New member with a Open Carry (knife) question

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    New member with a Open Carry (knife) question

    I have been looking around online the past couple of days and haven't found anything concrete on this so I was hoping someone here would know.

    I am just curious if anyone knows if there are any laws against open carrying a fixed blade (7" blade 12" overall) knife in Spokane, WA?

    The only thing I can find is the restrictions for Seattle, which obviously doesn't help me.


    Any help is appreciated!

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    Try to widen your search to state level. Then narrow if you find anything specific. I can't imagine there would be a law but I have no proof and don't live in your state. Hopefully someone can cite something for you.

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    You might want to pose your question to your state Attorney General Office
    http://www.atg.wa.gov/ContactUs.aspx



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    Maybe this site would have an answer:

    KNIFE LAWS of the 50 STATES - Introduction and LINKS
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfcmb View Post
    Maybe this site would have an answer:

    KNIFE LAWS of the 50 STATES - Introduction and LINKS
    I would be a bit leery of the information on this site. I checked the Wisconsin information on this site and it is misleading and not totally accurate. I strongly suggest you contact your state Attorney General Office for solid information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowman View Post
    You might want to pose your question to your state Attorney General Office
    Contact Us(1)
    Thanks that was my next step, although I was going to call, I didn't even think about e-mail - thanks

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    Looks like you're good to carry unless you exhibit it in a threatening manner.


    "RCW 9.41.270 Weapons apparently capable of producing bodily harm — Unlawful carrying or handling — Penalty —Exceptions.

    (1) It shall be unlawful for anyperson to carry, exhibit, display, or draw anyfirearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or anyother weapon apparently capable of producing bodilyharm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a timeand placethateither manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for thesafetyofother persons.

    (2) Anyperson violating the provisionsof subsection (1) above shall be guiltyof a grossmisdemeanor. If anyperson is convicted ofa violation of subsection (1) ofthissection, theperson shall lose his or her concealed pistol license, ifany. The court shall send notice ofthe revocation to the department of licensing, and the city, town, or countywhich issued the license.

    (3) Subsection (1) ofthis section shall not apply to or affectthe following:

    (a) Anyact committed bya person while in his or her place of abodeor fixed place of business;

    (b) Anyperson who byvirtue ofhis or her office or publicemployment is vested bylaw with a duty to preservepublic safety, maintain publicorder, or to make arrests for offenses, whilein the performance ofsuch duty;

    (c) Any person acting for the purpose ofprotecting himself or herselfagainstthe use of presently threatened unlawful force byanother, or for the purpose of protecting another against theuse ofsuch unlawful forceby a third person;

    (d) Anyperson making or assisting in making a lawful arrest for the commission ofa felony; or

    (e) Any person engaged in militaryactivities sponsored bythe federal or stategovernments.

    [1994 sp.s. c 7 § 426; 1969 c8 § 1.]"

    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.270

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    Use that site first for any questions you have. Those are state statutes for Washington. You may still want to check with municipalities to see if they have more strict laws. But for the most part you should be good. IANAL.

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    You could call the Police Department and if there is an ordinance about blade length they can give you the ordinance number
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    I moved away from Spokane in '93 and at the time there was no problem with OC'ing my Buck knife. But things change so check out current state and local statutes more so than past experience
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    WA State has a preemption law for firearms regulations, but not "other weapons", so you'll need to check with the Spokane County Sheriff, as well as the Spokane PD.
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