Hahaha! This is just a comment that shows anger and bias. ), State v. Haley, 665 P.2d 1375 (1983 Wash. Please help the next generation learn how to fend for themselves and help others at a younger age than I did! Depends on judge/ jury I guess. In some states, including Tennessee and Washington, the laws regarding these knives are a gray area, as the legality of them depends on whether or not they are classified as switchblades. Usually, it is the local city ordinances that get you. Also, what do you suggest is the best type of knife to carry for self-defense purposes, legally? I would not refer to an “ordinary” slip joint pocket knife as a weapon should one be stopped. HB33 legalizes the possession, transfer and carrying of automatic knives (switchblades). I mushroom hunt in the woods and prefer a kitchen knife to cut them off.? Although knives are popular as collectibles, tools, and self-defense weapons, carrying a knife or owning certain types of knives may be illegal under state or federal law. A very popular type of knife right now is the assisted opening knife. Demand to carry larger knifes to offset their bullcrap! That about sums it up. The local courts may or may not consider it a criminal act. 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. The effective date of HB33 is September 18, 2013. I was looking to buy a stiletto but are they legal or not. I hear you man. 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). 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). Alarm can probably be considered pretty loosely. I sometimes make custom weapons and armor. Since then 594 and 1639 (93?) Stay in the eastern, more sensical and conservative side, and you should be fine. 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. Additionally, since the passage of I-594, private sales of legal firearms between legal owners requires a background check. If I can carry a gun, I should be able to carry a 2″ knife. Most laws about non-firearm weapons are by state, with very few existing at the Federal level. Pete. 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. Legal or illegal. So the question becomes not whether a convicted felony can carry a knife in Washington - but - whether A PERSON can carry a knife in Washington? There is no specific length limit in state law. I own a folding pocket knife and the blade is less than 4 inches when unfolded. 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” ? You wanna cite the code there? (e) Any person engaged in military activities sponsored by the federal or state governments. if i have a less than or equal to 5″ ka-bar knife and it has to be open carry,which I have the sheathe, could i still use the transit or walk down the street without a cop stopping me? It is unlawful for anyone to possess a “switchblade” within the District. Just possessing a knife like a balisong or a throwing knife would cause some alarm to people who aren’t accustomed to it or find carrying weapons wrong and could easily lead to an arrest whether or not any intent whatsoever was shown. So a knife on your belt in summer is ok, but come fall or evening or that matter, you slip on a jacket . I came to this Website really to find out the “Length” of knives that are legal to carry. I don’t have a super good answer, but I do know this: it depends on which fair in which state. I can conceal a 3 foot long katana. So if you have a switchblade with a sick skin and dull it, is it still illegal? (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. RCW 9.41.250 has been amended, stating that an assist open knife is not considered a spring blade. While I don’t think an evil dictatorship is a good thing, I also don’t see freedom on this earth per se, as a virtue to be sought after with blood and fury. (but that depends on the interpretation of the judge. I have an SOG knife that I’m wanting to sell. on your belt is fine. Although I find this same problem, I don’t know what “Alarm” would entail or “concealment” because I might have it in a sheath or holster of some sort (holster referencing sheaths that resemble a gun holster, not a literal holster). Also the switch blade l aw is kind of hard to beleave. But if they don’t cut, is it still a knife? Being against Nazis is a good thing. Also in 1994, the Court held, in State v. Byrd, that because the display of a weapon in a manner that caused reasonable fear or alarm could be done without intent, *a violation of the statute did not require intent. They are fighting to get stupid knife laws repealed. By entering your e-mail you consent to subscribe to my newsletter. Jeeze louise. or, or, or. For instance might be illegal to own or possess a switchblade. The latch makes no difference. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force. How old do you have to be to buy a knife in WA? Such local ordinances shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. We’re in washington so offending someone by just having a knife is very easy. But when you have people in office that are afraid of everything a person might own this is the kind of laws you get. Washington State Knife Laws 2019. I have there for protection and intimidation because of crazy people in downtown and at work. 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. I undarstand that it IS legal to carry a switchblade knife if you are law enforcement, a first responder or active duty military in uniform. Might be worth a look in any case. People are so soft; either allow knives with clear restrictions, or don’t allow any at all. (You are certainly talking about legal transfers. Yeah what about Nate G’s 2nd point? 