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Two Amicus Briefs Filed in New York City Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

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Two amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs have been filed in support of Knife Rights’ Appeal in its federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The first brief, filed by a group of 17 law professors led by Yale law professor Gideon Yaffe, highlights how the gravity knife law is even more problematic under the Constitution because it does not require the state to prove that a person knows a knife is illegal for that person to be subject to arrest and prosecution. … Continued... Read More


Federal Switchblade Act Repeal Introduced – Knife Owners’ Protection Act Protects Knife Owners

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Originally conceived and authored by Knife Rights in 2010 and first introduced in 2013, the Knife Owners' Protection Act of 2017 (KOPA), H.R. 84, now includes repeal of the archaic 1958 Federal Switchblade Act and has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05). KOPA will remove the irrational restrictions on interstate trade in automatic knives that are legal to one degree or another in 40 states, while also protecting the right of knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad patchwork of state and local knife laws.... Read More


Appeal Brief Filed in Knife Rights’ New York City Lawsuit

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The plaintiffs’ appeal brief in our federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., has been filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in response to U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest’s tortured 35-page decision in the case. CLICK HERE to read the Appeal Brief.  In her decision, Judge Forrest fundamentally re-characterized the case in a way that did not reflect the case presented. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passed! Call Governor Today!

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, to repeal “illegal knives” in Texas statute, was passed yesterday evening as the deadline approached on the Senate Local and Uncontested Calendar. Thanks to everyone who responded to our Alert and called the Lt. Governor yesterday evening. It is now off to Governor Greg Abbott for his action.  Our thanks to our Senate sponsor Sen. John Whitmire for his efforts on our behalf. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ MI Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes House Comm. CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

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The Michigan House Judiciary Committee has passed out Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, with a “Do Pass” recommendation.  If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact your Representative TODAY and politely ask them to “please vote “YES” on SB 245.”  That’s all you need to do, short and simple. SEND AN EMAIL to your Representative using Knife Rights Legislative Action Center. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passed Senate Committee

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, to repeal “illegal knives” in Texas statute, was passed out of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee by a unanimous vote. It now goes to the floor on the Local and Uncontested Calendar. Keep your fingers crossed.  Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, has been in Austin again for another full week working to get this bill passed. HB 1935, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ IL Switchblade Ban Repeal Passed Call/Email Gov. Today!

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Knife Rights’ bill to mostly repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, was passed today in the House by a vote of 61-45. It now goes to Governor Rauner for his consideration. If you live, work or travel in Illinois, please email or call the Governor and ask him to sign SB 607. Click here to Email the Governor via Knife Rights Legislative Action Center. Click here to Phone the Governor via Knife Rights Legislative Action Center Congratulations to our sponsor Rep. … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife Reform Bill Passes Assembly

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Knife Rights’ New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill, A.5667 passed in the Assembly by a vote of 128-1. This is the fourth year in a row that the Assembly has passed a bill to stop the abuse of the state’s gravity knife statute by New York City. Last year’s bill passed the Assembly 117-12. Now the Senate will consider their identical version of the bill, S.4769. Last year the bill passed in the Senate 61-1. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passed by House

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935,to repeal “illegal knives” in Texas statute, was passed yesterday by the House 131-1. Although somewhat anticlimactic after the difficult fight to save the bill and to get it amended and through Second Reading on Monday, with the tragic stabbing at the University of Texas still fresh in everyone’s minds, it was never a foregone conclusion. The bill now moves to the Senate where we still have our work cut out for us to get this passed. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes House Committee

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Knife Rights’ bill to partially repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, was passed out of the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee unanimously with a “do pass” recommendation. The bill iis now eligible to be voted on by the full House.  It was earlier passed unanimously by the Senate. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter gave testimony at the hearing. Thanks to the 240 of you who took the time to submit a Witness Slip in support of the bill. … Continued... Read More


Texas “Illegal Knife” Reform Bill Advances

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, to repeal all “illegal knives” in Texas statute, passed a critical milestone in the Texas House of Representatives in an unrecorded “Second Reading” vote today. With the tragic stabbing at the University of Texas, right in the state capital of Austin, and still fresh in everyone’s minds, the timing could not have been worse. Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform Signed by Governor

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Georgia Knife Law Reform Passes Senate

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal today signed HB 292 that includes the language from Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49. This new law increases the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5 inches to 12 inches (see Section 3 of HB 292). The new 12-inch length limit was effective immediately upon signing. Having enacted Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption in Georgia in 2012, … Continued... Read More


Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Hearing Tuesday – ACT TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ bill to partially repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, is being heard next Tuesday by the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee. If you live, work or travel in Illinois, please fill out a Witness Slip form supporting the bill. First, CLICK HERE to go to the Committee Hearing page. Once on the Committee Hearing page, SCROLL DOWN to “Items Posted To Hearing” … Continued... Read More


Montana Knife Law Reform Becomes Law

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock has allowed HB 251 to become law without his signature. HB 251 removes the prohibition against concealed carry without a CCW of “a knife with blade 4 or more inches in length” The bill also removed Dirks, Daggers, Sword Canes, razors, “billy” and “knuckles made of any metal or hard substance” from the items prohibited from concealed carry. Congratulations to sponsor Representative Kirk Wagoner.  The bill passed by large margins in the Senate (38 – … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes Senate – CALL or EMAIL House Judiciary Committee TODAY!

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The Michigan Senate has passed Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, by a vote of 36-1.  Congratulations to our sponsor, Sen. Rick Jones, on getting it passed in the Senate. The bill has now moved over to the House where it has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee. If you live, work or travel in Michigan, please contact the Judiciary Committee members TODAY and politely ask them to “please vote “YES” … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Passed by Committee

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on ALL “illegal knives” in Texas statutes, has passed out of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee by a unanimous vote and is now headed to the Calendars Committee. HB 790, the other knife law reform bill that only repeals the ban on daggers, also passed out of the Committee. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed the Committee Members. … Continued... Read More


ACTION ALERT: Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Vote

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on all “illegal knives” in Texas statutes could be voted on by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee as early as Monday April 17th. It is important to call and email the members of the committee so that they are aware of the importance of this bill to the public. If you live, work or travel in Texas, … Continued... Read More


Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Advances

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The bill to partially repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, has passed the Senate by a unanimous vote. This bill allows possession of automatic knives by those who have a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card, which allows the individual to purchase firearms and ammunition. This is not a possession with CCW bill, as some have suggested. The bill also allows for manufacture and sale of automatic knives by those not holding a FOID card. … Continued... Read More


Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Veto Override Fails

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An effort yesterday to override Virginia Governor McAuliffe’s veto of House Bill 1432 failed. That bill would have repealed Virginia’s switchblade ban including, for the most part, allowing concealed carry. This was the unfortunately predictable outcome based on our assessment of the politics in the Virginia legislature. Even if the override had somehow succeeded in passing the House, despite the odds against it, the effort would certainly have failed in the Senate. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Minnesota Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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Knife Rights’ bill to remove the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives in Minnesota, HF2567, has been introduced by Representative Joe Hoppe. The bill would remove “a switch blade knife opening automatically” from Minnesota statute 609.66(1). Knife Rights will keep you posted on the bill’s progress and let you know when it is time to take action. Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™. Knife Rights has repealed switchblade bans in Alaska, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform to Governor

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The Georgia House has overwhelmingly passed HB 292 that includes the language from Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49. It is now headed to the Governor for action. This bill would increase the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5 inches to 12 inches (see Section 3 of HB 292). HB 292 is this year’s “omnibus” gun bill in Georgia. If you live, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

Knife Rights’ Vermont Knife Law Preemption bill, H 276, has been introduced by Rep. Patrick Brennan. The bill simply adds “knives” to the existing Vermont Firearms preemption statute. 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 Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™. … Continued... Read More


ACTION ALERT: Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Hearing

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Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on all “illegal knives” in Texas statutes, has been scheduled for a hearing on Monday in the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. If you live, work or travel in Texas, please contact the committee members TODAY and politely ask them to “please vote “YES” on HB 1935.”  That’s all you need to do, short and simple. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Passed Committee

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee 5 – 0. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill would repeal Michigan’s outright ban on possession and sale of automatic (switchblade) knives. Knife Rights has repealed switchblade bans in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform Passes Senate

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Georgia Knife Law Reform Passes Senate

By a vote of 37 to 16, the Georgia Senate has passed HB 292 that includes the language from Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49. This would increase the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5 inches to 12 inches (see Section 3 of HB 292). HB 292 is this year’s “omnibus” gun bill in Georgia which had previously passed in the House. It was amended in the Senate, … Continued... Read More


CALL TODAY! Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Hearing

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Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 28, at 3 PM. SB 245 would repeal Michigan’s outright ban on possession and sale of automatic (switchblade) knives. Since the sponsor of the bill, Senator Rick Jones, is also the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, we are hopeful that the bill will pass. However it would still be helpful if those who live, … Continued... Read More


Governor Signs Colorado Switchblade & Gravity Knife Ban Repeal

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Governor Signs Colorado

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today signed SB 17-008, the bill to repeal Colorado’s switchblade and gravity knife ban. Congratulations to sponsors Sen. Owen Hill and Rep. Steve Lebsock for their effective leadership in moving this bipartisan bill thorough the legislature with overwhelming votes in both houses. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed the Governor urging him to sign the bill. Knife Rights was pleased to be able to assist the sponsors in moving this bill through the legislature. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ West Virginia Preemption Bill Advances – CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

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Knife Rights’ West Virginia Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 2209, sponsored by Delegate Rupert Phillips, has passed the House Political Subdivisions committee on a voice vote. HB 2209 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing. If you live, work or travel in West Virginia, please CALL or EMAIL the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Delegate John Scott at: (304) 340-3252 or john.shott@wvhouse.gov and politely request that he “Please schedule HB 2209 for a hearing as soon as possible.” … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife Reform Bills Filed–Again!

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Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform Bills, A.5667 and S. 4769 have been introduced in the New York Assembly. This is the fourth year in a row that bills have been introduced to stop the abuse of the state’s gravity knife statute by New York City. In response to New York Governor Cuomo’s New Year’s Eve veto overruling the New York Legislature that passed last year’s bills by overwhelming margins, … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife Reform Bills Filed–Again!

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Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform Bills, A.5667 and S. 4769 have been introduced in the New York Assembly. This is the fourth year in a row that bills have been introduced to stop the abuse of the state’s gravity knife statute by New York City. In response to New York Governor Cuomo’s New Year’s Eve veto overruling the New York Legislature that passed last year’s bills by overwhelming margins, … Continued... Read More


Docs Filed in Knife Rights Appeal in New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

Following up on the Notice of Appeal in our federal civil rights lawsuit against New Your City filed last month, the next set of required preliminary papers has been filed. Our Pre-Argument Statement (Form C) is a required filing that includes Addendum A and B which lay out the basics of the case, with a “Description of the Nature of the Action” and “Issues to be Raised on Appeal.” This provides the foundation upon which the actual appeal brief of District Court Judge Katherine B. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Introduced

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Knife Rights' Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that would repeal the ban on all "illegal knives" in Texas statutes, has been introduced by Rep. John Frullo. HB 1935 would complete Knife Rights' efforts to bring knife freedom to Texas by removing entirely the definition of "illegal knife" in Section 46.01(6) of the Penal Code. This includes the prohibition on double edge blades, Bowie knives and the 5.5-inch carry limit.... Read More


Docs Filed in Knife Rights Appeal in New York City Gravity Knife Lawsuit

Once again the Plaintiffs in our federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., have filed a Notice of Appeal following U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest’s tortured 35-page decision in the case. In the prior appeal of Judge Forrest’s initial outrageous dismissal of the case, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled unanimously in favor of the Plaintiffs. … Continued... Read More


Federal Court Upholds Unconstitutional and Discriminatory Gravity Knife Arrests

Knife Rights Will Appeal Tortured Decision Last Friday U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled in favor of New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in Knife Rights’ long-running federal civil rights case challenging the City’s policy of treating any locking blade folding knife that can be “flicked” open as a prohibited gravity knife. In a tortured 35-page decision, the Court fundamentally re-characterized the case in a way that did not reflect the case presented. … Continued... Read More


NY Governor Vetoes Knife Rights’ Knife Law Reform Bill!

December 31, 2016: Waiting until the last possible moment, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill, effectively giving the finger to New York’s Legislature that passed the bill by overwhelming margins, 61-1 in the Senate and 117-12 in the Assembly, and the large coalition of organizations, many part of his own constituency, which supported the bill. Despite the thousands who called and emailed the Governor to sign the bill, … Continued... Read More


WARNING: New York City Knife Law Enforcement & Administrative Code

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WARNING: NYC has interpreted the state law against gravity knives such that if an officer can “wrist flick” the knife blade open and the knife blade locks open, that knife is an illegal gravity knife. NYC takes this position even if it requires multiple tries and use of exaggerated arm thrust or motion. It does not matter that you cannot “wrist flick” the knife open; if an officer or prosecutor can do so, and they may well be stronger and/or more skilled than you at doing so, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ NY Knife Law Reform Bill to Gov. Cuomo – CALL TODAY!

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LET’S GET THIS DONE! Regardless of your personal views of Governor Cuomo or his politics on any other issue, if you live, work or travel in New York, or plan to, please CALL Governor Cuomo TODAY and simply deliver the message that you are “calling to respectfully request that Governor Cuomo please sign S6483-A/A9042-A,” and then thank him. Please be POLITE and RESPECTFUL and REMAIN ON POINT. This is not the time to berate the Governor about... Read More


2016 Prelaunch Test

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We have assembled an incredible array of prizes for this Ultimate Steel™ Spectacular with over $200,000 in custom, limited edition and production knives, celebrity signed knives, guns and more. Every prize has been generously donated, so 100% of the proceeds supports Knife Rights’ pro-knife legislative initiatives. Knife Rights is the One Getting it Done™ – Rewriting Knife Law in America™ WITH YOUR HELP!... Read More


Freddie Gray’s Knife Finally Revealed

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The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, as a result of a Public Information Act request from WBAL TV-11 in Baltimore, finally released the evidence photos of the knife for which Freddie Gray was arrested, leading to his subsequent death while in custody. This knife was repeatedly mentioned at the trials of the officers charged and then acquitted in Gray's death, but until Monday, the public had never seen the knife in question.... Read More


Clinton vs. Trump vs. Your Knife Rights

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As a nonpartisan organization with members and supporters of all political persuasions we have made it our policy not to endorse candidates, but we still have an interest in politicians being friendly to knives and our interests. Shortly, one of the most critical presidential elections in our lifetimes will be held. The outcome could affect knife owners on many levels. As such, I think I owe it to our members and supporters that we review the two major party presidential candidates' stances on two issues that will likely impact many Americans' knife rights. Regardless of who wins the election, Knife Rights will continue to fight for a Sharper Future™ for all Americans. And, I realize that for many of you reading this neither candidate is a particularly appealing choice, but this election is too important to sit out. One of these two candidates is going to be the next president. Whoever is your choice, however reluctant that choice may be, be sure to vote. Your future, and because the next president will appoint two or three Supreme Court Justices, that of future generations is at stake. These stances may or may not weigh into your decision, but you deserve to understand where they stand in this regard and what are, in my opinion, the potential consequences for knife owners. I will state the facts regarding these issues as I know and understand them, knowing all too well that some folks will take offense, regardless. If you really feel the need to vent, just send an email to me at: vent@kniferights.org. I will endeavor to promptly answer your emails.... Read More


Clinton vs. Trump vs. Your Knife Rights

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What are the candidates’ views on your knife rights? As a nonpartisan organization with members and supporters of all political persuasions we have made it our policy not to endorse candidates, but we still have an interest in politicians being friendly to knives and our interests. Shortly, one of the most critical presidential elections in our lifetimes will be held. The outcome could affect knife owners on many levels. … Continued... Read More


