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Oregon law - dirk, dagger, etc.

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That's what I was asking. I haven't been to a gun show there in a months. But a couple years ago, I went to several (Portland and Hillsboro) and they're were people selling switchblades and stilettos at those shows. Both of which are illegal to even own in Washington and California, and in Oregon, would not be easily open carried.
 
I talked to a deputy DA about this specifically. She said, "The answer is complex," meaning it is open to interpretation. She then went on a rather lengthy explanation. If you get arrested, the arresting officer will use his best determination as to whether there is a crime and, if so, will charge you. Then the DA will decide whether to keep those charges, amend them or drop them based on the report or PC affidavit. The law is open to interpretation, use your best judgement... and obviously the attitude of your local law enforcement and DA's office will vary from location to location, big cities vs small rural counties, etc... good luck
 

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That's what I was asking. I haven't been to a gun show there in a months. But a couple years ago, I went to several (Portland and Hillsboro) and they're were people selling switchblades and stilettos at those shows. Both of which are illegal to even own in Washington and California, and in Oregon, would not be easily open carried.
The law hasn't changed. Both of those blades are legal to own and to open carry. You just can't conceal carry them. Typically, a pocket clip showing is enough to be classified as open carry.
 

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is this a new law? how are they legally selling switch blades and stilettos at Oregon gun shows?
Sales and ownership are legal. "Concealed" carry is not. "Open carry" is legal.
Think about concealed carry vs open carry of a firearm. If the handgun and holster is totally hidden inside your pocket, but a pocket clip attached to the holster is visible outside your pocket, is the firearm concealed or not? It is not an argument I would be comfortable making at my trial. It could be a clip for a phone case, a knife, a holster, an ink pen, a tire gauge or a flashlight.
The main question is, was the fact that it was a knife 'open and obvious' to the LEO who interacted with you. If he testifies that he thought it was a flashlight clip, you are in big trouble.
The statement that as long as the pocket clip is visible, you are good to go, is a thought that has been circulated on multiple knife forums for many many years. In reality, it will not pass a legal test.
 
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It’s probable that dirk and dagger were intended to refer only to the fixed-blade variant, and your Kershaw assisted-opener employs a torsion bar, not a spring, so you should be good to go even if it’s concealed. However, without dirk/dagger defined in the statutes a judge can probably make that mean whatever he/she wants until your defense attorney can prove otherwise at your (significant) expense...
 
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In Idaho a concealed weapons license applies to any dirk, dirk knife, bowie knife, dagger, pistol, revolver or any other deadly or dangerous weapon.

I'm required by Idaho law to tell you that we are full. ;) PS. we can carry all that stuff without a license.
 

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