Weapons in action movies you can’t own in Washington State.
I love movies and I read a lot and one of the things you see in action movies is all kinds of weapons, guns, knives, clubs, you know that sort of thing. I started wondering, of all this stuff, what Is actually illegal in the state of Washington? Let's take this from the other angle. What weapons are not legal to own in the state of Washington?
Let's start with firearms. According to www.washingtongunlaw.com
Which is any firearm known as a machine gun, mechanical rifle, sub-machine gun, or any other mechanism or instrument not requiring that the trigger be pressed for each shot and having a reservoir clip, disc, drum, belt, or other separable mechanical device for storing, carrying, or supplying ammunition which can be loaded into the firearm, mechanism, or instrument, and fired therefrom at the rate of five or more shots per second.”
Which is any shotgun having one or more barrels less than eighteen inches in length and any weapon made from a shotgun by any means of modification if such modified weapon has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.”
Which is any rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length and any weapon made from a rifle by any means of modification if such modified weapon has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.”
“HOWEVER, It is not unlawful for a person to manufacture, own, buy, sell, loan, furnish, transport, assemble, or repair, or have in possession or under control, a short-barreled rifle, or any part designed or intended solely and exclusively for use in a short-barreled rifle or in converting a weapon into a short-barreled rifle, if the person is in compliance with applicable federal law. See RCW 9.41.190.”
Which is any butt stock designed to be attached to a semiautomatic firearm with the effect of increasing the rate of fire achievable with the semiautomatic firearm to that of a fully automatic firearm by using the energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.”
“PARTS ASSOCIATED WITH ILLEGAL FIREARMS.
Any Parts Associated with Any of the Previous Illegal Firearms. All machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles, or bump stocks or any part designed and intended solely and exclusively for use in a machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, short-barreled rifle, bump stock or in converting a weapon into a machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, short-barreled rifle, or bump stock illegally held or illegally possessed are hereby declared to be contraband, and it shall be the duty of all peace officers, and/or any officer or member of the armed forces of the United States or the state of Washington, to seize said machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, short-barreled rifle, or bump stock or parts thereof, wherever and whenever found.”
There are always knifes in action movies usually the bigger the better. As Far as knifes are concerned. According to www.tektoknives.com
“Under Washington State Laws it is LEGAL TO OWN and CARRY: dirk, dagger, or any kind of stabbing knife; a bowie knife; a stiletto; a disguised knife; and even throwing stars.
However, the bearer must carry them openly. This means they should NEVER BE CONCEALED as that will make them illegal.
A switchblade is a type of knife that has a blade contained within a handle and can be opened with a lever. These types of knives normally have a spring mechanism that helps fire open the blade by pushing a button or a switch on the handle.”
“The law states that it is ILLEGAL to own any kind of switchblade or spring blade knife in Washington.
Another popular weapon used in movies are brass knuckles. You see this a lot in gangster films, but this is an item you might want to avoid as well.
“Brass knuckles are illegal in Washington. Possession, distribution, or manufacturing of brass knuckles is seen as a gross misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $5,000 and up to one year in prison.”
Yourfastadvices.com also says,
“It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display, or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.”
Wa.gov and https://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.270
In the movies it’s always fun to blow stuff up, but what about explosives? www.atf.gov/explosives/illegal-explosives has this to say.
“Signs of Illegal Explosives
If you work with fireworks or explosives, it is important to know how to identify explosive devices that pose a safety hazard. Here are some signs that a device may be an illegal explosive device:
- The casing resembles a roll of coins with a fuse. Some outer shells are made of cardboard tubes.
- The device looks oddly shaped and wrapped in brown paper that may be filled with an explosive material.
- The outer covering is red, silver or brown in color.
- The device is often 1-6 inches long and up to an inch or more in diameter.
- The sale is occurring in a non-commercial location, such as out of a vehicle or residence.
- The person in possession of the device has no evidence of a receipt or commercial packaging, or they cannot tell you where they originally purchased it.
If you encounter suspicious explosive devices that meet any of the above criteria, please contact the ATF tip line at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (283-2662).”
I know it’s a lot to take in, but that is what I found out while surfing the web.
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