Clinton vs. Trump vs. Your Knife Rights

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As a nonpartisan organization with members and supporters of all political persuasions we have made it our policy not to endorse candidates, but we still have an interest in politicians being friendly to knives and our interests. Shortly, one of the most critical presidential elections in our lifetimes will be held. The outcome could affect knife owners on many levels. As such, I think I owe it to our members and supporters that we review the two major party presidential candidates' stances on two issues that will likely impact many Americans' knife rights. Regardless of who wins the election, Knife Rights will continue to fight for a Sharper Future™ for all Americans. And, I realize that for many of you reading this neither candidate is a particularly appealing choice, but this election is too important to sit out. One of these two candidates is going to be the next president. Whoever is your choice, however reluctant that choice may be, be sure to vote. Your future, and because the next president will appoint two or three Supreme Court Justices, that of future generations is at stake. These stances may or may not weigh into your decision, but you deserve to understand where they stand in this regard and what are, in my opinion, the potential consequences for knife owners. I will state the facts regarding these issues as I know and understand them, knowing all too well that some folks will take offense, regardless. If you really feel the need to vent, just send an email to me at: vent@kniferights.org. I will endeavor to promptly answer your emails.... Read More


Knife Rights Provides Free Knife Check for 2,600 NRA Members at NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

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May 21, 2016 – Louisville, KY: Knife Rights was proud to be able to assist 2,600 knife-carrying NRA members at the NRA Annual Meeting by providing a Free Knife Check for those attending Friday’s NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. Because the event featured presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump, the Secret Service instituted security checks for all who attended, including metal detector screening.   In cooperation with NRA and with the able assistance of Leaders and Scouts from the Lincoln Heritage Council, … Continued... Read More


NYCLU & NAACP LDF Write NY Governor in Support of Gravity Knife Reform Bill

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October 12, 2016: The New York Civil Liberties Union, the state's ACLU affiliate, and the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund have sent New York Governor Cuomo letters in support of Knife Rights' Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill, S6483-A/A9042-A. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "this is a terrific example of how organizations across the political spectrum can collaborate for criminal justice reform and secure basic fairness for all people." Click for letters: NYCLU - NAACP LDF NYCLU and NAACP LDF join the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services; the Office of Court Administration, a number of unions, the NRA, as well as the New York Times Editorial Board, in support of this bill.... Read More


Rewriting Knife Law In America™ – Map and List of Accomplishments

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Rewriting Knife Law In America™2010-2016 Click map for larger image 21 PRO-KNIFE BILLS PASSED IN 15 STATES! Alaska ● Arizona ● Georgia ● Indiana ● Kansas ● Maine ● Missouri ● Nevada New Hampshire ● Oklahoma ● Tennessee ● Texas ● Utah ● Washington ● Wisconsin 8 ANTI-KNIFE BILLS STOPPED! Florida ● Maryland ● … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Was Born 10 Years Ago Today! …

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10 Years Ago Wall Street Journal Article Ignited Knife Owners’ Civil Rights Movement July 25, 2016: Knife Rights was born ten years ago today after I read an outrageous and highly inflammatory article headlining the Wall Street Journal, entitled “How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business” demonizing so-called “tactical knives.” A discredit to the Journal, the overwrought and sensationalist article was filled with distortions, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Was Born 10 Years Ago Today!

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10 Years Ago Wall Street Journal Article Ignited Knife Owners' Civil Rights Movement July 25, 2016: Knife Rights was born ten years ago today after I read an outrageous and highly inflammatory article headlining the Wall Street Journal, entitled "How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business" demonizing so-called "tactical knives." A discredit to the Journal, the overwrought and sensationalist article was filled with distortions, misrepresentations, innuendo, outright lies and cherry-picked quotes pushing a transparent rabid anti-weapon and anti-freedom agenda. But, the story didn't quite spark the anti-knife response the reporter probably hoped for -- in fact, it had precisely the opposite effect. Reading that article I became incensed at the blatant, misguided attack on our everyday tools. I realized that there was no NRA for knife owners. There was no aggressive, proactive grassroots organization working to stop the U.S. from sinking into the anti-knife, anti-freedom pit that already exists in Europe and the U.K. That article ignited a new civil rights movement. Over the past decade Knife Rights has literally rewritten knife law in America. More knives and more freedom couldn't have been further from his objective, but that's exactly what he got. Thank you, Wall Street Journal.... Read More


WSJ Test

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TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2006   B1 How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business By Mark Fritz (Click here to view a PDF of the original article printed in the Wall Street Journal) A decade ago, Jim Ray brought together a champion martial artist, a former Navy Seal and a police-weapons specialist to draft designs for what he hoped would be the perfect pocketknife. … Continued... Read More


Wall Street Journal – July 25, 2006 – How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business

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TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2006   B1 How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business By Mark Fritz (Click here to view a PDF of the original article printed in the Wall Street Journal)   A decade ago, Jim Ray brought together a champion martial artist, a former Navy Seal and a police-weapons specialist to draft designs for what he hoped would be the perfect pocketknife. … Continued... Read More


Finally! After 5 Years Knife Rights’ Day in Court to End Bogus NYC Gravity Knife Arrests

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After five years, Knife Rights finally got its day in court in its Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. Last Thursday’s oral argument wrapped up the actual trial in our long-running battle against New York City’s unconstitutional enforcement of the state’s gravity knife law against owners of common folding knives. This was likely the first time a federal judge ever handled a true gravity knife (a German paratrooper knife) in any federal courtroom. … Continued... Read More


The SMOKE PIT at BLADE Show

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Attending BLADE Show? Knife Rights invites you to The SMOKE PIT to celebrate a decade of Knife Rights Rewriting Knife Law in America! Sponsored by Benchmade Knife Co. and KnifeWorks – Friday & Saturday 7:00 – 11:00 PM. Cigars and Accessories sponsored by Arturo Fuente, Asylum, La Flor Dominicana & Xikar – CASH BAR – Same prices as The Pit! Free Admission ONLY with BLADE Show ID/Pass … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Welcomes The Legal Aid Society’s Amicus Brief in NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

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May 12, 2016: The Legal Aid Society, the oldest and largest private non-profit legal services agency in the nation and New York's primary public defender, yesterday filed an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Brief in support of Knife Rights' long-running Civil Rights Lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "The Legal Aid Society's well-reasoned and eloquently written brief compellingly tells the stories of individuals who have fallen victim to defendants' unconstitutional practices and ties directly into the key elements of the defendants' continued sordid prosecutions of innocent knife owners. The Society has succeeded in adding additional human faces to the injustice these prosecutions have visited on tens of thousands of law-abiding knife owners, highlighting the serious constitutional issues at stake here."... Read More


Illinois Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes House Committee

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May 10, 2016: The Illinois House Judiciary - Criminal Committee passed the Knife Rights supported switchblade ban repeal bill, SB2294, out of the committee with a unanimous "Do Pass" recommendation. The bill has already been passed by the Senate. Knife Rights is working closely with our friends on the ground in Springfield to keep the bill moving in the House. The City of Chicago is working to stop the bill from moving to the floor, to nobody's surprise. In the coming days we may ask you to contact members of the Illinois House. Please pay attention to our alerts in case we need your help!... Read More


Knife Rights to Argue Legality of Non-Locking Folding Knives at California Supreme Court

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Stock Photo April 1, 2016: Nearly a year ago, Knife Rights and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a "friend of the court" (amicus) brief in a case that asks the California Supreme Court to rule that common, non-locking Swiss Army Knives and similar pocketknives are not illegal "dirks" or "daggers" when carried concealed with the blade open. This coming Wednesday the attorney who wrote the brief, George M. Lee, a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Seiler Epstein Ziegler & Applegate, will join the Defendant and Appellant's attorney, Raymond Mark DiGuiseppe, in arguing the case in front of the California Supreme Court. Attorney DiGuiseppe offered to share some of his limited time in front of the Justices to our attorney in view of the exceptional merit of our arguments included in our amicus brief. We are certainly appreciative of this opportunity to defend the rights of knife owners in California.... Read More


Knife Rights Working to Improve Proposed Switchblade Bill in Louisiana

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March 30, 2016: Louisiana Senator Gary Smith has introduced SB 97 which would allow the possession and carry of switchblade knives by concealed carry handgun permit holders. Knife Rights has been working closely with Sen. Smith’s staff to improve the bill by removing the ban on the possession of switchblades altogether, which is exactly what we did in Wisconsin earlier this year. While many state legislatures are already wrapping up their sessions, … Continued... Read More


Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Fires of Perseverance™ Work In Progress Photos

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Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Fires of Perseverance™Work In Progress Photos Master Smith Audra Draper Work in Progress Photos by Mike Draper. Scroll down to view all images. The purchaser of Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Fires of Perseverance™ will receive a USB Drive with all the Work in Progress photos, plus the Eric Eggly studio photographs of the finished knife.This is just a sampling of these fascinating WIP photos. … Continued... Read More


2015 Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Freedom’s Flame™

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Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Freedom’s Flame™ Knife Rights’ Extraordinary Custom Dagger Supporting NRA Women’s Leadership Forum A One-of-a-Kind Custom Knife Crafted by Audra Draper, the World’s First Woman Master Smith (Click images and links for higher resolution photographs.) Knife Rights has donated Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Freedom’s Flame™a stunning one-of-a-kind 21.5-inch Mosaic Damascus dagger by acclaimed Master Smith Audra Draper, … Continued... Read More


“Knives” Stripped from Maryland Bill that would have Outlawed All Knives on College Campuses

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March 4, 2016: On Friday in Maryland the “Weapon-Free Higher Education Zones” bill, HB 1002, was passed out of the House Appropriations Committee with a favorable recommendation, but with an amendment that stripped “Knives” from the bill. The original bill would have prohibited the carry or possession of ANY and ALL knives, as well as guns and deadly weapons, anywhere on the property of public institutions of higher education in Maryland. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Georgia Knife Reform Bill Introduced

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February 19, 2016: Georgia State Senator Bill Heath has introduced Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 405, that would increase the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5.5 inches to 12 inches. Sen. Heath was the sponsor of Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Preemption bill that was enacted in 2012. Efforts to completely eliminate the carry length limit have been stymied due to the manner in which a knife is defined in Georgia Law. … Continued... Read More


WV Permitless Carry incl. Knives Passed – Knife Rights’ Preemption Bill Stalled

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March 6, 2016: Governor Tomblin's veto of the Knife Rights supported West Virginia Permitless (Constitutional) Carry bill, HB 4145, that was vetoed by the governor was overridden by the legislature this past weekend. According to guidance provided by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the new law is effective May 24, 2016. The new law allows West Virginians 21 years old and older, who are not prohibited persons, to carry a concealed "deadly weapon," including knives, without a permit. That includes switchblades (automatics), balisongs and gravity knives. However, knife carriers may still face local restrictions on their right to carry a knife. West Virginia's existing preemption law protects firearms owners only. WARNING: Persons 18 years old but less than 21 years old may obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun BUT that license DOES NOT include concealed carry of a knife or any other "dangerous weapon." The penalties for anyone under 21 carrying a concealed knife illegally have been made far tougher. It is now a felony! Anyone who is younger than 21 should be very careful to abide by West Virginia's 3.5-inch concealed carry limit and the total prohibition on concealed carry of switchblades (automatics), balisongs and gravity knives. Knife Rights will be working in West Virginia next year to try and fix this absurd change in the law that adversely impacts those under age 21. With all the oxygen sucked out of the state capitol by HB 4145, it will be a challenge to get Knife Rights' bipartisan West Virginia Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 4541, passed this year in the remaining days left in the session. HB 4541 would ensure that knife carriers don't face local restrictions on their right to carry a knife under HB 4145.... Read More


Mississippi Knife Law Preemption Bill Passed House – Senate Next

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Mar. 2, 2016: Knife Rights' Mississippi Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 1294 that is sponsored by Rep. Herb Frierson has been passed by the House on a vote of 101-16. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. 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. 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, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.... Read More


ACTION ALERT: Knife Rights Maryland Knife Law Preemption Bill – CALL & EMAIL TODAY!

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Mar. 2, 2016: Knife Rights' bipartisan Maryland Knife Law Preemption bill, SB 653 has been heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. No vote was held at the time, that is the next step. If you live, work or travel in Maryland, please CALL or EMAIL the Committee Members TODAY and ask them to please vote Yes on SB 653.  That's all you need to do, keep it simple and polite. CONTACTS for the Judicial Proceedings Committee after the break.... Read More


Knife Rights’ Oklahoma Knife Law Reform Effective November 1st

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Oct. 31, 2016: Knife Rights' Oklahoma Knife Law Reform bill, SB 1159, becomes effective November 1st. SB 1159 removes dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife and sword cane from the items prohibited from carry in Oklahoma, and finishes the job Knife Rights began last year with the repeal of the ban on carrying switchblade (automatic) knives and with the passage of Knife Law Preemption in Oklahoma. Since Knife Law Preemption is already the law in Oklahoma, the revised law will be immediately effective statewide on November 1st This represents the culmination of three years of effort by Knife Rights in Oklahoma so that knife owners there can enjoy the freedom to own and carry the knife they choose. Oklahoma's knife law reform is more proof that Knife Rights is the one getting it done™ for knife owners in America. Getting it done means having the perseverance to come back to a state's legislature as many times as necessary to finish the job. We can now count 21 pro-knife bills passed in 15 states in six years. No other organization even comes close to that record.... Read More


Ivory & Mammoth Ivory Bans Summary – Updated 1/28/2016

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WARNING:  Knife Rights Foundation provides this summary for informational purposes only and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. Knife Rights Foundation does not offer legal advice. You should not rely on the information provided in this summary as an alternative to legal advice from a licensed attorney. Generally (below):  Illegal to import, sell, offer for sale, purchase, barter or possess with the intent to sell – Generally interpreted to also include working on or with ivory including knifemaking and scrimshaw or repairs using ivory (including mammoth ivory where indicated) California (legislative AB96) Effective: July 1, … Continued... Read More


Kentucky Preemption and Knife Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

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January 24, 2016: Kentucky state Senator Robin Webb has introduced a Knife Law Preemption nd Knife Ban Repeal bill, S 112. This bill is the result of months of work by Knife Rights and Senator Webb and her staff. To accomplish Knife Law Preemption, the bill simply adds knives to the existing proven Kentucky firearms preemption statute. The bill will also remove "any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife" from Kentucky's definition of a "Deadly Weapon" which limits concealed carry to CCW holders. That phrase, "ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife," has been, and could in the future be, subject to abuse from adverse interpretations by law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. In a 2003 appeals court decision (Stout v. Commonwealth), the judge held that a 5-inch "locked-blade" folding knife was NOT an "ordinary pocket knife," even though the vast majority of pocket knives sold then and now have locking blades and knives with blades 5-inches and longer are not unusual.... Read More


Report: National Humane Society Snubs New Jersey Pets

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Washington, D.C. – December 16, 2015: Today HumaneWatch.org released a new report showing the Humane Society of the United States shockingly shortchanges pet shelters in New Jersey. In 2014, HSUS raised over $100 million from Americans and yet only gave 1% of this money to local pet shelters—and didn’t operate a single pet shelter itself—despite having fundraising appeals full of cats and dogs. In New Jersey, … Continued... Read More


Bit of Good Knife Deregulation News for Our Mates Down Under

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December 14, 2015: Congratulations to our mates down under as new Australian customs regulations go into effect that removes “flipper knives” from the list of knives (in Schedule 13 – table item 14)) that are banned from import into the country. This was the regulation cited in recent years by Customs inspectors to prohibit many one-hand opening knives from being imported into Australia. While “assisted opening” knives remain banned, … Continued... Read More


Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds Second Amendment Argument in Switchblade Possession Case

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November 25, 2015: Applying the Second Amendment to knives as arms and the groundbreaking Heller U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that it was illegal for someone to possess a switchblade (automatic) knife in their home. The court concluded that the Second Amendment protects knives as well as guns, one of Knife Rights' foundational principles. You can read the court's decision here: http://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=155961 As such, this decision, albeit narrow as was required by Wisconsin law, held that at least with regards to switchblades at home, Wisconsin's ban is unconstitutional. Knife Rights believes such bans are entirely unconstitutional. Having said that, Knife Rights Wisconsin Knife Law Reform bill, AB 142, would remove this prohibition altogether, as well as enact Knife Law Preemption, resolving the issue entirely. AB 142 has passed the House and awaits a vote in the Senate. The case arose when Cory Herrmann, the defendant, was injured in his home. Showing his switchblade knife to a friend, Herrmann dropped the knife and cut his femoral artery. After 911 was called, officers responding to the scene seized the switchblade and subsequently Herrmann was charged with illegal possession.... Read More


Vote “NO” on S3416 Email to Senators

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TO: SenAddiego@njleg.org, SenAllen@njleg.org,SenBarnes@njleg.org, SenBateman@njleg.org, SenBeach@njleg.org, SenBeck@njleg.org, SenBucco@njleg.org, SenCardinale@njleg.org, SenCodey@njleg.org, SenConnors@njleg.org, SenCruzPerez@njleg.org, SenCunningham@njleg.org, SenDoherty@njleg.org, SenGill@njleg.org, SenGordon@njleg.org, SenGreenstein@njleg.org, SenHolzapfel@njleg.org, SenKean@njleg.org, SenKyrillos@njleg.org, SenMadden@njleg.org, SenOroho@njleg.org, SenOToole@njleg.org, SenPennacchio@njleg.org, SenPou@njleg.org, SenRice@njleg.org, SenRuiz@njleg.org, SenSacco@njleg.org, SenScutari@njleg.org, SenSinger@njleg.org, SenSmith@njleg.org, SenStack@njleg.org, SenSweeney@njleg.org, SenThompson@njleg.org, SenTurner@njleg.org, SenVanDrew@njleg.org, SenVitale@njleg.org, SenWeinberg@njleg.org, SenWhelan@njleg.org SUBJECT: Please Vote NO on S3416 Copy and Paste the text below into the body of the email. Dear Senator, Please vote “NO” on S3416. S3416 has severe unintended consequences on the general public and New Jersey. … Continued... Read More


New Jersey Governor Christie Vetoes Two Draconian Bills!

