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Pennsylvania Bayonet Legality Question

Discussion in 'Legal' started by marsofold, Aug 29, 2013.

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  1. marsofold

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    In the state where I live (Pennsylvania), daggers are illegal. Are genuine double-edged bayonets (such as the Swiss Model 1957 Pattern Bayonet) included in this determination? They are part of a rifle's accessories. If one does not own the rifle are they considered illegal to possess?
     
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    Daggers may be illegal PPP to carry, but are they illegal to own?
     
  3. marsofold

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    In PA daggers are illegal to possess.
     
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    if you are confused now, just try to read and understand the laws about knives in pa., ask 100 people what they think they are and you will get 50 different anwsers.eastbank.
     
  5. Sam1911

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    Absolutely. Very confusing and no preemption for knives.

    Here's what the law actually says, such as it is:

    So... a couple of points. The offensive weapons issue seems ONLY to matter IF the knife is a true switchblade. (Read what I highlighted in purple.) So your double-edged blade is fine, so long as it isn't spring-operated. EXCEPT that case law says assisted-opening knives (as opposed to push-button automatics) aren't switchblades under the law and are therefore kosher.

    So, at first glance, no problem if your knife isn't an automatic.

    SECOND, and very important, read exemption B(3) (in red). If you possess a firearm for lawful purposes, none of this applies to you at all!

    How funny is that? :) If you're carrying an automatic knife, well that could potentially be trouble. UNLESS you ALSO have a gun. Then you're fine.

    The mind wobbles.
     
  6. Jim K

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    Yes, the "dagger, knife.... mechanism" is one definition and pertains to knives whose blades are exposed by a spring or other mechanism, in other words, switchblade knives or something similar.

    For a moment I could see the Keystone Kops raiding millions of homes and confiscating table knives.

    So you can keep your bayonet, at least until the current national administration decides that it is a danger to the UN.

    Jim
     
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