Portland, OR asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Oregon

Q: In oregon is it legal to carry a multitool with a knife in my pocket

i live in portland oregon and like to go out. On walks, to the taco bell with friends, hikes, lots of things. I am 15 and I bought a multitool. It has a fire starter, seatbelt cutter, glass smasher, flashlight, etc. but the biggest question is the knife it has. The knife is 3.5 inches long, about 0.7 inches wide and has to be pulled out manually. It then locks into place with a little piece of metal i have to push or pull to the side and then push the knife back into its handle. Am I legally allowed to keep the multitool in my pocket while in public. Or does the knife or multitool have to be visible at all.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brandon C. Foy
Brandon C. Foy
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Stanfield, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Oregon’s carrying concealed weapons law (ORS 166.240) makes it a Class B misdemeanor to carry concealed on your person:

- any knife with a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or centrifugal force;

- any dirk, dagger, ice pick, slungshot, metal knuckles; or

- any similar instrument that could be used to inflict injury.

So no concealed switchblades, brass knuckles, etc. However, mere pocketknives with folding blades are okay. Yours sounds like a mere pocketknife, but keep in mind that the statute could be read more broadly and you could be cited for violating it. Further, cities and counties sometimes have more restrictive laws that might make it illegal to carry your knife concealed on your person. Either way, be smart out there and consult with an attorney with this and any other legal questions. Best of luck to you.

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