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January 19, 2016: Two draconian bills that would have dramatically harmed knifemakers and knife owners were vetoed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on January 19. The two closely related bills, S3146/A3773 and S3416/A4808, would have outlawed, with extraordinarily tough civil and felony criminal penalties, mere possession or transportation via New Jersey of parts or products from over 1,200 species of threatened and endangered species. Elephant, stingray, gator, mollusks (mother of pearl) and many other species whose parts have traditionally been used by knifemakers would have been included, putting makers and collectors in legal jeopardy. Knife Rights worked tirelessly for months to lead the opposition to these bills with our good friends at the Elephant Protection Association and with support from a number of hunting organizations. While testimony and position papers were provided at legislative hearings, resulting in the bills being amended down from over 12,000 species to 1,200 species (see below), there was never any question that these still appalling bills would pass the Democratic controlled New Jersey legislature where freedom and common sense go to die. Our only hope for defeating these bills was that Governor Christie would recognize them for the terrible bills they were, both for New Jersey and its citizens, and for the country as a whole. Our legislative lobbying efforts set the stage for Governor Christie's veto, with most Republican legislators voting "no" or abstaining. Knife Rights is also grateful to numerous friends and organization leaders from around the country who participated in the effort to defeat these outrageous and draconian measures. As a result of the team effort, New Jersey will not become the poster child for the nation's most radical anti-hunting advocates who would have dealt a serious blow to law-abiding knifemakers and knife owners as collateral damage. Click here to read our position papers opposing S3146/A3773 and S3416/A4808.... Read More


ACTION ALERT – HEARING Monday! NJ “Big 5 Ban” Bill Will Make Felons of Hundreds of Thousands

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ACTION ALERT – HEARING Monday! “Big 5 Ban” Bill Will Make Felons of Hundreds of Thousands of New Jerseyans Who Own Items With Ivory, Mother of Pearl, Exotic Leather and Much More! A hearing is being held Monday, November 9, at 1:00 PM in Trenton on S3416, an outrageous and draconian bill that bans mere POSSESSION of not only ivory, but also anything made from over 11,000 species of wildlife! … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Submits Comment Opposing Federal Ivory Ban – Still Plenty You Can Do To Help Stop Ban

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Sept. 29, 2015: Knife Rights' comment opposing the irrational and abusive federal Ivory Ban was submitted yesterday. Click here to read the comment with its attachments. Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opposing the Ivory Ban. The Introduction and the Conclusion (Click "Read More>>>>" below) sums up the serious federal law violations and other practical issues with this proposed Ivory Ban rule. Knife Rights abhors the poaching of all species. The proven solution is to attack poaching at the source and in the primary destinations for the illegal ivory, not punish lawful ivory owners in the U.S. who cannot have any effect on poaching in Africa. Successful anti-poaching programs in Africa have demonstrated that an integrated comprehensive approach that support law-enforcement in the field and encourages the locals to fight poaching does work to save elephants. Illegally stealing the investments of millions of Americans will not save a single elephant in Africa. To read the Introduction and the Conclusion of Knife Rights' comment AND what YOU can do NOW to hell stop the ban, click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


Knife Rights Speaks Out Against Ivory Ban at Federal Advisory Council, Urges Respect for Rule of Law

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Sept. 26, 2015: A Knife Rights representative attended the August 24 meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking in Washington, DC to speak out against the Council's continued support for the Administration's irrational proposed ivory ban rule that will hurt many knifemakers, collectors and millions of Americans. Knife Rights abhors poaching of all species and supports science-based conservation efforts that have succeeded in posting significant GAINS in some elephant populations in recent years. We support practical efforts to defend elephants in the field that have resulted in MARKED DECLINES IN POACHING in recent years, as well as lawful enforcement activities that directly target illegal black-market trade in ivory. We support targeting poachers, not abusing law-abiding Americans in violation of long-held American principles. A key point we make is to note that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) published a study, "Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) UPDATE ON ELEPHANT POACHING TRENDS IN AFRICA TO 31 DECEMBER 2014" that evaluates relative poaching levels based on the Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants (PIKE). The latest report published last year clearly shows that the illegal killing of elephants peaked back in 2011 and declines and levels off thereafter. The report also notes that illegal killing of elephants in Eastern Africa has dropped for the last four years and these populations are now at sustainable levels. Southern Africa herds have been at sustainable levels for all the years monitored, 2002 -2014. Where elephant herds in Africa are protected from poaching, the herds are proven to be sustainable.... Read More


Ivory Expert Exposes Myth of Illegal U.S. Ivory Market – Rebukes FWS for Misrepresenting His Work

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Aug. 27, 2015: Dr. Daniel Stiles, an internationally acknowledged expert on African Elephants and the illegal ivory trade, has rebuked the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for misrepresenting his research and misleading the American public about illegal ivory in America, submitting a stinging opposition comment in response to its proposed ivory ban. Click here to read Dr. Stiles' Comment. This misrepresentation is a serious violation of the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act (APA) because the proposed rule is "arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law" (5 U.S.C. 706(2)(A)) and FWS has not articulated a reasonable basis supported by reliable and accurate data for its decision to promulgate this rule, as well as the 2001 Federal Data Quality Act (AKA Information Quality Act) because the data upon which FWS has based its decision to promulgate this rule is either entirely nonexistent, or in the alternative, has been seriously misconstrued. FWS' clear violation of these laws and regulations in misrepresenting Dr. Stiles work means that the proposed rule is inherently flawed and should be withdrawn. PLEASE SUBMIT A COMMENT TODAY asking that this proposed rule be withdrawn. Knife Rights abhors poaching of all species and supports science-based conservation efforts that have succeeded in posting significant GAINS in some elephant populations in recent years. We support practical efforts to defend elephants in the field that have resulted in MARKED DECLINES IN POACHING in recent years, as well as lawful enforcement activities that directly target illegal black-market trade in ivory. We support targeting poachers, not abusing law-abiding Americans in violation of long-held American principles. For details on Dr. Stiles' rebuke of FWS, a link to submit a comment and a Model Comment to submit, click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


Proposed Federal Ivory Ban Rule Punishes Americans for Chinese Supported Poaching

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July 29, 2015: After over a year's delay, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed regulation that would virtually ban the interstate trade in ivory, including knives with ivory handles and embellishments, has been published in the Federal Register. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter explained, "Knife owners, knifemakers, scrimshaw artists and suppliers will all be hit hard if the rule is allowed to go into effect as it is proposed. While there are some exceptions allowed in this proposed ivory ban, they are very narrow and the overall impact is as bad as expected for honest owners of decades-old legal ivory." A 60-day comment period is provided. Knife Rights abhors the poaching of all species. The proven solution is to attack poaching at the source, not punish lawful ivory owners in the U.S. who cannot have any effect on poaching in Africa. Successful anti-poaching programs have demonstrated that an integrated comprehensive approach that encourages the locals to fight poaching does work. This is the sort of solution that should be expanded and encouraged by the U.S. and by all who really want to end poaching. Knife Rights is working with our partners in the many organizations opposed to this rule to develop effective, well-reasoned and coherent arguments against this rule that we'll ask you to submit as comments over the next two months. That will take some time to put together.   The most important thing concerned citizens can do right now is to contact your U.S. Representative and Senators to ask them to co-sponsor the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015 which would protect honest U.S. ivory owners while providing for additional conservation and anti-poaching efforts in Africa. Click for more information. For additional details on this proposed Federal Ivory Ban, click on Read More >>>>... Read More


New York Machete Ban Bill Defeated

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June 23, 2015: With the adjournment of the New York legislature, the Machete Ban bill, S. 3199, has failed to pass this year after a strong lobbying effort by Knife Rights. It was initially passed by the Republican led Senate without proper consideration, but was never voted out of committee in the Democratic controlled Assembly. The bill would have added "Machete" to the same list of outlawed "Deadly Weapons" in which you will find Switchblades, Daggers and the like. Potential penalties for violations would be up to a year behind bars. A machete, like a kitchen knife, or any other knife, is simply a common tool used daily by many New Yorkers at home, work and recreation. It is the height of insanity to try and blame the tool for a criminal's misuse of that tool to commit a violent crime. Use of any inanimate object, tool or otherwise, to commit violence on another person is already a crime in New York. Knife Rights is pleased we were able to work with our friends in the Assembly to successfully stop this absurd bill from passing.... Read More


Outrageous & Draconian New York Ivory Possession and Transportation Ban Defeated

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June 23, 2015: The most extreme and draconian effort to date to punish honest, law-abiding ivory owners, including owners of ivory handled knives, New York Senate Bill 4686, failed today with the adjournment of the New York legislature after a strong lobbying effort by Knife Rights and our alliance of organizations from across the political spectrum opposed to the ivory bans. This bill would have banned the mere POSSESSION and TRANSPORTATION, … Continued... Read More


Two Victories in New York, But the Fight for Justice Continues

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June 23, 2015: With the adjournment of the New York Legislature, Knife Rights and knife owners can chalk up two wins and one disappointing loss. Both the proposed Machete Ban and the Draconian Ivory Possession and Transportation Ban were defeated. The “fix” to the gravity knife statute that would end bogus New York City knife arrests did not pass when Senate Republicans refused to vote on the bill already passed overwhelmingly by the Democratic controlled Assembly (for the second year in a row). … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act Clears Critical Hurdle in U.S. Senate

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Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, S. 1315 (KOPA), passed a critical hurdle yesterday when it was voted out of the the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Passage by the Commerce Committee sets the measure up for consideration by the full Senate.  KOPA protects travelers from a patchwork of conflicting state knife laws.     The result of five years of effort, Knife Rights conceived, drafted and developed the Knife Owners' Protection Act as the first proactive pro-knife federal legislation introduced in the nation's history.  The Senate version of the bill is sponsored by Senators Mike Enzi (R-UT) with co-sposnors Senators. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).  Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter noted, "This legislation will solve a real and growing problem that faces every knife owner traveling throughout America--the threat of arrest and prosecution under misguided local laws merely for possessing knives during lawful travel."  KOPA will protect law-abiding knife owners traveling throughout the U.S. from a patchwork of restrictive state and local laws. As long as possession of the particular knife is legal where the journey starts and ends, and provided the knife is secured in accordance with KOPA, a knife owner would no longer be threatened with arrest simply for traveling from one place to another.... Read More


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

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President Obama Declared Freddie Gray’s Knife NOT a Switchblade in 2009 by Knife Rights’ Doug Ritter with Evan F. Nappen, Esq. 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, … Continued... Read More


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

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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’ … Continued... Read More


Freddie Gray Falsely Arrested on Illegal Knife Charge – Update on the Freddie Gray Knife Arrest

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 1, 2015 - Gilbert, AZ: In the case of the arrest on a knife charge and subsequent death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged that Freddie Gray was falsely arrested and that the knife in his pocket was not an illegal switchblade. Mosby is filing murder charges against one officer while others are being charged with crimes including manslaughter and assault.... Read More


Christian Science Monitor asks, “Should it really be illegal to carry a knife in the city?”

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April 27, 2015: Patrik Jonsson, a writer for the Christian Science Monitor, asked a very insightful question in an April 22 story on the recent questionable death of Freddie Gray while in custody of the Baltimore police: "Should it really be illegal to carry a knife in the city?" It should come as no surprise that Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter's response is, "no, it should not be illegal to carry any knife, only actual use of a knife for criminal purposes should be illegal." Doug is quoted several times in the article that explores the absurdity of knife bans and the adverse consequences that often result. Click here to read the article. UPDATE 5/1/2015: State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has indicated that Freddie Gray was falsely arrested and that the knife in his pocket was not illegal. Mosby said she will file murder charges against one officer and manslaughter and other charges against others. According to news reports, Freddie Gray was arrested after a police officer supposedly found a "switchblade" in his pocket. But, the court documents reveal something else: "The officer noticed a knife clipped to the inside of his front right pants pocket. The defendant was arrested without force or incident," the documents say. "The knife was recovered by this officer and found to be a spring-assisted, one-hand-operated knife." (Emphasis added.) Note that the officer did not refer to the knife as a "switchblade." Click "Read More >>>>" below for additional details on the arrest and differences between a legal assisted-opening knife and a switchblade.... Read More


2015 Sharper Future Awards Breakfast Thank You

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Thank Your For Supporting Knife Rightsand A Sharper Future™ PRINT OUT YOUR EMAILED PAYPAL RECEIPT – YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR RECEIPT FOR ENTRY. A physical ticket will not be sent to you. Please check in at the registration table upon arrival. Breakfast starts PROMPTLY at 7:30 AM and will be done no later than 8:45, before the show opens at 9:00. Breakfast location is the Waverly Renaissance Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway, … Continued... Read More


Michigan Knife Law Preemption Bill Passes Senate – On to House

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June 9, 2015: Knife Rights' Michigan Knife Law Preemption bill, SB 305, has been passed by the Senate 27-10. It now moves over to the House for consideration, most likely not until after the Summer break. 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. We will advise when it is time to contact your Representative about this bill.... Read More


California Supreme Court Affirms “Swiss Army Knife” NOT an Illegal Dagger

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In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court yesterday affirmed a lower court ruling which held that a common slipjoint folding knife, in this case specifically a “Swiss Army Knife,” was not a “dirk or dagger,” prohibited under California law when carried in the open position and concealed. Click here to read the decision. The case arises from a 2012 arrest of a man in San Diego, California, after a traffic stop. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Wisconsin Knife Law Reform Signed by Governor

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February 8, 2016: Knife Rights' Wisconsin Knife Law Reform Bill including Knife Law Preemption, AB 142, was signed on February 6th by Governor Scott Walker. Wisconsin is the eleventh state in which Knife Rights has repealed a switchblade ban and the ninth in which we have passed Knife Law Preemption. The new law was enacted when it was officially published on February 7, 2016. The signing ceremony was held during the annual meeting of Wisconsin FORCE, the state NRA affiliate. Wisconsin FORCE and Executive Director Jeff Nass played a critical role in passage of the bill and Knife Rights is appreciative of their support for our efforts to forge a Sharper Future for all Americans. At the signing, Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter presented Governor Walker with a Pro-Tech TR-4 automatic (switchblade) knife specially engraved with the state seal and his name and dedication during the signing ceremony (photo after the break).... Read More


Nevada Model Ivory Ban Letter

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Subject: VOTE NO on SB 398 Dear Senator _________________________, I am writing to respectfully request that you please VOTE NO on SB 398, the Ivory Ban Bill. I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, this bill only attacks innocent Nevada residents and visitors by passing an absurd Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. … Continued... Read More


