Louisiana Switchblade Concealed Carry Ban Repeal Bill Advances

Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, was in Baton Rouge last week for a hearing on HB 463, our bill to repeal Louisiana’s ban on the concealed carry of switchblades. It was voted out of the House Criminal Justice Committee unanimously.

We will let you know when it is time to contact legislators in support of HB 463.

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.”

Last year, 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, was enacted. That included knives, except, unfortunately, switchblades. Intentional concealed carry of a switchblade (automatic knife) remains illegal in Louisiana, even for concealed handgun permitees. HB 463 would remove that ban.

Knife Rights would like to express our appreciation to Dan Zelenka, President of the Louisiana Shooters Association, for his efforts in support of our legislative agenda in Louisiana, including HB 463.

Knife Rights has led the effort to repeal switchblade bans or restrictions in 18 states, starting with New Hampshire in 2010. Repeals have since been enacted in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and, effective July 1, Virginia.

Altogether, Knife Rights’ efforts have resulted in 36 bills enacted repealing knife bans in 25 states and over 150 cities and towns since 2010.