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Knives in Washington State

This is a discussion on Knives in Washington State within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Bonesnofoa After looking through my little green book of laws i can only find a ban on switchblades. RCW 9.41.250 Dangerous weapons ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesnofoa View Post
    After looking through my little green book of laws i can only find a ban on switchblades.

    RCW 9.41.250
    Dangerous weapons — Penalty — Exemption for law enforcement officers.

    (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, or any knife the blade of which 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;

    (b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon; or
    RE: WA State Laws (I can avoid Seattle :D )

    Since this is an old post, the laws may have changed (did in the case of assisted knives) but regardless, I see two issues here.

    1) What is legal to carry that might be concealed (i.e. pocket knife) AND
    2) What might be carried out in the open (i.e. not concealed)

    What if someone has a spring assisted knife that is, say has a 4" blade. But say the knife is kept in the open, outside of a pocket, and perhaps just hanging from a belt loop. Would that be legal or illegal? What specific law is being violated, if you think it's illegal?

    The law for penalties says "furtively" with intent to conceal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssfootball53 View Post
    I've been reading up on the topic of carrying a knife in washington and have more questions than when I started. What is legal and what isn't? Can I have any type of knife in my home? I am just confused and need some clarification.
    Each locale may have their own clarifications of the laws, such as Auburn had a restriction of 2-1/2" last time I checked, I was actually arrested for a keychain sword from the parade that was 2-3/4".

    The biggest issue with most knife laws is the defendant bears the burden of proof....doesn't really sound like innocent until proven guilty to me. But also the federal laws at the end of the list of what you can't conceal is the statement "with the intent to display aggressively or cause bodily harm" quite a few beat charges (often for basic pocket or utility knives) with this. Seems to me this is why the burden of proof is now on the defendant, guilty until you can prove you are innocent.

    Some hard line exceptions to when allowed to carry though. In many cities/states you can not have ANY knife on school property, and the penalties can be severe. And you are not allowed to have ANY knife on federal property, or even carry your cigarettes in any more. I believe I saw someone got a friendly guard who handled an accidental oversight to this reasonably, they got VERY lucky because it is a very strict law.

    Best advice I have heard is, "If you don't plan on needing it don't carry it." Knives especially have a tendency not to be placed on your property list and to vanish if taken into custody for any reason. Refusal to sign the property sheet because it isn't placed on it means nothing, kiss your knife goodbye.

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    Thought I'd resurrect this as times/laws change and I'll be heading to Seattle next week. Anybody have any new input? A Google search was quite conflicting.

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    Leave your switch blades or auto-open knives at home in Washington State. Also leave assisted-open and anything over 3.5 inches at home if you are in Seattle.
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