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Ohio Senate Passes Knife Law Preemption Bill

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The Ohio Senate has passed Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill, SB 156, by a vote of 23-7. It now moves to the House where a companion bill, HB 243, is awaiting a vote by the House Government Oversight Committee, expected shortly. SB 156 Sponsor Senator Kristina Roegner said, “Ohioans carrying knives, whether for work or self-defense, face a confusing and impossible to follow patchwork of local ordinances. Currently, what is legal to carry and possess in one town may be a serious crime to possess in another. … Continued... Read More


Michigan Knife Rights Act Passed by Senate

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Our Michigan Knife Rights Act, HB 4066, was passed by the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 25-11. This is Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill which passed the House earlier this year. However, because the Senate made a minor change in the bill, it now goes back to the House for a concurrence vote.  Thanks to all who used our Legislative Action center to email the Senators. Knife Law Preemption is a Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


Michigan ACTION ALERT!

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Knife Rights Act, HB 4066, was “reported favorably” out out of the Senate Local Government Committee with a minor amendment. This is Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill which passed the House earlier this year. HB 4066 now moves to the full Senate for a vote. If you are a Michigan resident, please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to easily EMAIL Senators and ask them to vote YES on HB 4066: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/47 Knife Law Preemption is a Knife Rights criminal justice reform effort that nullifies existing ordinances and prevents new local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. … Continued... Read More


MI ACTION ALERT! EMAIL Senators TODAY!

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In Michigan, where our Michigan Knife Rights Act, HB 4066, passed the House earlier this year, the Senate hearing was held this week. Besides testimony from bill sponsor Rep. Andrew Fink and Knife Rights’ Todd Rathner, we were honored to have eight-year-old Remington Wilson (who I mentioned in our National Knife Day News Slice) testify in support of the bill (right in photo below with his father proudly looking on). … Continued... Read More


The 2021 Ultimate Steel Spectacular is CLOSED.

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Thanks for your generous support! The 2021 Ultimate Steel Spectacular is CLOSED. Winners in both the Tail End Bonus Drawing and Main Drawing will be drawn digitally the week of Oct. 4. Then we will begin the process of contacting each winner individually in the order they were drawn so that they can select their prize. Winners each have up to 48 hours to make their selection, so this can take weeks or months.Thanks for your patience as we complete the process. … Continued... Read More


PA Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Filed

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Knife Rights’ good friend Representative Martin Causer today introduced HB 1929, a bill to repeal Pennsylvania’s ban on automatic knives. Rep. Causer is working with Knife Rights to move this bill forward as part of our comprehensive plan to see important criminal justice and knife law reform enacted in Pennsylvania. Knife Rights will let you know when it is time to contact your legislators to support HB 1929. Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners’ organization; … Continued... Read More


First Ohio Knife Law Preemption Bill Senate Hearing Held

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With the August legislature recesses over, Knife Rights efforts are picking up again. On Tuesday, at a hearing of the Ohio Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee, a substitute version of SB 156, Knife Rights’ Ohio knife law preemption bill, was introduced. The substitute version is the result of efforts by Prime Sponsor Senator Kristina Roegner’s office and our Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, to address potential legal issues that were identified after the bill’s initial introduction. … Continued... Read More


Louisiana CCW Bill Including Most Knives Takes Effect

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Louisiana HB 124, providing for the concealed carry of any “instrumentality customarily used or intended for use as a dangerous weapon” as long as the carrier has a concealed handgun permit, takes effect on today, August 1, 2021. This includes knives, except, unfortunately, switchblades. In 2018 Knife Rights was able repeal Louisiana’s complete ban on switchblades,but in order to get it passed we had to compromise by including the restriction that the knife not be “intentionally concealed on one’s person.” … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Was Born 15 Years Ago Today!

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10 Years Ago Wall Street Journal Article Ignited Knife Owners' Civil Rights Movement July 25, 2016: Knife Rights was born ten years ago today after I read an outrageous and highly inflammatory article headlining the Wall Street Journal, entitled "How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business" demonizing so-called "tactical knives." A discredit to the Journal, the overwrought and sensationalist article was filled with distortions, misrepresentations, innuendo, outright lies and cherry-picked quotes pushing a transparent rabid anti-weapon and anti-freedom agenda. But, the story didn't quite spark the anti-knife response the reporter probably hoped for -- in fact, it had precisely the opposite effect. Reading that article I became incensed at the blatant, misguided attack on our everyday tools. I realized that there was no NRA for knife owners. There was no aggressive, proactive grassroots organization working to stop the U.S. from sinking into the anti-knife, anti-freedom pit that already exists in Europe and the U.K. That article ignited a new civil rights movement. Over the past decade Knife Rights has literally rewritten knife law in America. More knives and more freedom couldn't have been further from his objective, but that's exactly what he got. Thank you, Wall Street Journal.... Read More


Knife Rights Foundation Weighs In on Critical 2nd Amendment Case

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Knife Rights Foundation has joined with FPC American Victory Fund and a number of state Second Amendment advocacy groups submitting an Amicus Curie (Friend of the Court) brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in a critical Second Amendment case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen. This is the first Second Amendment case to be heard by SCOTUS in over a decade. Both that case, … Continued... Read More


U.S. Supreme Court Protects Knife Rights’ Donors

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In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on July 1, 2021 that a California law requiring nonprofits to reveal the names of their major donors to the government is “facially unconstitutional.” Had that decision gone the other way, Knife Rights could have been compelled to release the names of its major donors to the state. Knife Rights supported the efforts to void California’s new law that may have exposed its donors to potential harassment and impacted our ability to raise funds. … Continued... Read More


Louisiana CCW Bill Including Most Knives Signed

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Louisiana HB 124, supported by Knife Rights, has been signed by Governor Edwards, providing for the carry of any “instrumentality customarily used or intended for use as a dangerous weapon” as long as the carrier has a concealed handgun permit. This would include knives, except, unfortunately, switchblades. The law does not go into effect until August 1, 2021. In 2018 Knife Rights was able repeal Louisiana’s complete ban on switchblades,but in order to get it passed we had to compromise by including the restriction that the knife not be “intentionally concealed on one’s person.” … Continued... Read More


House Passes MI Knife Law Preemption Bill

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Knife Rights Act, HB 4066, was passed today by the House with a bipartisan vote of 69-41. HB 4066 is Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law preemption bill. The bill will now move to the Senate. We’d like to express our thanks to our bipartisan sponsors, Representatives Andrew Fink, John Reilly, Steve Johnson, Steve Carra, Joseph Bellino, Brad Paquette, John Damoose, Beau LaFave, Gregory Markkanen, Matthew Maddock, Luke Meerman, … Continued... Read More


First Hearing for Ohio Knife Law Preemption Bill

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The first hearing on Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 243, was held Thursday, June 17. The Government Oversight Committee sponsor’s hearing is the first of three hearings to be held on this bill. Sponsor Representative Al Cutrona introduced the bill and answered questions from committee members. Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, had been in Ohio the week prior lobbying for this bill and its companion Senate bill, … Continued... Read More


Texas Politics Kills Knife Law Reform Bill HB 956

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Knife Law Reform bill, HB 956, which was passed by the Texas House by an overwhelming vote of 142 – 2 and which passed the Senate last session, was allowed to die in the Texas Senate without a vote as their regular session ended. HB 956 would have removed from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives (having blades over 5 1/2 inches) are banned, including restaurants and bars that derive 51% of their income from sale or service of alcoholic beverages, … Continued... Read More


URGENT TEXAS ACTION ALERT: EMAIL TODAY! Urge Senate Committee Vote on TX Knife Law Reform DO IT TODAY!

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If you are a Texas resident, use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to urge members of the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs to push for a vote on HB 956. Time is running out. Every indication is we have the BIPARTISAN votes needed to pass the bill in Committee and on the floor of the Senate, but the bill is stalled. Governor Abbott has indicated he would sign the bill. The Chairman has not allowed a vote to be held. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights STOPS Texas Knife Lockdown Bill!

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We are very happy to announce that the Texas Knife Lockdown bill, HB 4415, has, for all practical purposes, died without a committee vote. All normal deadlines to move the bill have passed. To paraphrase, stick a knife in it, it’s done! This ill-conceived bill would have required broadly defined “retail establishments” in Texas, including knifemakers at knife shows, to only display knives “in a locked transparent case accessible only with the assistance of an employee of the establishment.” … Continued... Read More


Michigan Knife Rights Act Passed by House Committee

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Knife Rights Act, HB 4066, was passed out of the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee by a vote of 8-5. HB 4066 is Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill for Michigan. The bill will now be eligible for a vote by the full House. Knife Rights will let you know when it is time to contact your legislators to support HB 4066. Knife Law Preemption is a Knife Rights criminal justice reform effort that nullifies existing ordinances and prevents new local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Passed by House

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 956, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives today by a vote of  142 to 2. It now moves to the Senate for their consideration. Thanks to all our Texas members and supporters who used Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to email their Representatives to support this bill. HB 956 would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives (having blades over 5 1/2 inches) are banned, … Continued... Read More


URGENT TEXAS ACTION ALERT: EMAIL TODAY! Vote Monday for TX Knife Law Reform

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Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 956, is set for a vote Monday, April 26th, on the floor of the House. Thanks for the hundreds of emails you sent to members of the House Calendars Committee. Now we need to do it again for the floor vote. HB 956 would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives (having blades over 5 1/2 inches) are banned, … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT: EMAIL TX House Calendars Committee to Set Floor Vote on HB 956

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If you are a Texas resident, use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to urge members of the Texas House Calendars Committee to set Knife Rights’ Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 956, for a floor vote. HB 956 would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives (having blades over 5 1/2 inches) are banned. HB 956 would remove restaurants and bars that derive 51% of their income from sale or service of alcoholic beverages, … Continued... Read More


Ohio Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced in Senate

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At the SB 140 Enactment Celebration held at Rick Hinderer Knives on Tuesday, Ohio Senator Kristina Roegner, that bill’s sponsor, announced the filing of her Senate Knife Law Preemption bill, SB 156. This is a companion bill to HB 243, filed in the House by Representative Al Cutrona. These bills follow on SB 140 because, unfortunately, without knife law preemption, numerous cities and towns in Ohio are still able to ban many knives that are perfectly legal under Ohio’s statutes. … Continued... Read More


Ohio Knife Law Reform Celebration at Rick Hinderer Knives

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On Tuesday, April 13, at the Rick Hinderer Knives factory in Shreve, Ohio, before a gathering of legislators and other advocates who helped make it happen, Rick assembled a prototype of his first automatic (switchblade) knife that is now legal to manufacture in Ohio with the enactment the day before of SB 140, Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform bill. Rick Hinderer thanked the assembled legislators, Knife Rights and other advocates, … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT: STOP Texas Knife Lockdown!

