A: The answer is a bit complicated. I actually wrote an article on this topic that you can read about here: romanolawpc.com/expandable-collapsible-batons-legal-oregon/ The reason I saw the answer is a bit complicated is that Oregon doesn`t have a specific law that somehow clarifies whether foldable batons are legal. Similarly, Oregon does not have a specific law that clarifies in any way whether foldable batons are legal to wear in Oregon. However, there is case law that seems to suggest that carrying a concealed baton – or any other object intended primarily for use as a weapon – is illegal. In short, you can legally own and wear a foldable baton in Oregon, as long as it is not hidden or otherwise prohibited due to your status or location. For example, if you are on probation, it could be illegal. If you are in a place where no weapons are allowed, this would also be illegal. Personal protective devices such as pepper spray, stun guns, or folding batons are legally permitted in Oregon and on the OU campus as long as they are legally used and not abused. If it is sold at the counter, everything is fine. Some knives and other equipment are illegal to carry. I thought about getting a foldable baton, but I don`t know if it`s legal for me to wear it in public.
Also, I would like to know if there are any special requirements for me to own one. No, unless you are a peace officer. For civilians, ORS 166,291 allows the issuance of a hidden handgun license in Oregon, but there is no such permit for knives, percussion rings, batons, or other weapons. In short, yes. There is no black-letter law in Oregon`s revised statutes that states that batons or folding batons may be purchased, possessed, or worn illegally. However, wearing them hidden is probably illegal (see below). In addition, transporting it to places where weapons are prohibited is definitely illegal. While it may be legal to openly possess or carry a folding baton, the illegal use of a baton that violates ORS 166,220 “Illegal Use of Weapons” or unlawfully threatens someone to use a baton may constitute a violation of ORS 163,190 “Threatening”. In short, no. As with the legality of these batons in general, there is no specific law or rule that states that carry hidden folding batons are illegal.
However, ORS 166.240 has been interpreted by the courts of appeal as prohibiting the concealed carrying of objects that are “primarily intended to be used as weapons to inflict injury”. ORS 166.240 “Carrying Hidden Weapons” reads as follows: It is probably illegal to carry it hidden on your person, as it is likely to be considered by the police/court as a “tool that could cause harm to someone else`s person or property”. It`s probably not illegal in itself if it`s not hidden. Oregon law includes a bat, bat, baton, billy club, club, baton, nightstand, or baton in its definitions of “weapon.” The ASP Expandable Baton course is designed specifically for law enforcement, security guards, and other industry experts. All the techniques taught work on the street and not just in the classroom. They are legally justifiable and are supported by the country`s most experienced advisers for the use of force. The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the conditions under which the stick can be used, the justification for its use and how these actions can be documented. The course goes into detail on porting, presentation (drawing), typing techniques, mechanical function and maintenance. The training includes exercises that simulate the multitude of encounters on the road that may require the use of an extendable baton. The class provides effective defensive strike weapon tactics for personnel without long hours of training. Tactics are learned quickly, easy to practice and easy to learn. This course offers techniques that work on 90% of subjects 90% of the time.