Connecticut Model Ivory Ban Letter

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Subject: VOTE NO on HB 6955 Dear Representative _________________________, I am writing to respectfully request that you please VOTE NO on HB 6955, the revised Ivory Ban Bill. I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, this bill only attacks innocent Connecticut residents by passing an absurd Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. … Continued... Read More


Illinois Ivory Ban Bill Defeated

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March 28, 2015: The Illinois Senate Environment and Conservation Committee defeated Senate Bill 1858 by a 6-4 vote. SB 1858 was a draconian bill that would have banned the sale or purchase of any ivory, including mammoth ivory, in the state with no exceptions whatsoever. This is the fourth ivory ban bill defeated so far this year (Maryland, Virginia and Washington previously). The defeat came after an alliance of organizations opposed to the bill, … Continued... Read More


Oregon Ivory Ban Hearing – Attend or Contact Committee Members

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March 17, 2015: A hearing on an Oregon bill that would ban the sale or purchase of any ivory in the state, including 10,000-year-old mammoth ivory, SB 913, is scheduled for hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 24th at 8:00 am. This draconian legislation includes a ban on mammoth ivory, contains no commercial use exemptions for knives, firearms, musical instruments, antiques or other items and criminalizes "possesses with intent to sell," a phrase that is easily abused by prosecutors. If you are an Oregon resident or travel or work in Oregon, we encourage you to attend and testify against this bill that will only serve to punish law-abiding citizens of Oregon and which won't save a single living elephant. If you cannot attend the hearing, please email or call the members of the Judiciary Committee. Click on "Read More>>>>" for a model letter and contacts for the committee members.... Read More


Oregon Model Ivory Ban Letter

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Subject: OPPOSE SB 913 Dear Senator _________________________, I am writing to respectfully request that you please OPPOSE SB 913, the Ivory Ban Bill that will be heard in Juciary on March 24, 2015. I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, this bill only attacks innocent Oregonians by passing an absurd Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Preemption Takes Effect Sept. 1

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Sept. 1, 2015: Today is the effective date for Knife Rights' signature Knife Law Preemption bill in Texas. Several Texas cities will see their restrictive knife laws voided today. The new law invalidates all municipal and county knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, creating uniform knife laws throughout the Lone Star State. The new law also ensues that Knife Rights' repeal of the state's ban on switchblade (automatic) knives that was passed in 2013 will now have effect throughout the state. The two Texas cities that made Knife Rights' "10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America" list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine, have now been removed. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "Removing two of the nation's worst anti-knife cities from our list in a single act is an example of what can be done when we all work together towards greater freedom in America."... Read More


Freedom’s Steel™ Damascus Pistol WIP

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Freedom’s Steel™ Damascus Pistol Re-Discovering the Lost Art of the Damascus Barrel Crafted by Master Bladesmith & Master Gunsmith Steve Culver Work in Progress Photos by Steve Culver Scroll down to view all images. The purchaser of Freedom’s Steel™ Damascus Pistol will receive a USB Drive with hundreds of Work in Progress photos, plus the studio photographs of the finished knife., plus videos, including vidoe of the test firing. This is just a sampling of these facinating WIP photos. … Continued... Read More


Freedom’s Steel™ Damascus Pistol

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Freedom’s Steel™ Damascus Pistol Re-Discovering the Lost Art of the Damascus Barrel Supporting NRA-ILA and the Second Amendment! A One-of-a-Kind Custom Percussion Damascus Barrel Pistol Crafted by Master Bladesmith & Master Gunsmith Steve Culver Incorporating Historically Significant Materials (Click images for higher resolution photographs.) Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Steel™ Damascus Pistol to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) in appreciation for their support of Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


Freedom’s Steel™ IV – The Jefferson Bowie

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Freedom’s Steel™ IV – The Jefferson Bowie™ Knife Rights’ Extraordinary Custom Collaboration Knife Supporting NRA-ILA and the Second Amendment! A One-of-a-Kind Custom Knife Crafted by Acclaimed Artisans Incorporating Historically Significant Materials (Click images and links for higher resolution photographs.) Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Steel™ IV – The Jefferson Bowie, … Continued... Read More


Freedom’s Steel™ III – Shall Not Be Infringed – 2014

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Freedom’s Steel™ III – Shall Not Be Infringed™ Knife Rights’ Extraordinary Custom Collaboration Knife Supporting NRA-ILA and the Second Amendment!   SOLD for $33,000! A One-of-a-Kind Custom Knife Crafted by Acclaimed Artisans Incorporating Historically Significant Materials (Click images and links for higher resolution photographs.) Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Steel™ III – … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Idaho Knife Law Preemption Bill Passes Senate – Moves to House – Call & Write TODAY!

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March 17, 2015: Knife Rights' Idaho Knife Law Preemption bill, SB 1092, was passed by the Senate 25-10. SB 1092 now moves the House. SB 1092 would repeal all existing local knife regulations and prohibit any future knife regulations, making state knife law supreme over the entire state. Our research discovered numerous local ordinances that restrict knives in Idaho, but we were especially taken aback by the prohibition on concealed carry (without a permit) of a "buck knife" in Twin Falls (Chapter 2, 6-2-1(B)). That’s particularly ironic given that Buck Knives is headquartered in Idaho. If you live, work or travel in Idaho, please contact your state Representative or the Representative where you work or travel and ask them to please support SB 1092. CLICK HERE to find your Idaho Representative.... Read More


Washington Ivory Ban Bills Fail – Another Victory for Common Sense

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March 2, 2015: Another irrational state Ivory Ban effort has failed, this time in Washington State. Once a bright light was shone on the lies and deceit of the Ivory- banners, the bills (HB 1131 and SB 5241) proved unable to move forward by legislative deadlines Washington now joins Virginia this year in rejecting the emotionally charged, but factually deficient arguments put forth by promoters of these Ivory Ban bills. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "Knife Rights and all who we represent abhor the poaching of elephants in Africa. However, these ivory ban bills won't save a single living elephant, while taking hundreds of millions of dollars from millions of honest law-abiding Americans. It makes no sense to unfairly penalize Americans for the illegal and immoral activities that continue to threaten elephants, and which these proposed ivory bans do nothing to ameliorate. These ivory ban bills are 'Feel Good - Do Bad' legislation at its worst."... Read More


Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Freedom’s Flame™ Work In Progress Photos

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Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Freedom’s Flame™Work In Progress Photos Master Smith Audra Draper Work in Progress Photos by Mike Draper. Scroll down to view all images. The purchaser of Lady Liberty’s Steel™ – Freedom’s Flame™ will receive a USB Drive with 598 Work in Progress photos, plus the Terrill Hoffman studio photographs of the finished knife.This is just a sampling of these facinating WIP photos. … Continued... Read More


Lady Liberty’s Steel™ II – Fires of Perseverance™ – Knife Rights’ Collaboration Benefiting NRA WLF!

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Lady Liberty’s Steel™ II – Fires of Perseverance™Knife Rights’ Extraordinary Custom DaggerSupporting NRA Women’s Leadership Forum A One-of-a-Kind Custom KnifeCrafted by Audra Draper, the World’s First Woman Master Smith (Click images and links for higher resolution photographs.) Knife Rights has donated Lady Liberty’s Steel™ … Continued... Read More


Indiana Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Feb 25, 2015: Indiana Representative Peggy Mayfield has introduced Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 1635. The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Public Policy where the Committee Chairman, Rep. Thomas Dermody (R-20), has indicated that he is not been inclined to hear the bill. Your help is needed to convince the Chairman to hear the bill. If you live, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Nevada Knife Law Reform Bill Signed Governor

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June 2, 2015: Knife Rights' Nevada Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 176, was signed by Governor Sandoval on June 1st. This act repeals existing bans on switchblade knives (longer than 2-inches), dirks, daggers and belt buckle knives and becomes effective on July 1, 2015. Unfortunately, because preemption was dropped from the bill, citizens and travelers will still have to be wary of local regulations more restrictive than the new state law. Nevada is the tenth state, the third this year, where Knife Rights has repealed knife bans. Knife Rights would like to express our sincere appreciation to our bill sponsor, Nevada State Senator James Settelmeyer, who guided this bill through a difficult legislative process.... Read More


Mississippi Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced

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Jan. 30, 2015: Mississippi Representative Herb Frierson this week introduced Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill, House Bill 552. Knife Rights has been working to pass Knife Law Preemption in Mississippi since Rep. John Moore introduced our bill last year. We are very pleased to be working with Rep. Frierson this year to rid the state of its patchwork of local laws more strict than state law. … Continued... Read More


Maryland Ivory Ban Bill Defeated

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March 16, 2015: The Maryland House Judiciary Committee has voted to give an unfavorable report on HB 713, a draconian bill that would have banned the sale or purchase of any ivory, including mammoth ivory, in the state. The unfavorable report came after an alliance of organizations opposed to the bill, including Knife Rights, helped make it clear to the committee members that it was terribly problematic for honest, law-abiding Marylanders, stealing millions in value from them, and that it would not save a single living elephant in Africa. We would especially like to thank David, an 8-year-old student and avid fossil collector, for testifying in opposition to HB 713, showing off parts of his impressive collection of shark's teeth and mammoth ivory fossils that would be rendered valueless by this ill-considered bill, which would have also prevent him from continuing to collect many of the fossils he prizes most. When we are allowed the opportunity to explain the facts involved and the reality of the illicit trade in elephant ivory, in which Americans have virtually no involvement whatsoever, we have a good chance of changing the minds of those who have been mislead by emotionally charged, politically and financially motivated efforts to ban legal elephant ivory that's been in the country for decades and mammoth ivory that's 10,000 years old. The bright light of the truth and facts can carry the day given half a chance. Like all Americans, we find the poaching of African elephants appalling and reprehensible. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, Ivory Ban bills only attack innocent Americans without any likelihood of having an impact on the poaching problem.... Read More


Model Ivory Ban Letter to Maryland Legislators

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Subject: OPPOSE HB 713 Dear Delegate _________________________, I am writing to respectfully request that you please OPPOSE HB 713, the Ivory Ban Bill just introduced. I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, this bill only attacks innocent Washingtonians by passing an absurd Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. … Continued... Read More


Zeeland, MI, Cops Misleading Students About Knife Law?

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There was once a time in America when just about every kid attending school carried a pocket knife. Few kids would be caught without one. Times have changed and most schools have strict "zero tolerance" (zero common sense) policies on knives. It now appears that in at least one instance, a Zeeland, Michigan, police officer presenting a class in school may actually be misinforming students about knife law.   Knife Rights was recently alerted to a school in Zeeland, Michigan, that may have intentionally misled its students about the knife laws in Michigan. What is worse is that it appears to be the result of a program run by the Michigan State Police that does not require the use of a standardized lesson plans and study sheets, which means that this may just be one instance of a wider problem in Michigan schools. Did the Zeeland cop mislead students? Is this Michigan State Police program inherently flawed because it allows individual police officers to make up their own curriculum with no controls? Click on "Read More >>>>" below for the rest of the story.... Read More


Knife Rights’ Kentucky Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced – CALL & WRITE TODAY!

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Kentucky State Senator Robin Webb has introduced Knife Rights' Knife Law Preemption bill, SB 146. SB 146 would repeal all existing local knife regulations and prohibit any future knife regulations, making state knife law supreme over the entire state. It also specifically provides that parties may sue to enjoin any violations of the new preemption law and be awarded reasonable attorney's fees and costs. If you live, work or travel in Kentucky, please contact your state Senator or the Senator where you work or travel and ask them to please support SB 146. CLICK HERE to find your Kentucky Senator.... Read More


Knife Rights’ Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced – CALL & WRITE TODAY!

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Feb. 10, 2015: Vermont State Representative Patrick Brennan,Co-Chairman of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, has introduced a Knife Rights requested bill H.165 that would enact Knife Law Preemption in Vermont. H.165 has been assigned to the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources. If you live, work or travel in Vermont, please contact your Representative AND the Committee Members and ask them to support H.165. Click the link to locate your Legislator and/or the Legislator who represents where you work or travel: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2016 Click "Read More >>>>" below for the contacts of the Committee Members. Vermont already has pretty reasonable knife laws, but preemption prevents a patchwork of 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. 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.... Read More


African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015 – CALL & WRITE TODAY!

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July 16, 2015: Senators Steve Daines (MT) and Lamar Alexander (TN) have introduced S. 1769, the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015. This is companion legislation to HR 697 in the House of Representatives. These bills would end the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's unilateral moratorium on the trade in lawfully owned ivory, including ivory handled knives. It also strengthens measures to stop elephant poaching in Africa and punishes countries that smuggle illicit ivory. Please CALL or EMAIL your Representative and Senators and ask them to Co-Sponsor the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015 (H.R. 697 or S.1769, respectively) to protect both elephants and Americans. You can find your U.S. legislators and send them all an email here: www.democracy.io This bill is carefully tailored to allow the Administration to combat African elephant poaching and criminal organizations that sell illicit ivory in China. The bill protects innocent Americans who have complied with existing import prohibitions on ivory and the large stocks of ivory that have been in the United States for over 25 years. It protects the owners of knives, firearms, musical instruments, canes and a multitude of other items that include this decades-old legal ivory. For additional details, click on Read More >>>>... Read More


Illinois Bill Would Allow Switchblades with CCW License – CALL or WRITE TODAY!

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February 5, 2015: Illinois State Senator Tim Bevins has introduced legislation, SB 711, that would legalize switchblade (automatic) knives for anyone who holds an Illinois concealed carry license, as well as for peace officers. It includes legalization to manufacture and sell to these individuals. Given the long-standing prohibitionist environment in Illinois where weapons bans have been the legislature’s solution to every crime problem, … Continued... Read More


Rewriting Knife Law In America™ – Knife Rights 2016 Legislative Agenda

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Federal: Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act Re-Introduced – CALL/WRITE TODAY! Federal: African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act Re-Introduced – CALL/WRITE TODAY! Georgia: Knife Law Reform Illinois: Switchblade Ban Repeal – Passed Senate – in House Kentucky: Knife Ban Repeal & Preemption Louisiana: Switchblade w/ CCW Maryland: Knife Law Preemption Maryland: Knife Ban on College Campuses – “Knives” … Continued... Read More


Texas Knife Law Preemption Bill NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW!

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May 15, 2015: Knife Rights' Texas Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 905, that would rid Texas of its patchwork of local knife laws more strict than state law, has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. Time is short and we need your help to get this bill heard and passed out of this committee. If you live, work or travel in Texas, we need you to ask Chairman Whitmire to hear HB 905 as soon as possible and we need you to also CALL and WRITE the committee members and politely ask them to support HB 905. Click on "Read More >>>>" below for a list of committee members with contacts.... Read More


Switchblade (Automatic) Knives Now Legal in Maine

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October 15, 2015: Maine' LD 264, "An Act To Restore the Right To Possess Certain Knives That Are Used by Many Citizens as Tools," repealing the state's ban on switchblade (automatic) knives is now in effect. Maine is the ninth state to allow switchblades since Knife Rights started it Sharper Future™ campaign six years ago. Automatic knives are now legal for civilians without restriction in 28 states, and legal with various restrictions in 10 more. Nine of those 28 states have been added by Knife Rights since 2010. Knife Rights passed the nation's first repeal of a automatic knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of automatic knife bans (and repealed other knife restrictions) in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas. In Oklahoma,this year Knife Rights' legalized concealed carry of an switchblade (automatic) knife which goes into effect on November 1st.... Read More


Ivory Ban Bill Defeated in VA – WA Hearings Report: Call & Write TODAY!

