Washington State Law on Fixed Blade Knives

December 05, 2022

Washington State Law on Fixed Blade Knives


Theoretically, yes. But there is no national anticipation of knife laws. For example, you can`t wear a KA-BAR in Seattle openly or secretly. (As if you could hide this fool…) There may be a number of other local laws that will bite you into the A$$. Research, research, research! The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 (?) that your backyard is not considered “home” One question, however, is whether a hidden gun license covers legal knives hidden in the state of WA? The Court of Appeal agreed with the principle of ejusdem generis and concluded that a “fixed blade knife of any length” belongs to the same category of knives as “daggers” and “dirks”. It included “circumstances of possession” in 9,41,250. In other words, something might just be a simple legal utensil in a kitchen, but when it`s transported down a street, it becomes a dangerous weapon. Spring-loaded blade knives within the meaning of the RCW signed in 2012 are currently considered automotive knives. Supported openers such as a bank I own do not fall into this category and are therefore legal to own and transport within the borders of the state.

That doesn`t mean you aren`t breaking silly municipal laws that conflict with state law. Unh, no. There is at least one city (I don`t remember that one) in this country where it is legal to own a gun and keep it in your home, but you cannot carry it on you in your yard or even in your (adjoining) garage. A court ruled that the yard and garage were not part of the “house” where the owner of the weapon could legally possess the weapon. There is no reason why the same irrational thought process cannot be used against knives. Does anyone know if it is legal to hide a fixed blade sliding knife? With a single or double edge. Thanks for the information about opening supported. An officer at Centralia told me that knives to open aid were illegal in Washington as if they were switch blades. It costs us a lot of sales.

In 1995, in State v. Myles, the Washington Supreme Court discussed the use of the word “secretly” in the concealed carrying law. Ms. Myles, a 16-year-old girl, was seen cursing a group of people with a paring knife in her pocket. The juvenile court found the knife to be a dangerous weapon and convicted Ms. Myles of possession of a dangerous weapon. Ms. Myles appealed the conviction to the Court of Appeal, which quashed it. The state then appealed to the Washington Supreme Court. Ms. Myles argued that the law requires a clandestine act to convict a person of possession of a dangerous weapon.

The Supreme Court searched the dictionary for a definition of secrecy, which means secret. She noted that the word referred to the behaviour of carrying a hidden weapon which, when concealed, was necessarily “secret” and unintentional. It therefore upheld the conviction. That`s not to say it`s logical, mind you, but the Constitution doesn`t require the law to be logical. See also Seattle v. Montana Court Case 1996. Get a nice plate (less than 3.5″, also a city ordinance). There is no ban on length by the state, but cities and counties have their own laws. I`m quite capable of carrying a pocket knife over 3.5 inches in Kitsap County, but when I cross the city limits of Bremerton or Seattle, both have 3- or 3.5-inch length laws. Some police officers also judge the entire length of the blade, including the ricasso (the blurred piece between the handle and the beginning of the cutting edge), but usually courts only count the actual cutting edge. (But it depends on the judge`s interpretation.

What do you think is the best type of knife you can legally carry for self-defense? Article 9.41.250 entitled “Dangerous weapons” does not define this term. On the contrary, it appears as a generic term that follows the specially described elements dagger, Dirk and pistol. A recognized principle of legal interpretation, called ejusdem generis, states that when a category of things specifically described is followed by a general formulation, the general formulation is limited to the same kinds of things that are specifically listed. RCW 9.41.250 has been modified so that an open auxiliary knife is not considered a spring-loaded blade. It is a serious offence to carry secretly with the intent to conceal a “dagger”, “Dirk” or “other dangerous weapon”. There is a possession circumstance to “other dangerous weapons,” so it may be, for example, a vegetable knife with a three-inch long blade. The exceptions described above for the possession and use of spring-loaded blade knives by police, firefighters and rescue personnel do not apply to daggers and dirt, as expressly stated in 9.41.250.

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