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UPDATE: Knife Rights Gets a Jump on 2014 Legislation in Florida & Tennessee

Florida Knife Law Preemption Bill Filed

Florida State Senator Thad Altman has reintroduced Knife Rights’ knife law preemption bill for the 2014 session. SB458 will prevent local municipalities in Florida from passing laws governing knives more restrictive than state law and will repeal any existing local knife laws more restrictive than state law currently on the books. SB458 includes onerous penalties for jurisdictions that try to ignore this knife preemption law, making it much easier for Knife Rights or citizens to take such a jurisdiction to court. If passed, this will bring Florida in line with the seven other states that have already passed and implemented Knife Rights’ knife law preemption.

If you live, work or travel in Florida, please contact your state Senator and ask them to please co-sponsor this bill. If Sen. Altman is your Senator, please thank him for sponsoring SB458. You can find your Florida state Senator here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/#Senators

Tennessee Bill to Repeal Knife Restrictions Filed

Tennessee State Senator Mike Bell has introduced a bill to finish the job of updating the state’s knife laws. Last year Knife Rights and Senator Bell passed knife law preemption, but the effort to repeal the antiquated ban on switchblade knives and possession of knives over four inches in length “with intent to go armed, a vague law subject to abuse failed in the House due to opposition from the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association (TSA).

Knife Rights has worked very closely with the TSA Executive Director Terry Ashe to address their concerns and SB1771 (formerly SB1438) is the result. We sincerely appreciate Sheriff Ashe’s cooperation in coming up with a solution for the TSA’s concerns while removing restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

If you live, work or travel in Tennessee, please contact your state Senator and ask them to please support SB1771. You can find your Tennessee state Senator here: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/