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Jan. 30, 2015: The Virginia Senate Committee for Courts of Justice voted 13-0 to strike the recently introduced Ivory Ban bill, SB 1215, at the request of sponsor Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30). Ebbin made the request after an alliance of organizations opposed to the bill, including Knife Rights, helped make it clear to the committee members that it was terribly problematic for honest, law-abiding Virginians, stealing millions in value from them, and that it would not save a single living elephant in Africa. Earlier this week Knife Rights' Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, was in Olympia, Washington, to testify at hearings on two draconian Ivory Ban bills, House Bill 1131 and Senate Bill 5241. Both hearings were well attended and numerous individuals and organizations were present from our side to oppose the bills. Nothing in either bill would save a single living elephant, but both would do serious harm to honest, law-abiding Americans. We were encouraged by the questions and reactions of the committee members and hope that their obvious skepticism will lead to major changes in the text of the bills or their outright defeat. Please contact the members of both committees and politely urge them to oppose House Bill 1131 and Senate Bill 5241. Click here for contact information for bill sponsors, members of both committees and a model letter.... Read More


Knife Rights’ Oklahoma Knife Law Preemption and Switchblade Carry Bills Take Effect Today!

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November 1, 2015: Knife Rights' Oklahoma Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 1460, takes effect today. Combined with Knife Rights' Oklahoma Switchblade Carry Ban Repeal bill, HB 1911, that also takes effect today, preemption ensures that switchblade (automatic) knife carriers will not have to deal with local restrictions on automatics and that possession of all knives will be legal throughout the state. 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. Daggers, Bowie knives and dirks are still prohibited from general carry in Oklahoma. Knife Rights still has some clean-up work to do in Oklahoma, but enactment of these two bills this year is a huge step forward for Oklahomans.... Read More


Washington Ivory Ban Hearings Contact List

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Click here for a model letter opposing HB 1131 and SB 5241 Toll-Free Legislative Hotline:1-800-562-6000 Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee: Senator Kirk Pearson, Chair (R-39)Email(360) 786-7676 Senator Brian Dansel (R-7), Vice ChairEmail(360) 786-7612 Senator Brian Hatfield (D-19)Email(360) 786-7636 Senator Maralyn Chase (D-32)Email(360) 786-7662 Senator Mike Hewitt (R-16)Email(360) 786-7630 Senator Rosemary McAuliffe (D-1)Email(360) 786-7600 Senator Judy Warnick (R-13)Email(360) 786-7624 Sponsors of SB 5241 Email Senator Joe Fain Email Senator Jamie Pedersen Email Senator Brian Hatfield Email Senator Steve Litzow Email Senator Christine Rolfes Email Senator Carolyn Schaefer House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Representative Brian Blake, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act Introduced in U.S. House

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Jan. 21, 2015: Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, H.R.419 (KOPA), has been re-introduced for the new session of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives by sponsor Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ). Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter explained, "KOPA will protect law-abiding knife owners traveling throughout the U.S. from the vagaries of restrictive state and local laws. As long as possession of the particular knife is legal in the state where the journey starts and ends, and provided the knife is secured in accordance with KOPA, a knife owner would no longer be threatened with arrest simply for traveling from one place to another." KOPA is the first proactive pro-knife federal legislation introduced in the nation's history. TAKE ACTION TODAY! Getting this bill introduced is only the first step. We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. Please call or email your Representative TODAY and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation. You can find your Representative at: www.house.gov/representatives/find/ Or, you can use the Open Congress website at: www.opencongress.org/bill/hr419-114 Here's a model email that you can use. We strongly suggest you keep it simple and to the point: I support H.R.419, the Knife Owners' Protection Act of 2015. I urge you to become a co-sponsor of this commonsense legislation that will protect my rights and the rights of all knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad of state and local knife laws. For complete details, click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


Anti-Ivory Groups Take Aim at WA, IA & CA (Mammoth Ivory Included) + Fed Update

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Anti-Ivory forces are hard at work trying to enact more draconian state Ivory Bans. With the success we have had to date slowing down the publication of a Federal Ivory Ban (see below) and with at least the possibility we may get something done in Congress to stop the Feds completely, Clintons, HSUS, et al, have turned to the states. They passed draconian Ivory Bans in NY and NJ last year (which also included Mammoth Ivory - something the Feds aren't touching). Bill have already filed this year in Washington, Iowa and California (For full details, click on "Read More>>>>" below).... Read More


Model Ivory Ban Letter to Iowa Legislators

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Subject: OPPOSE Senate File 30 Dear Senator _____________, I am writing to respectfully request that you please OPPOSE Senate File 30, the Ivory Ban Bill just introduced. I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, Senate File 30 only attacks innocent Iowans by passing an absurd Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ South Carolina Preemption Bill Passes House 88-0! Now on to Senate

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March 31, 2015: Knife Rights' South Carolina Knife Law Preemption bill, H.3115, has passed the SC House by a vote of 88-0! It now moves to the Senate. South Carolina already has pretty reasonable knife laws, but preemption prevents a patchwork of 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. 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 . If you live, work or travel in South Carolina, please contact your Senator and ask them to support H.3115. Click here to locate your Senator and/or the Senator who represents where you work or travel.... Read More


Busy Week in New York Battleground for Knife Rights

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This week Knife Rights was busy fighting New York City’s persecution of knife owners on two fronts. Oral argument in the appeal of Knife Rights’ Federal Civil Rights case against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., which was dismissed on standing grounds, was held on January 13 in New York City. At the same time, Knife Rights was working with Manhattan Assemblyman Dan Quart to introduce legislation that could go a long way towards addressing the problem in New York City. … Continued... Read More


New York Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill Passes Senate – Next to Governor

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June 15, 2016: Knife Rights' Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill, S6483-A/A9042-A, passed the New York Senate today on a unanimous vote of 61-0. Knife Rights' Director of Legislative affairs, Todd Rathner, has spent many weeks on the ground in Albany this session working closely with our friends there to shepherd this bill through politically treacherous territory. All that extraordinary personal attention has paid off with this unanimous vote. The Assembly previously passed this bill 99-12. However, it is not over yet. S6483-A/A9042-A still needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor will not officially receive the bill for his consideration until it is transmitted. Transmission of the bill could take a few weeks, so please be patient with the process. When the time is ripe, we'll ask for your help, but until then there's no benefit to contacting the Governor about this bill. Knife Rights would like to thank the following people who played a key role in helping to get this legislation through the legislature. Assembly Member Dan Quart (D) our primary sponsor in the Assembly, Senator Diane Savino (D) our primary sponsor in the Senate, Senator Michael Nozzolio (R) who made passing this bill a priority this session and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R) whose staff worked closely with us to get the bill to the floor for a final vote. Knife Rights would also like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance and support of The Legal Aid Society of New York, as well as the many other organizations that supported this bill. We'd also like to thank all of you who called or emailed Leader Flannigan asking for a vote on this bill. Your calls and emails make a difference.... Read More


Model Ivory Ban Letter to Washington State Legislators

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Subject: OPPOSE [SB 5231 or HB 1131 – as appropriate] Dear [Senator or Representative – as appropriate]_________________________, I am writing to respectfully request that you please OPPOSE [SB 5231 or HB 1131], the Ivory Ban Bill just introduced. I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, this bill only attacks innocent Washingtonians by passing an absurd Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. … Continued... Read More


The FORCE is with Knife Rights! An Extraordinary Record of Success!

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December 29, 2014: With 2014 fading away, we look forward to the new year with great anticipation. In the waning months of this year we’ve been working hard getting ready for the 2015 legislative session. The coming weeks and months will see a record number of Knife Rights bills filed, building on the momentum we have achieved in the past six years. Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


The FORCE is With Knife Rights! Continuing to Forge a Sharper Future™ in 2015

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December 29, 2014: With 2014 fading away, we look forward to the new year with great anticipation. In the waning months of this year we’ve been working hard getting ready for the 2015 legislative session. The coming weeks and months will see a record number of Knife Rights bills filed, building on the momentum we have achieved in the past six years. Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


The FORCE is With Knife Rights! Continuing to Forge a Sharper Future in 2015

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December 29, 2014: With 2014 fading away, we look forward to the new year with great anticipation. In the waning months of this year we’ve been working hard getting ready for the 2015 legislative session. The coming weeks and months will see a record number of Knife Rights bills filed, building on the momentum we have achieved in the past six years. Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Joins Coalition Brief in Peruta v. San Diego Federal Right-to-Carry Lawsuit

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December 26, 2014: On Christmas Eve, attorneys for a coalition of 22 pro-Second Amendment organizations and individual plaintiffs filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of Peruta v. San Diego, a lawsuit challenging the discretionary "may issue" handgun carry permit policies of San Diego Sheriff William Gore. Knife Rights Foundation elected to join this brief because the Peruta decision is of great importance to the analysis and outcomes of both future Second Amendment issues as well as current and potential Knife Rights cases. Click on "Read More >>>>" for additional details including a link to the brief.... Read More


Connecticut Supreme Court Decision in Knife Case Affirms Second Amendment Status and Rights

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December 16, 2014: Since its inception, Knife Rights has had as a foundational position that knives are arms protected by the Second Amendment. While generally used as tools daily by millions of Americans, knives are also occasionally used as an "arm" to defend a person's life. Our logo declares these are "Essential Rights." However, actual court rulings on this issue are always appreciated. Recently the Connecticut Supreme Court has affirmed that knives are arms protected by the Second Amendment in a case with potential wider implications. In its decision overturning a prior conviction, the Court held that "the second amendment protects the defendant’s right to possess the dirk knife … in his home and, second, that the statute’s complete ban on transporting those items between residences unduly burdens that right." The Court further said, "[t]hus, the safe transportation of weapons protected by the second amendment is an essential corollary of the right to possess them in the home for self-defense when such transportation is necessary to effectuate that right."... Read More


New York City Pays $7,500 to Falsely Arrested Knife Owner!

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Oct. 31, 2014: The City of New York has agreed to pay $7,500 to a falsely arrested knife owner in a Knife Rights supported case. The embarrassing settlement shows that the city would rather pay than try to justify its illegal conduct after police declared his knife an illegal "gravity knife" even though the blade did not lock open. The knife owner (a sculptor who uses a knife for his work) was arrested, handcuffed, booked, and placed in a holding cell like a common criminal. "New York City's outrageous persecution of those with common pocket knives must end. This is just one of thousands of similar outrageous excesses by the City and DA. Knife Rights will continue to fight these unconstitutional abuses by the City until we win" said Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights. VIDEO: Many Knife Arrests in New York City, Few Convictions - WNBC New York I-Team Investigation. Includes Knife Rights' attorney Richard Holzberg and his client who received a $7,500 settlement from NYC after being falsely arrested.... Read More


Knife Rights First Annual Ratings of Worst Anti-Knife Cities and Best States for Knife Owners

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November 19, 2014: In the past five years Knife Rights has significantly improved knife ownership and carry in the United States, passing 15 pro-knife bills in 11 states. This first annual review of the worst and best knife laws in America contrasts places where law-abiding knife owners enjoy complete or substantial freedom with those places which restrict the freedom of honest citizens by imposing arbitrary and irrational restrictions.The ratings were released at the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Sportsman – … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ First Annual Ratings of Worst Anti-Knife Cities and Best States for Knife Owners

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Knife Rights’ First Annual Ratings of Worst Anti-Knife Cities and Best States for Knife Owners November 19, 2014: In the past five years Knife Rights has significantly advanced the rights of law-abiding knife owners in the United States, passing 15 pro-knife bills in 11 states. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter explains, “This first annual Knife Rights review of the worst and best knife laws in America contrasts places where law-abiding knife owners enjoy complete or substantial freedom with those places which restrict the freedom of honest citizens by imposing arbitrary and irrational restrictions. … Continued... Read More


New York’s Village Voice Slams NYC Gravity Knife Enforcement

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Oct. 8, 2014: New York City’s The Village Voice newspaper has published a front-page article, “Blade Stunner,” slamming the City’s persecution of knife owners. Journalist Jon Campbell’s in-depth research provides a historical perspective and personalizes the unfortunate and serious impact the City’s irrational and unconstitutional enforcement has had on citizens arrested and prosecuted for simply carrying a common folding knife. One of the most shocking revelations in this article confirms Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


State Switchblade/Automatic Knife Legality

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As of July 1, 2016: Alphabetical listing of states where civilian possession of switchblade/automatic knives are legal with any limitations noted. * = Concealed Carry also legal States where Knife Rights has enacted Knife Law Preemption are in Bold with Date States where Knife Rights has enacted Repeal of a Switchblade Ban are Italics with Date This information IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. … Continued... Read More


NY Court Sets Aside Gravity Knife Charge: WARNING! DOESN’T CHANGE ANYTHING for Now

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July 25, 2014: In a remarkably commonsense decision, a New York court has set aside a Gravity Knife prosecution "in the interest of justice." Click to read the Judge's decision. This decision is getting a lot of attention, which is good, however... WARNING! Residents of New York City and those traveling there should NOT take this as meaning that they can now carry any folding knife they want. (Click Read More >>>> below for details)... Read More


Other Than NJ Residents: Ivory Ban Letter to Gov. Christie

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Email Governor Christie at: Constituent.Relations@gov.state.nj.us Call the Governor at: 609-292-6000 Subject: VETO S.2012/A.3128 Dear Governor Christie, I am writing to respectfully request that you VETO S.2012/A.3128, the Ivory Ban Bill just passed by the New Jersey legislature. I am a resident of [INSERT YOUR STATE], but this outrageous bill sets a very bad precedent and I hope you will stop this ill-conceived and unconstitutional scheme to deprive citizens of property without any good cause. … Continued... Read More


Ivory Ban Letter to Gov. Christie from NH Residents

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Email Governor Christie at: Constituent.Relations@gov.state.nj.us Call the Governor at: 609-292-6000 Subject: VETO S.2012/A.3128 Dear Governor Christie, I am writing to respectfully request that you VETO S.2012/A.3128, the Ivory Ban Bill just passed by the New Jersey legislature. I am a resident of New Hampshire, but this outrageous bill sets a very bad precedent and I hope you will stop this ill-conceived and unconstitutional scheme to deprive citizens of property without any good cause. … Continued... Read More


NJ Gov. Christie Ignores Property Rights and Reality, Signs Draconian Ivory Ban Into Law

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August 5, 2014: Knife Rights was shocked and saddened that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bought into the irrational emotional pleas and outright lies of the radical ivory banners and signed into law the nation's most draconian ivory ban, ignoring New Jersey's constitutionally protected personal property rights. This ban will cost New Jersey citizens millions of dollars, seriously hamper many from making a living, adversely affect everyone from gun and knife collectors to musicians and antique collectors and will not save a single elephant in Africa. Many veterans and elderly who have invested in perfectly legal items containing ivory that have been in this country for decades will lose their investments. Some will sell at fire sale prices during the six-month grace period, but most will never even hear about the ban until down the road when they try to sell to cover medical expenses or some other emergency. For more details, click on Read More >>>> below.... Read More


Model Ivory Ban Letter to NJ Governor Christie

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(Subject: VETO S.2012/A.3128) Dear Governor Christie, I am writing to respectfully request that you please VETO S.2012/A.3128, the ivory Ban Bill just passed by the legislature. I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, the New Jersey legislature has decided to attack innocent New Jerseyans by passing an absurd Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights LegalBlade™ App Introduced – World’s First Knife Law App!