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STOP the Texas Knife Lockdown! Texas HB 4415 would require “retail establishments” to display ALL knives “in a locked transparent case accessible only with the assistance of an employee of the establishment.” A committee hearing was held yesterday with emotional testimony from the family of a young man tragically murdered in a Corpus Christi Walmart last year. Knife Rights representatives and friends provided testimony in opposition to this well-intentioned, but ill-conceived and draconian bill. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Effective Today

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Today, April 12, is the enactment date for SB 140, Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform bill. Effective today Ohio knife law is changed in the following manner: 1. The ban on manufacture and sale of “switchblade,” “spring blade” and “gravity” knives is repealed. Possession and open carry has always been legal and concealed carry was legal except for the jeopardy inherent in the extreme vagueness of Ohio’s concealed “deadly weapon” … Continued... Read More


Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passes Out of Committee

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The Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee held a hearing yesterday for HB 956 that would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives (having blades over 5 1/2 inches) are banned. Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, gave testimony on the bill at the hearing (photo below). This bill hearing and vote came about only after Todd spent weeks lobbying in Austin to gain support for the bill and to get the bill scheduled for a hearing. … Continued... Read More


Ohio Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Ohio Representative Al Cutrona has introduced HB 243 to enact Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption in Ohio. This bill follows on Gov. DeWine’s signing of Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform bill, SB 140, earlier this year. Those reforms become law on April 12th. Unfortunately, without knife law preemption, numerous cities and towns in Ohio are still able to ban many knives that are perfectly legal under Ohio’s statutes. … Continued... Read More


Louisiana Concealed Carry Bill Would Cover Knives

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A Louisiana bill, HB 124, has been prefiled that would allow carry of any “instrumentality customarily used or intended for use as a dangerous weapon” as long as the carrier has a concealed handgun permit. This would include all knives. In 2018 Knife Rights was able repeal Louisiana’s complete ban on switchblades, but in order to get it passed we had to compromise by including the restriction that the knife not be “intentionally concealed on one’s person.” … Continued... Read More


Texas Bill Would Restrict Retail Display of Knives

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A Texas bill, HB 4415, has been introduced that would require “retail establishments” to display knives “in a locked transparent case accessible only with the assistance of an employee of the establishment.” For purposes of this bill,”knife” is very broadly defined as “any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument.” “Retail establishment” is also very broadly defined as “a place of business open to the general public for the sale of goods or services.” … Continued... Read More


Texas Bills Filed Protecting Knife Community Rights During Declared Disaster

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Two companion bills have been introduced in the Texas Senate and House, SB 18 and HB 2249, that would restrict the powers of state and local government to infringe on constitutional rights during declared emergencies. Among others whose rights would be protected, it would shield businesses which engage in the knife trade, as well as knife owners, from interference by the government at such times. In addition, two more bills with this Knife Rights-supported language have been filed. … Continued... Read More


Washington Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Dies

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Unfortunately, despite thousands of emails sent via Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to Chairman Hansen and committee members, the clock has run out on the bipartisan Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, HB 1224. The House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee didn’t hear the bill before deadline on Feb. 15th and as a result it is dead for this year. This means that Washingtonians must still live with an archaic ban making possession of simple automatic knives illegal while the residents of 44 other states have no such burden, … Continued... Read More


Hearing Held on North Dakota Concealed Carry Knife Reform Bill

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Despite a 90-degree temperature swing from his home base to -20F (not including wind chill), Todd Rathner, Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, was in North Dakota on Monday to testify and lobby in support of HB 1339, a bill to remove “switchblade, gravity knife, machete, scimitar, stiletto, sword [and] dagger” from the list of “dangerous weapons” that may not be carried concealed without a concealed weapon license. Knife Rights will always show up, … Continued... Read More


Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Protecting Knives Introduced

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Minnesota State Senator Paul Utke and Representatives Cal Bahr, Tim Miller, John Poston, Erik Mortensen, Eric Lucero and Donald Raleigh have introduced, respectively, SF 1026 and HF 824, Constitutional Amendment bills “providing for the right of the people to acquire, keep, possess, transport,​carry, transfer, and use arms including firearms, knives, or any other weapons and​ ammunition, components, and accessories for these arms.” Knife Rights appreciates our friends in Minnesota including knives in this proposed amendment. … Continued... Read More


Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Longtime Knife Rights friend Vermont Representative Patrick Brennan has filed H.254 to enact Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption in Vermont. The bill simply adds “knives” to the existing Vermont firearms preemption statute. Knife Law Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state. … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT! Washington Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill

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The bipartisan Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, HB 1224, that would repeal the state’s ban on automatic knives is in danger of dying on the vine. If a hearing is not held by the end of the day on Monday, February 15, it will be dead for this session. The current hearing agenda does not include HB 1224! If you are a Washington resident, please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to ask House Civil Rights & … Continued... Read More


Vermont Switchblade 3″+ Ban Repeal Introduced

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Longtime Knife Rights friend Vermont Representative Patrick Brennan has filed H.201 that would repeal the state’s ban on switchblade knives three inches or more in length. Switchblades (automatic knives) with a blade 3 inches or more in length are the only knives outlawed in Vermont. Vermont has Constitutional (Permitless) Carry so, you can carry any legal firearm open or concealed and you can carry any knife open or concealed except a switchblade with a blade 3 inches or longer. … Continued... Read More


Michigan Knife Rights Act Introduced

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The Michigan Knife Rights Act, HB 4066, Knife Rights’ signature knife law preemption bill, has been re-introduced. Last year the Act was passed by the House with a bipartisan vote of 71-36, but was never moved in the Senate due to the pandemic stopping most legislation from proceeding. Sponsors include author Rep. Steven Johnson, who has previously led the effort on this bill, as well as Representatives Andrew Fink, John Reilly, … Continued... Read More


Illinois FOID Card Repeal Bill Introduced

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An Illinois bill to repeal the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Card Act, HB 150, has been introduced by Representative Joe Sosnowski. This is identical to HB 4067 that did not get a vote last year. Repeal would be a plus for those wishing to possess an automatic knife in Illinois. As background, when we got the state’s total switchblade ban repealed in 2017, we had to compromise to require a FOID card in order to possess an automatic knife (as opposed to requiring a CCW, … Continued... Read More


North Dakota Concealed Carry Knife Reform Bill Introduced

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A North Dakota bill to remove “switchblade, gravity knife, machete, scimitar, stiletto, sword [and] dagger” from the list of “dangerous weapons” that may not be carried concealed without a concealed weapon license, HB 1339, has been introduced. The bill retains the under 5-inch limit for concealed carry of any knife without a CWL. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Luke Simons, Rick Becker, Cole Christensen, Sebastian Ertelt, Jeff Hoverson, Terry Jones, … Continued... Read More


Washington State “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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A bipartisan “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, HB 1224, has been introduced by Washington State Representatives Kelly Chambers and Mike Chapman. HB 1224 would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.” HB 1224 is identical to the bill that passed the Senate last year, but which never received a floor vote in the House before time expired. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Signed!

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Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 140, has been signed by Governor Mike DeWine. We sincerely thank Gov. DeWine for signing this important bill. Thanks, also, to all of you who used Knife Rights Legislative Action Center for the hundreds of emails and calls to the governor. NOTE: The new law does not take effect until April 12, 2021. Existing law is still in effect until then. NOTE: We have not yet passed Knife Rights signature knife law preemption in Ohio, … Continued... Read More


Bill Strengthening Knife Law Preemption in New Hampshire Introduced

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The New Hampshire Second Amendment State Preemption Act, HB 307, has been introduced by Representatives Norman Silber, Michael Yakubovich, Barbara Comtois and Linda Gould. This bill adds teeth to the state’s existing preemption law for knives (as well as firearms and ammunition). HB 307 provides for significant penalties against those who violate the state’s preemption law in order deter infringement. We will let you know when it’s time to contact your legislators to help move this bill along. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act Re-Introduced in Congress

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Originally conceived and authored by Knife Rights in 2010 and first introduced in 2013, the Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2021, H.R. 60, (“KOPA”) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on the first day of Congress by Arizona Representative Andy Biggs. KOPA will remove the irrational restrictions on interstate trade in automatic knives that are legal to one degree or another in 44 states, while also protecting the right of knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. … Continued... Read More


Texas Location Restricted Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced

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Long time Texas Knife Rights sponsor Representative Harold Dutton has introduced HB 956 that would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives are banned. The locations being removed includes restaurants and bars that derive 51% of their income from sale or service of alcoholic beverages, amusement parks and places of religious worship. In 2013 Knife Rights’ repeal of Texas’ switchblade ban was enacted. In 2015 Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption was enacted, … Continued... Read More


Bills to Make Bowie Official Knife of Texas Introduced

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Texas Senator Drew Springer has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR7 that would designate the Bowie Knife as the official state knife of Texas. This is a companion resolution to the original he filed in the House, HCR1, as a Representative, prior to moving to the Senate. This is a corrected version of HCR 86 that passed with bipartisan support in 2019, but which Governor Abbott vetoed because it contained an obvious historical error. … Continued... Read More


South Carolina Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Long time Knife Rights friend South Carolina Representative Brian White has introduced Knife Rights’ signature knife law preemption legislation. H.3551 adds “knives” to South Carolina’s existing firearms preemption law. In 2015 this legislation passed the House unanimously, but got bogged down in the Senate over issues unrelated to the bill. We will let you know when it’s time to contact your legislators to help move this bill along. Preemption prevents a patchwork of local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. … Continued... Read More


Senate Resolution to Make Bowie Official Knife of Texas Introduced

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Texas Senator Drew Springer has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR7 that would designate the Bowie Knife as the official state knife of Texas. This is a companion resolution to the original he filed in the House, HCR1, as a Representative, prior to moving to the Senate. This is a corrected version of HCR 86 that passed with bipartisan support in 2019, but which Governor Abbott vetoed because it contained an obvious historical error. … Continued... Read More


Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill to Governor – CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

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We are not yet done with 2020! Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 140, passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 59-23. SB140 previously passed the Senate 32-1. SB 140 now moves to Governor Mike DeWine for his consideration.  One last step.  We need your help NOW to push SB 140 over the line! If you live, work or travel in Ohio, please use Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


2020 – Year In Review

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All of us at Knife Rights offer our sincere empathy for what our friends and supporters have gone through this year. We’ll be thrilled to leave 2020 behind and hope and pray 2021 will turn into something resembling “normal” for all of us. Despite all the challenges we’ve all faced, Knife Rights has forged ahead to get important things done with the help of our supporters. As 2020 stutters to a close, … Continued... Read More


EMAIL TODAY! Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Up For Vote

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We are not yet done with 2020! Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 140, could come up for a vote by the full House as soon as tomorrow (Tuesday). We need your help to push SB 140 over the line! SB 140 would change Ohio knife law by making two separate substantive changes: 1. Repealing the ban on manufacture and sale of “switchblade,” “spring blade” … Continued... Read More


2020 Year End Update – Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

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I don’t think anyone will argue that 2020 has sucked. We tossed around a bunch of descriptives, but in the end Sue, Todd and I decided “sucked” works. For some it has sucked much worse than for others. For some, less sucky. But, everyone has coped with some degree of suckiness. All of us at Knife Rights offer our sincere empathy for what our friends and supporters have gone through. We’ll be thrilled to leave 2020 behind and hope and pray 2021 will turn into something resembling “normal” … Continued... Read More


Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Passes House Committee – Call/Email TODAY!

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We are not yet done with 2020! Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, has spent the better part of the past two weeks in Columbus, Ohio, lobbying hard to get our Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 140, out of committee. As a result of his efforts, SB 140 was just passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee with a bipartisan vote of 7-4. SB140 already passed the Senate 32-1 in June of 2019. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Chair Doug Ritter Speaking at Two Virtual Second Amendment Events

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National Constitution Day Arizona Second Amendment Virtual Rally Wednesday Evening, September 16th This year’s National Constitution Day Arizona Second Amendment Rally will be held online the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 16th, starting at 6:00 PM Arizona (9:00 PM Eastern). Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter and his wife Sue are featured speakers. Hosted by Arizona state Rep. Tim Dunn (LD13) and headlined by Sen. Martha McSally, speakers supporting the Second Amendment will include Cheryl Todd of Gun Freedom Radio and Tiffany Shedd, … Continued... Read More


Amicus Brief Filed in Hawaii Butterfly Knife Second Amendment Case

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted almost all legislative efforts this year, Knife Rights continues its efforts to serve our knife community and Rewrite Knife Law in America™. Knife Rights Foundation today announced the filing of an important Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief in a Second Amendment lawsuit currently before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The case, captioned Teter v. Connors, challenges the State of Hawaii’s outright ban on butterfly knives. … Continued... Read More


The Aftermath of Self-Defense – What to Do & What NOT to Do

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In these disturbing times, the issue of self-defense and the aftermath are increasingly areas of concern for many who never previously gave it much thought. Politics, irrespective of facts or longstanding law, is increasingly affecting what happens in the aftermath, what happens to the person defending their life or that of loved ones. That is why Knife Rights teamed up with U.S. LawShield* which offers legal defense protection for those who have a justified self-defense or bogus weapons charge incident regardless of the legal weapon used. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Teams Up with U.S. LawShield – Legal Defense for Self-Defense & Carry

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Knife Rights, America’s foremost advocacy organization for knife owners, is proud to team up with U.S. LawShield which offers legal defense protection for those who have a justified self-defense or bogus weapons charge incident regardless of the legal weapon used or carried; knife, gun, club, or any other. What if you used your knife for self-defense instead of, or back-up to, a firearm? What if a knife was the only legal choice available to carry for self-defense? … Continued... Read More


Kansas Knife Statute Held Unconstitutionally Vague

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While not obviously applicable to most reading this, this is actually an important judicial victory for all knife owners. In an opinion dealing with felons in possession of weapons, the Kansas Supreme Court held a critical portion of the statute unconstitutionally vague. While the decision dealt specifically with this felon related statue, it is relevant to many statutes with similar vague language. While the precedent it sets in Kansas is limited to that state, it will be cited in cases in other states where similar catch-all phrases (technically, … Continued... Read More


LegalBlade™ Knife Law App 2.0 – Knife Laws in America™ Introduced

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Knife Rights Foundation is excited to introduce LegalBlade™ Knife Law App 2.0 – Knife Laws in America™, the enhanced second generation of the world’s first and only knife law app. The improved LegalBlade™ App features an all new, easier to navigate user interface and it is now FREE compliments of sponsor Blade HQ. Knife Rights’ LegalBlade™ app provides guidance at your fingertips to the knife laws of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and over 40 cities. … Continued... Read More


West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Takes Effect May 31st

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West Virginia SB 96 that expands the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, goes into effect Sunday, May 31st. Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, and prohibits new ordinances, more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and with West Virginia, … Continued... Read More


Amicus Brief Filed in NYC DA’s Effort To Vacate Gravity Knife Decision

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Today, Knife Rights Foundation filed an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief opposing District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr’s appeal and his reprehensible effort to now moot his own appeal and vacate the Federal District Court decision that ruled the “wrist flick test,” used by NYPD and prosecutors to determine if a knife is a gravity knife, was unconstitutional under some circumstances. Knife Rights had previously filed an Amicus brief opposing the DA’s motion to moot its appeal and vacate the decision and the U.S. … Continued... Read More


Knife Manufacturing and Distribution as “Essential Infrastructure?”

