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Michigan Knife Law Preemption Bill Passes Senate – On to House


May 15, 2015: Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, testified last week at a hearing on Michigan SB 305. This bill initially included switchblade ban repeal, which was added at the last minute. However the sponsor has now pulled that from the bill, leaving a narrowly focused pure Knife Law Preemption bill that he believes will have a better chance of passage. We hope to still address the switchblade ban as a separate bill at a later date.

Knife Law Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.

If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact the committee members and politely ask them to “please vote Report Favorably on SB 305.” That’s all you need to do, keep it short and to the point.

Michigan Senate Committee on Local Government:

Sen. Dale Zorn – Chair(R-17) SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-3543

Sen. John Proos – Vice Chair (R-21) SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-6960

Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R-8) SenJBrandenburg@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7670

Sen. Tory Rocca (R-10) SenTRocca@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7315

Sen. Coleman Young II (D-1) SenCYoung@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7346

Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah.


May 6, 2015: Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption and Switchblade Ban Repeal, SB 305 has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Local Government on Tuesday, May 12. SB 305 would repeal the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives and repeal and prevent local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.

Preemption ensures that the switchblade ban repeal will cover the entire state and that local municipalities could not enact their own bans.

If you can show up and testify in support of SB 305, that would be great, but otherwise if you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact the committee members and politely ask them to “please vote Report Favorably on SB 305.” That’s all you need to do, keep it short and to the point.

Michigan Senate Committee on Local Government:

Sen. Dale Zorn – Chair(R-17) SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-3543

Sen. John Proos – Vice Chair (R-21) SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-6960

Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R-8) SenJBrandenburg@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7670

Sen. Tory Rocca (R-10) SenTRocca@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7315

Sen. Coleman Young II (D-1) SenCYoung@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7346

Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah.


April 30, 2015: Michigan Senator Mike Green has introduced Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption and Switchblade Ban Repeal, SB 305. SB 305 would repeal the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives and repeal and prevent local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.

Preemption ensures that the switchblade ban repeal will cover the entire state and that local municipalities could not enact their own bans.

SB 305 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government. If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact the committee members and politely ask them to “please vote Report Favorably on SB 305.” That’s all you need to do, keep it short and to the point.

Michigan Senate Committee on Local Government:

Sen. Dale Zorn – Chair(R-17) SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-3543

Sen. John Proos – Vice Chair (R-21) SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-6960

Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R-8) SenJBrandenburg@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7670

Sen. Tory Rocca (R-10) SenTRocca@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7315

Sen. Coleman Young II (D-1) SenCYoung@senate.michigan.gov Phone: 517-373-7346

Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah.