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    I want to carry a Dagger. I have been looking into it and I really cant find anything that says I cant in the RCW's.

    Only thing I have been able to find is:
    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.250

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    RCW 9.41.250 
     (b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon
    Furtive:
    1. taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret: a furtive glance.
    2. sly; shifty: a furtive manner.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/furtively


    Intent:
    1. something that is intended; purpose; design; intention: The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
    2. the act or fact of intending, as to do something: criminal intent.
    3. Law. the state of a person's mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.
    4. meaning or significance.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/intent


    Does "intent to conceal" mean To conceal or just have the intention to conceal it while carrying it? If It is already concealed before I leave home does that fall under intent? Or will this have to be an open carry object?


    I understood it that I cant for example carry a dagger in my hand so nobody can see it and then hide it in my pocket.

    Also I was not able to find any RCW that says anything about the length of the blade.


    If anybody has any information that I am missing I would appreciate it.
    I Also would like to read others opinions about carrying a dagger.

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    where do you want to carry it? every city and county has its own laws.

    in seattle any fixed blade is a no/no

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    I used to carry a dagger when I was a kid. It was about three or four inches long, and I kept it in a sheath with a clip on my pocket. The handle was some nice polished wood or something and it was given to me by my dad.

    I carried it everywhere I went.

    There was a night when my buddies and I got pulled over by about three or four cops since we were walking down the highway (the side, I mean). During the questioning they noticed my dagger and asked about it. I showed it to them and one tried to say it was illegal, but then another officer quickly corrected him. She told him that I was legally allowed to have it.

    So if I was a kid, probably not even eighteen or so and they let me off with having it. I'm pretty sure that carrying a dagger is acceptable for anyone. There may however be some law about the length of the blade. You'll want to check that out.

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    If you are in the Everett city limits the blade length needs to be 3" or less.
    http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/USKnife.pdf (page 17)
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    never bring a knife to a gun fight

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    It really depends on the city. The state of Washington itself does not restrict the open carry of a fixed bladed dagger. However, many cities, including Seattle and Everett, restrict fixed blades, or blades over a certain length. Check with your municipal codes for the cities you're planning on carrying it.

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    Aaron1124 wrote:
    It really depends on the city. The state of Washington itself does not restrict the open carry of a fixed bladed dagger. However, many cities, including Seattle and Everett, restrict fixed blades, or blades over a certain length. Check with your municipal codes for the cities you're planning on carrying it.
    This sounds like something else that could use pre-emption...

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    antispam540 wrote:
    Aaron1124 wrote:
    It really depends on the city. The state of Washington itself does not restrict the open carry of a fixed bladed dagger. However, many cities, including Seattle and Everett, restrict fixed blades, or blades over a certain length. Check with your municipal codes for the cities you're planning on carrying it.
    This sounds like something else that could use pre-emption...

    Agreed. I can OC an OlyArms OA-98 with a 30 rnd mag, but not a three and a half inch knife? Is that there one of them "feel good" laws?

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    my best friend gave me a "beautifull" PUMA sheath knife with a2 1/2" blade "wore it at dinos". its legal everywhere as long as its OCd, but if i put it in my pocket, im sure to be breaking the law.

    thing is i wear it at 9:30 "im left handed"and its bound to be covered by my shirt or coat im not furtive so i should be OK.

    its funny"legal wise" that in most of washington you can carry a sword "as long as its openly carried", or a battle axe, or a chain saw:what:, but not a "razor".
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    2, 4, 5 A defender wrote:
    my best friend gave me a "beautifull" PUMA sheath knife with a2 1/2" blade "wore it at dinos". its legal everywhere as long as its OCd, but if i put it in my pocket, im sure to be breaking the law.

    thing is i wear it at 9:30 "im left handed"and its bound to be covered by my shirt or coat im not furtive so i should be OK.

    its funny"legal wise" that in most of washington you can carry a sword "as long as its openly carried", or a battle axe, or a chain saw:what:, but not a "razor".
    Where does the law say anything about a razor?

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