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The recent inclusion of “workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” in the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce  highlighted the challenges facing some knife manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors in keeping their doors open in these challenging times. Recent COVID-19 related shutdowns are negatively impacting some knife manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors, … Continued... Read More


West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Signed by Governor

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West Virginia SB 96 that expands the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, was signed yesterday by Governor Jim Justice. We appreciate Gov. Justice’s support for removing these local barriers to law abiding citizens’ right to carry. WARNING: The new law does not becomes effective until May 31, 2020. Knife Rights appreciates the efforts of SB 96 sponsor Senator Charles Trump. We would like to thank the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action and their lobbyist Art Thomm, … Continued... Read More


Michigan Knife Law Preemption Bill Passes House

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 5286, the “Michigan Knife Rights Act,” was passed by the House with a bipartisan vote of 71-36. It will now move to the Senate. Thanks to all who used Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to email their legislators.  We will let you know when it is time to again contact legislators on this bill. Sponsor Rep. Steven Johnson said, “One of the things my constituents sent me to Lansing to do is to clear up confusion in government. … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT: Michigan Knife Law Preemption Bill Passes House Committee

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 5286, the “Michigan Knife Rights Act,” was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan vote of 12-1. It will now be eligible for a vote by the full House. If you are a Michigan resident, please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to ask House members to vote YES on HB 5286: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/34 DO IT TODAY and help us push this bill forward! … Continued... Read More


Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Dies in House…Again

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Despite two years of hard work by all involved and numerous trips to Olympia by Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner, including a last-minute “fire drill” this week to manage proposed floor amendments to the bill, the Washington State House of Representatives again failed to vote on SB 5782, the “Spring Blade” (Switchblade) Knife Ban Repeal bill, before the March 6 cutoff for bills originating in the Senate. Unfortunately, … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT Michigan Knife Law Preemption Bill Hearing

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 5286, the “Michigan Knife Rights Act,” was heard by the House Judiciary Committee today. Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner testified in support of the bill.  He was able to answer all the members’ questions.   The Democrat minority Vice-Chair, Rep. David LaGrand, related a story about a knife possession case he defended as an attorney and then stated, “this is a good bill.” … Continued... Read More


West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Passed – On To Governor

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West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, was passed by the House 81-17. It now heads to Governor Jim Justice for his consideration. Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, and prohibits new ordinances, more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, … Continued... Read More


Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Passed by House Judiciary Committee

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The Washington state “Spring Blade” (Switchblade) Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was reported out the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee by a 12-3 vote with a  “do pass” recommendation.  Next step would be a vote by the full House. We will let you know when it is time to contact House members. Thanks to the hundreds of Washingtonians who used Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to email the committee members. … Continued... Read More


West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Passed House Judiciary

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West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, was passed by the House Judiciary Committee with a minor amendment that does not affect the Knife Law Preemption aspect of the bill. It now awaits a floor vote of the full House. SB 96 was previously passed by the Senate 30-2. We will let you know when it is time to contact House Members on this bill. … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT! Michigan Knife Law Preemption Bill Hearing

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 5286, the “Michigan Knife Rights Act,” is scheduled for a hearing next Tuesday, March 3rd, at 9:00 AM in the House Judiciary Committee. If you live, work or travel to Michigan please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to ask Committee Members to vote YES on HB 5286: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/34 DO IT TODAY and help us push this bill forward! … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT! Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Hearing Report

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was heard yesterday in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee. Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, testified and answered member’s questions. It is tentatively scheduled for a vote on Friday. If you live, work or travel to Washington state AND have not yet done so, please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to ask Committee Members to vote YES on SB5782: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/26 DO IT TODAY and help us push this bill over the finish line! … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT! Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Hearing

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, which passed the Senate 46-1, has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 25. If you live, work or travel to Washington, please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to ask Committee Members to vote YES on SB5782: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/26 Write Today and help us push this bill over the finish line! … Continued... Read More


Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Passes Senate

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, which passed the Senate last year and ran out of time in the House, is back! Today it once again passed in the Senate by a vote of 46-1. This is the same overwhelming bipartisan vote as last year. The bill now moves to the House. Thanks to everyone who used Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to email Senators in support of this bill. … Continued... Read More


ACTION ALERT! WA “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Set for Senate Vote

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, that didn’t receive a House floor vote last year as time ran out after passing the Senate and its House committee, has been sent to the floor for a vote by the full Senate in the coming days. If you live, work or travel to Washington, please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to ask Senators to vote YES on SB5782 as they did last year, … Continued... Read More


West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Passed Senate

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West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, was passed by the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 30-2. It has been sent to the House. Thanks to everyone who use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to email Senators in support of this bill. We will let you know when it is time to contact the legislature on this bill. … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT: WV Knife Law Preemption Bill To Floor Vote

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West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, was passed out of the Judiciary Committee with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 16-1. It now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. Use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to send Senators an email asking them to vote YES on SB 96: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/33 Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, … Continued... Read More


Illinois FOID Card Repeal Bill Introduced

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An Illinois bill to repeal the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Card Act, HB 4067, has been introduced by Representative John Cabello and gained 15 co-sponsors. When we got the state’s total switchblade ban repealed in 2017, we had to compromise to require a FOID card in order to possess an automatic knife. At a cost of $10 (good for 10 years), it is a relatively minor hurdle. Unless you are a prohibited person with regards to firearms possession, … Continued... Read More


Mississippi Concealed Carry Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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A Mississippi bill to remove the ban on carrying a “bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, (and) switchblade knife” concealed, House Bill 451, has been introduced by Representative Henry Zuber. We will let you know when it is time to contact the legislature on this bill. … Continued... Read More


WV House Companion Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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The West Virginia House companion bill that would enact Knife Law Preemption in the state, HB 4376, has been introduced by sponsor Delegate Chris Phillips with bipartisan co-sponsors Delegates Dean Jeffries, Amy Summers, Erikka Storch, Joe Jeffries, Larry Kump, Tom Fast, Randal Swartzmiller, Jason Barrett, Brent Boggs and Kayla Kessinger. Like the Senate version, SB 96 that has passed out of its first committee hearing, HB 4376 would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” … Continued... Read More


West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Passed First Hearing

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Knife Rights supported West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, was passed out of the Senate Government Organization Committee by a voice vote yesterday.  It will now go to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. Thanks to all who used Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to contact the committee members. We will let you know when it is time to contact the Judiciary Committee members. … Continued... Read More


WA “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Bill Reintroduced

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, that didn’t receive a House floor vote last year as time ran out after passing the Senate and its House committee, has been “reintroduced and retained in present status.” What this means is that a Senator can now pull the bill to the Senate floor for a vote, where it passed 46-1 last year. There would be no committee hearing. … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT! WV Knife Law Preemption Bill Hearing

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We have just been notified that West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, is scheduled for a hearing TOMORROW, Thursday, Jan. 16. Use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to send the Senate Government Organization Committee members an email asking them to vote YES on SB 96: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/33   Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, … Continued... Read More


West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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West Virginia Senator Charles Trump has introduced SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons.” “Knives” are included in the definition of “deadly weapons.” Knife Rights is honored to be working with Sen. Trump and our friends at West Virginia Citizens Defense League to develop and promote this bill that would add West Virginia to the growing list of states with knife law preemption. Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, … Continued... Read More


Michigan Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Michigan State Representative Steven Johnson has once again introduced the Michigan Knife Rights Act, Knife Rights’ signature knife law preemption bill, HB 5286. Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, and prohibits new ordinances, more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. We will let you know when it is time to contact your legislators in Michigan In 2017 Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


VIDEO: Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Hearing Held in House

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The Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee held a “proponent” hearing last Thursday on Senate Bill 140, Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform bill. Todd Rathner, Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, testified in support of the bill. Senate Bill 140, which passed the Senate 32-1, will change Ohio knife law by making two separate substantive changes: 1. Repealing the ban on manufacture and sale of “switchblade,” “spring blade” … Continued... Read More


Support Knife Rights When Shopping This Holiday Season

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Whether you are holiday shopping or otherwise before or during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, through the holidays, you can support Knife Rights Foundation when you shop at Amazon Smile with Knife Rights Foundation as your supported charity or you shop via Good Shop.  If you bookmark these pages, you can continue to support Knife Rights throughout the year when you shop. Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Knife Rights Foundation when you shop via Amazon Smile. … Continued... Read More


2nd Circuit Accepts Knife Rights’ Amicus Brief – Forces DA Vance to Appeal

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Meanwhile, DA Vance’s efforts to abuse to his benefit a foundational principle of jurisprudence and roll back the clock to continue to victimize knife owners was halted for the moment by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. They denied his motion to vacate, on the ground of mootness, a District Court decision declaring the “wrist flick” test unconstitutional, forcing him to an appeal on the merits which will be heard along with his mootness arguments. … Continued... Read More


Bloomberg Apology Falls Short for Knife Owners

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(Updated Nov. 23, 2019) Last week, Michael Bloomberg, former Republican mayor of New York City, now a declared Democratic presidential candidate, apologized for the unconstitutional “stop and frisk” policy in New York City whose inception he supported and then had enforced by his police department. For knife owners, especially the tens of thousands who were targeted by his police department, the apology rings hollow. While he thinks now that he “got something important really wrong” … Continued... Read More


No, Knife Owners Are Not Being Thrown Under The Bus

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As efforts to enact more restrictive and confiscatory gun control laws have accelerated recently, many knife owners feel like they are being thrown under the bus by one argument presented by pro-Second Amendment supporters. Recent headlines make the point that the latest FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program report (ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018) shows a continuing trend of more people murdered with knives than with rifles (five times as many), even as gun-related murders decrease overall. … Continued... Read More


Not The Onion…Church of England Demands Blunt Kitchen Knives

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Resurrecting an inane proposal from some daft British academics made in 2005, the Church of England has demanded a ban on the sale of pointed kitchen knives, saying there is no reason for them in the modern world. As reported widely, in a letter to ministers backed by equally irrational doctors, psychiatrists, police, victims and a judge, Church of England bishops say redesigning domestic kitchen knives to give them rounded ends would combat so-called “knife crime” … Continued... Read More


Repeal of TX Bans on Tomahawks & Trench Knives + Strengthened Preemption Law Effective Sept. 1 

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Knife Rights supported HB 446, repealing the Texas ban on carry of clubs* (including tomahawks) and possession of knuckles (including trench knives and the like), takes effect this Sunday, September 1. NOTE: A Trench Knife, or similar, with a blade over 5.5-inches will be considered a Location Restricted Knife and is banned from carry at some specific locations. Also taking effect Sunday is HB 3231 which strengthens the state’s preemption statute. … Continued... Read More


NY Giveth & NY Taketh – New NY Knife Ban Signed Into Law

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While we were successful in repealing New York’s Gravity Knife Ban in an effort to solve the problems with New York City’s unconstitutional enforcement scheme against possessors of  common folding knives, we were unable to stop another irrational knife ban from being put in place. Governor Cuomo has signed S4202, a ban on manufacturing, shipment or possession of “undetectable” knives. (NOTE: The bill passed with partisan majorities after five prior attempts where it passed the Assembly twice, … Continued... Read More


NY DA Vance Working to Victimize Knife Owners Yet Again!

