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WTK Automatic / Switchblades Knives WA State - Legal to carry them?

Discussion in 'Knives & Other Discussion' started by redbos99, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. redbos99

    redbos99 Seattle Member

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    Hi,

    Still new to WA, used to be from a "Law Heavy" east coast state. So, i see them for sale, can I carry/own Automatic/Assisted knives here in WA legal? Is ok to have one on my person while out and about at the local grocery store?

    Thanks
    Will
     
  2. YelloEye

    YelloEye Snohomish County Member

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    Welcome,

    Assisted open knives are ok to carry but switchblades and butterfly knives are not. I recall reading about an exception for military and law enforcement but can't seem to find it. Also believe ownership is ok. Rooting around the RCW website would probably turn up something.

    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.250
     
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  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    The exemptions to 9.41.250 can be found in 9.41.251.

    You can also see what the "punishment" is IF you are caught carrying, and the LEO chooses to do something about it, by reading the law with the links in it.

    I have carried mine for many years and never had any negative response. The 9.41.251 is a fairly new exemption, which I do fall under now. On a reality level cops have much more critical things to do then to mess with guy in a store with a knife. Now if you get in "trouble" for doing something else odds are you will get charged with every little thing they can find.
     
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  4. YelloEye

    YelloEye Snohomish County Member

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    Thanks for that!
     
  5. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    So I guess these are out - pretty cool little knife.

    [video=youtube;85pwrD2dSqs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85pwrD2dSqs[/video]
     
  6. KREATURE

    KREATURE North Seattle New Member

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    SMC 12A.14.080 Unlawful use of weapons.

    It is unlawful for a person knowingly to:

    A. Sell, manufacture, purchase, possess or carry any blackjack, sand-club, metal knuckles, switchblade knife, chako sticks, or throwing stars; or

    B. Carry concealed or unconcealed on his or her person any dangerous knife, or carry concealed on his or her person any deadly weapon other than a firearm; or

    C. Possess a firearm in any stadium or convention center operated by a city, county or other municipality, except that such restriction shall not apply to:

    1. Any pistol in the possession of a person licensed under RCW 9.41.070 or exempt from the licensing requirement by RCW 9.41.060, or

    2. Any showing, demonstration or lecture involving the exhibition of firearms.

    D. Sell or give away to any person under eighteen (18) years of age any dangerous knife or deadly weapon other than a firearm, or for any person under eighteen (18) years of age to purchase any dangerous knife or deadly weapon other than a firearm, or for any person under eighteen (18) years of age to possess any dangerous knife or deadly weapon other than a firearm except when under the direct supervision of an adult.

    Most cops would tell you not to carry it next time, and at worst, confiscate, BUT, if the cop is a jerk, or having a bad day, be careful! I was recently in possession of a blackjack I carried for years, which is legal in WA, but apparently not in Seattle. I even purchased a blackjack in a Seattle store... Even so, an officer that arrived to help me on an unrelated non-emergency call, saw its handstrap hanging out of my pocket and just reached in and pulled it out after asking if it was a dog leash. Anyway, he waited on word on its legality on his radio, and then confiscated it and charged me with "unlawful use of weapons", for which I now have to do community service to keep the charge off of my record and avoid any jail time. I know another man who experienced the same, but with a switchblade, and knife. Oddly enough, you can buy one at just about any gas station.
     
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  7. chase

    chase Wilsonville, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The only state that they are legal in is Oregon. Hence a lot of big knife manufactures are here. As long as it shows its not considered a concealed wepon.
     
  8. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    From the RCW's:
    In other words, even a knife that opens on it's own just by gravity is illegal, let alone a spring blade knife.
     
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  9. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    Yup I worked at Benchmade for 4 years and have a couple cool things still.