Wa/Sword/dagger license?


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Hailbringer
August 6, 2010, 06:06 AM
I have been wanting to get a Wakizashi to keep with me. But, reading the laws and such it seems impossible to do so. Also, I have been hearing from people that their is a sword/dagger license available to people allowed to hold a non-firearm. And at my karate dojo, my sensei said that one of her friends is able to legally carry a katana somehow.

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jahwarrior
August 6, 2010, 08:30 AM
ummm....what?


in some states, a weapons permit or license enables you to carry whatever weapon you want, like in AZ or FL, whether it's a firearm, automatic knife, or whatever. i've never heard of a sword/dagger license, from anywhere. i just don't see the practicality in carrying a wakizashi, for any reason. seriously? you could get more use out of a Bowie knife, if you just want to carry a large blade. wakis aren't exactly known for their utility use.

unless you actually studied kenjutsu/iaijutsu, for a lengthy period of time, carrying a katana or wakizashi around is a really bad idea. even performing tameshigiri can be dangerous, unless you've received thorough and proper instruction.

also, asking a "sensei" for legal advice is like Chewbacca on Endor; it don't make no sense. if you want legal advice, ask a lawyer.

why do i regret posting this?

hso
August 6, 2010, 09:10 AM
Hailbringer,

No, you were given incorrect information and your sensei has behaved irresponsibly.

Look up the law yourself, don't take advice on the law from amateurs.

RCW 9.41.050
Carrying firearms.

(1)(a) Except in the person's place of abode or fixed place of business, a person shall not carry a pistol concealed on his or her person without a license to carry a concealed pistol.

(b) Every licensee shall have his or her concealed pistol license in his or her immediate possession at all times that he or she is required by this section to have a concealed pistol license and shall display the same upon demand to any police officer or to any other person when and if required by law to do so. Any violation of this subsection (1)(b) shall be a class 1 civil infraction under chapter 7.80 RCW and shall be punished accordingly pursuant to chapter 7.80 RCW and the infraction rules for courts of limited jurisdiction.

(2)(a) A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a license to carry a concealed pistol and: (i) The pistol is on the licensee's person, (ii) the licensee is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there, or (iii) the licensee is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

(b) A violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor.

(3)(a) A person at least eighteen years of age who is in possession of an unloaded pistol shall not leave the unloaded pistol in a vehicle unless the unloaded pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

(b) A violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor.

(4) Nothing in this section permits the possession of firearms illegal to possess under state or federal law.

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RCW 9.41.270
Weapons apparently capable of producing bodily harm — Unlawful carrying or handling — Penalty — Exceptions.

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display, or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.

(2) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (1) above shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor. If any person is convicted of a violation of subsection (1) of this section, the person shall lose his or her concealed pistol license, if any. The court shall send notice of the revocation to the department of licensing, and the city, town, or county which issued the license.

(3) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to or affect the following:

(a) Any act committed by a person while in his or her place of abode or fixed place of business;

(b) Any person who by virtue of his or her office or public employment is vested by law with a duty to preserve public safety, maintain public order, or to make arrests for offenses, while in the performance of such duty;

(c) Any person acting for the purpose of protecting himself or herself against the use of presently threatened unlawful force by another, or for the purpose of protecting another against the use of such unlawful force by a third person;

RyanM
August 6, 2010, 02:26 PM
Maybe he's in the UK. People are still trying for all they're worth, to get knives with sharp points banned there. There actually is a proposed "sword license" movement, I think.

Hailbringer
August 6, 2010, 05:48 PM
thanks for the responses guys, wasnt too sure. I guess ill just keep it as a investment/treasure

hso
August 6, 2010, 07:37 PM
Mass market swords aren't likely to ever bring as much as you paid for them. If you bought a custom of a period waki you could have something of value.

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