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New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., is up to his old tricks again, still trying to victimize law abiding knife owners. The contemptible DA is attempting to vacate the Federal District Court decision that ruled the “wrist flick test,” used by NYPD and prosecutors to determine if a knife is a gravity knife, was unconstitutional under some circumstances. His outrageous motion is a blatantly self-serving and highly inappropriate effort to abuse a foundational principle of jurisprudence to his benefit. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Honors Young Georgia Hero

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L-R: Doug Ritter, Logan Simmons and Alan Romania – Logan holding the knife he used to save the child. (Click for high resolution of photo above.  Click remaining photos and links for higher resolution images – Photo Credits: Dirk Loots)    On July 24, 2019 in the Flowery Branch, Georgia, Chick-Fil-A where on June 25th nineteen-year-old Logan Simmons saved a six-year-old child choking in his seatbelt, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Doug Ritter Guest on Knife Perspective Podcast

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Knife Rights founder and Chairman Doug Ritter was recently a guest on the Knife Perspective podcast. Hosts Dan Eastland of Dogwood Custom Knives and Kyle Daily of KH Daily Knives tossed a lot of questions Doug’s way and the result is a lively review of Knife Rights’ unparalleled accomplishments,how we got there and how we intend to continue the fight.  Click for the podcasts’s page on Knife Perspective with notes and links. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform UPDATE

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The Ohio legislature finally got a budget done, but in the process our amendment with the language from Knife Rights’ Knife Law Reform bill was deleted. That would be a lot more of a concern if the Senate hadn’t already passed SB 140 by an overwhelming bipartisan majority.  It’s already been sent over to the House and awaits action once the summer recess is over. SB 140 addresses the often abusive and discriminatory application of the existing Ohio weapons law against knife carriers, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform UPDATE

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UPDATE:  The Ohio legislature kicked the State Budget can down the road 17 days with a Budget Extension that maintains the status quo and continues funding state government. Senate and House leadership still appear far apart on certain critical parts of the budget. For now, not much to do but wait and see what happens. As far as Knife Rights’ knife law reform language included in the Senate version goes, it’s anybody’s guess until they sort out much bigger issues. … Continued... Read More


Carry a Knife – Save a Life!™ – Young Hero Saves Child with his EDC Pocketknife

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On Tuesday afternoon, June 25, Logan Simmons (age 19), who works in a Chick-Fil-A branch in Flowery Branch, Georgia, spotted a six-year-old child choking in his seatbelt in a nearby car and immediately rushed to help. Climbing through the drive-in window, Simmons pulled out his pocketknife and cut the boy free, saving his life. “You could see he was turning red and losing pigmentation in his face,” he told WSB-TV. A huge “WELL DONE” … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Passes Senate

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Admittedly this gets a bit confusing, but bear with us here, it is all good… As noted previously, the key language in Knife Rights’ Ohio knife law reform bill, SB 140, was included in the Senate’s amendment to the State Budget, which passed the Senate last week and which is currently in a Senate/House Conference Committee. If it is retained in the final budget bill, then it would go to the governor as part of the budget. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Passes Senate as Budget Amendment

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Ohio State Senator Joe Uecker, sponsor of Knife Rights’ Ohio knife law reform bill, SB 140, negotiated to include the key bill language from SB 140 in the Senate’s amendment to the State Budget, which passed the Senate yesterday. The bill will now be taken up in conference committee next week. Knife Rights has been working on this bill in various forms for six years now. Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner attended hearings in Columbus last week and was there to work for passage of the bill again this week.  … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife Update Comments, Cautions and Clarification

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After receiving numerous inquires about the changes in New York law as a result of the enactment of A5944 repealing the state’s gravity knife ban, a few comments, cautions and further clarification on one point of law: Yes, there are numerous places where you can purchase antique true gravity knives, German paratrooper knives, and similar gravity knives. And, yes, true gravity knives are now being developed and produced. As an example, … Continued... Read More


ACTION ALERT: Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Passes Senate Committee – EMAIL TODAY!

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The Ohio Senate Committee on Government Oversight and Reform passed Knife Rights’ Ohio knife law reform bill, SB 140, by a vote of 9 – 1.  The next action will be a vote of the full Senate, which could come as early as next week. If you live, work or travel to Ohio, please use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action center to email your Senator and ask the Senator vote YES on SB140:  kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/32 Knife Rights has been working on this bill in various forms for six years now. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Denied Cert by SCOTUS – Nevertheless HUGE WIN FOR KNIFE RIGHTS & NYC!

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The Supreme Court of the United States denied Plaintiff’s petition for a Writ of Certiorari, ending eight years of Knife Rights’ federal civil rights litigation against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The Court’s denial would be more disappointing had the strong possibility of being granted Cert not been a major factor pushing Governor Cuomo to sign A5944 just a couple weeks ago, repealing the state’s gravity knife ban. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Supported Bill to Strengthen Texas Preemption Law Signed by Governor

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A Texas bill that strengthens the state’s preemption statute, HB 3231, has been signed by Governor Abbott. HB3231 enhances the state’s firearm and knife law preemption statute by adding a provision that prevents local governments from restricting firearms and knife sales through the use of zoning and other local ordinances. It also further clarified and strengthened the statute by adding “possession, wearing, carrying” and “storage” of firearms and knives to the preemption statute. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Michigan Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced

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Michigan State Representative Steven Johnson has once again introduced a bill to remove from Michigan statute all the knives prohibited from concealed carry, HB 4722.  Rep. Johnson previously introduced an identical bill last year. Reps. Beau LaFave and Matt Hall are co-sponsors. We will let you know when it is time to contact your legislators in Michigan. HB 4722 would remove Sec. 227. (1) entirely from Michigan’s penal code: “A person shall not carry a dagger, … Continued... Read More


DA & NYC Throw Hail Mary Mootness Argument in Knife Rights’ SCOTUS Case    

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In a counter to Plaintiff’s responsive brief to their mootness letter, New York City and DA Vance have hurled a Hail Mary brief at SCOTUS in an effort to defend their mootness claim. It would appear to fail on all accounts. They claim we did not challenge the MTA regulations in the original or amended complaint. However, that fails because we did challenge the definition of a gravity knife on which any enforcement would necessarily be based and which is the essence of the case. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Plaintiffs Respond to DA & NYC SCOTUS Mootness Argument

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As expected, shortly after NY Governor Cuomo signed A5944 into law repealing NY’s gravity knife bans, New York City and DA Vance submitted a letter to the U.S. Supreme Court claiming that the new law mooted the case. They claim that the new law removing the gravity knife bans means that our case is no longer relevant and therefore should not be considered by the Court. As previously noted, … Continued... Read More


NYC Mayor de Blasio’s NYPD Promises Continued Gravity Knife Enforcement on Subways!

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After our huge win last week repealing New York State’s ban on Gravity Knives in order to stop the flagrantly discriminatory arrests and prosecutions in New York City of those who carry common folding knives, over 70,000 to date and disproportionately minorities, unrepentant Mayor Bill de Blasio and his New York Police Department, who strongly opposed the bill, have announced that they are unwilling to stop. Grasping at straws in their apparent resentment over being thwarted, … Continued... Read More


A Hard Earned Knife Rights Victory! Freedom (Finally) Wins in New York!

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Nine years of hard work and effort, including eight years of costly Federal litigation and the threat of losing big time at the U.S. Supreme Court (see below), has finally convinced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign  A5944, repealing the state’s bans on Gravity Knives. Cuomo previously vetoed two similar bills which Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, also worked on tirelessly in Albany. Although the bill leaves the definition of a gravity knife intact, … Continued... Read More


Texas Bans on Clubs (Tomahawks) and Knuckles Repealed!

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Knife Rights supported HB 446, repealing the ban on carry of clubs (including tomahawks) and possession of knuckles (including trench knives and the like) has been signed by Texas Governor Abbot.  It will be effective on September 1, 2019. NOTE: A Trench Knife with a blade over 5.5-inches will be considered a Location Restricted Knife and is banned from carry at some specific locations. In 2013 Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


Texas Bills Update – Email Gov. Abbott TODAY!

Knife Rights supported HB 446, repealing the ban on clubs (including tomahawks) and knuckles (including trench knives and the like), passed the legislature and was transmitted to Governor Abbot for action. If you are a Texas resident, CLICK HERE to use Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center to contact Governor Abbot and ask him to sign HB 446. Knife Rights’ companion “Location-Restricted Knife” Law Reform bills, SB 2381 and HB 2342, … Continued... Read More


Plaintiff’s Reply Brief Filed with SCOTUS in NYC Gravity Knife Case

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In response to New York City’s and District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s opposition briefs filed last week, Plaintiffs submitted their Reply Brief today.  CLICK HERE to read the Reply Brief. The Reply Brief points out to the Court that the City and DA take the same approach in their opposition briefs that they have taken through this lawsuit. They ignore the substance of the case and instead employ misdirection to distract from review of the actual issues. … Continued... Read More


Pennsylvania Permitless Carry Bill Would Also Repeal Switchblade Ban

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Pennsylvania House Bill 1412 is a constitutional (permitless) carry bill that includes repeal of the state’s ban on switchblade knives. It would remove from Section 2. Section 908(c) of Title 18 Prohibited offensive weapons, “dagger, knife,razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mechanism, or otherwise.” HB 1412 is sponsered by Representatives Aaron Bernstine, Francis Ryan, Greg Rothman, Russ Diamond, George Dunbar, … Continued... Read More


NYC & DA Respond to Cert Petition in Knife Rights’ NYC Gravity Knife Case

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In conformity with the U.S. Supreme Court’s direction that they respond to Plaintiff’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari in our long-running Gravity Knife case, New York City and DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. filed opposition briefs Monday, May 13. Both briefs continue the Defendants’ campaign of misdirection and obfuscation. They repeatedly mischaracterize the nature of the claim and draw upon irrelevancies to raise alleged defects in the petition that are not there. … Continued... Read More


NY Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Stop Arrests in NYC – But, Will Gov Sign it?

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Is the third time the charm? The New York State Senate has unanimously passed A5944, in a floor vote that substituted the already unanimously passed companion Assembly bill for S4863. These Gravity Knife Ban Repeal bills were sponsored by our longtime allies Assemblyman Dan Quart and Senator Diane Savino. This is yet another “stab” by our friends in the NY legislature  to address the bogus arrests and prosecutions on unconstitutionally vague Gravity Knife charges of knife owners carrying common folding knives in New York City. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced

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After a number of years working with our good friend Ohio State Senator Joe Uecker, SB 140 has been introduced that would reform Ohio knife law. SB 140 repeals Sec. 2923.20(A)(6), the state’s ban on the manufacture and sale to civilians of switchblade knives, springblade knives and gravity knives, as well as  brass knuckles, cestus, billy, blackjack, sandbag or any similar weapon In addition, SB 140 creates an exception to Sec. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas “Location-Restricted Knife” Reform Bill Passes Senate

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After intense lobbying by Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, working closely with sponsor Senator Bryan Hughes and our friends in Austin, the Texas Senate on Monday passed Knife Rights’ “Location-Restricted Knife” Reform Bill, SB 2381, by a bipartisan vote of 19-12. The bill’s co-author is Sen. Pat Fallon. The bill has been transmitted to the House where the House companion bill, HB 2342, sponsored by Rep. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ TX “Location-Restricted Knife” Reform Bill Passes Senate Committee

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Todd Rathner, Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, spent his fifth week in Texas this year working to get SB 2381 out of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee. It was passed out by a vote of 4-2. SB 2381 would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives are banned. The locations being removed includes restaurants and bars that derive 51% of their income from sale or service of alcoholic beverages, … Continued... Read More


Clock Runs Out on WA “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal This Year

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was up against the clock yesterday and the House failed to take it up for a vote before time ran out. The Washington legislature was tied up with a number of major issues as the deadline for action approached and our bill was one of many that simply wasn’t acted upon in time. The good news is that the Washington legislature works on a two-year session and SB 5782 is still alive. … Continued... Read More


Signing Ceremony for Knife Rights’ MT Switchblade Ban Repeal & Knife Law Preemption Bill

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Tuesday afternoon in Helena, Montana Governor Steve Bullock held a signing ceremony for Knife Rights’ Montana Switchblade Ban Repeal and Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 155. Knife Rights Board member Ethan Becker attended representing Knife Rights. Ethan presented the Governor his first ever automatic knife, a specially inscribed Protech SBR, as an award in recognition of his signing of the bill. We’d like to acknowledge our good friend Dave Wattenberg, … Continued... Read More


NY Assembly Passes Bill to Stop Unconstitutional Arrests in NYC

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The New York State Assembly unanimously passed Assemblyman Dan Quarts’ bill, A5944, another effort by our longtime ally to address the bogus arrests and prosecutions on illegal Gravity Knife charges of knife owners carrying common folding knives in New York City. Governor Cuomo has twice vetoed similar bills. A5944 would remove “gravity knife” from all New York criminal statutes, while leaving the existing definition of a Gravity Knife intact. While Cuomo admitted in one veto message that, … Continued... Read More


Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Passes House Committee

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The Washington State “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was voted out of the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee 10-2 with a “do pass” recommendation. The bill was amended to limit blade length to 3.5 inches. The existing exemption for manufacturing and sales of these knives to first responders that was enacted with Knife Rights critical lobbying support in 2012 was reinstated so that they can continue to do so for knives with blades over 3.5 inches. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights MT Switchblade Ban Repeal & Preemption Bill Signed Into Law

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock has signed Knife Rights’ Montana Switchblade Ban Repeal and Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 155.  It is effective IMMEDIATELY! We sincerely thank Governor Bullock for signing HB155. With the repeal of the state’s prior restriction on switchblades, automatic knives are now completely legal in Montana. Montana is the 16th state to repeal its ban on switchblade (automatic) knives since Knife Rights started in 2010. With Knife Law Preemption enacted, … Continued... Read More


Problematic Knife Transport Bill Reported Out of Senate Commerce Committee

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The Senate Commerce Committee today reported problematic S.542 the Interstate Transport Act of 2019, out of committee. Sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) with primary co-sponsor Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), S.1092 attempts to protect knife owners traveling interstate with knives. This bill is a weaker and problematic version of Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act (KOPA – H.R. 88). S.542 would theoretically provide safe harbor to someone traveling with knives where it is lawful for the knives to be possessed at both the points of origin and destination, … Continued... Read More


NYPD Takes Notice of Gravity Knife Ruling to No Good Effect!   