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? As for the carry laws…. Is open carrying a neck knife sold at a Washington state store and bought for the intended use of self defense or use as a tool illegal in the state of Washington? Not disagreeing in the slightest just saying tone it back a little. What are you gonna do ban those? Balisongs/butterfly knives are legal. No spin for the win!) So then I can carry a Gerber MkII on my belt if I stay out of Libtard utopias? Is this legal to carry? Most of my friends have been independent-to-liberal from the start, but all of them, even the ones who used to vote republican, have turned Democrat in disgust at the hypocrisy, corporate toadying, bigotry, and callousness that now drive every trend in the Republican Party. Note that I am not a lawyer, but I would say you’re OK in a camping / hunting environment. The Supreme Court looked to the dictionary for a definition of furtively, which means secretly. (2) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (1) above shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor. Most of these knife laws are simply wrong and probably unconstitutional in many cases. I’m not sure then, what was the point of bearing arms again, if you can only do it inside your own home. Before you plan for carrying or possessing any knives outside, know the laws first. These laws go against the right to keep and especially BEAR arms. Anyone know if there is a legal age requirement for ownership? Guns are exempted if you have a permit and are dropping off or picking up a student. (a) The possession or use of a spring blade knife by a general authority law enforcement officer, firefighter or rescue member, Washington state patrol officer, or military member, while the officer or member: (ii) Is transporting a spring blade knife to or from the place where the knife is stored when the officer or member is not on official duty; or. As a liberal, commie, pinko PROGRESSIVE!!! RCW 9.41.250 - Spring Blade Knife Definition & other state laws on knives. I will say that I have never seen anyone exhibit “alarm” with a knife of mine, even in lefty Seattle. 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. the 2nd amendment has never been interpreted by the courts to guarantee an individual or private right to organize a militia, and in fact it seems to encourage legal regulation of militias. Hey Nathan; Good question – however, the answer can only come from an approved source (like city hall or an attorney in the state of Washington). Ex: yes or no. How many people even know the names of their police chiefs or sheriffs. Local municipalities cannot make knife laws, only the State can. Having said that, I have a hard time following your reasoning. He got himself a super nice knife. I see very little difference between divorce, adultery, fornication, coveting something, and same sex relationships. App. This is more towards Josh’s comment, all of these laws are dumb… and that is the true rub. Illegal: It is illegal to cover carry any dangerous weapon. [2012 c 179 § 1; 2011 c 13 § 1; 2007 c 379 § 1; 19. Washington State is an exemplar of restrictive laws on the ownership and use of arms, and knives are no exception. However, there is a caveat. In 2017, Texas lawmakers repealed a ban on carrying some knives, including the Bowie knife. I’ve been told by a law enforcement officer I know personally that: If they were called by an “alarmed” individual, the officer would most likely just tell the “suspect” to put the weapon away to not scare people. Exemption for immediate occupational use or if you keep it in a toolbox or tool roll. Most likely No harm done. Read some of the case laws you don’t need to intimidate someone they just need to feel intimidated and in seattle a toothpick could do that. Does this mean militias are illegal in WA? In Washington, your concealed license just covers pistols. There are occupational exemptions and for hunting/fishing. On your belt, on your pack. 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. a military base), or live in Washington DC. The juvenile Court found that the knife was a dangerous weapon and convicted Ms. Myles of possession of a dangerous weapon. Yes, it is incredibly subjective. Unless one is actively employed with a law enforcement agency, fire department, emergency medical service (EMT, etc.) Reading Time: 5 minutes Maryland Knife Laws Maryland’s knife laws have been under scrutiny lately. Land of the over regulated and home of the cowards. Seattle has a city ordinance that prohibits concealed weapons of six feet in length. If that freedom is taken away from me (as I feel it will be in the next 30 years or so), I will continue to practice that God-given freedom and mandate in spite of the potentially horrific consequences of doing so! Can I put it in my pocket? I never refer my pocket knife as a weapon. Can you direct me to any supporting documentation on the handicapped exemption? Restrictions on Carry: These are always given in inches. or the military, you cannot even posses one. One question though, does having a concealed weapon permit cover concealed legal knives in WA State? Hey, I’m 14, and I own a couple pocket knives that were bought for me by adult family members, is it illegal for me to own them? It is NOT illegal to carry a concealed pistol in Washington State, so long as you are properly licensed to do so. Nate, it is not illegal to conceal a knife. Nevertheless, they are laws and cannot be broken until the universal populace shows that these are not that dangerous, as they seem to be. I have not read the statute but this is my understanding of Washington State law. (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. Washington State Knife Laws. If you’re so concerned about kids losing the ability to handle tools safely (I can sympathize), then please, get involved in your local school board! Can you tell me the brands and names of the assisted open knives? Correct. Thank you Geoge Orwell and other futuresest. Last week, on January 25, Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs gave testimony at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington, in support of two similar pro-knife bills. Your email address will not be published. Automatic knives are illegal but guns are ok what’s wrong this picture the government is so stupid!!!!! Many venues have repealed these, “no horses on the boardwalk laws”. Before you plan for carrying or possessing any knives outside, know the laws first . 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. 