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.
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October 15th, 2012 05:16 PM
RE: WA State Laws (I can avoid Seattle :D )
Originally Posted by Bonesnofoa
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.
July 16th, 2013 02:41 PM
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".
Originally Posted by ssfootball53
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.
July 16th, 2013 02:52 PM
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November 12th, 2015 09:54 PM
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.
November 12th, 2015 10:09 PM
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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