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As we previously reported, New York City’s abuse of the state gravity knife ban to unconstitutionally arrest tens of thousands of innocent knife owners took a hit in a Federal District Court ruling last week when Judge Paul A. Crotty issued a narrow ruling finding the state’s gravity knife law to be unconstitutionally void for vagueness as applied to the plaintiff’s circumstances. At the time we posted this WARNING which we reiterate here: At this time, … Continued... Read More


NYC Gravity Law Takes a Hit, But Still Standing and Dangerous

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New York City’s abuse of the state gravity knife ban to unconstitutionally arrest tens of thousands of innocent knife owners took a hit in a Federal District Court ruling on Wednesday, but the actual impact on the City and DA’s arrests and prosecutions is expected to be small, depending in part on how the City and DA react. In a narrow ruling, Federal District Court Judge Paul A. Crotty found the state’s gravity knife law to be unconstitutionally void for vagueness as applied to the plaintiff’s  circumstances. … Continued... Read More


Virginia Governor Vetoes Knife Rights Switchblade Commerce Bill

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Despite passage with bipartisan support, Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam vetoed Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Commerce bill, SB1251. Signing this bill would have brought in millions of dollars in commerce, significant numbers of new jobs and revenue gains to one of the most economically disadvantaged areas of the state. His veto message displays a regrettable view of switchblades still rooted in the myths and social attitudes of the 1950’s. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Montana Switchblade Ban Repeal & Knife Law Preemption Bill Passed

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The Montana Senate voted unanimously to pass Knife Rights’ Montana Switchblade Ban Repeal and Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 155. HB 155 was earlier passed by the House 99-1. It now goes to Governor Steve Bullock for his consideration. Bill sponsor Rep. Casey Knudsen worked closely with Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, on HB155, and deserves our gratitude for his significant efforts which resulted in the bill’s passage with but a single nay vote. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas “Location-Restricted Knife” Reform Bills Introduced

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Longtime Texas Knife Rights sponsor Representative Harold Dutton and Senator Bryan Hughes have introduced companion bills, HB 2342 and SB 2381, that would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives are banned. The locations being removed includes restaurants and bars that derive 51% of their income from sale or service of alcoholic beverages, amusement parks and places of religious worship. In 2013 Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


Tenacious Dems in NY Again Working to Stop Arrests in NYC – Gov Shows No Inclination to Alter Opposition

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Longtime Knife Rights friend New York State Assembly Member Dan Quart and Senator Robert Jackson have introduced companion bills, A5944 and S3898, in another effort to address the bogus arrests and prosecutions on illegal Gravity Knife charges of knife owners carrying common folding knives in New York City. Governor Cuomo has twice vetoed similar bills. A5944/S3898 would remove “gravity knife” from all New York criminal statutes, while leaving the existing definition of a Gravity Knife intact. … Continued... Read More


Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Passes Senate

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was passed by the Senate 46-1. SB 5782 would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.” The bill now moves to the House for consideration. The unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Committee on Law & Justice paved the way for the bill’s overwhelming passage. … Continued... Read More


SCOTUS Directs NYC & DA to Respond to Plaintiffs’ Cert Petition

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The U.S. Supreme Court has directed New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. to respond to plaintiffs’ petition for Writ of Certiorari in Knife Rights’ nearly eight-year-old civil rights lawsuit over New York City’s persecution of pocket knife owners. The City and DA had waived their response, but at least one Justice has indicated a desire to hear from the Respondents before the petition is considered by the full court at a conference of the Justices. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Commerce Bill Passes

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Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Commerce bill, SB1251, has passed the Virginia General Assembly with a bipartisan House vote of 57-42 and by a bipartisan concurrence vote in the Senate of 25-15. The bill was amended in committee, but the changes do not impact the effect of the bill. The bill now moves to the Governor for action. Knife Rights will let you know when it is appropriate to engage the Governor to support SB 1251. … Continued... Read More


Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Passes Out of Committee

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The Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was voted out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice by a unanimous vote.  SB 5782 would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.” Thanks to all of you who emailed the members of the Committee in support of this bill. Your contacts make a difference! … Continued... Read More


URGENT ACTION ALERT: Email in Support of Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill

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Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner was in Olympia, Washington this week to testify on SB 5782 before the Senate Committee on Law & Justice. It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.” Also testifying were Knife Rights’ friends Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, Spencer Frazer from SOG Knives and Jeffery Swanson from Blade Gallery, … Continued... Read More


3 Amicus Briefs Filed Supporting Petition to U.S. Supreme Court in Knife Rights’ NYC Gravity Knife Case

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Three amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs have been filed in support of plaintiffs’ petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States in Knife Rights’ nearly eight-year-old civil rights lawsuit over New York City’s persecution of pocket knife owners Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “we are thrilled to have three really strong amicus briefs from a diverse group of parties supporting our effort to get the U.S. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Vermont Knife Law Preemption & Switchblade Ban Repeal Bills Introduced

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Longtime Knife Rights friend Vermont Representative Patrick Brennan has filed a Knife Law Preemption bill, H.49. The bill would simply add “knives” to the existing Vermont firearms preemption statute. Rep. Brennan along with Rep. Seth Chase have also introduced H.124, which would repeal Vermont’s ban on switchblade knives with a blade length 3 inches or more.    Switchblades with a blade 3 inches or more in length are the only knives outlawed in Vermont.  … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Mississippi Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced

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At the request of Knife Rights, Mississippi Representative Gary Staples has introduced HB 950 to remove “Bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife and switchblade knife” from the deadly weapons statutes in Mississippi. It is time for Mississippi to join the majority of other Southern states and allow their residents to carry the knife of their choice. Knife Rights will let you know when it is appropriate to engage your legislators to support SB 950. … Continued... Read More


Virginia Repeal of Weapons Ban in Places of Worship Passed Senate

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SB 1024, which would repeal Virginia’s ban on carrying “a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon” to a “place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held,” passed the Virginia Senate by a vote of 21-19. It now moves to the House. If enacted, this bill would clearly allow carry of any Virginia legal knife in a place of worship. Knife Rights will let you know when it is appropriate to engage your legislators to support SB 1024. … Continued... Read More


Washington State “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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Led by the efforts of 2012 Knife Rights Freedom’s Point Award winner Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, a bipartisan “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, has been introduced by Washington State Senator Hans Zeiger. It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.”  The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Fortunato, Takko, Padden, and Palumbo. … Continued... Read More


Montana House Passes Knife Rights’ Switchblade Ban Repeal & Knife Law Preemption Bill 99-1

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Knife Rights’ Montana Switchblade Ban Repeal and Knife Law Preemption Bill, HB 155 sponsored by Rep. Casey Knudsen, has passed the Montana House by a nearly unanimous vote of 99 – 1. This effort follows up on 2017’s repeal of the prohibition against concealed carry without a CCW of “a knife with blade 4 or more inches in length” as well as removing Dirks, Daggers, Sword Canes, razors, “billy” and “knuckles” … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Virginia Switchblade Commerce Bill Passes Senate

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Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Commerce bill, SB1251, has been passed by the full Senate  by a bipartisan vote of 25-15. If enacted, SB1251 would allow a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer to possess or sell switchblade knives, and parts thereof, so long as they are sold or exported outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. SB1251 now moves to the House. Enactment of SB1251 would create jobs and provide a much needed revenue boost to the commonwealth. … Continued... Read More


Petition for Writ of Certiorari Filed with Supreme Court in Knife Rights’ NYC Gravity Knife Case

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Plaintiffs’ petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States in Knife Rights’ nearly eight-year-old civil rights lawsuit over New York City’s persecution of pocket knife owners was filed today. The petition requests that the Supreme Court review the Second Circuit’s decision against our plaintiffs in this case. Click here to read the petition. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “It is unfortunate that we are forced to appeal to the Supreme Court in order to gain justice for knife owners in, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Commerce Bill Passed Out of Committee

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Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Commerce bill, SB1251, has been reported out of the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice by a bipartisan vote of 9-4. If enacted, SB1251 would allow a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer to possess or sell switchblade knives, and parts thereof, so long as they are sold or exported outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. SB1251 now is up for a vote in the full Senate. Enactment of SB1251 would create jobs and provide a much needed revenue boost to the commonwealth. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Montana Switchblade Ban Repeal & Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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At the request of Knife Rights, Montana State Representative Casey Knudsen has introduced HB 155 which would repeal the state’s switchblade ban and enact Knife Law Preemption. This effort follows up on 2017’s repeal of the prohibition against concealed carry without a CCW of “a knife with blade 4 or more inches in length” as well as removing Dirks, Daggers, Sword Canes, razors, “billy” and “knuckles” from the items prohibited from concealed carry. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act Re-Introduced in Congress

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Originally conceived and authored by Knife Rights in 2010 and first introduced in 2013, the Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2019, H.R. 88, (“KOPA”) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on the first day of Congress by Arizona Representative Andy Biggs. KOPA will remove the irrational restrictions on interstate trade in automatic knives that are legal to one degree or another in 44 states, while also protecting the right of knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. … Continued... Read More


Repeal of Weapons Ban, Including Knives, in Places of Worship Filed in Virginia

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In response to the multiple instances of attacks in churches and other places of worship, Senator Richard Black has introduced SB 1024 that would repeal Virginia’s ban on carrying “a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon” to a “place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held.” If enacted, this bill would clearly allow carry of any Virginia legal knife in a place of worship. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Switchblade Commerce Bill Introduced in Virginia

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At the request of Knife Rights, Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves introduced SB1251 which, if enacted, would allow a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer to possess or sell switchblade knives, and parts thereof, so long as they are sold or exported outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Enactment of SB1251 would create jobs and provide a much needed revenue boost to the commonwealth. … Continued... Read More


Attention Knife Retailers, Manufacturers and Makers: Google Class Action Lawsuit Pending – Sign Up NOW!

