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Fellow OHIO knife owners/collectors - OTFs

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by ItsKYRO, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. ItsKYRO

    ItsKYRO

    50
    Sep 17, 2017
    As i'm sure most of you know, Ohios knife laws can be a bit open ended. However one that that it is clear about is that any knife concealed carry that can be considered a dangerous weapon is illegal.​


    "Some knives that are very likely to be found to deadly weapons, and therefore illegal to conceal carry include:

    • Dirks, daggers, or other stabbing knives
    • Switchblades
    • Balisong, or butterfly knives
    • Gravity knives
    • Stilettos"
    Also to add to this, my father who has been a police officer in Ohio for 20+ years has told me since i was a kid, essentially theyre trained when finding a concealed switchblade - deadly weapon.


    There are multiple (hundreds, if not more) websites, articles, news pages, etc. trying to break down what is likely to be considered legal and illegal in Ohio to conceal carry, what might catch a police officers eye, etc.
    • As some of you may know, Wisconsin allows for the conceal carry of automatic knives with a CCW.
    My questions to you Ohio knife owners are this:

    1. Who is the current person in charge of Ohio knife laws? The person that could make a change if they wanted to?
    2. How can we as a community push the legal carry of a concealed automatic knife in Ohio without being potentially (very likely) considered a deadly weapon? [How do we get them legalized under CCW like Wisconsin in Ohio]
    3. What can we do as a community to make a push to whoever is over the Ohio knife laws that we want to see change?

    I have searched and searched and not found a single petition or anything of anyone trying to progress the knife laws in Ohio. I want to carry an OTF knife and not run the possibility of a court case. I also want to be able to carry my awesome knives without running a chance of a court case because an officer is having a bad day or has poor judgement and considers it a weapon.

    If i have to be the first person to try to push for change in the Ohio knife laws, thats fine with me. If you feel the way i do, all i ask is that you point me in the right direction and possibly even jump on board with me to help get the word to whoever is over these laws to allow us to carry an OTF with a CCW.

    Thank you for reading and I appreciate your time and help.
     
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  2. ItsKYRO

    ItsKYRO

    50
    Sep 17, 2017
    Nobody?
     
  3. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I don't have any real advice, but I'm happily on board with getting the laws changed! Even if it's just to give knife owners a hard answer to what is and isn't an illegal knife, rather than vague judgement calls.
     
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  4. ItsKYRO

    ItsKYRO

    50
    Sep 17, 2017
    I contacted a guy in Ohio who calls himself the gun lawyer. He does a lot of videos on YouTube in regards to Ohio knife laws, i emailed him and asked that he would check out this thread, his secretary emailed back saying id need to come in with $200 to begin conversation with him lol.

    So im still at the starting point. Talked to a local knife business and they want to see autos with CCW as well.

    I just need to figure out who to contact in government.
     
  5. Man with no name

    Man with no name

    771
    Jun 24, 2015
    Try the Governor. It would be him or her that would sign any bill into law. Maybe a local representative could be of service. City Hall?
     
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  6. ItsKYRO

    ItsKYRO

    50
    Sep 17, 2017
    Thank you
     
  7. notwen

    notwen Gold Member Gold Member

    136
    Feb 20, 2017
    Ohio has CHLs, not CCWs. Concealed Handgun License, I purposely try to avoid carrying any assisted or autos in my collection to specifically stay away from that gray area. The knives that do get carried will be labeled a tool. ymmv
     
  8. Lorenzai

    Lorenzai

    12
    Aug 15, 2016
    I'd be on board with trying to help get some change enacted. Ohio knife laws are some of the dumbest laws I've ever seen. With the exception of ballistic knives, no type of knife is illegal to possess at home. However, the things mentioned in case law are purposely made to be so vague that you can be charged with a crime no matter what kind of knife it is. For instance, in one case it was determined that a knife that has a sharp tip is considered a deadly weapon. A sharp tip!! That's basically any knife ever made. All a cop has to do is attribute a motive to you regardless of if it's true, I.E. you're carrying for self defense, then he can take you to jail. Carrying a knife for self defense (not a good idea) is illegal, because it is potentially a deadly weapon. Carrying a gun on your hip openly in public for self defense? Perfectly legal.
    /End rant
     

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