great knife that did exactly what I wanted to do thanks to them. If not, to you have any idea who may have the authority to grant me a permit or license to carry a switch blade? “sudden sharp apprehension and fear resulting from the perception of imminent danger” sounds like paranoia and any such enforcement of this as a law is strictly Totalitarianism and should not be accepted. There are also exceptions for persons making a lawful arrest or participating in military activities sponsored by the … App. No person who is serving in a position that is basically clerical or secretarial in nature shall be considered a firefighter or rescue member. J. Allen Benge anything is meaningful as a weapon if it saves your life so…. Now I have arthritis in both hands, can’t open a bag of chips, and am a criminal if I carry a knife. In addition, under federal law, the following cannot carry a gun - see here. take a look at a Cold Steel 6 inch Ti lite that can be opened manually as fast as any switchblade. It is better to be alive than an unprepared victim. Look in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) for the specifics. But your yard and garage is also private property just as your home is which would make it legal and thus should stand for most states and cities that you can legally possess these weapons outside your home. From unclear statutes that seemingly ban knives outright for the purposes of concealed carry to murky interpretations of common words and legal concepts including where your own home begins and ends, Washington proves once more there is no place so promising and beautiful that Leftist leadership can’t screw it up for everyone. Where’d you run into trouble is your location. ), State v. Haley, 665 P.2d 1375 (1983 Wash. No the states law is that you can posses a blade four and up as long as you don’t pull it out for no reason or show it off. If he was comparing legal knife ownership to legal firearms ownership, he was wrong. (2) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (1) above shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor. Yes, it is incredibly subjective. Chapter 9.41 RCW: Firearms and dangerous weapons; RCW 9.41.110: Firearms dealers license; RCW 9.41.070: Concealed pistol license; WAC 308-500-010: Semiautomatic assault rifle fee For instance, it is illegal to carry a switchblade or any sort of spring knife even with a concealed pistol license. We must take the time to bring correct outdated, wrong, and unfair laws and enforcement abuses through our democratic process. Does anyone know if it is legal to conceal a fixed blade push knife? Very few, if any crimes were committed with such “weapons”. If not, then it would also be true that “anyone can get a knife – of any kind – on any street corner in any city,” so long as you’re considering illegal knives and illegal transfers as well. Before you plan for carrying or possessing any knives outside, know the laws first. .? A knife that is legal to carry in Spokane may not be in Seattle. You can tell me as a father, I can give my 5 yr old a knife. HB33 legalizes the possession, transfer and carrying of automatic knives (switchblades). Illegal: It is illegal to cover carry any dangerous weapon. Do you mean Serrated! And carrying concealed seems the best way to carry them. The Chesapeake State is not only in close proximity to the Washington, D.C., but it is the home to one of the most violent cities in America, Baltimore, which reported 98.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents in 2018. ” or with a blade that opens, falls, or is ejected by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal movement (spinning the knife).” doesn’t include balisongs? I’m surprised to see you can’t even protect yourself in your backyard in WA State. The answer is yes. There is no specific length limit in state law, fixed or folding, which is unfortunately not preemptive. I would be surprised if any retailer sold to a minor just out of caution (and liability insurance premiums). They’re both wrong. ", http://monderno.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/dynamis-blade-01.jpg, It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife, It is legal to own a disguised knife, such as a lipstick or belt buckle, It is illegal to conceal carry any dangerous weapon, It is illegal to open or conceal carry any weapon into a Courtroom, State v. Smith, 93 P.3d 877 (2003 Wash. We need to be allowed to carry larger knives to protect ourselves from them! This sad-sack state has even made it a crime to dispose of one, so you’ll be a criminal if you throw your illegal knife away, weld it shut or chop it up. In 1995, in State v. Myles, the Supreme Court of Washington discussed the use of the word “furtively” in the conceal carry statute. It’s legal to carry most any handgun concealed, but most knives can’t be carried concealed? Additionally, no-good, untrustworthy civilians employed by a knife maker or distributor of knives are allowed to possess the banned types for testing and demonstration. Possibly illegal for the adult to buy them for me? Its