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Can Anyone Help Me With Washington Knife Laws?

Discussion in 'Firearm Laws & Legal' started by L84Cabo, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. L84Cabo

    L84Cabo Orcas Island, WA Well-Known Member

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    I realize this is the FIREARMS legal section but gun owners usually have a handle on the knife laws as well. Mods, please move or delete this if you feel it's necessary.

    Questions...and/or please feel free to redirect me if there is a good source for this info:

    Is it legal to carry a fixed blade knife in the state of Washington? If so, does it need to be visible or can it be concealed...like on your belt under your shirt?

    Are there any limitations on blade lengths?

    Do any cities have restrictions? Like you can carry a fixed blade knife everywhere except Seattle (just an example)

    I am assuming that auto knives are illegal in Washington?

    I guess I should ask if there are any restrictions on folders?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    I had answers 30 seconds after reading this by doing a simple internet search. You need to start working on finding answers not asking others to do your work for you.
    There are several variables you did not provide in order to get a qualified answer.
     
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  3. L84Cabo

    L84Cabo Orcas Island, WA Well-Known Member

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    But if I did that, then I wouldn't have the joy of pissing you off. :D

    One of the main reasons I asked is because when it comes to knives there can be local/city ordinances and there usually isn't a central repository that captures all the variations.

    But honestly man, nobody is putting a gun to your head, forcing you to respond. If my post is so problematic and aggravating for you, all you have to do is ignore the post and go on with your life. In fact, you should probably add me to your "ignore list" so you won't be traumatized by any of my postings ever again.

    Have nice evening sir.
     
  4. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    I am not a lawyer and we all should know about the dangers of taking legal advice over the internet.

    last time I checked auto knives were illegal in Washington state.
    And as you noted L84Cabo , many local and city ordinances can and will vary.
    It behooves you to do as you are doing and checking with all sources to be aware of what is what.
    In Bellingham , the largest town near me , it boils down to the officers discretion.
    Which may or may not work in your favor at any given time.

    When not teaching at school , I often carry a fixed bladed knife.
    It is a smaller knife with a blade length of around 3 inches.
    That being said I am guilty of not checking into the laws or various ordinances very often.
    But as I have yet to run into trouble , I do not worry to much about it.
    So my post does run the risk of being a "Do as I say , not as I do" posting ... LOL
    Andy
     
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  5. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Knife laws will also vary from town to town & perhaps county to county.

    Don't rely solely on state rules. As far as I know, there is no preemption regarding knife regulations.
     
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  6. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    If I drive south 3 miles then a fixed blade is illegal (any length) unless it is in a tool box, hunting bag etc AND you are on the way there or back.

    Where I live fixed blades are ok (dang, I want to say 5" max but I carry a 3" so never look into it) but you can not conceal them.

    City trumps county law.
    County trumps State.
    Because of the above, State law is almost irrelevant.

    There is an interactive website that has the break down on what is legal where in each state but I can't remember the name - should come up as the first few sites in a knife law search.


    Personally, I have a 3" folding Kershaw that is an "assisted opener" so it's legal and I haven't found a town that restricts that length to less then 3" so I figure I just stick with one knife when I leave the house.


    Sort of funny story, my wife was very confused when the fixed blade 3" knife she got me kept getting taken off my neck and replaced with that old folder. I told her about the why's and she about had a melt down about how I could carry a gun anywhere I wanted but not a knife because it's a fixed blade and not a folder.

    Funny thing to me is once open, my folder and fixed blade are identical in length, width etc.

    You will have to provide your city/s and county's if you want a specific answer.
     
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  7. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  8. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You'll do well here newbie! How about a group hug?
     
  9. L84Cabo

    L84Cabo Orcas Island, WA Well-Known Member

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    Woohooo! Group hug! Usually you gotta pay extra for those! :p

    I may also need to borrow your avatar in the very near future! ;-)
     
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  10. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    NOOOOO!

    People keep switching thier avatars and I have a hard time with some names so all of y'all quit that carp out!!!!:confused::eek:
     
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  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    All you had to do was back click and go away. No need to be that way,answer his question or shut up,amiright?
    So there is no pre-emptive clause for knoves. Any city can make their own rules. But mostly you can carry a 3.5 inch? most anywhere, in your pocket out of sight. Some cities have length restrictions,some dont.
    A fixed blade knife must be visible, you can nor cover it with a shirt or coat.
    So I can piss a few off,I refuse to link a citation :eek:
    :D
    Mostly,don't do stupid stuff with your knife and nobody will GAF;)
     
  12. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ha!! You said carp:p:p:p:p:p:p
    20 years from now it will be "Carp, its whats for dinner"
    Speaking of fish. Is pakin a filet knife around legal?
     
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  13. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    FYI- I'm NOT Jewish. o_O;)
     
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  14. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    ROF!!
     
  15. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    The length of a folder is the 'easy' part of the equation. The 'hard' part of this equation is what exactly constitutes 'concealed carry'. All of those laws regarding folding knife length are specific to concealed carry. So what does concealed carry mean? If you're carrying your folding knife clipped to the inside of your pocket with the top part of the knife visible to external view, is that concealed? Unfortunately this is a grey area; only the judge can say. I have yet to see any definitive definition in any state that indicates without ambiguity if a pocket clipped folding knife is 'concealed' or 'not concealed'. This ambiguity, just like much gun law, seems to be exactly what the government intends. They want us to be confused and scared. And whatever you do, don't ask a cop if something is legal or not. Cops aren't judges or layers.

    -Thirtycal
     
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  16. Mor4us

    Mor4us pnw Well-Known Member

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    Maybe we should all just face the fact that everything is illegal and go from there?

    With the myriad of laws that is now approaching 100,000+ research has shown me that at anytime most people are breaking at least 3.

    Seriously, everyone on this board should watch this video and then consider how to live their lives:

     
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  17. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That is not true as I understand it.

    You can not clip a 5" folder to the outside of your pocket and still be legal in Vancouver City.

    ANY folding knife over 3.00" is illegal regardless of where it is carried in the city limits.
     
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  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I believe the 3asy part is the concealed/not concealed part.
    Having a folder in your pocket is not a concealed weapon. They way you get in trouble is pulling out a huge folder in front of the wrong cop in the wrong town.
    Back in P.A. or Sequim, not a problem. Seattle or ,I guess Vancouver, then there is a problem.
    Fixed blades are considered concealed weapons when they are under your shirt or coat. Don't believe fixed blades are in Wa
    If I wasn't on the phone still,I would find the legislation
     
  19. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Group Hug??

    What the Hell happened to this testosterone fueled bunch of manly types?!?!

    Guess I better go in and shave before I post again!

    Probably should pour out the Rose' wine & get a bourbon. After I shave, of course!

    You boys have a good Friday night, ya hear?
     
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  20. revjen45

    revjen45 Snohomish County Well-Known Member

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    Group hugs are for wimps. it's gotta be a a big wet kiss involving everybody or nothing! :p Mmmmm
     
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