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

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.

 

HB 892 repeals 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 would also become legal.

Allowing for the concealed carry of a switchblade in Louisiana is complicated because it would require a significant change to Louisiana’s concealed carry law. Knife Rights will continue to look for opportunities to fix this aspect of the law in the future.

Knife Rights’ record of 28 bills repealing knife bans at the state and local levels in 20 states in the past 8 years is unrivaled. With your support, Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™.

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UPDATE: Knife Rights Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passes House Unanimously!

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, Todd Rathner, who spent significant time at the Louisiana state house this month. That included negotiating an amendment to the bill with the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association and the Louisiana State Troopers in order to move the bill forward.

HB 892 repeals 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.

Allowing for the concealed carry of a switchblade in Louisiana is complicated because it would require a significant change to Louisiana’s concealed carry law. Knife Rights will continue to look for opportunities to fix this aspect of the law in the future.

Knife Rights would like to thank Dan Zelenka, President of the Louisiana Shooters Association, for his efforts in laying the groundwork for this bill. We’d also like to thank bill sponsor Representative Mark Wright for his tireless work to get us to this point. We are also grateful to Knife Rights board member and Louisiana resident Tom Gresham and Knife Rights member Clifford Grout for their roles in assisting us in this effort.

We will let you know when it’s time to fire off those emails and call for the Senate hearing on the bill.

Knife Rights’ record of 28 bills repealing knife bans at the state and local levels in 20 states in the past 8 years is unrivaled. With your support, Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™.


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

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. Numerous cards in support of the bill were also submitted. Todd negotiated an amendment to the bill with the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association and the Louisiana State Troopers which maintains the restriction on carrying a switchblade “intentionally concealed on one’s person.”

Allowing for the concealed carry of a switchblade in Louisiana is complicated because it would require a significant change to Louisiana’s concealed carry law. Knife Rights will continue to look for opportunities to fix this aspect of the law in the future.

Knife Rights would like to thank Dan Zelenka, President of the Louisiana Shooters Association, for his efforts in laying the groundwork for this bill. We’d also like to thank bill sponsor Representative Mark Wright for his tireless work to get us to this point. We are also grateful to Knife Rights board member and Louisiana resident Tom Gresham and Knife Rights member Clifford Grout for their roles in assisting us in this effort.

HB200 now heads to the house floor where we expect a vote in the coming days.

Click here to EMAIL your Representative using Knife Rights Legislative Action Center.

Knife Rights’ record of 28 bills repealing knife bans at the state and local levels in 20 states in the past 8 years is unrivaled. With your support, Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™.


Knife Rights Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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.

We sincerely appreciate the help and support from our friends at the Louisiana Shooting Association and their President, Dan Zelenka, in moving this bill forward.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice. We will let you know when it’s time to contact your legislator on this bill. Stay tuned.
Knife Rights’ record of 28 bills repealing knife bans at the state and local levels in 20 states in the past 8 years is unrivaled. With your support, Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™.