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knife laws making my head spin

Discussion in 'Knives & Other Discussion' started by MichaelJ, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Vancouver, WA Member

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    I have been searching google and found too much information. I live in vancouver washington and work in portland, or. What type of knife can I legally carry in both places? what is considered NOT concealed. Ive seen the laws but I can't understand them with out a lawyer. Even then they would probably say its there best interpretation and isn't 100% lol. Can anyone answer these questions for me to the best of your knowledge...

    What knife is legal to carry in both vancouver & portland not concealed?

    What has to be done for a knife to not be concealed?

    Also for fun, are there any restrictions on knives in my home in washington?

    Thanks
     
  2. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    I am not sure on Wa laws, but in Or there is no length limit on knives. Also you may carry a switch blade, dagger, or some other knife that is opened by centrifugal force as long as it is not concealed. A lot of police officers do not really know that law and think that is it illegal to carry butterfly knifes, stilettos, et alia, but as long as it is not concealed you are fine. Make sure if you do conceal a knife in Or, that you can articulate to an officer that it is a "pocket knife." As long as the knife clip is visible, then the knife is not concealed. This is where the law gets fuzzy as there is not a good definition on what exactly a "pocket knife" is. While I was volunteering with the Portland Police I asked a lot about the knife laws and read up on it to confirm what the police were saying was true. I hope that cleared up a little bit on the Or laws.
     
  3. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Vancouver, WA Member

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    Thanks..I have a mini multi tool on my key chain..is this illegal since there is no clip showing or is there a distinction for multi tools?
     
  4. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    One could consider that to be a pocket knife so you should not have any problems carrying it concealed.
     
  5. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Balisongs, switch blades or any knife that opens by gravity, spring action or a wrist flick is illegal in WA.

     
  6. Captin Reload

    Captin Reload Washinton New Member

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    I stopped by the Clark County Court house today and spoke with a sheriff's deputy about knife laws and any preemptions clause dealing with state laws.

    No preemptions from the state, "it is what it is where ever you are" That was his Answer to me.

    Though one thing during this whole conversation he sure seemed to be inconvenienced by having to talked to me.

    So my conclusion for a grab n stab thats legal state wide is a 3 inch blade.
     
  7. JohnnyCauc

    JohnnyCauc Portland, OR Member

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    Merely advice (and obviously opinion):
    Do not ask LEOs about legalities. Talk to a lawyer.
     
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  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    No on balisongs and switch blades in WA.
    And a fixed blade has to be open carried,not hidden by a coat or shirt.
    Pocket knives,I believe as stated are 'supposed' to be under 3",but even in CA,they don't care if you ain't an idiot.