State of Washington
65th Legislature
2018 Regular Session
By Representatives Irwin, Appleton, Taylor, Young, Volz, Peterson, Hayes, Shea, Graves, Van Werven, and Maycumber
Read first time 01/11/18. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AN ACT Relating to the concealed carry of certain fixed blade knives; amending RCW 9.41.250; and prescribing penalties.
Sec. 1.  RCW 9.41.250 and 2012 c 179 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
(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;
(b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section; or
(c) Uses any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm unless the suppressor is legally registered and possessed in accordance with federal law,
is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.
(2) It is not a violation of this section for a person to carry concealed on his or her person a fixed blade knife having a blade of six inches or less in length.
(3) "Spring blade knife" means any knife, including a prototype, model, or other sample, with a blade that 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. A knife that contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires physical exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife is not a spring blade knife.
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