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If you or your business was prevented from using Google AdWords/AdSense because you violated Goggle’s “dangerous products or services policy” by selling knives or knife parts (or guns, gun parts, etc), you are being invited to join a class action lawsuit that is now pending in federal court in California. You or your business does not need to be based in California, it can be located anywhere in the United States. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ NYC Gravity Knife Case Appeal Headed To U.S. Supreme Court

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Knife Rights is going forward with an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States of the Second Circuit’s decision in favor of New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in our long running civil rights lawsuit over their persecution of pocket knife owners. While our lawsuit against New York City and DA Vance centers on their abusive enforcement of New York State’s gravity knife ban against owners of common pocket knives, … Continued... Read More


Motion for Reargument in NY Assisted-Opener = Switchblade Case Denied

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As previously reported, New York State’s highest court, in a ruling that caught us and others by complete surprise, upheld the conviction of a person who possessed an assisted-opening knife as being an illegal switchblade. Knife Rights submitted a motion for reargument based on ineffective counsel, but it was denied. Owners of assisted-opening knives in New York State are now put in legal jeopardy. Based on reports from a number of defense attorneys, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Featured in Sunday Washington Post

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Knife Rights was featured in a front page story in Sunday’s Washington Post in an article by Todd C. Frankel that was widely republished by other media outlets. The reporter was fascinated with our success as a Second Amendment organization that in almost every instance enjoys bipartisan support as we have repealed knife bans in 21 states. It is a generally favorable article from a paper not known for its love of the Second Amendment. … Continued... Read More


En Banc Rehearing Petition Rejected by Second Circuit in NYC Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has rejected Plaintiff-Appellants’ petition for a rehearing by the full Court known as “en banc.” Despite conflict with four well-establish U.S. Supreme Court and Second Circuit precedents, the full court will not reconsider the badly flawed three-judge panel’s decision in favor of New York City and DA Cyrus Vance Jr. in Knife Rights’ long-running federal civil rights case. At issue is the City’s policy of treating any locking blade folding knife that can be “wrist flicked” … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Effective August 1

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August 1st is Switchblade Freedom Day in Louisiana when Knife Rights’ Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, HB 892, goes into effect. HB 892 repealed the total ban on switchblade knives in Louisiana and allows for the possession of a switchblade knife provided it is not “intentionally concealed on one’s person.” That provision was necessary to gain the neutrality of the Sheriffs and the State Police. Manufacture and sale of automatic knives are also now legal. … Continued... Read More


Law Professor Amicus Brief Filed in Support of NY Assisted Opener Case

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Another Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief has been filed in support of Defendants/Appellant’s Motion for Reargument to New York’s highest court which upheld the conviction of the defendant for having an illegal switchblade, when in fact he had an assisted opening knife, Filed by a group of seven law professors led by Yale law professor Gideon Yaffe, the brief highlights how this case is even more problematic because it does not require the state to prove that a person knows an assisted opening knife is an illegal switchblade for that person to be subject to arrest and prosecution. … Continued... Read More


Knife Owners’ Protection Act Including Federal Switchblade Act Repeal Introduced in Senate

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Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has introduced S.3264, the Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2018 (KOPA) including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act. This is a companion to the House KOPA bill, H.R.84, introduced last year. Originally conceived and authored by Knife Rights in 2010 and first introduced in 2013, KOPA will remove the irrational restrictions on interstate trade in automatic knives that are legal to one degree or another in 44 states, … Continued... Read More


Legal Aid Society Amicus Supports Knife Rights’ En Banc Rehearing Petition in NYC Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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Legal Aid Society has filed an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of Knife Rights’ petition for a rehearing en banc (by the full court), in Knife Rights’ long-running federal civil rights case against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. At issue is the City’s and DA’s policy of treating any locking blade folding knife that can be “wrist flicked” open as a prohibited gravity knife. … Continued... Read More


Motion for Reargument Filed in NY Assisted Opener Case – Knife Rights Helps Defendant Who had Ineffective Counsel

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In response to the unfortunate decision last month by New York’s highest court which upheld the conviction of a defendant for having an illegal switchblade, when in fact he had an assisted opening knife, a Motion for Reargument and an Amicus Curiae Brief were both filed Monday. The motion for reargument notes that the defendant’s pro bono attorneys provided ineffective counsel, at least in part due to their own ignorance of the differences between an assisted opening (spring assisted) knife and a switchblade. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Files En Banc Rehearing Petition with Second Circuit in NYC Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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Knife Rights has filed its petition for a rehearing by the full Court, known as “en banc,” after a three judge panel of The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in Knife Rights’ long-running federal civil rights case. At issue is the City’s policy of treating any locking blade folding knife that can be “wrist flicked” … Continued... Read More


Problematic Knife Transport Bill Voted Out of U.S. Senate Committee

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The Senate Commerce Committee today reported problematic S.1092, the Interstate Transport Act of 2018, out of committee. Sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), S.1092 attempts to protect knife owners traveling interstate with knives. This bill is a weaker and problematic version of Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act (KOPA). S.1092 would theoretically provide safe harbor to someone traveling with knives where it is lawful for the knives to be possessed at both the points of origin and destination, … Continued... Read More


Federal Appeals Court Panel Upholds NYC’s Unconstitutional Gravity Knife Arrests – Knife Rights to Seek Rehearing by the Full Court

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On Friday, June 23rd, a three judge panel of The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in Knife Rights’ long-running federal civil rights case challenging the City’s policy of treating any locking blade folding knife that can be “flicked” open as a prohibited gravity knife. Knife Rights intends to petition for review of this erroneous decision by the full Court — … Continued... Read More


Federal Appeals Court Panel Upholds NYC’s Unconstitutional Gravity Knife Arrests – Knife Rights to Seek Rehearing by the Full Court

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On Friday, June 23rd, a three judge panel of The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in Knife Rights’ long-running federal civil rights case challenging the City’s policy of treating any locking blade folding knife that can be “flicked” open as a prohibited gravity knife. Knife Rights intends to petition for review of this erroneous decision by the full Court — … Continued... Read More


URGENT New York State WARNING – Are Assisted-Openers Now Illegal Switchblades?

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As if New York wasn’t already a confusing legal and regulatory nightmare for honest, law-abiding knife owners, the highest court in the state just upheld, in a one paragraph opinion, the conviction of a 36-year-old mail-room worker with no priors in possession of an assisted opening (spring-assisted) folding knife that he used in his work under the theory that it was an illegal switchblade knife under New York law. The decision was overwhelming, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Signed!

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Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB 892, was signed today by Governor Edwards! Switchblade Freedom Day in Louisiana will be August 1, 2018, when the new law goes into effect. We’d like to acknowledge Representative Mark Wright for his sponsorship and leadership and Senator Bodi White for shepherding the bill through the Senate. Thanks to all of you who called and emailed your legislators and Governor Edwards to ask them to support the bill. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passes Senate – CALL/EMAIL Gov. Edwards TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB 892, passed in the Senate on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, by a vote of 21-11, sending the bill to Governor Edwards! We’d like to acknowledge Representative Mark Wright for his sponsorship and Senator Bodi White for shepherding the bill through the Senate. If you live or work in Louisiana, please contact Governor Edwards and ask him to sign HB 892: Click here to EMAIL Governor Edwards using Knife Rights Legislative Action Center. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passes Senate – CALL/EMAIL Gov. Edwards TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB 892, passed in the Senate on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, by a vote of 21-11, sending the bill to Governor Edwards! We’d like to acknowledge Representative Mark Wright for his sponsorship and Senator Bodi White for shepherding the bill through the Senate. If you live or work in Louisiana, please contact Governor Edwards and ask him to sign HB 892: Click here to EMAIL Governor Edwards using Knife Rights Legislative Action Center. … Continued... Read More


Colorado Springs Repeals Switchblade & Gravity Knife Ban

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Colorado Springs recently repealed their local ban on switchblades and gravity knives. Click here to read the ordinance that was passed. Knife Rights would like to congratulate our good friend Air Force Master Sgt. (Ret) John Bloodgood for this notable accomplishment. When Knife Rights was able to help repeal Colorado’s ban on switchblades and gravity knives last year, that bill did not include preemption which would have nullified all local bans. … Continued... Read More


Colorado Switchblade Ban Repeal Enactment Ceremony

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Many thanks to our good friends at Spyderco in Golden, Colorado, for graciously hosting an enactment ceremony last week where Knife Rights presented awards to the Colorado Switchblade Ban Repeal bill’s sponsors and others who assisted in making it happen. In presenting an award to USAF MSgt. (Ret.) John Bloodgood (right), Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “they say one person can make a difference, and in this case that person is John Bloodgood. … Continued... Read More


U.S. Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Knife Rights NYC Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Sessions v. Dimaya, striking down a statute as void for vagueness, bolsters Knife Rights’ Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus, Vance, Jr. As with our lawsuit, the key issue in that decision was that even though some conduct is clearly covered by the statute, it would be largely impossible for anyone to predict what was illegal in every instance. Plaintiff’s attorney has submitted a 28.j Notice of Supplemental Authority to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit notifying them of this important relevant decision. … Continued... Read More


U.S. Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Knife Rights NYC Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Sessions v. Dimaya, striking down a statute as void for vagueness, bolsters Knife Rights’ Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus, Vance, Jr.  As with our lawsuit, the key issue in that decision was that even though some conduct is clearly covered by the statute, it would be largely impossible for anyone to predict what was illegal in every instance. Plaintiff’s attorney has submitted a 28.j Notice of Supplemental Authority to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit notifying them of this important relevant decision. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passes House Unanimously!

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Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB 892, was unanimously passed by the House today by a vote of 83-0. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Thanks to all of you who called and wrote your representative to ask them to support the bill. This unanimous vote in the House is testament to the hard work by Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passes House Unanimously!

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Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB 892, was unanimously passed by the House today by a vote of 83-0. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Thanks to all of you who called and wrote your representative to ask them to support the bill. This unanimous vote in the House is testament to the hard work by Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passed Committee – CALL or EMAIL TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB 892, passed a critical hurdle today. The bill passed the House Administration of Criminal Justice committee 12-2 with bipartisan support.  (Note that HB 892 is the new bill number replacing HB 200 after the amendment was made to get it passed in committee) Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, was at the Louisiana state house lobbying for the past few days and testified in support of the bill. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Passed Committee – CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB 892, passed a critical hurdle today. The bill passed the House Administration of Criminal Justice committee 12-2 with bipartisan support.  (Note that HB 892 is the new bill number replacing HB 200 after the amendment was made to get it passed in committee) Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, was at the Louisiana state house lobbying for the past few days and testified in support of the bill. … Continued... Read More


Mom of Son Murdered with Banned Knife Wants to Reinstate Same Ban that Killer Ignored

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On March 5, 2018, the Texas Tribune newspaper featured an article about Lori Brown, whose son Harrison was tragically murdered on the University of Texas campus last year by an individual who had previously been involuntarily committed to a mental institution, but who was inexplicably released. The murderer used a knife that at the time was prohibited from being carried. Now Brown is calling for the reinstatement of that same knife ban that didn’t prevent her son’s senseless murder. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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Louisiana Representative Mark Wright has introduced HB 200, Knife Rights’ bill to repeal R.S. 14:95(A)(4) which outlaws “the manufacture, ownership, possession, custody or use of any switchblade knife, spring knife or other knife or similar instrument having a blade which may be automatically unfolded or extended from a handle by the manipulation of a button, switch, latch or similar contrivance.” HB 200 also repeals the exception provided for so-called “rescue knives” which becomes redundant with repeal of the switchblade ban. … Continued... Read More


VIDEO: VICE News on HBO Reports on Knife Rights

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VICE News Tonight on HBO reports on Knife Rights, focusing on its fight against New York City’s abuse of the state gravity knife law to arrest and prosecute thousands of people for carrying a common folding knife. (Note: Knife Rights’ lawsuit against NYC & DA Vance began back in 2011. There are a few other unfortunate technical errors in the video, but by and large it is a positive video about our efforts) I would especially like to thank Brady Miller of Monkey Edge and Journeyman Bladesmith Mike Tyre of Mike Tyre Custom Knives. … Continued... Read More


Virginia House Bill to Repeal Ban on Weapons in Places of Worship Passes in Committee – CALL/EMAIL TODAY

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The companion bill to SB 372 that has passed the Virginia Senate, Delegates Dave LaRock and Mark Cole’s Knife Rights supported bill, HB 1180, that would repeal Virginia’s ban on carrying “a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon” to a “place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held” has been reported from the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee by a vote of 12-9. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Michigan Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced – CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

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On the heels of last year’s enactment of Knife Rights’ switchblade ban repeal in Michigan, Representative Steven Johnson has introduced HB 5512 to removed all the knives prohibited from concealed carry in Michigan statute. Sec. 227. (1) would be removed entirely from Michigan’s penal code: “A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length, or any other dangerous weapon, except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Celebrates Texas Knife Law Reform with Bowie Presentations

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Doug Ritter, Knife Rights Chairman, and Todd Rathner, Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, were in Austin, Texas, this week to celebrate last year’s enactment of HB 1935. That bill eliminated from Texas statute the prohibition against carrying “illegal knives,” including throwing knives, daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, Bowie knives, as well as blades over 5.5 inches except in a few locations (Click for full details). … Continued... Read More


Virginia Bill to Repeal Ban on Weapons in Places of Worship Passes in Senate

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Senator Ben Chafin’s Knife Rights supported bill, SB 372, that would repeal Virginia’s ban on carrying “a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon” to a “place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held” has passed the Senate by a vote of 21 to 18.   This bill is a reaction to the Texas church shooting last year and will allow citizens to carry effective weapons for self-defense. We will let you know when it’s time to contact your legislator again on this bill. … Continued... Read More


Virginia Bill to Repeal Ban on Weapons in Places of Worship Passes in Senate:

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Senator Ben Chafin’s Knife Rights Supported bill, SB 372, that would repeal Virginia’s ban on carrying “a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon” to a “place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held” has passed the Senate by a vote of 21 to 18.   This bill is a reaction to the Texas church shooting last year and will allow citizens to carry effective weapons for self-defense. We will let you know when it’s time to contact your legislator again on this bill. … Continued... Read More


VA Bill to Repeal Ban on Weapons in Places of Worship Advances – EMAIL Your Senator TODAY!