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Knife Rights Foundation is pleased to announce its groundbreaking LegalBlade™ App - Knife Laws in America™. LegalBlade™ is the world's first knife law app! LegalBlade™ provides guidance at your fingertips to the knife laws of all 50 states as well as over 40 cities and local jurisdictions in the United States. Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter said, "While Knife Rights will continue to aggressively work to repeal bad knife laws, knowledge of the law is the first step in avoiding an unfortunate arrest, loss of your knife or other legal complications." The LegalBlade™ App is available now in the App Store and on Google play    Click on "Read More >>>>" for additional details.... Read More


Model Letter to Congress Opposing the Ivory Ban

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Dear Congressman/Senator _______________: I, like all Americans, find the out-of-control poaching of African elephants appalling. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to take its frustrations out on innocent Americans and small businesses through a Domestic Ivory Ban that will not save a single living elephant. A Domestic Ivory Ban would irreparably harm owners of antiques, musical instruments and any items containing ivory legally imported into this country decades ago by stripping their value – … Continued... Read More


Standing Our Ground – Collaboration Ivory Handled Bowie Benefiting Knife Rights

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“Standing Our Ground” AUCTION CLOSED WINNER: billybob-39 HIGH BID: $13,050 An Extraordinary Custom Collaboration Ivory Handled Bowie Crafted by Acclaimed American Artisans Raising Funds to Support Opposition to the U.S. Government’s Domestic Ivory Ban Stop the Government from Taking Billions of Dollars from Law-Abiding Americans Save the Elephants – Stop the Illegal Ivory Ban Click photo for higer resolution image. Custom Leather Maker Paul F. … Continued... Read More


Stupidity Reigns in Ocean City, MD – Bans Assisted Openers in “Emergency” Ordinance

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Why Knife Law Preemption is Knife Rights’ Priority: Stupidity Reigns in Ocean City, MD – Bans Assisted Openers in “Emergency” Ordinance May 20, 2014: The Ocean City, Maryland, City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning assisted openers on Monday, May 19, at the request of Police Chief, Ross Buzzuro. We had to double check the spelling — it seems it should be “Bizarre-O.” The “emergency” ordinance banning assisted openers is effective immediately. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter Receives Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award

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(L-R) NRACRDF Vice-Chair Carol Bambery, Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter, Past NRA President Sandy Froman, NRACRDF Chairman Bill Dailey May 1, 2014: Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter was presented with the Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award from the NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund at the NRA's Annual Board of Directors Meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 28, 2014. The Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the NRACRDF and was presented by NRACRDF Chairman and NRA Director William H. Dailey. Dailey said, "Doug's dedication and tireless effort to establish and protect the Second Amendment rights of knife owners has provided NRACRDF ample cause to recognize him for his significant achievements."... Read More


Knife Rights Testifies at Texas Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing – Looking Toward 2015

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Knife Rights Testifies at Texas Senate Homeland Security Committee HearingLooking Toward 2015 Session Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, testified on Monday at a hearing before the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security. The Committee was charged by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to “study and make recommendations on removing barriers to Second Amendment Rights…” Last year Knife Rights succeeded in repealing the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives in Texas, … Continued... Read More


Knife Community Ivory Ban Coalition Letter

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Knife Rights Leading Ivory Ban Knife Community Coalition Letter Effort Knife Organizations are Encouraged to Sign onto Letter Opposing Administration’s Ivory Ban On April 4, 2014, a coalition letter was sent to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe from 31 organizations representing a wide variety of impacted communities opposed to this ban. The purpose of this letter was to put the Administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the House Appropriations Committee, … Continued... Read More


Locate your Kansas Legislators

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Locate your Kansas Legislators by using the form below: After SEARCH, scroll down results to “STATE” to find your Representative and Senator           … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights 2016 Ultimate Steel™ – Over $170,000 in Prizes!

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Donate to get chances to WIN from OVER $170,000 in Prizes! Donate before July 31, 2016 and you are also eligible for our TAIL END BONUS DRAWING with OVER $8,500 in ADDITIONAL prizes just for Tail End Donors! ULTIMATE STEEL™ andTAIL END BONUS DRAWING Countdown … Continued... Read More


Ivory Ban Update: Report on ACWT Meeting 3/20/2014

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Robert Mitchell, an attorney from Pennsylvania, attended the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking meeting held yesterday, March 20, 2014. Rob delivered Knife Rights’ statement (Click to read) to the Council. He reports below on the meeting’s low and high points. For an opening salvo, to make a statement and get opposition to the ivory ban on the record, this showing was a success. However, it was just that, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Statement Delivered to the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Meeting 3/20/2014

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Knife Rights Statement Delivered to the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Meeting.March 20, 2014. Knife Rights represents America’s millions of knife owners, knifemakers, scrimshaw artists, knife retailers and suppliers to knifemakers and scrimshaw artists, many of whom own legally acquired ivory or knives with ivory components. Knife Rights opposes the ban on commercial sales and trade in ivory within the U.S. This action unfairly and illegally persecutes honest ivory owners who find their investment in legally acquired ivory “taken” … Continued... Read More


Re: Request for Public Input – Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Public Meeting Mar. 20, 2014

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March 16, 2014 Mr. Cade London Special Assistant, USFWS International Affairs Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110 Arlington, VA 22203 VIA EMAIL: cade_london@fws.gov Re: Request for Public Input – Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Public Meeting March 20, 2014 Knife Rights represents America’s millions of knife owners, knifemakers, scrimshaw artists, knife retailers and suppliers to knifemakers and scrimshaw artists, … Continued... Read More


Completed 2013 Ultimate Steel™ Knives, Guns & More Spectacular!

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Click for the 2016 Ultimate Steel™Over $200,000 in Prizes! Our special thanks to Eric Eggly for the incredible photography he donated to this year’s Ultimate Steel™You can learn The Art of Knife Photography yourself with Eric’s DVD set   … Continued... Read More


Legislation Introduced in Congress to Protect Owners of Legal Ivory Handled and Decorated Knives

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July 11, 2014 (Updated July 15): Legislation to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from seriously harming millions of Americans by unnecessarily restricting interstate commerce of legal ivory and products containing legal ivory, such as ivory handled and decorated knives, was introduced in both the House and the Senate. Representatives Steve Daines (MT) and Jeff Miller (FL) sponsored H.R. 5052, and Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) sponsored S. 2587. These bills complement the FY2015 Interior (Department)and Environment Appropriations Bill, passed out of the House Appropriations Committee by a 29-19 vote on July 15, that would defund USFWS enforcement of its new ivory policy that needlessly punishes innocent Americans, while allowing the Administration to protect African elephants and other wildlife from poaching. Please CALL or EMAIL your Representative and Senators and ask them to Co-Sponsor H.R. 5052 and S. 2587. Find your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ Find your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm Both bills are carefully tailored to allow the Administration to combat African elephant poaching and criminal organizations that sell illicit ivory in China. The bills protect innocent Americans who have complied with existing import prohibitions on antiques and the large stocks of ivory that have been in the United States for over 25 years. It protects the owners of musical instruments, knives, firearms, canes and a multitude of other items that include this decades-old legal ivory.... Read More


Knife Rights Freedom’s Steel II – Never Forget – 2013

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Freedom’s Steel™ II – Never Forget™ Knife Rights’ Extraordinary Custom Collaboration Knife Honoring Sacrifices for America’s Freedoms Supporting NRA-ILA and the Second Amendment!   A One-of-a-Kind Custom Knife Crafted by Acclaimed Artisans Incorporating Historically Significant Steel and Materials (Click images and links for higher resolution photographs.) Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Steel™ II – … Continued... Read More


Government Ivory Ban – Are Your Ivory Handled Knives Now Worthless?

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Government Overreaching With Pernicious Ivory Ban Is Your Ivory Handled Knife Now Worthless?More Elephant Poaching, Not Less On February 11, 2014, the White House and Department of Interior (DOI) declared by executive fiat that virtually all elephant ivory in  the U.S., including ivory handled knives, could no longer be sold, claiming that by doing so they were saving the elephants. "Saving the elephants" is an admirable goal that most all can support, however many experts, and indeed, the African ivory producing nations as well, are convinced that not only will this ivory ban not save any elephants, it may increase their slaughter by poachers. Many believe that the Administration's new policy is a solution to a problem for which there is no U.S.-centric solution (more on that in the full article). And, the adverse consequence for ivory owners is significant and potentially devastating. Are Your Ivory handled Knives Now Worthless?  By banning the sale of ivory, this new draconian policy makes knives with ivory handles or fittings essentially worthless! The only exceptions that would allow sale of these items are virtually impossible for most owners to comply with, leaving members of the knife community who own, buy or sell knives with ivory handles or fittings with no viable recourse. And, the onus is on the owner, not the government, treating them guilty until they prove their innocence! CLICK HERE to read the full article with details on the new policy and its significant adverse impacts. Knife Rights is actively engaged in developing an effective response to this new policy. We do not intend to roll over without a fight.  Please read the full article for detailed analysis and stay tuned for developments.... Read More


Automatic (Switchblade) Knives & Carry Over 4-inches Now Legal in Tennessee

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July 1, 2014: July 1st is Knife Freedom Day in Tennessee. Knife Rights' repeal of the ban on automatic (switchblade) knives and the carry of knives over four inches in length "with intent to go armed," a vague law subject to abusive interpretation, goes into effect today. Combined with Knife Law Preemption that Knife Rights passed in Tennessee last year, which rendered null and void all local laws more restrictive than state law, this means that all law-abiding citizens of the Volunteer State can now own and carry the knife of their choice. Knife Rights cautions that not all law enforcement officers may be aware of the change in the law, so be respectful, polite and cooperative if stopped, but suggest they may want to check before trying to enforce a law no longer on the books. All Knife Rights members should review attorney Evan Nappen's recently updated article, "Knife Arrest! How Knife Owners Can Protect Themselves"... Read More


Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act Introduced in U.S. Senate!

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Jan. 18, 2014: Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced a complimentary Senate version of Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, S.1955 (KOPA), This follows the introduction of Knife Rights' KOPA bill in the House last November. The Senate bill is based on the House bill as conceived and developed by Knife Rights, although it is formatted according to Senate rules. Knife Rights worked diligently with the Senate sponsors to ensure the Senate bill was fully aligned with the original House KOPA bill. TAKE ACTION TODAY! Getting this bill introduced is only the first step. We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. If your Senator is not already a co-sponsor, please call or email your Senator TODAY and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation. You can find your Senator at: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm Or, you can use the Open Congress website at: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/s1955-113/show For additional details, including a model email, click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


South Carolina Preemption Bill Added for Total of 5 Bills Pre-filed for 2014!

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Dec. 19, 2013: South Carolina state Senator Kevin L. Bryant has introduced a Knife Law Preemption bill, S.885, for the 2014 session. This is the fifth Knife Rights backed bill pre-filed for the 2014 legislative session! If you live, work or travel in South Carolina, we need your help. Please click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


Knife Rights Gets a Jump on 2014 Legislation in Florida & Tennessee

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Dec. 5, 2013: Building on Knife Rights' unprecedented 2013 legislative success with 5 more pro-knife bills passed, we are getting a jump on 2014 by filing two bills already in Florida and Tennessee. The Florida bill would enact Knife Law Preemption and the Tennessee bill would repeal the ban on automatic knives and on carry of knives over 4-inches in length "with the intent to go armed," a vague term subject to abuse by authorities. And, we've just only gotten started! If you live, work or travel in Florida or Tennessee bills, we need your help. Please click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


“Knives and the Second Amendment” Law Review Article Published

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The first detailed scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment has been published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (vol. 47, pages 167-215). Authored by noted Second Amendment scholars Dave Kopel, Clayton Cramer and Joe Olson, the paper makes the case for knives as "arms" protected by the Second Amendment, supporting one of Knife Rights' foundational tenets. Knife Rights applauds these scholars for this long-overdue effort. This is a great start on the sort of scholarly work that needs to be done to assist in potential legal cases down the road. The arguments made and supported in this article will also support our legislative efforts to roll back knife bans and oppose proposed new restrictions on knives. For more details and a link to the complete article Knives and the Second Amendment, click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act Introduced in Congress

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Nov. 14, 2013: Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, H.R.3478 (KOPA), has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by sponsor Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ). Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter explained, "KOPA will protect law-abiding knife owners travelling throughout the U.S. from the vagaries of restrictive state and local laws. As long as possession of the particular knife is legal in the state where the journey starts and ends, and provided the knife is secured in accordance with KOPA, a knife owner would no longer be threatened with arrest simply for traveling from one place to another." KOPA is the first proactive pro-knife federal legislation introduced in the nation's history. TAKE ACTION TODAY! Getting this bill introduced is only the first step. We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. If your Representative is not already a co-sponsor, please call or email your Representative TODAY and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation. You can find your Representative at: www.house.gov/representatives/find/ Or, you can use the Open Congress website at: www.opencongress.org/bill/hr3478-113 Here's a model email that you can use. We strongly suggest you keep it simple and to the point: I support H.R.3478, the Knife Owners' Protection Act of 2013. I urge you to become a co-sponsor of this commonsense legislation that will protect my rights and the rights of all knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad of state and local knife laws. For complete details, click on "Read More>>>>" below.... Read More


Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2015- Text

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Text of H.R.419-114 – Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2015 114TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. R.419 To protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, notwithstanding a patchwork of local and State prohibitions. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NOVEMBER 13, 2013 Mr. SALMON (for himself, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, and Mr. MASSIE ) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary A BILL To protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, … Continued... Read More


Knife Owners’ Protection Act FAQ

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This Knife Owner’s Protection Act FAQ can also be downloaded as a PDF document. Why do we need KOPA? Those who travel across the country with common knives for work, recreation, and self defense are presently subject to arrest and prosecution under a confusing patchwork of inconsistent state and local laws and regulations. What is perfectly legal in one place may be a serious crime in another, carrying significant penalties including jail time. … Continued... Read More


TEST Tax Deductible

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 DOUBLE the VALUE of YOURTax DeductibleYear End Knife Rights FoundationDONATION!PLUS Double Winner’s ChoiceGift Certificate Bonanza!*$7,295 in Prizes!A Knife Rights supporter willMATCH your donation DOLLAR for DOLLARthrough END of 2013* A generous Knife Rights supporter has issued a Matching Challenge. He will match, … Continued... Read More


2017 Ultimate Steel™ Knives, Guns & More Spectacular! Donation Confirmation

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<tr     Thank You for Your Donation to Knife Rights Together We are Rewriting Knife Law in America™ • If your donation was $60 or more, your membership materials will be sent within 120 days. • If your donation is eligible for a Bonus Donation Knife, please allow 16 weeks for your knife to ship, 24 weeks if a Damascus Hogue knife. … Continued... Read More


Double Winner’s Choice Gift Certificate Bonanza – Double Your Donation Year End Fundraiser 2013

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Thank You for Your Donation! THIS FUNDRAISER IS CLOSED Winners are posted below. You can still make a donation and it will be doubled,but the drawing for prizes is closed. Make a TAX DEDUCTBLE Donationby December 31, 2013You Could WIN YOUR CHOICE of theseINCREDIBLE GIFT CERTIFICATES!*$7,515 in Prizes! Choose Your Gift CertificatethenChoose What You Wantfrom the Retailer’s Store/Website*DOUBLE WINNER’S CHOICE! … Continued... Read More


Appeals Court Victory in Knife Rights’ Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against New York City

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Sept. 22, 2015: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously ruled today that Knife Rights' Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. will proceed, reversing a District Court's erroneous dismissal of the case on procedural "standing" grounds. You can review the Second Circuit's decision at: http://www.kniferights.org/KRvNYC_Second_Circuit_Opinion.pdf The Second Circuit ruled that Knife Rights' plaintiffs John Copeland, Pedro Perez, and Native Leather have the right to pursue their claims to end the unconstitutional manner in which the City and the DA have enforced state gravity knife law against honest individuals and businesses with regard to common folding knives.... Read More


Knife Rights Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against New York City and NYC DA Cyrus Vance, Jr.

