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Rewriting Knife Law In America™
2010-2018

29 PRO-KNIFE BILLS ENACTED IN 21 STATES!

Alaska · Arizona · Colorado · Georgia · Illinois · Indiana · Kansas · Louisiana · Maine · Michigan · Missouri · Montana
Nevada · New Hampshire · Oklahoma · Tennessee · Texas · Utah · Washington · West Virginia · Wisconsin

8 ANTI-KNIFE BILLS STOPPED!

Florida · Maryland · New Jersey · New York · Nevada · Washington

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Knife Rights Accomplishments

(as of May 25, 2018)

2009

  • 5th Exception to the Federal Switchblade Act Protecting One-Hand Opening & Assisted-Opening Folders enacted by Congress (Knife Rights represented grassroots knife owners in a coalition including AKTI, NRA, NSSF and others)

2010

  • Arizona Knife Law Preemption Enacted (a Pioneering Knife Rights Effort – First in the Nation) repealing dozens of local knife restrictions and preventing any future local restrictions
  • New Hampshire Ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers & Stilettos Repealed (a Pioneering Knife Rights Effort – First in the Nation)

2011

  • Utah Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions and preventing any future local restrictions
  • New Hampshire Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing 10 local knife restrictions and preventing any future local restrictions
  • Anti-Knife Bills Defeated in Washington, Nevada and Florida
  • Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit filed against New York City & NYC DA over the unconstitutional arrests and prosecutions of over 60,000 carriers of common pocket knives.

2012

  • Georgia Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions including Atlanta’s, host of the annual BLADE Show, protecting attendees and exhibitors, and preventing any future local restrictions
  • Missouri Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Washington Assisted-Opening Folders Legalized – Manufacture of Automatic Knives Legalized
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Continues

2013

  • Alaskan Knife Rights Act: Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions and preventing any future local restrictions, Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Indiana Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Kansas Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions and preventing any future local restrictions, Ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers & Stilettos Repealed
  • Tennessee Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions including the two largest cities in the state and preventing any future local restrictions
  • Texas Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • New Jersey Anti-Knife Language Stripped from Weapons Control Bill
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Continues
  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act Introduced in U.S. House – a Pioneering Knife Rights Effort Protecting Knife Owners Traveling in the U.S.
  • Groundbreaking Knife Rights Foundation LegalBlade™ App Introduced

2014

  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act Introduced in U.S. Senate
  • Tennessee Switchblade Ban, 4-inch Carry Limit Repealed
  • Kansas Knife Law Preemption Strengthened
  • Oklahoma Knife Law Preemption Bill (Passed overwhelmingly, but vetoed by Governor over politics unrelated to the bill)
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Continues
  • First Annual Ratings of Worst Anti-Knife Cities and Best States for Knife Owners published

2015

  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act Re-Introduced in Congress
  • Nevada Bans on Switchblade Knives (longer than 2-inches), Dirks, Daggers and Belt Buckle Knives Repealed
  • Maine Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Oklahoma Switchblade Carry Ban Repealed, Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions including those of the 4 largest cities and preventing any future local restrictions
  • Texas Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions including #4 and #9 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in the U.S. and preventing any future local restrictions
  • Led or Assisted Efforts that Defeated Ivory Ban Anti-Knife and Anti-Hunting/Anti-Conservation Bills in MD, OR, AR, GA, FL, IA, VA, OK, RI, MI, CT, IL, HI, NV & WA (WA legislative defeat overridden by Paul Allen financed Humane Society of the United States initiative
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit – Unanimous Appeal Victory Reverses District Court’s Erroneous Dismissal on Standing – Remand for Trial on Merits – Decision Cited in Second Amendment Firearms Rights Lawsuits
  • Amicus Filed in California Appeal by State to Overturn Appeals Court Decision that an Open Slipjoint Knife Carried Concealed is Not an Illegal Dagger

2016

  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act Gains Additional Sponsors in Congress
  • Wisconsin Switchblade Ban Repealed, Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions and preventing any future local restrictions
  • Oklahoma Dagger, Bowie Knife, Dirk Knife and Sword Cane Carry Ban Repealed
  • West Virginia Permitless (Constitutional) Weapons Carry including Knives Enacted
  • Maryland – “Knives” Stripped from Weapons Ban on College Campuses Bill
  • Led Efforts that resulted in NJ Governor Chris Christie Veto of 2 Anti-Hunting/Anti-Conservation Bills that would have also Adversely Impacted Many Knife Collectors
  • Led or Assisted Efforts that Defeated Ivory Ban Anti-Knife and Anti-Hunting/Anti-Conservation Bills in MD, OR, AR, GA, FL, IA, VA, OK, RI, MI, CT, IL, HI, NV, VT, CT, NM, DE & WA
  • New York Knife Law Reform Bill to address NYC Bogus Gravity Knife Arrests and Prosecutions Passed – Vetoed by Governor
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Continues – June 2016 Trial Held
  • Free Knife Check at NRA Annual Meeting for 2600 Members Attending Donald Trump Speech
  • Knife Rights as Amicus Invited to Appear Before California Supreme Court on Appeal by State to Overturn Decision that an Open Slipjoint Knife (Swiss Army Knife) Carried Concealed is Not an Illegal Dagger – CA Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court Decision cites Knife Rights oral argument and amicus brief

2017

  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 84) including Repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act Introduced in Congress.
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Continues – Appeal Brief Filed + Two Amicus Briefs Filed by 17 Law Professors & Legal Aid Society
  • Free Knife Check at NRA Annual Meeting for 1300 Members Attending President Donald Trump Speech
  • Led or Assisted Efforts that Defeated Ivory Ban Anti-Knife and Anti-Hunting/Anti-Conservation Bills in AZ, CT, DE, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, NE, NM, PA, RI, VA & VT
  • Colorado Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Montana Ban on Concealed Carry of Knives 4-inches or greater, Dirks, Daggers, Sword Canes and Razors Repealed
  • Georgia Legal Carry Length without CCW increased from 5 inches to 12 inches
  • Texas Ban on “Illegal Knives” including Bowie Knives, Daggers, Dirks, Stilettos, Poniards, Swords, Spears and Blades over 5.5 inches Repealed
  • Michigan Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Illinois Switchblade Ban Repealed (Requires FOID Card)
  • New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill to address NYC Bogus Gravity Knife Arrests and Prosecutions Passed – Vetoed by Governor

2018

  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 84) including Repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act in the House of Representatives.
  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2018 (S. 3264) including Repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act Introduced in the Senate.
  • Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repealed (Effective August 1, 2018)

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