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    Maine knife laws


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    Maine knife laws mostly deal with illegal weapons such as switchblades and the like, but I was wondering if anyone knew the policy on the open carry of fixed blades. A section of the law addresses the carry of knives for hunting, fishing, or trapping, but doesn't elaborate any further. Mine is small (RAT Izula, 2.88 inch blade), but I'd rather not get hassled by cops for it.

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    Maine addresses knives in two ways: Threatening Display and Concealment.

    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legi...sec2001-A.html

    It is illegal to brandish in a threatening manner a "bowie knife, dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person." (Part A)

    It is also illegal to conceal the aforementioned. (Part B)

    Open belt carry is neither threatening nor concealment. And a "Knives used to hunt, fish or trap as defined in Title 12, section 10001" are exempt from concealment restrictions.

    The RAT Izula could be considered a bowie, but more likely it could be be argued effectively as a hunting/fishing knife due to it's small size and utilitarian appearance.

    Ok I couldn't resist bringing this up. Fishing in Maine is defined as:
    23. Fish, the verb. To "fish" means to take, catch, kill, molest or destroy fish or to attempt to take, catch, kill, molest or destroy fish.

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    Here is the exact MAINE STATE Statute updated August 2010:

    §2001-A. Threatening display of or carrying concealed weapon

    1. Display or carrying prohibited. A person may not, unless excepted by a provision of law:
    A. Display in a threatening manner a firearm, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person; or [2003, c. 452, Pt. N, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
    B. Wear under the person's clothes or conceal about the person's person a firearm, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person. [2003, c. 452, Pt. N, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
    [ 2003, c. 452, Pt. N, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]


    2. Exceptions. The provisions of this section concerning the carrying of concealed weapons do not apply to:

    (I have eliminated the text for firearms as not relevant to this thread. RayseM.)

    C. Knives used to hunt, fish or trap as defined in Title 12, section 10001; [2003, c. 452, Pt. N, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]

    So, not being an attorney - I think "threatening manner" & "Wear under the person's clothes or conceal about the person's person" are the key phrases. I have not found any notation about knife blade length being a consideration. If you carry a hunting license - I think (my experience supports this) - you will be left alone during various hunting seasons if you are visibly wearing a sheathed knife having breakfast at a diner, but would likely run into trouble wearing the same rig while having dinner at a restaurant in Portland, hunting license notwithstanding. I'd like to say that common sense should prevail, but I also think that the wrong cop in the wrong mood could make your life miserable as regards knife carry. I think the only way to be more clear on this topic is to discuss the issue with a state trooper or game warden. Likely get 2 interpretations. I need to have such a discussion some day. I'll get back to you if I do.

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    Hi

    I live in Northern Maine. Way up by Canada

    The law may state one thing but you will still be asked by local LEOs if you have a big knife on your hip. Most wont give a second glance to grand dads hunting knife.

    A lot of it has to do with how you are dressed and your age as well as the way you handle yourself.

    Act like a punk and expect trouble. Act like a hiker no worries.

    Southern Maine keep it hidden

    HTH
    Kid Couteau

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    So in Maine its illegal to conceal carry something like this then? http://www.bladehq.com/cat--Ka-Bar-TDI--912

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher67 View Post
    So in Maine its illegal to conceal carry something like this then? http://www.bladehq.com/cat--Ka-Bar-TDI--912

    Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher67 View Post
    So in Maine its illegal to conceal carry something like this then? http://www.bladehq.com/cat--Ka-Bar-TDI--912
    The TDI is designed specifically to be used as a weapon against other humans. Yes it was designed for lawful defensive use by police officers, but like nearly every weapon law in the US, it doesn't care about that, only that it's designed as a weapon at all. Open carry only, no concealed carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glistam View Post
    The TDI is designed specifically to be used as a weapon against other humans. Yes it was designed for lawful defensive use by police officers, but like nearly every weapon law in the US, it doesn't care about that, only that it's designed as a weapon at all. Open carry only, no concealed carry.

    Awesome, thanks for the reply.

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