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    Knife carry

    Since ill be moving there in march (whidbey Island) I'm just getting a head start on the laws out that way. I've searched around and found some information on it, but I'm still a little unclear. I can carry a knife with a blade shorter than 3 1/2in and it will be alright, but can i carry a survival knife with a 7in blade in its sheath hanging from my belt?

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    Is this relevant to this web site...?
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    its a defensive weapon i carry, it has laws just as my guns do, so i say yes, i believe it is relevant to this site. So why not go to the site i believe will give me the best information.
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    WA prohibits switchblade or blades mechanically opened. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.250

    There is no state preemption for knives. No length restrictions on the state level.

    Most municipals have some sort of knife prohibition, you will want to look for those.

    Seattle is 3.5" length, foldable only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grim_Night View Post
    Is this relevant to this web site...?
    Well, the state constitution doesn't specify that we only have a right to bear guns. It says arms, which could be anything from a pointy stick to a laser cannon (once someone invents one small enough to be man-portable, anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grim_Night View Post
    Is this relevant to this web site...?
    Is he going to open carry the knife? Then yes.
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    Re: Knife carry

    Quote Originally Posted by amzbrady View Post
    Is he going to open carry the knife? Then yes.
    Actually, seeing as how we can't talk about carrying long guns... we discuss topics pertaining to open carry of handguns specifically. I personally wouldn't carry a knife openly on a regular basis. But, that is my own personal feeling on what I would want to do. As long as you know the laws, it's your right to do as you please. It is still a relatively free country after all.

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    Knives don't have preemption so what is legal in one jurisdiction may be illegal in another and I believe many municipalities have ordinances prohibiting various types and lengths, personal research is required. Me I would rather carry a handgun, the laws are actually easier to determine.

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    Knives get into a weird area for laws. Some areas have restrictions, others don't. I know Seattle considers knives over 3.5inches or fixed blades "dangerous knives" which it prohibits. Port Orchard, where I am, has copied the "Dangerous Knives" definition, but puts no restrictions on carrying the "Dangerous Knives"... So you'll just have to scour the laws of any areas you plan on going to.
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    How many of the municipal laws regarding the carry of dangerous weapons merely restrict the concealing of these weapons on one's person.

    I've always had the same question. Is it legal for me to carry my 7-1/2" K-Bar openly?. Right there on my belt along with my pistol and spare ammo? Wonder which weapon is considered more "dangerous"? My pistol or my knife?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    How many of the municipal laws regarding the carry of dangerous weapons merely restrict the concealing of these weapons on one's person.

    I've always had the same question. Is it legal for me to carry my 7-1/2" K-Bar openly?. Right there on my belt along with my pistol and spare ammo? Wonder which weapon is considered more "dangerous"? My pistol or my knife?
    Inanimate objects one is not more dangerous than the other. Although some hoplophobes may consider one more "dangerous". It is up to us to educate them.
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    It's been said above, but bears clarification: Seattle prohibts the carrying of a fixed blade knife OF ANY LENGTH. Since pre-emption to the state level only applies to guns, municipalities can make any law they wish WRT knives.

    Washington issues a Concealed Pistol License, so with or without a permit, it doesn't apply to knives.
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    I really need to finish that book I started on this subject....

    FYI - most cities just follow state law, some have created their own codes.

    Woodinville, Wenatche & Kennewick - one cannot carry a knife into a bar...


    Knife Laws in Washington
    RCW 9.41.250 -Dangerous Weapons
    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.250
    (1) Every person who:
    (a) Manufactures, sells, or disposes of or possesses any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement;
    (b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon; or
    (c) Uses any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm (July 2011 law changed for suppressors)
    is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.

    RCW 9.41.270 - Weapons apparently capable of producing bodily harm
    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.270

    All Washington City Codes:
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    State/City - Law Chapter - Legal Yes/No Folder Length - Wording edited to fit.

    Washington - 9.41.250 9.41.270 - Yes None - See State Law. No Blade Length defined in WA Law.

    Bainbridge Island - 9.10.040 Y < 3" - Carry any knife, sword, dagger or other cutting or stabbing instrument, with a blade of a length of three inches or more

    Camas - 9.28.065 - Yes 3.5" - knife having a blade more than three and one-half inches in length

    Cheny - 9A.07.020 - Yes ? - carry concealed upon his person any knife (other than an ordinary pocket knife)

    Edmonds - 5.24.012 - Y <3.5" knife having a blade more than three and one-half inches

    Ephrata - 9.22.020 - Y <4" with a blade of a length of four or more inches

    Everett - 10.78.010 - Y <3" - Dangerous knife” means any knife having a blade more than three inches in length

    Federal Way - 6-138 - Y <3" - knife, sword, dagger or other cutting or stabbing instrument, with a blade of a length of three inches or more

    Lake Forest Park - 9.06.020 - Y ? - Weapons prohibited in the municipal courtroom with a blade length of three or longer.

    Lynnwood - 10.52.020 - Y <3.5" - knife having a blade more than three and one-half inches

    New Castle - 9.05.710 - premises where alcoholic beverages are dispensed a Knife with a blade, of a length of three inches or more

    Normandy Park - 7.24.040 - carry or conceal any dagger, dirk, knife or other dangerous weapon

    Sultan - 9.32.020 - Y <4" -having a blade longer than the length of four or more inches,

    Seattle - 12A.14.010 - Y 3.5" - Dangerous knife" means any fixed-blade knife and any other knife having a blade more than (3 1/2") in length

    Woodinville - 9.03.110 - Weapons prohibited on liquor sale premises any knife with a blade of a length of three inches or more

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    D. "Fixed-blade knife" means any knife, regardless of blade length, with a
    blade which is permanently open and does not fold, retract or slide into the
    handle of the knife, and includes any dagger, sword, bayonet, bolo knife,
    hatchet, axe, straight-edged razor, or razor blade not in a package,
    dispenser or shaving appliance.


    AN ORDINANCE related to the criminal code; amending Title 12A of the Seattle Municipal Code (Seattle Criminal Code) by amending 12A.14.080 relating to unlawful use of weapons making it unlawful to carry concealed or unconcealed on the person, any dangerous knife; and amending 12A.14.100 to except the carrying of knives for specific occupational use or use related to fishing or hunting, including education and travel related thereto, and further amending 12A.14.010 to redefine "dangerous knife" to include all "fixed-blade" knives regardless of length.


    SMC 12A.14.080 Unlawful use of weapons.

    It is unlawful for a person knowingly to:
    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


    My comments are that this last law seems to be a clear violation of the state constitution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Wonder which weapon is considered more "dangerous"? My pistol or my knife?
    Obviously the knife. Just ask any Call of Duty player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Difdi View Post
    Obviously the knife. Just ask any Call of Duty player.

    LOl running class with tactical and melee....
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