closed length is 3 inches; its handle appears to be mother-of-pearl. I also observed a guy with a hand gun holstered (not concealed) walking around FredMeyers without anyone saying a thing, so are they saying that I could walk around a public store with a unconcealed hand gun but not a unconcealed knife in a sheath ??? A knife is a tool, nothing more or less. In Washington, your concealed license just covers pistols. For the love of liberty, PLEASE stop being paranoid! No, because there are city-wide laws (Seattle, for example) that would prohibit that. It be legal because he isn’t carrying it in a harmful way. With two caveats; they must be able to recognize it as a sheath to a knife. The latch is a necessary part of the knife, to keep it from opening until you want it to. We love and respect the good ones and make them heros in our movies and extoll them in our headlines. Carry concealed at your own risk! With a single or a double edge. The court shall send notice of the revocation to the department of licensing, and the city, town, or county which issued the license. Certain public welfare offices get really bent the hell out of shape when you teach a 9 year old how to use a kitchen knife, let alone give them a pocket knife at that age. . Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as they say. Is he in deep doo-doo if some punks come along and try to accost or rob him and he pulls his sword out to poke some holes in the punks? I have been to many types of faires where multiple people are carrying around dirks, daggers, axes and a variety of swords……..personally, I haven’t a problem with such an environment but isn’t that still breaking the law? A handful of states have introduced legislation recently to repeal knife laws that ban some types of knives, a trend that has been taking place around the country in recent years. The blade opens on a single pivot which can easily snap off. In the state of Washington, it is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or any kind of stabbing knife; a bowie knife; a stiletto; a disguised knife; and even throwing stars. Springblade knives as defined under the RCW signed into law in 2012, are currently considered to be auto knives. Basically, anything that is there to keep a knife blade closed is OK, but it is NOT legal to have something that will assist OPENING the blade. Assisted openers like a benchmade that I own don’t fall under that category therefore are legal to possess and transport within state boundaries. So what are they?! Go live in Canada! Re: Washington State Knife Laws Post by bladebum » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:20 am I haven't seen any specific in the WA State laws, BUT, # 2 below is always the gray area, got ya clause. Washington State is an exemplar of restrictive laws on the ownership and use of arms, and knives are no exception. I’m not kidding. I’m looking to purchase a Boker Plus Urban Trapper 01BO730. If you live in one of the 50 states, the federal law would only apply to you if you are traveling from one state to another or if you are entering federal property, such as a military base. Washington Knife Laws. As long as it isnt a switchblade youre fine …I have even seen knives for sale on Craigslist in the collectable section. But if they don’t cut, is it still a knife? What about Kershaw’s assisted open blades? But you can still buy them. What if the knife or gun is holstered or carried in a sheath on the belt? You kind of just defeated yourself with your circular saw analogy. Seattle generally prohibits the carry of a fixed blade knife. A handful of states have introduced legislation recently to repeal knife laws that ban some types of knives, a trend that has been taking place around the country in recent years. A knife on your hip is perfectly fine. Depends on city and county mostly. Senate Bill 6179 and House Bill 2347 would clarify the definition of a switchblade so as to not include assisted-opening knives that are currently adversely interpreted as being illegal in the state. A butterfly knife, also called a Balisong knife, is considered dangerous and illegal in some states because it can be easily used as a deadly weapon. Court documents revealed the suspect, Andre Conway, used a "large machete knife" to stab 35-year … Led by the efforts of 2012 Knife Rights Freedom’s Point Award winner Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, a bipartisan “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, has been introduced by Washington State Senator Hans Zeiger.It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.” Let’s not resort to name-calling! State law doesn’t care. It was kind of a shock being that I was caring it like I would if I was out camping. I’ve seen karambits that fold and that are fixed. Ultimately I don’t care much about freedoms to carry guns and knives as much as the freedom to worship my God. Washington Knife Laws? In Seattle, a custodial parent or guardian may provide you a knife before you turn 18–just ask them to buy it for you. 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