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. The definition of open carry vs. Is it legal to open carry a bowie knife and close carry. Since this sounds ridiculous, and I have been questioned on it, I would like to know how this is cited in the City Ordinances. My wife and I sold knives and swords in the shop we had in the Yard Bird mall. Thanks for voting Democrat! I live in Lynnwood. What about a conceal carry a fixed karambit? So you never mentioned Karambit knives, and I might buy one and am studying the laws about them. Everything the firefighter told you is correct. Also, I agree that if you have a conceal carry for a gun that should cover knives. Concealed is left vague and open to interpretation. There is an ordinance in Seattle prohibiting carry of fixed blade knives regardless of length (SMC 12A.14.080 B “Dangerous Knives”). There are also knives that are designed in such a way that a catch catches on the edge of your pocket and withdrawals the blade as it comes out of the pocket. it is illegal to conceal a dagger or any double edged knife. and yes… open carry laws are a bit screwy here. It be legal because he isn’t carrying it in a harmful way. I prefer fixed blades because I hate folds. My dad says I would be arrested for it though. ", "KnifeUp's series of knife reviews was really helpful. Your email address will not be published. Springblade knives as defined under the RCW signed into law in 2012, are currently considered to be auto knives. Can I legally carry this with me in my pocket in public? Same with the boot. My understanding is that it will depend upon whether you live within the city limits of a city or not. Actually, there was never a reason to even consider making switchblade laws. Wow that is vague and painted with grey area. And specifically said Concealed Weapon Permit. If you are a knife owner, you must … The court shall send notice of the revocation to the department of licensing, and the city, town, or county which issued the license. Washington D.C. has its own local laws governing knives, even though it is a federal district. Had a friend make a coustom fixed blade. It accomplishes little to argue with ignorant law enforcement personnel. I will never SPAM you. We need to be allowed to carry larger knives to protect ourselves from them! Many cities have a length limit. Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as they say. A pocket knife as defined by Wikipedia is a foldable knife with one or more blades that fit inside the handle that can still fit in a pocket. That is my soap box for today. One of the firemen came up to me and told me that I should conceal “that pig sticker” before a police officer see’s it, because it is illegal to carry. 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. with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon." With a single or a double edge. For a fact, when I managed a convieneince (sic) store in the back side of Graham in Peirce county, policy was nobody under the legal drinking age could buy a pocket knife, and we had dozens on display but kept under lock and key and away from easy reach. The truth of the matter is, Washington has some rather confusing knife laws that seem lenient but under certain circumstances can be very strict. If there were no gun or knives people would use whatever will work whether that be glass bottle, a motor vehicle, baseball bat, fork you name it, it can prob be used to inflict damage upon another person. 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. In Seattle, a custodial parent or guardian may provide you a knife before you turn 18–just ask them to buy it for you. (1) Every person who: (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 (c) Uses any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm unless the suppressor is legally registered and possessed in accordance with federal law, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW. Court documents revealed the suspect, Andre Conway, used a "large machete knife" to stab 35-year … The idea that that some weapons are “bad” because certain types of “bad” people use them (like 1930s gangsters used Tommy guns), and that their possession and use can be prevented by laws (to which only the law-abiding adhere), is a sad one that goes back a long time. I purposely acquired a knife with a blade of 2.95 inches, to stay below the full 3 inch threshold requirement of my city. a) “Military member” means an active member of the United States military or naval forces, or a Washington national guard member called to active duty or during training. The only difference is that you seem to think that other peoples freedoms should be infringed upon as they aren’t what you are interested in. Though, you did ask this 4 years ago. I know Seattle has a specific ordinance requiring you to be 18. Ultimately I don’t care much about freedoms to carry guns and knives as much as the freedom to worship my God. Conclusion on Washington State Knife Laws. So is this saying you can’t carry a knife around unless in your own home? Where is DC? .? 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. I might accidentally intimidate a liberal commie and get into trouble if I use a knife. Stores aren’t required to check your legality to own. If you don’t like legal speak, here are the basics of what knives are legal under Alabama knife laws. And carrying concealed seems the best way to carry them. When I was 40 and strong as an ox I could carry a knife on an airplane. When i was a deputy sheriff in Arizona, I would have loved to have such a tool, as it can be opened with one hand (valuable in many emergency situations). Would that be illegal? Knife Law Overview. 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. Security freaked out when the xray scanners saw it. (c) Uses any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm unless the suppressor is legally registered and possessed in accordance with federal law, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW. It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington. Belt cutter and window blade would help, too. If you live within the city limits of a city, you will need to check the local ordinances online, to be sure. In this state I used to have a concealed weapon license but Washington State has since changed that to a Concealed Pistol license. But there is no statewide pre-emption of knife laws. Guess if I ever hunt in Washington I’ll have to clean with a sharp hatchet. When I spoke to my local court system about it, seeing as I owned one, I showed him my knife (he was willing to come out to my truck to see it), and he told me it was fully legal to EDC. (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. I’m very “late” joining this discussion, but it has been mentioned that belt carry for a fixed blade, is not considered concealed in most Washington state locations (excluding the outright prohibition in Seattle.) What about karambit’s? All conceal carry is illegal. Permits will be issued to residents and non-residents but it may take some time for these changes to be implemented. 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