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Old October 13th, 2009, 05:59 PM #1
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3" inches is the technical blade length. It cannot open with a spring, or other assistive mechanism. Additionally, any attempt to prevent the "lockback" feature from working (sticking a matchstick down in the groove, etc.).
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22-4504. Carrying concealed weapons; possession of weapons during commission of crime of violence; penalty.



(a) No person shall carry within the District of Columbia either openly or concealed on or about their person, a pistol, without a license issued pursuant to District of Columbia law, or any deadly or dangerous weapon capable of being so concealed. Whoever violates this section shall be punished as provided in 22-4515, except that:

(1) A person who violates this section by carrying a pistol, without a license issued pursuant to District of Columbia law, or any deadly or dangerous weapon, in a place other than the person's dwelling place, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both;


Not sure what the DC courts say what the definition of "weapon" is like they have in MD. For instance, while it seems so broad as to include anything which can cause harm that could be concealed, I would think the DC courts would not consider the tools a construction worker has on him as being a criminal item.
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22-4504. Carrying concealed weapons; possession of weapons during commission of crime of violence; penalty.



(a) No person shall carry within the District of Columbia either openly or concealed on or about their person, a pistol, without a license issued pursuant to District of Columbia law, or any deadly or dangerous weapon capable of being so concealed. Whoever violates this section shall be punished as provided in 22-4515, except that:

(1) A person who violates this section by carrying a pistol, without a license issued pursuant to District of Columbia law, or any deadly or dangerous weapon, in a place other than the person's dwelling place, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both;


Not sure what the DC courts say what the definition of "weapon" is like they have in MD. For instance, while it seems so broad as to include anything which can cause harm that could be concealed, I would think the DC courts would not consider the tools a construction worker has on him as being a criminal item.
The 3" rule is listed under Title 22-4514(b)
This portion stipulates a "specific intent" requirement. Therefore, as long as one were carrying it for self defense only, you would in theory be OK. To quote - " No person shall within the District of Columbia possess, with intent to use unlawfully against another, an imitation pistol, or a dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, or knife with a blade longer than 3 inches, or other dangerous weapon"

Essentially, the key here is specific intent to commit a crime. Free of that, and according to the code, you should be clear. However, "other dangerous weapon" could give an overzealous officer some discretion if they felt they needed to use it.
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Here's a link to the actual statutes on weapons:
http://weblinks.westlaw.com/toc/defa...CF9DAC28345A2A
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fvck DC, I work 14th and I and I carry a knife all the time, everytime Im in DC, Im not a criminal so I dont worry about a cop stopping me
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I don't think anyone here is arguing whether or not the laws are just or fair. It is however, fair to provide people a link so they can see them.
Everyone is ultimately accountable for themselves, so behave accordingly, I guess.
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fvck DC, I work 14th and I and I carry a knife all the time, everytime Im in DC, Im not a criminal so I dont worry about a cop stopping me
Just don't go into a federal building. That is all I go into so I don't carry my benchmade at all in DC.
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The 3" rule is listed under Title 22-4514(b)
This portion stipulates a "specific intent" requirement. Therefore, as long as one were carrying it for self defense only, you would in theory be OK. To quote - " No person shall within the District of Columbia possess, with intent to use unlawfully against another, an imitation pistol, or a dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, or knife with a blade longer than 3 inches, or other dangerous weapon"

Essentially, the key here is specific intent to commit a crime. Free of that, and according to the code, you should be clear. However, "other dangerous weapon" could give an overzealous officer some discretion if they felt they needed to use it.
I understand, but the 3" law and the "any dangerous weapon" law are two different laws and are not necessarily tied to each other.
NOw one could argue that the DC council did not mean for a less than three inch knife to be considered a dangerous weapon because it excludes it from the unlawful intent law, but good luck with that one and applying it to the other statute.
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IMO, my Kershaw Speed Safe is only a last resort weapon. I carry pepper spray and an expandable baton, both of which enable me to disable my attacker (assuming he's not armed with a gun) from a distance.
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