Originally Posted By N2DFire:
I'm not disputing your word, in fact I'm actually counting on it. I am a Vol. FF/Paramedic and would LOVE to be able to carry (legally) my auto knife. As such I am VERY interested in this auto knife license you speak of. Folks around here (LEO's) have never heard of this nor can I find any specific statute to support this. Is it possible that this is a locality issued permit?
Also how are you able to sell in VA. My understanding of 18.2-311 seems to prohibit that unless I misread something.
If any person sells or barters, or exhibits for sale or for barter, or gives or furnishes, or causes to be sold, bartered, given or furnished, or has in his possession, or under his control, with the intent of selling, bartering, giving or furnishing, any blackjack, brass or metal knucks, any disc of whatever configuration having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, or like weapons, such person shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. The having in one's possession of any such weapon shall be prima facie evidence, except in the case of a conservator of the peace, of his intent to sell, barter, give or furnish the same.
My basic interpretation of the current versions of 18.2-308 and 18.2-311 is that it is illegal to sell auto knives in VA at all & (public) possession is not permitted except for LEO's ("conservator of the peace").
If your understanding is different or I have missed something please let me know. I am in the process of writing my local rep's. in hopes of either having the prohibition repealed or at least amended to allow Fire & EMS personnel the same rights of possession / carry as LEO.
Again - not arguing with you - just trying to be better informed and get my facts straight.
You are missing part of the law. Look at section B and below. You CANNOT carry an AUTO in VA, but you can own one.
As far as my buddy getting a special permit, this was MANY years ago and law has changed recently (from my understanding).leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-308
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