MEDIA RELEASE: President Obama Declared Freddie Gray’s Knife NOT a Switchblade in 2009

May 7, 2015 – Gilbert, AZ: Freddie Gray was charged by Officer G. Miller with violating Baltimore’s “Switch-blade knives” City Code which was originally passed in 1950. Freddie Gray’s knife was described by the officer, under penalty of perjury, as “…found to be a spring assisted, one hand operated knife…” (link to Charging Document) In other words, the officer swore that it was a spring-assisted knife.

In response to Customs’ attempt in 2009 to arbitrarily redefine what a switchblade was, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law on October 28 2009, specific language protecting one-hand opening and spring-assisted knives from being included as switchblades under the 1958 Federal Switchblade Act.

CLICK HERE to read the full Media Release including an explanation of the difference between Spring-Assisted (Assisted-Opening) vs. Switchblade (Automatic) Knives and why Freddie Gray’s knife was not a switchblade under Baltimore City Code.