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Senator Ben Chafin’s Knife Rights supported bill, SB 372, that would repeal Virginia’s ban on carrying “a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon” to a “place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held” was heard on Thursday, It reported out of the Courts of Justice Committee by a vote of 9 to 6. This bill is a reaction to the Texas church shooting and will allow citizens to carry effective weapons for self-defense. … Continued... Read More


Oral Argument Report for Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit Appeal

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Oral Argument in the second appeal in our long-running Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. was held yesterday. The three-judge panel included two judges who sat on the first appeal which we won unanimously. All three judges asked questions indicating they understood the case, which is always a good place from which to start. Plaintiffs’ attorney, Daniel Schmutter with Hartman & Winnicki, P.C., … Continued... Read More


Oral Argument Report for Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit Appeal

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Oral Argument in the second appeal in our long-running Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. was held yesterday. The three-judge panel included two judges who sat on the first appeal which we won unanimously. All three judges asked questions indicating they understood the case, which is always a good place from which to start. Plaintiffs’ attorney, Daniel Schmutter with Hartman & Winnicki, P.C., … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Mississippi Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced

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Mississippi Representative Gary Staples has introduced HB 924, Knife Rights’ bill to to remove “Bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife and switchblade knife” from the deadly weapons statutes in Mississippi. We will be working with the sponsor and the committee chair to further improve the bill to the advantage of Mississippi knife owners as it moves through the legislative process. As soon as it is appropriate, we’ll let you know to contact your legislators … Continued... Read More


Washington Fixed Blade Concealed Carry Bill Introduced

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In Washington, HB 2600, a Knife Rights supported bill to allow concealed carry of “a fixed blade knife having a blade of six inches or less in length,” has been introduced by lead sponsor Representative Morgan Irwin with bipartisan cosponors. Knife Rights is monitoring this bill and will let you know of any progress and when it’s time to contact your legislators. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill & Bill to Repeal Ban on Weapons in Places of Worship Introduced

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At the request of Knife Rights, Virginia Representative Michael Webert has introduced HB 890 that would allow the possession of switchblade knives with a CCW permit. Given the difficult political situation in Virginia at this time, this bill is not expected to move anytime soon. Filing at this time ensures the bill is in the queue, ready to go. If and when circumstances change, there will be an amendment to improve some troublesome language that was inadvertently included. … Continued... Read More


Kansas Knife Ban Bill Introduced

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The enemies of freedom never sleep. While we are continuing to work on bills to repeal knife prohibitions in numerous states, unfortunately we also must keep an eye out for bad bills that would cause problems for knife owners. This week saw just such a bill filed in Kansas. In 2013 our Kansas Comprehensive Knife Rights Act removed all knife prohibitions in Kansas statutes and enacted Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Ohio Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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Ohio State Senator Frank LaRose today introduced, Senate Bill 242, Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Ohio’s irrational ban on the manufacture and sale of “switchblade, springblade, and gravity knives.” Ohio statutes allow for the possession and carry of these knives, but they cannot be manufactured or sold in the state. Ohio loses out on jobs and tax revenue as Ohioans spend their money outside the state’s borders. Co-sponsors include Senate President Larry Obhof and Senators Joe Uecker, … Continued... Read More


Oral Argument Scheduled for Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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Oral Argument has been scheduled for January 18, 2018, in our long-running Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., which is currently under appeal. Oral Argument before a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is the last step before a ruling in the appeal of U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest’s tortured decision against the plaintiffs. … Continued... Read More


Oral Argument Scheduled for Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit Appeal

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Oral Argument has been scheduled for January 18, 2018, in our long-running Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., which is currently under appeal. Oral Argument before a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is the last step before a ruling in the appeal of U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest’s tortured decision against the plaintiffs. … Continued... Read More


DA Vance Submits Disingenuous 28(j) Letter in Knife Rights NYC Lawsuit

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After New York Governor Cuomo vetoed Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform bill, focus shifted back to our long-running Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., which is currently under appeal. Last week, the DA submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the Appeals Court. Under Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 28(j), it is allowed for counsel to advise the court of a “pertinent and significant” … Continued... Read More


DA Vance Submits Disingenuous 28(j) Letter in Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit – Plaintiffs Respond

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After New York Governor Cuomo vetoed Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform bill, focus shifted back to our long-running Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., which is currently under appeal. Last week, the DA submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the Appeals Court. Under Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 28(j), it is allowed for counsel to advise the court of a “pertinent and significant” … Continued... Read More


NY Gov. AGAIN Vetoes Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has AGAIN vetoed Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Reform Bill, once again effectively giving the finger to New York’s legislature that overwhelmingly passed the bill that specifically addressed Cuomo’s concerns with last year’s bill. The bill passed in the Assembly 128-1 and in the senate 61-1. Despite valiant last-minute efforts by bill sponsor Assemblyman Dan Quart to come up with a workable compromise, the Governor simply would not sign a clean bill. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ NY Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill to Gov. Cuomo CALL TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill,  A.5667-A, has been transmitted to Governor Cuomo. If you live, work or travel in New York, or plan to,  CALL the Governor TODAY and STOP the OUTRAGEOUS arrests and prosecutions in New York City! The Governor now has 10 days (excluding Sunday) to sign or veto the bill, or allow it to become law without his signature. The sponsors, Assemblyman Dan Quart and Senator Diane Savino, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Effective Oct. 10

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, becomes effective today, October 10, 2017. Sponsored by Senator Rick Jones, SB 245 repealed Section 226a (switchblade ban) of the Michigan penal code originally enacted in 1952. SB245 was the culmination of years of effort by Knife Rights and our friends in Michigan including Senator Mike Green, the original sponsor of the bill. Note that double-edged blades, including those in an automatic (switchblade) knife, … Continued... Read More


Plaintiffs’ Reply Brief Filed in Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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The Plaintiffs have filed their reply brief in our federal civil rights lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and the City of New York. The reply brief is Plaintiffs’ response to the outrageously misleading briefs submitted by the Defendants. While they once again attempted to steer the Court away from the main issue in the case, which is that no one can ever test a knife using the challenged “wrist flick test” … Continued... Read More


DA & NYC Appeal Briefs Filed in Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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The Defendants have filed their appeal briefs in our federal civil rights lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and the City of New York. The Defendants once again attempt to steer the Court away from the main issue in the case, which is that no one can ever test a knife using the challenged “wrist flick test” and conclude that it is legal. This is because the Wrist Flick Test only identifies an illegal knife. … Continued... Read More


DA & NYC Appeal Briefs Filed in Knife Rights’ New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

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The Defendants have filed their appeal briefs in our federal civil rights lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and the City of New York. The Defendants once again attempt to steer the Court away from the main issue in the case, which is that no one can ever test a knife using the challenged “wrist flick test” and conclude that it is legal. This is because the Wrist Flick Test only identifies an illegal knife. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knives” Repeal Effective Sept. 1st

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Texas HB 1935, that was passed overwhelmingly by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, takes effect September 1.  The new law eliminates from Texas statute the prohibition against carrying “illegal knives,”  including daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, Bowie knives. This allows them to be carried throughout the state with the exception that knives with blades over 5.5 inches are now restricted from carry in a limited number of locations. … Continued... Read More


POSTPONED! Knife Rights BYOB: Bring Your Own Bowie at The Alamo

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    The devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey has affected many Knife Rights members and supporters in south Texas. Many of our members and friends throughout Texas are also involved in rescue, recovery and support operations. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are suffering from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey and for the safety of all those working to support those impacted by this extraordinary natural disaster. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Signed! Effective Immediately

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Knife Rights’ bill to mostly repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, was signed late on Friday by Governor Bruce Rauner. It was effectively immediately upon signing. SB 607 allows possession, including carry, both open and concealed, of automatic knives by those who have a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card, which allows the individual to purchase firearms and ammunition. This is not a possession with CCW law, as some have suggested. … Continued... Read More


Colorado Switchblade Ban Repeal Effective August 9th

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Governor Signs Colorado

Colorado’s switchblade and gravity knife ban repeal takes effect on Wednesday, August 9th. Knife Rights was pleased to be able to support Senator Hill and Representative Lebsock in moving this bill through the legislature and delivering more freedom for Colorado knife owners. Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, traveled to Denver to lobby the bill at the invitation of the sponsors, overcoming objections raised by some legislators. Knife Rights would also like to recognize Sen. … Continued... Read More


Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Signed by Governor

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, was signed today by Governor Rick Snyder. SB 245, sponsored by Senator Rick Jones, simply repeals Section 750.226a (switchblade ban) of the Michigan penal code originally enacted in 1952. SB245 is the culmination of years of effort by Knife Rights and our friends in Michigan including Senator Mike Green, the original sponsor of the bill. SB245 becomes effective in 90 days on October 10, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Sent to Governor – CALL/EMAIL Today!

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, has been sent to Governor Rick Snyder.  The governor must sign or veto the bill  within 14 days or it becomes law without his signature. If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact Governor Snyder and politely ask him to “please sign SB 245.”  That’s all you need to do, short and simple. SEND AN EMAIL to Gov. … Continued... Read More


High-Powered D.C. Lobbyists Turbocharge Knife Rights’ Federal Agenda

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Knife Rights is pleased to announce that we have engaged the bipartisan government relations firm Capitol Hill Consulting Group (CHCG) to lobby for us in Washington, D.C. They will be working with our friends and allies in the capital to help us pass the Knife Owners’ Protection Act including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act (KOPA – H.R. 84).    A few weeks ago Todd Rathner and I were in D.C. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill Passes

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Knife Rights’ New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill passed the Senate by a vote of 61-1.  The identical Assembly version,  A.5667A, was substituted for S.4769A and was the version passed. We’d like to express our sincere appreciation to Senator Diane Savino for her extraordinary efforts and perseverance as the Senate sponsor that finally resulted in this bill being brought to the floor for a vote. Our Assembly sponsor, Assemblyman Dan Quart worked very hard to get this done. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passes House – CALL/EMAIL Governor

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The Michigan House passed Knife Rights’ Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245,  with an non-substantive amendment by a vote of 106-1. The amendment simply provides for a 90-day delay in taking effect after enactment. The bill now goes back to the Senate, where it passed 36-1, for a perfunctory concurrence vote. After that, it goes to Governor Rick Snyder. If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact Governor Snyder and politely ask him to “please sign SB 245.”  That’s all you need to do, … Continued... Read More


NY Senate Holding Up Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill – CALL/EMAIL Today!

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Once again, the New York Senate is playing politics with our Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill, S.4769A. There are only 4 days left in the session. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan can bring the bill to the floor for a vote as early as today if he wants to.  If you live work or travel in New York, CALL or EMAIL Leader Flanagan TODAY and politely ask him to bring S.4769A to the floor for a vote.  … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Signed! Bowie Knives to be Legal to Carry!

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As we were in Washington, D.C. yesterday lobbying on our Knife Owners’ Protection Act including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act we received the welcome news that Texas  Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that repeals all “illegal knives” in Texas statute.  We must once again express our gratitude to our House sponsors, Primary Author, Rep. Frullo, Joint Authors, … Continued... Read More


Two Amicus Briefs Filed in New York City Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

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Two amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs have been filed in support of Knife Rights’ Appeal in its federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The first brief, filed by a group of 17 law professors led by Yale law professor Gideon Yaffe, highlights how the gravity knife law is even more problematic under the Constitution because it does not require the state to prove that a person knows a knife is illegal for that person to be subject to arrest and prosecution. … Continued... Read More


Federal Switchblade Act Repeal Introduced – Knife Owners’ Protection Act Protects Knife Owners

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Originally conceived and authored by Knife Rights in 2010 and first introduced in 2013, the Knife Owners' Protection Act of 2017 (KOPA), H.R. 84, now includes repeal of the archaic 1958 Federal Switchblade Act and has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05). KOPA will remove the irrational restrictions on interstate trade in automatic knives that are legal to one degree or another in 40 states, while also protecting the right of knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad patchwork of state and local knife laws.... Read More


Appeal Brief Filed in Knife Rights’ New York City Lawsuit

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The plaintiffs’ appeal brief in our federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., has been filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in response to U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest’s tortured 35-page decision in the case. CLICK HERE to read the Appeal Brief.  In her decision, Judge Forrest fundamentally re-characterized the case in a way that did not reflect the case presented. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passed! Call Governor Today!

