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    Ok..I cannot find anything directly related to Oregon's knife laws. I am traveling to Portland in May and would like to know what I can/cannot carry.


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    I live in So. Oregon, and I have been told various things by LEO friends. Most say that double edged knives are illegal, but there aren't much for size limitations. I carry a Lg. Seb and a Busse BAD/GW daily and havent drawn any attention.

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    There's really just a restriction on double-edged, switchblades, balisongs and potentially Assisted Openers, based on the following statute:

    Oregon Public Order Offense 166.240 Carrying of concealed weapons. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, any person who carries concealed upon the person any knife having a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or by centrifugal force, any dirk, dagger, ice pick, slungshot, metal knuckles, or any similar instrument by the use of which injury could be inflicted upon the person or property of any other person, commits a Class B misdemeanor.
    Source: http://pweb.netcom.com/~brlevine/or.txt

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    Ok...so carrying a Buck 110 on the belt next to my Mora with the SAK Farmer in the pocket and LST in the pack won't be an issue?

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    you can go to benchmade in oregon city, which is just outside of portland and buy autos all day. i was there in november. you can buy autos anywhere in oregon that sell's them. it's not against the law to carry autos (in OR) according to the lady at the bm shop. regardless, if you are in portland it's worth the trip to check out EVERY knife they sell. you can play with them all!!

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    I am not so concerned with autos, they have too many parts to break IMHO and I can't carry them in Austin, TX anyway. So...there are no length restrictions? That is pretty nice.

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    Yeah, a relatively liberal state that's knife/gun friendly.......I love it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerover_95 View Post
    Yeah, a relatively liberal state that's knife/gun friendly.......I love it here.
    I hear it's some nice country...never been...going for a field biology class taught as a joint deal between Concordia U. Austin where I am enrolled and Con-U Portland...

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    I was born and raised right outside of Portland in a town called Lake Oswego, and now live in Klamath Falls, which is in So. Oregon. It is nice down here as far as the climate goes, its high desert here. I lamented the rain as I grew up, so Portland wasnt exactly the greatest as far as that is concerned.

    Enjoy your stay in Portland, get out and hike some of the gorgeous terrain that is by Mt. Hood, go to the Columbia River gorge for some awesome waterfall touring/hiking, or just take advantage of the fact that Portland has more breweries than any other city in the US.......mmmm beer.

    On an interesting side note, I had an LEO buddy tell me that, "Yes, that knife is illegal, but if you want to carry a weapon, you could always carry your sword (Cheness Katana) if you wanted...."

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    rr...this is an excerpt from our syllabus for the course:

    Three distinct mountain ranges will be visited, including the Cascades, the Coast Range, and the Siskiyous. Visits will be made to three volcanoes: Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake). Students will explore several river systems, including the Columbia, Willamette, Salmon (Oregon Coast), Metolius, Deschutes, and Opal Creek. And, of course, students will hike trails along the great waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge and watch migrating salmon navigate the man-made fish ladders at Bonneville Dam.
    Sounds like a party to me

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    Let me know when you head to Crater Lake! I live in the closest large town near there, and if you all are overnighting it, I bet you'd have to stay in Klamath.

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    The Oregon constitution says:

    " Section 27. Right to bear arms; military subordinate to civil power. The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]"

    You hear that? So none of this "well regulated militia" confusion. None of this "that's not a weapon officer, I carry that as a tool" nonsense. This is the land of "I carry that blade in case I need to cut some lowlife mugger wide open, officer". You're allowed to carry weapons to defend yourself.

    Only real limitations for knives are that you can't carry autos or any dirk, dagger, ice pick, slungshot, metal knuckles, etc. concealed. You also can't carry those items or "a knife other than an ordinary pocket knife" in a court or public building.

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    The statute prohibts the carry of switchblades, balisongs, and dirks/dagger blades, CONCEALED. The courts have ruled that as long as the pocket clip or sheath is visible, the knife is not concealed.

    For standard folders and fixed blades, there is no blade length limit or other restriction.

    If you will be here May 15, 16, 17, there is a huge gun and knife show at the Portland Expo Center. You can handle and buy just about any type of knife you want. Same with the guns, but the seller would have to ship it to a FFL in your home state for transfer to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerover_95 View Post
    Yeah, a relatively liberal state that's knife/gun friendly.......I love it here.
    lol, I bet i would too!

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    I used to hike around opal creek every summer - nice, clean water - but still about 33 degrees on a 90+ degree day - a brisk swim.

    As for knife laws, I always carried something in the 4-inch blade range.

    How's this for Ironic? I got interested in spyderco's a few months AFTER driving through colorado, and am looking fondly at benchmade's a few months AFTER moving from 3 miles from BM HQ.

    DC

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    Quote Originally Posted by glistam View Post
    There's really just a restriction on double-edged, switchblades, balisongs and potentially Assisted Openers, based on the following statute:



    Source: http://pweb.netcom.com/~brlevine/or.txt
    Well now, a certain word in that laws makes me wonder...
    It says "concealed", so, if it is not concealed is it legal?
    I am going to Oregon in a couple of weeks, so I am checking up on the laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jraptor View Post
    Well now, a certain word in that laws makes me wonder...
    It says "concealed", so, if it is not concealed is it legal?
    I am going to Oregon in a couple of weeks, so I am checking up on the laws.
    Wow I wrote that a long time ago. But yes, the statute only makes concealed a crime. Open carry is completely legal unless the item is carried with intent to commit a crime or if there is a local city or county ordinance prohibiting open carry of a knife. Here's a better, more offical link to the law: http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/166.html

    Say, isn't Benchmade based out there? Can't be that bad.

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    Open carry may be legal in Oregon but if you try walking around Portland with something oversize hanging off your belt you will be having a chat with the guys in blue.
    Carry something reasonable for urban utility use in Portland and you will OK. Out in the woods, anything goes.

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