Oregon Knife Laws

Summary

Oregon is a confusing state.  It’s lenient on the types of knives you can own, but not so much on the carrying of said knives.  This is also a state that restricts people convicted of felonies from owning certain knives.  You should also check your local laws, as there is no preemption code.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Oregon?

Provided you haven’t been convicted of any felonies, there are no laws that will stop you from owning any kind of knife.  You can own Bowie knives, machetes, balisong knives, switchblades, gravity knives, undetectable knives, etc.

  • All knives are legal to own, provided you’ve never been convicted of a felony offense
  • You may conceal-carry a pocketknife
  • You may openly carry any kind of knife

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Oregon?

Oregon is restrictive on conceal-carrying knives and won’t allow convicted felons to own weapons.

  • You cannot conceal-carry a stabbing knife, such as dirks and daggers
  • You cannot conceal-carry butterfly (balisong) knives
  • You cannot conceal-carry gravity knives
  • You cannot conceal-carry any automatic knife
  • You cannot conceal-carry any assisted opening knife
  • You cannot conceal-carry any knife that opens with a centrifugal force
  • You cannot bring your knife to school
  • You cannot possess dangerous weapons if you’ve been convicted of a felony

What’s  a ‘Weapon’ in Oregon?

“Weapon” means: (a) A firearm; (b) Any dirk, dagger, ice pick, slingshot, metal knuckles or any similar instrument or a knife, other than an ordinary pocketknife with a blade less than four inches in length, the use of which could inflict injury upon a person or property; (c) Mace, tear gas, pepper mace or any similar deleterious agent as defined in ORS 163.211 (Definitions for ORS 163.211 to 163.213); (d) An electrical stun gun or any similar instrument; (e) A tear gas weapon as defined in ORS 163.211 (Definitions for ORS 163.211 to 163.213); (f) A club, bat, baton, billy club, bludgeon, knobkerrie, nunchaku, nightstick, truncheon or any similar instrument, the use of which could inflict injury upon a person or property; or (g) A dangerous or deadly weapon as those terms are defined in ORS 161.015 (General definitions). [1969 c.705 §1; 1977 c.769 §2; 1979 c.398 §1; 1989 c.982 §4; 1993 c.741 §2; 1999 c.577 §2; 1999 c.782 §6; 2001 c.201 §1; 2015 c.351 §1]

Relevant Statutes

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