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, to repeal “illegal knives” in Texas statute, was passed yesterday evening as the deadline approached on the Senate Local and Uncontested Calendar. Thanks to everyone who responded to our Alert and called the Lt. Governor yesterday evening. It is now off to Governor Greg Abbott for his action.  Our thanks to our Senate sponsor Sen. John Whitmire for his efforts on our behalf. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ MI Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes House Comm. CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

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The Michigan House Judiciary Committee has passed out Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, with a “Do Pass” recommendation.  If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact your Representative TODAY and politely ask them to “please vote “YES” on SB 245.”  That’s all you need to do, short and simple. SEND AN EMAIL to your Representative using Knife Rights Legislative Action Center. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passed Senate Committee

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, to repeal “illegal knives” in Texas statute, was passed out of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee by a unanimous vote. It now goes to the floor on the Local and Uncontested Calendar. Keep your fingers crossed.  Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, has been in Austin again for another full week working to get this bill passed. HB 1935, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ IL Switchblade Ban Repeal Passed Call/Email Gov. Today!

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CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

Knife Rights’ bill to mostly repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, was passed today in the House by a vote of 61-45. It now goes to Governor Rauner for his consideration. If you live, work or travel in Illinois, please email or call the Governor and ask him to sign SB 607. Click here to Email the Governor via Knife Rights Legislative Action Center. Click here to Phone the Governor via Knife Rights Legislative Action Center Congratulations to our sponsor Rep. … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife Reform Bill Passes Assembly

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Knife Rights’ New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill, A.5667 passed in the Assembly by a vote of 128-1. This is the fourth year in a row that the Assembly has passed a bill to stop the abuse of the state’s gravity knife statute by New York City. Last year’s bill passed the Assembly 117-12. Now the Senate will consider their identical version of the bill, S.4769. Last year the bill passed in the Senate 61-1. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passed by House

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935,to repeal “illegal knives” in Texas statute, was passed yesterday by the House 131-1. Although somewhat anticlimactic after the difficult fight to save the bill and to get it amended and through Second Reading on Monday, with the tragic stabbing at the University of Texas still fresh in everyone’s minds, it was never a foregone conclusion. The bill now moves to the Senate where we still have our work cut out for us to get this passed. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes House Committee

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Knife Rights’ bill to partially repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, was passed out of the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee unanimously with a “do pass” recommendation. The bill iis now eligible to be voted on by the full House.  It was earlier passed unanimously by the Senate. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter gave testimony at the hearing. Thanks to the 240 of you who took the time to submit a Witness Slip in support of the bill. … Continued... Read More


Texas “Illegal Knife” Reform Bill Advances

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, to repeal all “illegal knives” in Texas statute, passed a critical milestone in the Texas House of Representatives in an unrecorded “Second Reading” vote today. With the tragic stabbing at the University of Texas, right in the state capital of Austin, and still fresh in everyone’s minds, the timing could not have been worse. Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform Signed by Governor

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Georgia Knife Law Reform Passes Senate

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal today signed HB 292 that includes the language from Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49. This new law increases the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5 inches to 12 inches (see Section 3 of HB 292). The new 12-inch length limit was effective immediately upon signing. Having enacted Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption in Georgia in 2012, … Continued... Read More


Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Hearing Tuesday – ACT TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ bill to partially repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, is being heard next Tuesday by the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee. If you live, work or travel in Illinois, please fill out a Witness Slip form supporting the bill. First, CLICK HERE to go to the Committee Hearing page. Once on the Committee Hearing page, SCROLL DOWN to “Items Posted To Hearing” … Continued... Read More


Montana Knife Law Reform Becomes Law

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock has allowed HB 251 to become law without his signature. HB 251 removes the prohibition against concealed carry without a CCW of “a knife with blade 4 or more inches in length” The bill also removed Dirks, Daggers, Sword Canes, razors, “billy” and “knuckles made of any metal or hard substance” from the items prohibited from concealed carry. Congratulations to sponsor Representative Kirk Wagoner.  The bill passed by large margins in the Senate (38 – … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes Senate – CALL or EMAIL House Judiciary Committee TODAY!

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CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

The Michigan Senate has passed Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, by a vote of 36-1.  Congratulations to our sponsor, Sen. Rick Jones, on getting it passed in the Senate. The bill has now moved over to the House where it has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee. If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact the Judiciary Committee members TODAY and politely ask them to “please vote “YES” … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Passed by Committee

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on ALL “illegal knives” in Texas statutes, has passed out of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee by a unanimous vote and is now headed to the Calendars Committee. HB 790, the other knife law reform bill that only repeals the ban on daggers, also passed out of the Committee. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed the Committee Members. … Continued... Read More


ACTION ALERT: Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Vote

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on all “illegal knives” in Texas statutes could be voted on by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee as early as Monday April 17th. It is important to call and email the members of the committee so that they are aware of the importance of this bill to the public. If you live, work or travel in Texas, … Continued... Read More


Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Advances

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The bill to partially repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, has passed the Senate by a unanimous vote. This bill allows possession of automatic knives by those who have a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card, which allows the individual to purchase firearms and ammunition. This is not a possession with CCW bill, as some have suggested. The bill also allows for manufacture and sale of automatic knives by those not holding a FOID card. … Continued... Read More


Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Veto Override Fails

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An effort yesterday to override Virginia Governor McAuliffe’s veto of House Bill 1432 failed. That bill would have repealed Virginia’s switchblade ban including, for the most part, allowing concealed carry. This was the unfortunately predictable outcome based on our assessment of the politics in the Virginia legislature. Even if the override had somehow succeeded in passing the House, despite the odds against it, the effort would certainly have failed in the Senate. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Minnesota Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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Knife Rights’ bill to remove the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives in Minnesota, HF2567, has been introduced by Representative Joe Hoppe. The bill would remove “a switch blade knife opening automatically” from Minnesota statute 609.66(1). Knife Rights will keep you posted on the bill’s progress and let you know when it is time to take action. Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™. Knife Rights has repealed switchblade bans in Alaska, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform to Governor

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The Georgia House has overwhelmingly passed HB 292 that includes the language from Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49. It is now headed to the Governor for action. This bill would increase the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5 inches to 12 inches (see Section 3 of HB 292). HB 292 is this year’s “omnibus” gun bill in Georgia. If you live, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

Knife Rights’ Vermont Knife Law Preemption bill, H 276, has been introduced by Rep. Patrick Brennan. The bill simply adds “knives” to the existing Vermont Firearms preemption statute. Knife Law Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™. … Continued... Read More


ACTION ALERT: Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Hearing

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on all “illegal knives” in Texas statutes, has been scheduled for a hearing on Monday in the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. If you live, work or travel in Texas, please contact the committee members TODAY and politely ask them to “please vote “YES” on HB 1935.”  That’s all you need to do, short and simple. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Passed Committee

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee 5 – 0. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill would repeal Michigan’s outright ban on possession and sale of automatic (switchblade) knives. Knife Rights has repealed switchblade bans in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform Passes Senate

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Georgia Knife Law Reform Passes Senate

By a vote of 37 to 16, the Georgia Senate has passed HB 292 that includes the language from Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49. This would increase the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5 inches to 12 inches (see Section 3 of HB 292). HB 292 is this year’s “omnibus” gun bill in Georgia which had previously passed in the House. It was amended in the Senate, … Continued... Read More


CALL TODAY! Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Hearing

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 28, at 3 PM. SB 245 would repeal Michigan’s outright ban on possession and sale of automatic (switchblade) knives. Since the sponsor of the bill, Senator Rick Jones, is also the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, we are hopeful that the bill will pass. However it would still be helpful if those who live, … Continued... Read More


Governor Signs Colorado Switchblade & Gravity Knife Ban Repeal

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Governor Signs Colorado

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today signed SB 17-008, the bill to repeal Colorado’s switchblade and gravity knife ban. Congratulations to sponsors Sen. Owen Hill and Rep. Steve Lebsock for their effective leadership in moving this bipartisan bill thorough the legislature with overwhelming votes in both houses. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed the Governor urging him to sign the bill. Knife Rights was pleased to be able to assist the sponsors in moving this bill through the legislature. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ West Virginia Preemption Bill Advances – CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ West Virginia Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 2209, sponsored by Delegate Rupert Phillips, has passed the House Political Subdivisions committee on a voice vote. HB 2209 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing. If you live, work or travel in West Virginia, please CALL or EMAIL the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Delegate John Scott at: (304) 340-3252 or john.shott@wvhouse.gov and politely request that he “Please schedule HB 2209 for a hearing as soon as possible.” … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife Reform Bills Filed–Again!

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Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform Bills, A.5667 and S. 4769 have been introduced in the New York Assembly. This is the fourth year in a row that bills have been introduced to stop the abuse of the state’s gravity knife statute by New York City. In response to New York Governor Cuomo’s New Year’s Eve veto overruling the New York Legislature that passed last year’s bills by overwhelming margins, … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife Reform Bills Filed–Again!

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Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform Bills, A.5667 and S. 4769 have been introduced in the New York Assembly. This is the fourth year in a row that bills have been introduced to stop the abuse of the state’s gravity knife statute by New York City. In response to New York Governor Cuomo’s New Year’s Eve veto overruling the New York Legislature that passed last year’s bills by overwhelming margins, … Continued... Read More


Docs Filed in Knife Rights Appeal in New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

Following up on the Notice of Appeal in our federal civil rights lawsuit against New Your City filed last month, the next set of required preliminary papers has been filed. Our Pre-Argument Statement (Form C) is a required filing that includes Addendum A and B which lay out the basics of the case, with a “Description of the Nature of the Action” and “Issues to be Raised on Appeal.” This provides the foundation upon which the actual appeal brief of District Court Judge Katherine B. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Introduced

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Knife Rights' Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on all "illegal knives" in Texas statutes, has been introduced by Rep. John Frullo. HB 1935 would complete Knife Rights' efforts to bring knife freedom to Texas by removing entirely the definition of "illegal knife" in Section 46.01(6) of the Penal Code. This includes the prohibition on double edge blades, Bowie knives and the 5.5-inch carry limit.... Read More


Docs Filed in Knife Rights Appeal in New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

Once again the Plaintiffs in our federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., have filed a Notice of Appeal following U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest’s tortured 35-page decision in the case. In the prior appeal of Judge Forrest’s initial outrageous dismissal of the case, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled unanimously in favor of the Plaintiffs. … Continued... Read More


Federal Court Upholds Unconstitutional and Discriminatory Gravity Knife Arrests

Knife Rights Will Appeal Tortured Decision Last Friday U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled in favor of New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in Knife Rights’ long-running federal civil rights case challenging the City’s policy of treating any locking blade folding knife that can be “flicked” open as a prohibited gravity knife. In a tortured 35-page decision, the Court fundamentally re-characterized the case in a way that did not reflect the case presented. … Continued... Read More


NY Governor Vetoes Knife Rights’ Knife Law Reform Bill!

December 31, 2016: Waiting until the last possible moment, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill, effectively giving the finger to New York’s Legislature that passed the bill by overwhelming margins, 61-1 in the Senate and 117-12 in the Assembly, and the large coalition of organizations, many part of his own constituency, which supported the bill. Despite the thousands who called and emailed the Governor to sign the bill, … Continued... Read More


WARNING: New York City Knife Law Enforcement & Administrative Code

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WARNING: NYC has interpreted the state law against gravity knives such that if an officer can “wrist flick” the knife blade open and the knife blade locks open, that knife is an illegal gravity knife. NYC takes this position even if it requires multiple tries and use of exaggerated arm thrust or motion. It does not matter that you cannot “wrist flick” the knife open; if an officer or prosecutor can do so, and they may well be stronger and/or more skilled than you at doing so, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ NY Knife Law Reform Bill to Gov. Cuomo – CALL TODAY!

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LET’S GET THIS DONE! Regardless of your personal views of Governor Cuomo or his politics on any other issue, if you live, work or travel in New York, or plan to, please CALL Governor Cuomo TODAY and simply deliver the message that you are “calling to respectfully request that Governor Cuomo please sign S6483-A/A9042-A,” and then thank him. Please be POLITE and RESPECTFUL and REMAIN ON POINT. This is not the time to berate the Governor about... Read More


2016 Prelaunch Test

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We have assembled an incredible array of prizes for this Ultimate Steel™ Spectacular with over $200,000 in custom, limited edition and production knives, celebrity signed knives, guns and more. Every prize has been generously donated, so 100% of the proceeds supports Knife Rights’ pro-knife legislative initiatives. Knife Rights is the One Getting it Done™ – Rewriting Knife Law in America™ WITH YOUR HELP!... Read More


Freddie Gray’s Knife Finally Revealed

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The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, as a result of a Public Information Act request from WBAL TV-11 in Baltimore, finally released the evidence photos of the knife for which Freddie Gray was arrested, leading to his subsequent death while in custody. This knife was repeatedly mentioned at the trials of the officers charged and then acquitted in Gray's death, but until Monday, the public had never seen the knife in question.... Read More