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1 Dark_Falcon  Dec 21, 2014 10:22:18am

Right on. The Connecticut law in question was badly off base and made little sense.

2 Rightwingconspirator  Dec 21, 2014 10:25:32am

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

California has laws a lot like this one, and we have that big population, and extensive limits on weapons that are now the legal bullseye.

3 Tsuga  Dec 21, 2014 1:16:51pm

In California, a concealed fixed-blade knife is a “dirk or dagger”. Possession constitutes a felony even if you’re out fishing or hunting (better not have a spare knife in that backpack). A concealed handgun without permit is a misdemeanor. Go figure.

4 cinesimon  Dec 22, 2014 12:49:06am

re: #3 Tsuga

Bullshit.

5 Rightwingconspirator  Dec 22, 2014 8:40:01am

re: #4 cinesimon

Bullshit.

You are in error. This is the law in California. Technically that concealed gun is a wobbler but first offense it’s a misdemeanor.

6 lostlakehiker  Dec 22, 2014 9:29:53am

re: #3 Tsuga

In California, a concealed fixed-blade knife is a “dirk or dagger”. Possession constitutes a felony even if you’re out fishing or hunting (better not have a spare knife in that backpack). A concealed handgun without permit is a misdemeanor. Go figure.

Steak knives? Folding knives that lock in place once opened? Neither of these are dirks/daggers.

In most places, half the people out camping will have knives like that. They’re handy.

7 Tsuga  Dec 22, 2014 10:12:38am

re: #6 lostlakehiker

Remember that legal terminology need not make sense. According to federal law, cocaine is a “narcotic”, even though narcotics by definition are drugs with a sedative effect. Similarly, “dirk or dagger” is old legal terminology (presumably once applied to knives that met the dictionary definitions for these terms) that was retained when California’s knife laws were revamped, and now applies to any fixed-blade knife.

Yes, a steak knife qualifies as a “dirk or dagger”. This is the case even if it’s buried in the box of picnic supplies on the back seat while you’re driving to the park, because in CA stuff in the passenger part of a vehicle qualifies as being “on your person” since it’s readily accessible.

8 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 22, 2014 11:32:16am

My most recent knife purchase is a 3.6” bladed fixed blade knife (a CRKT Synergist). Not very threatening. Aesthetically pleasing but not exactly a tactical nightmare. Yet if I didn’t have a CCW permit and had it in my pocket I’d be guilty of a felony. Never mind that before we had legal CCW in WI and I carried, that M64 .38 special revolver was misdemeanor.

Knife laws are one of the best ways to make gun laws look sane.


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