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Knife Rights is spearheading a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit, originally filed in June 2011, against New York City and New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. over their wrongful harassment of knife owners, retailers and manufacturers.  As this lawsuit works its way forward, we will post newsworthy events and links to articles, motions and other relevant information here (Click on "Read More >>>>" below for links). Lawsuit Summary: The lawsuit challenges New York City’s and District Attorney Vance’s attempt to criminalize as contraband the most widely-owned pocket knives in America -- one-hand opening and assisted opening folding knives -- under state laws prohibiting switchblades and gravity knives. The case seeks a judicial determination that the New York State laws regarding switchblades and gravity knives are unconstitutionally vague as applied by NYC and the DA to these common pocket knives (which are distinct from gravity knives and switchblades because of their bias towards closure). Knife Rights' lawsuit intends to stop New York City officials from abusing this vague state law to make bogus arrests of law-abiding citizens carrying common pocket knives, and from coercing knife retailers into making huge payments to avoid prosecution.(Click on "Read More >>>>" below for links to background articles) Status Summary as of June 10, 2016: Attorneys representing Knife Rights' plaintiffs and the defendants New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. will square off in Federal Court in Manhattan on Thursday morning, June 16. The oral argument portion of the trial on the merits will finally be held before U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest five years after our federal civil rights lawsuit was originally filed. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to read article with full details.... Read More


New York Knife Laws

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Below you will find the actual text of the New York State Penal Code and the New York City Municipal Code related to knives. Included are some notes to clarify how the laws are interpreted. The key issue is that until such time as Knife Rights prevails in its federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Vance, it doesn’t matter that nobody except them believe that common folding knives with a bias towards closure are illegal Gravity Knives, … Continued... Read More


Richard Grant Receives Knife Rights 2013 Freedom’s Voice™ Award

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Richard Grant received Knife Rights' 2013 Freedom's Voice award at BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Grant was honored for his article published in Mother Jones magazine titled "Blade Runners," that was also published online as "Move Over, NRA. Meet the Knife Lobby." Knife Rights' Freedom's Voice award honors a journalist or journalistic team in general or non-knife-industry media that has demonstrated a commitment to fair, accurate and insightful coverage on an issue involving knife ownership Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter remarked, "I would never have expected to be making this award for an article that was published by Mother Jones, one of the most adamant anti-Second Amendment media sources in the country. It is a testament Richard's journalistic integrity and excellent writing that even Month Jones' editors couldn't do much more that come up with an incendiary headline and illustration."... Read More


Benchmade’s Les & Roberta DeAsis Receive Knife Rights Freedom’s Guardian™ Award

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Benchmade CEO Les DeAsis Challenges Fellow Knifemakers to "Step Up" and Support Knife Rights Knife Rights is pleased to announce that Les and Roberta DeAsis, founders and owners of Benchmade Knife Company, are the recipients of Knife Rights' 2013 Freedom's Guardian™ Award which was presented during BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon receiving the award, Mr. DeAsis challenged his colleagues in the knife industry to support Knife Rights, saying, "We need to protect our future. Our needs and desires are all aligned. The money is a small price to pay for protection of our future, our children, our employees, our friends...it is absolutely critical that we step up. The bottom line is that I ask everybody to reach into your hearts, reach into your conscience, then reach into your wallets and make this go. Doug is working his tail off. He is committed, they are successful. There is absolutely no excuse for those people in this room and this industry not to support this organization because they are insuring that we can continue to do what we love to do... It is ensuring the future of this industry. It is critical that you stand up, that you reach into your pockets. Join Benchmade in supporting Knife Rights." View the video of Mr. DeAsis' complete remarks at: http://youtu.be/dz7qXAb4dR4... Read More


Knife Rights is Getting It Done™ 2013 Legislative Successes in Review

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2013 has been our most productive year yet, building upon our prior successes to create an even Sharper Future™. With your help: Knife Rights passed FIVE more Pro-Knife Bills this year! Knife Rights passed Knife Ban Repeals in FOUR more states this year! Knife Rights passed Knife Law Preemption in THREE more states this year! Some naysayers argued that political reaction to the Newtown tragedy would make it impossible for us to make headway this year, but we were not convinced. Turns out we were right! For full details on our five-year record of extraordinary success, click on "Read More >>>>"... Read More


Knife Rights Freedom’s Steel™ – 2012

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Freedom’s Steel™ Knife Rights’ Extraordinary Custom Collaboration Knife Supporting NRA-ILA and the Second Amendment! A Historically Significant,One-of-a-Kind Custom Knife Crafted by Acclaimed Artisans Incorporating Wood from a Tree Planted by George Washington! (Click images and links for higher resolution photographs.) Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Steel™, an extraordinary custom knife collaboration,to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) in appreciation for their assistance and support of Knife Rights’ … Continued... Read More


Knives and the Second Amendment

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The first ever scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment has been accepted for publication by the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Researched and written by highly respected Second Amendment legal scholars David Kopel, Clayton Cramer and Joseph Edward Olson, the article makes the case that "Knives are clearly among the 'arms' which are protected by the Second Amendment." This supports one of the foundations for Knife Rights' efforts to protect our rights, "Essential Tools - Essential Rights."... Read More


The Making of Freedom’s Steel II – Never Forget

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The Making of Freedom’s Steel™ II – Never Forget™ Click here for the full details of Freedom’s Steel II – Never Forget. Photo by Buddy Thomason Click here for the full details of Freedom’s Steel II – … Continued... Read More


Texas Sept. 1 Automatic (Swithblade) Knife Alert

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July 24, 2013: Knife Rights has recently received numerous emails and calls seeking clarification of the new Texas law (HB1862) repealing the ban on automatic (switchblade) knives that Knife Rights passed this year. This new law goes into effect on September 1. The Texas Legislature will be back is session in 2015 and Knife Rights will be there working to remove the remaining restrictions and to get Knife Law Preemption passed. In the meantime there are still limitations that Texas owners of automatic knives must be aware of. Click on "Read More >>>>" for all the critical details.... Read More


Terminally Spineless Administration (TSA) Caves – No Small Knives on Planes

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Common sense has once again fallen victim to overheated, hyperbolic and emotionally charged politics. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has caved to political pressure from flight attendants unions and others and has renounced its previously announced change in policy that would have allowed small knives on passenger aircraft. Despite all the commonsense and rational arguments in favor of the change, TSA Administrator John Pistole said, "after extensive engagement with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, law enforcement officials, passenger advocates, and other important stakeholders, TSA will continue to enforce the current prohibited items list."... Read More


Alaska Gov. Parnell Signs Knife Rights Bill

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June 21, 2013: After two years of effort, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has signed HB33, Alaska's Knife Rights Act, which enacts sweeping reform of Alaska's knife laws. HB33 legalizes the possession, transfer and carrying of automatic knives (switchblades). It also enacts knife law preemption repealing all local knife laws as well as preventing new ones from being enacted. The effective date of HB33 is September 18, 2013. At the invitation of Governor Parnell, Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner (far right in photos), attended the signing ceremony in Palmer, Alaska. Knife Rights would like to thank Governor Parnell for recognizing and expanding the rights of everyday Alaskans as well as the millions who visit Alaska every year to hunt, fish and recreate. We would also like to thank the sponsors of the HB33, Representative Mark Neumann and Senator Fred Dyson, for sponsoring this important legislation.Knife Rights would also like to thank Pro-Tech Knives for their support in helping to pass this legislation. With Governor Parnell's signature, all of Knife Rights legislation passed this year has now been signed into law. Alaska becomes the 7th state to enact Knife Rights' signature Knife Law Preemption. Knife Rights Scorecard This Year: FIVE more Pro-Knife Bills! Knife Ban Repeals in FOUR more states this year! Knife Law Preemption in THREE more states this year!... Read More


Gun Free Zones –>> Knife Free Zones – NJ UPDATE

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February 22, 2013: New Jersey Assembly bill A1387, which would permit municipalities to establish huge swaths of "weapons free zones" around schools, parks and "public facilities" within which possession of "any dangerous knife" would be prohibited, under penalty of fine and imprisonment, was passed by the full Assembly, along with a package of 19 other anti-gun bills, by decidedly partisan votes. We do know that your emails and calls were heard, but the steamroller in the Assembly was unstoppable. HOWEVER, THIS BILL HAS NOT YET BECOME LAW. The bill now moves to the NJ Senate, a somewhat more deliberative body where all indications are that there is no desire to steamroll the bill package that passed in the Assembly. A1387 will face brand new scrutiny and a full committee hearing in the Senate, if it is even moved forward there at all. Not all the bills passed by the Assembly yesterday will even get a hearing in the Senate. In any case, we will have a better chance to remove the "any dangerous knife" language during a hearing process, which was bypassed in the Assembly. We will alert you to act if and when the bill begins moving in the Senate process and it is time to write and call NJ's senators about this insanity.... Read More


Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Hearing – CALL/WRITE Chairman TODAY!

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Feb. 5 2014: Knife Rights' Todd Rathner testified today at the Vermont House Government Operations hearing on H.128, a Knife Rights' Knife Law Preemption bill sponsored by Rep. Patrick Brennan. The next step is up to the Committee Chairman, Rep. Donna Sweaney, who must hold a vote on the bill. If you live, work or travel in Vermont, please contact Chairman Sweaney and ask her to please bring up H.128 for a vote. Contact Rep. Sweaney at: dsweaney@leg.state.vt.us or call: 802-674-5175... Read More


Indiana Knife Rights Switchblade Ban Repeal Signed Into Law

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May 13, 2013: Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed HB1563 which repeals the state's irrational ban on switchblade knives. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2013. Please note that this repeal did not include Knife Law Preemption, we're going to see about that next time around, so any local laws banning switchblades are still in effect. Thanks again to Senators Jim Tomes and Johnny Nugent for their tireless efforts working with Knife Rights to pass this repeal.... Read More


Knife Rights Founder Doug Ritter Receives Bill of Rights Award

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Oct. 3, 2012: Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter was given the 2012 Bill of Rights Award by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms on September 29, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando, Florida. The unexpected honor was presented by CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. Gottlieb said, "Doug Ritter's pioneering efforts in defense of our Second Amendment knife rights are making a real difference, as out of control government bureaucrats in places like New York City are discovering. After seeing other countries demonize knives and severely restrict citizens' rights, Doug had the foresight to found Knife Rights now, to prevent that from happening here. This award is given in recognition and appreciation of Doug's passionate and tireless efforts pursuing an aggressive agenda of litigation and legislation in an arena that he has popularized as the Second Front in Defense of our Second Amendment." Ritter said, "I am deeply honored to receive this award. Our work would not be possible without the strong support of many individuals and organizations. This award belongs equally to all those who have provided financial, legislative and personal support, with special appreciation for my wife, Sue, without whom none of this would be possible." The Award acknowledges Ritter's "powerful public defense of the constitutionally-protected…fundamental right to keep and bear arms…" For full text of the award and photos, click on "Read More >>>>"... Read More


Freedom’s Sporting Steel Benefiting Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

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Freedom’s Sporting Steel™A Knife Rights Custom Knife CollaborationSupporting America’s Sporting Heritage & FreedomsDonated to Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Sporting Steel™, a custom knife collaboration, to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation in support of America’s sporting heritage and freedoms. ™. Freedom’s Sporting Steel™ was conceived of, and sponsored by, … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights’ Switchblade Ban Repeal and Knife Preemption Bill Filed in Pennsylvania

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July 11, 2012: Knife Rights is pleased to announce the filing of Pennsylvania HB2548 which would repeal the Keystone State's ban on the possession of automatic knives and enact Knife Rights' signature Knife Preemption Law. The legislation was drafted by Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, and was introduced by Rep Michelle Brooks (R-17). Bipartisan Co-sponsors include Rep. Marc Gergely (D-35) and Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-60). Addition co-sponsors can be found on the bill's sponsor page.... Read More


Once Again a WSJ Article Features a Knife That Could Get You Arrested in NYC

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Doubly ironic, once again the New York City-based Wall Street Journal features a one-hand-opening lock blade folder, a knife that could get a WSJ reader arrested in New York City, in an article titled “Blades of Glory” about knifemaker Thomas McGuane Jr. The pictured knife (lower in the photo) is a common folding knife (one-hand opening, locking blade), typical of 80% of the pocket knives sold in the U.S. … Continued... Read More


Ironic WSJ Article Features Knives NYC Citizens Can’t Buy

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May 14, 2011: How incredibly ironic that the May 14 edition of the Wall Street Journal, a New York City based newspaper, ran a piece in their "Off Duty" section titled "Stay Sharp." It commends to its readers five one-hand opening pocket knives, every one of which would be falsely deemed an illegal gravity knife by NYC District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Click to go to that article onlineorclick to view a photo of article as it appeared in the newspaper. To read Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter's letter to the editor, click on "Read More >>>>" below. We need your help to fight DA Vance. Donate today to support Knife Rights Sharper Future™ Legal Fund.... Read More


2012 Sharper Future™ Award Winners

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Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights, presented the Third Annual Sharper Future™ Awards at BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia, June 9, 2012. Georgia State Senator William "Bill" Heath was the recipient of the Freedom's Edge™ award given to honor a local, state or national elected representative who has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by leadership in the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights. Mike "Mikey" Vellekamp was the recipient of the Freedom's Point™ award to honor an individual citizen or citizens who demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by leadership in the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights. Blaine Smith, an associate editor at America's 1st Freedom Magazine, was the recipient of the Freedom's Voice™ award given to honor a journalist or journalistic team in general media that has demonstrated a commitment to fair, accurate and insightful coverage on an issue involving knife ownership. Roger Claunch is the recipient of the Freedom's Guardian™ Award given to honor a production knife manufacturer or industry partner that has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by their support of the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights. Jason Hobbs is the recipient of the inaugural Carry a Knife - Save a Life™ Award which is to be given annually to honor an individual citizen who has used their every-day-carry (EDC) knife to save a life, demonstrating the practical advantages to always carrying a knife in order to be prepared for situations when a knife is invaluable, up to and including saving lives. For full details, please click on "Read More >>>>" link below.... Read More


Knife Rights Receives Blade Magazine 2012 Industry Achievement Award

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Knife Rights was presented with a 2012 Industry Achievement Award by Blade Magazine at the annual Blade Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year Awards Banquet at BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia.  Knife Rights was recognized for its "diligence in working to have pro-knife legislation passed in a number of states this year," said Blade Magazine editor, Steve Shackleford.  Managing Editor Joe Joe Kertzman noted, "the legislative offensive mounted... this year has been nothing short of historic." Doug Ritter, Knife Rights chairman, said, "Knife Rights is honored to be recognized for our achievements in defending knife owners' rights. We sincerely appreciate the support from individuals and industry that has allowed us to make great strides this year."... Read More


Freedom’s Steel™ III – Shall Not Infringe – Supporting NRA-ILA and the 2nd Amendment

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Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Steel™ III – Shall Not Infringe, an extraordinary custom knife collaboration, to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) in appreciation for their assistance and support of Knife Rights’ legislative efforts in fighting the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment™. Freedom’s Steel™ III – Shall Not Infringe will be a featured auction item at the NRA-ILA Dinner and Auction to be held at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, … Continued... Read More


The Making of Freedom’s Steel™

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The Making of Freedom’s Steel™ Click here for the full details of Freedom’s Steel. Photos taken by knifemaker David Broadwell during the making of Freedom’s Steel – December, 2011 through February, 2012. Chad Nichols’ stainless Damascus billet. It is an unusual Wedged Ladder pattern.Note the upside down “V” … Continued... Read More


George Washington Diary Page – April 2, 1788

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Below is a slightly cleaned-up version, for easier reading, of the archival copy of the April 2, 1788 page from George Washington’s diary. The original can be found on the Library of Congress web site. Wood from the last of these 13 horse chestnut trees planted by George Washington in 1788, as noted on this diary page, was used in the handle of Freedom’s Steel, … Continued... Read More


Freedom’s Steel™ V – Liberty’s Heritage Bowie™ – Knife Rights’ Collaboration Benefiting NRA-ILA!

