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.
Meanwhile, SB 140, the bill, was just passed by the Senate on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 32-1. In the process, 10 more Senators joined our longtime friend Sen. Joe Uecker as bipartisan co-sponsors. So, even if our language is stricken from the Budget bill in Conference, the bill itself is ready to move in the House.
We appreciate the support of our additional Senate co-sponsors joining initial co-sponsors Senators Matt Huffman, Larry Obhof and Kristina Roegner: Senators Andrew O. Brenner, Dave Burke, Bill Coley, John Eklund, Bob D. Hackett, Frank Hoagland, Stephen A. Huffman, Rob McColley, Tim Schaffer and Cecil Thomas.
SB 140 and the budget amendment language addresses the often abusive and discriminatory application of the existing Ohio weapons law against knife carriers, clarifying that unless the knife/edged tool is actually used as a weapon, it is legal to be carried.
They also remove from state statute the irrational prohibition against manufacture and sale of a switchblade knife and gravity knife. Possession and carry of these knives are already legal in Ohio.
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