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Freedom’s Steel™ V – Liberty’s Heritage Bowie™ Knife Rights’ Extraordinary Custom Collaboration Knife Supporting NRA-ILA and the Second Amendment! A One-of-a-Kind Custom Knife Crafted by Acclaimed Artisans (Click images and links for higher resolution photographs. Photos by Caleb Royer) Knife Rights has donated Freedom’s Steel™ V – Liberty’s Heritage Bowie, a one-of-a-kind 22-inch Mosaic Damascus Bowie knife by Master Smith Kyle Royer with Jim Small engraving, … Continued... Read More


2013 Ultimate Steel™ Knives, Guns & More Spectacular! Donation Thank You

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Thank You for Your DonationtoKnife Rights L • If your donation was $60 or more, your membership materials will be sent within 60 days. Memberships are entered manually, so expect a 24-72 hours delay before you can log in. • If your donation is eligible for a Bonus Donation Knife, please allow 60 days for your knife to ship. Click here to return to the 2013Ultimate Steel™ Knives, … Continued... Read More


Raffle Donation Only Page

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 2012 Ultimate Steel Benefit Logo WHEN YOU DONATE to Knife RightsWE ALL WIN! … Continued... Read More


TicketSale test Page #2

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Your E-Mail Address: (for email receipt)       Donation   Premium       $1   TEST TEST TEST       $20   … Continued... Read More


Tickets Sale Test Page

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Your E-Mail Address: (for email receipt)       Donation   Premium       $1   TEST TEST TEST       $20   … Continued... Read More


S. E. Cupp Supports Knife Rights

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Knife Rights is very pleased to welcome political commentator, author and columnist S.E. Cupp to our community. S.E first wrote on the subject of New York DA Cyrus Vance, Jr’s persecution of knife owners and retailers in a column back in July. She recently became a Knife Rights member and encourages others to join and support Knife Rights: “A knife is more than just a utility tool. … Continued... Read More


Model Letter to Boston Mayor Tom Menino

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November 16, 2011: Please email and call Mayor Menino at mayor@cityofboston.gov and 617-635-4500 to express your opposition to this ordinance. Dear Mayor Menino, I am writing to ask you to VETO Docket #1366 An Ordinance Requiring The Licensing Of Certain Stores That Sell Certain Knives recently passed by the Boston City Council. This ordinance should be vetoed for the following reasons: It violates the Massachusetts Constitution’s prohibition against ordinances, … Continued... Read More


Get Latest Knife Rights News via Facebook and Twitter

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Be the first to know. Get the latest Knife Rights updates:      And, sign up for our FREE News Slice™ Newsletter for more news you need to know. Sign up for FREE News Slice™ Newsletter » Sign up NOW! … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights National Knife Law Preemption Campaign

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Over the years many local political jurisdictions (towns, cities and counties, etc.) have enacted laws banning the sale, possession, use, and/or manufacture of certain types of knives. This includes knives that the average citizen would consider common pocketknives. In most cases, these local restrictions are more restrictive than state law and they often contradict state law. The resulting patchwork of ordinances and rules serve to confuse or entrap those traveling within or through a state. … Continued... Read More


Membership and Donation Winners Drawn

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Winners have been drawn in the latest Membership and Donation drawings: Spirit of Steel Knife Show: Don Lentz USN Gathering: Mark Berube & Barbara Thropp Thanks to everyone who joined, renewed or made a donation for their support of Knife Rights! … Continued... Read More


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Your E-Mail Address: (for email receipt)     $10   1 ENTRY       $20   2 ENTRIES       $30   4 ENTRIES (1 Free)   … Continued... Read More


National Knife Law Preemption Campaign

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Knife Rights national state knife law preemption campaign was launched in 2010 in Arizona. Preemption protects knife owners, knife collectors and those in the knife industry from a confusing patchwork of local knife ordinances and rules. Preemption is a key component of Knife Rights’ national legislative agenda to protect knife owners’ rights. The bipartisan passage of Knife Rights Arizona knife preemption law now serves as a model for preemption efforts in other states whose citizens are subject to a similar patchwork of local knife laws with attendant civil rights issues. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Launches Facebook Page

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Knife Rights has launched a Facebook page to raise awareness of Knife Rights and the very real threats knife owners face. The greater Knife Rights’ reach, the more supporters we gain, the more success we will have in achieving a Sharper Future for all Americans. You can help by spreading the word, starting by going to … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Fundly Donation Page – Mutltiply Your Donation

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This Fundly powered donation page allows you to multiply the value of your donation to Knife Rights Foundation through social media. By also “donating” an update to your Facebook or Twitter pages, you encourage your friends to join you in supporting Knife Rights and a Sharper Future™ for all Americans. You will also gain facebook awards as your friends contribute.      How do I make a donation to Knife Rights?First, … Continued... Read More


Membership, News Slice & Hinderer Giveaway Winners Drawn

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Winners of our 2011 NRA Annual Meeting and BLADE Show Membership Giveaway and the Knife Rights 2011 BLADE Show Fundraising Knife have been contacted and their prizes shipped. Our News Slice Email Newsletter Signup Giveaway winners were presented their prizes at BLADE Show. Click below on "Read More >>>>" for a list of the winners.... Read More


2011 Sharper Future™ Award Winners

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Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights, presented the Second Annual Sharper Future™ Awards at BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia, June 11, 2011. Utah State Representative Ryan D. Wilcox was the recipient of the Freedom's Edge™ award given to honor a local, state or national elected representative who has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by leadership in the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights. Cam Hughes and Jim Brown were the recipient of the Freedom's Point™ award to honor an individual citizen or citizens who demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by leadership in the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights. Claire Wolfe, a columnist for SWAT Magazine, was the recipient of the Freedom's Voice™ award given to honor a journalist or journalistic team in general media that has demonstrated a commitment to fair, accurate and insightful coverage on an issue involving knife ownership. Rod and Peggy Bremer are the recipients of the inaugural Freedom's Guardian™ Award given to honor a production knife manufacturer or industry partner that has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by their support of the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights. For full details, please click on "Read More >>>>" link below. You can view the award presentations in the video.... Read More


Knife Rights Sues New York City

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June 9, 2011: Knife Rights has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit to stop New York City from arresting law-abiding citizens carrying common pocket knives. The lawsuit challenges New York State law on "gravity knives" and switchblades, and New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance's attempt to mischaracterize the most widely-owned pocket knives in America as contraband. The case seeks a judicial determination that the law is unconstitutionally vague as applied to these ordinary pocket knives. "District Attorney Vance is trying to advance his political career by exploiting a vague state law to demonize common pocket knives," said Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter. "In the process, hundreds of law abiding knife owners are being arrested and Vance has extracted nearly $2 million from retailers to avoid prosecution on bogus charges. This lawsuit intends to put a stop to Vance's abusive and unconscionable civil rights violations." "One-hand opening pocket knives are legal tools, used and carried every day by millions of law-abiding citizens for work, recreation and self-defense," said Ritter. "Shame on D.A. Vance for demonizing common tools and turning honest citizens into criminals for purely political ends." If you are a retailer or individual who has been targeted for the sale or possession of so-called illegal knives (one-hand opening and assisted opening knives inappropriately claimed to be gravity knives or switchblades), we urge you to immediately contact Knife Rights at: email nycity@KnifeRights.org or call toll-free: 1-866-889-6268. Click below on "Read More >>>>" for additional details and a link to the Federal Complaint as filed.... Read More


Ironic WSJ Article Features Knives NYC Citizens Can’t Buy

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May 14, 2011: How incredibly ironic that the May 14 edition of the Wall Street Journal, a New York City based newspaper, ran a piece in their "Off Duty" section titled "Stay Sharp." It commends to its readers five one-hand opening pocket knives, every one of which would be falsely deemed an illegal gravity knife by NYC District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Click to go to that article onlineorclick to view a photo of article as it appeared in the newspaper. To read Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter's letter to the editor, click on "Read More >>>>" below. We need your help to fight DA Vance. Donate today to support Knife Rights Sharper Futureâ„¢ Legal Fund.... Read More


Knife Rights USN Gathering Fundraising Event

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THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. Winners listed below Win these terrific prizes when you Join Knife Rights or Make a Donation. 1. Busse Custom Shop Bushwacker Mistress Satin finish (steel is INFI .220" thickness) with Black G-10 bolster and 2 toned desert ironwood handle with custom sheath by David Brown (generously contributed to Knife Rights by Busse Combat Knife Company and David Brown)       Won by Mark Berube (Click image for larger photo) 2. Set of KA-BAR Zombie Knives (generously contributed to Knife Rights by... Read More


Sandy Froman

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Sandy Froman, past president of the National Rifle Association and one of the nation’s foremost Second Amendment activists, will be the keynote speaker at Knife Rights’ Second Annual Sharper Futureâ„¢ Awards Breakfast to be held June 11th during BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia. (Purchase tickets below.) Froman will speak on “How To Win a Knife Fight–Lessons Learned in the Crucible of the Second Amendment” Sandy Froman was President of the National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”) from 2005-2007. … Continued... Read More


Federal Switchblade Act as Amended 2009

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Federal Switchblade Act as Amended by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on October 28, 2009. The amendment added exception (5), shown in red below, which specifically allows for one-hand opening and assisted opening knives: U.S. Code Chapter 29 – Manufacture, Transportation, or Distribution of Switchblade Knives Section 1241. Definitions As used in this chapter – (a) The term “interstate commerce” means commerce between any State, … Continued... Read More


Support the Second Front Legslative Campaign

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Every penny we receive will be used to support this fight for YOUR Knife Rights. Knife Rights directors are all volunteers. PLEASE SUPPORT KNIFE RIGHTS!Please make your contribution here.... Read More


Knife Rights and Knife Rights Foundation Individual Donor Appeal

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You Can Make a Difference! Second Front™ Legislative CampaignIndividual Giving Levels Supports National Knife Law Preemption Campaign and legislative initiatives to decriminalize knife possession and restrictive knife laws. Sentinel ( $1,000 ) Defender ( $500 ) Sentry ( $350 – LESS than $1/Day!) Steward ( $250 ) Protector ( $100 ) Keeper ( $50 ) Booster ( $25 ) Supporter ( $10 ) OR Enter Donation Amount(Whole Numbers Only – No Cents) $ Knife Rights, Inc. is a an Arizona non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights 2010 Appeal Letter

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Dear Knife Enthusiast: Today, in many parts of the world, knife ownership and carry is severely restricted. In many so-called civilized nations the one-hand opening, lock blade pocket knives that represent 80% of the knives sold in the U.S. today are either outlawed entirely or their carry is illegal except in very restricted circumstances. Even simple non-locking traditional pocketknives are illegal in some places or their length severely restricted. If you don’t believe that these sorts of restrictions common elsewhere in the world cannot come to the U.S. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights & Knife Rights Foundation Major Donor Options

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Second Front™ Legislative CampaignMajor Donor Giving Levels Supports National Knife Law Preemption Campaign and legislative initiatives to decriminalize knife possession and restrictive knife laws. Platinum ( $30,000 ) Gold ( $20,000 ) Silver ( $15,000 ) Tungsten ( $10,000 ) Titanium ( $7,500 ) Bronze ( $5,000 ) Guardian ( $2,500 ) Sentinel ( $1,000 ) Defender ( $500 ) Knife Rights, Inc. is a an Arizona non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. Contributions to Knife Rights, Inc. are not tax deductible because of its political and legislative advocacy. … Continued... Read More


New York Update – First Test Case

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Oct. 18, 2010: We now have our first test case! Knife Rights is proud to come to the aid of an honest citizen accused of unlawfully possessing a Gerber folding pocketknife. The Gerber is alleged by DA Vance to be a gravity knife and the charge carries a potential one year in jail. We will have a good deal more to say on this in the near future. … Continued... Read More


Sharper Future Legal Fund

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The Knife Rights Foundation Sharper Future Legal Fund™ will be used to pursue litigation in support of knife owner civil rights, initially aimed at stopping New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr’s illegitimate assault on one-hand opening and assisted opening knives in New York City. Knife Rights Foundation salutes these industry leaders who have stood up to protect the civil rights of their customers. … Continued... Read More


Knife Rights Foundation Legal Fund to Fight New York Persecution

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The Knife Rights Foundation has successfully launched its Knife Rights Sharper Future Legal Fund™ with contributions from twelve industry leaders plus other donors, some anonymous. . The Fund will be used to pursue litigation in support of knife owner civil rights, initially aimed at stopping New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr's illegitimate assault on one-hand opening and assisted opening knives in New York City. Sign up for FREE eBlast Updates » JOIN NOW "This initial backing by leaders of the knife industry recognizes that knife owners do not take their civil rights lightly, that we have the will, and the means, to fight back," said Knife Rights chairman Doug Ritter. "I applaud these industry leaders who stepped up, as true leaders will in times of crisis, to jump-start the Fund." Platinum-level $30,000 donors include Benchmade Knife Co., Blue Ridge Knives, Taylor Brands and United Cutlery. Gold $20,000 doors are Buck Knives and Columbia River Knife & Tool Silver $15,000 donors are KnifeWorks.com and Wenger NA. Smokey Mountain Knife Works is a Titanium donor at $7,500. Bronze donors Ethan Becker and KA-BAR Knives each gave $5,000. Additional money has been donated anonymously, including a $10,000 donation from an Internet knife retailer. Said Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter, "Litigation is only one aspect of our efforts to protect your civil rights. With your continued support, you can be sure that Knife Rights will forge ahead with our legislative initiatives to enhance protections for knife owners in New York and throughout the U.S., with efforts to clarify or do away with restrictive knife laws and through our National Knife Law Preemption Campaign. Read prior articles on the NYC DA Vance's persecution of Knife Onwners:      Manhattan District Attorney Shakes Down Honest Knife Retailers      Knife Rights Contests DA's Claims, Tactics in Knife Retailer Shakedown      Will DA Vance Arrest Stephen Colbert?      New Yorker Gives Thanks to Knife Rights Foundation Please help us stop this insanity. Make a Contribution to our fight against the DA's assault on our pocket knives.... Read More


ALERT! Knife Retailers and Individuals in New York City

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If you are a retailer or individual who finds yourself targeted for the sale or possession of so-called illegal knives (one-hand opening and assisted opening knives inappropriately claimed to be gravity knives or switchblades), we urge you to immediately contact Knife Rights at: email nycity@KnifeRights.org or call toll-free: 1-866-889-6268. You have a constitutional right to seek help and counsel. … Continued... Read More


NYC Outrage Latest Update

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Will DA Vance Arrest Stephen Colbert for Switchblade Possession? August 29: Given New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.'s campaign to shakedown and prosecute those selling or possessing so-called "illegal knives" (locking one-handed and assisted openers) in New York, one has to wonder when his goons will show up on Stephen Colbert's doorstep to arrest the self-proclaimed liberal TV satirist. On the August 18 Colbert Report, which is produced in New York City, Colbert flicked open a Benchmade Barrage assisted opening knife, which would be a switchblade according to DA Vance's self-serving distortion and abuse of New York State's switchblade and gravity knife statute. Click here to watch Colbert demonstrate his knife skill (at the 38 second point of the video segment). We aren't holding our breath for that to happen, however. Vance clearly operates to a double standard when it comes to his prosecutions and your civil rights. Which explains why Paragon Sports in NYC is still displaying and selling its hundreds of thousands of dollars of custom knives, many or most of which are locking one-hand openers that operate exactly the same as the lower cost production knives that Paragon handed over to Vance when they paid a six-figure "contribution" to Vance to avoid prosecution for selling so-called "illegal gravity knives." Apparently it's only illegal to sell these so-called "illegal knives" when the customers are just plain working folks. If you are wealthy enough to afford a high-end custom knife from Paragon, then that's fine. The hypocrisy is apparently lost on Paragon which seems perfectly comfortable with the DA's double standard on civil rights. NYC Knife Persecution Developments Ace Hardware has apparently been targeted by Vance and in furtherance of another one of those deferred prosecution agreement shakedowns, has sent a memo to all of its dealers and co-op members in New York State, not just New York City, requiring that they "must remove all one-handed opening knives from their shelves." They will no longer ship such knives to their dealers and co-op members in New York State. When I spoke to Ace Hardware's attorney at their headquarters, he didn't argue that Vance's interpretation of New York law was flawed, but rather he noted that they were protecting their many independent dealers and co-op members, a unique business model compared to others Vance has shaken down, none of which could have stood up to Vance had he attacked them each independently. He declined to explain why they agreed to restrict one-hand openers from the entire state, which clearly falls outside Vance's jurisdiction. Once again, Vance's mafia-like shakedown scheme scores a win because the major retailers will not risk the potential for harassment by Vance and his goons. Knife sales simply do not represent enough business to be worth it to them. In this case, his reach outside the city itself to take a swipe at your rights is even more troubling. DA Vance's assault on folders has also driven the 32-year-old New York Custom Knife Show out of New York City. It's moved across the river to Secaucus, New Jersey. For more information: http://bit.ly/9SWJgN Read prior articles on this issue:      Manhattan District Attorney Shakes Down Honest Knife Retailers      Knife Rights Contests DA's Claims, Tactics in Knife Retailer Shakedown... Read More


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Knife Rights on Independence Day

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It is Independence Day. A day we celebrate throwing off the chains of tyranny for liberty and the many freedoms we hold so dear. A day to celebrate with family and friends, a day of parades, picnics and fireworks. It is also a day of reflection, a day to consider how precious those freedoms are, a day to remember that those freedoms are not free. Our freedoms were paid for in blood by America’s founders. … Continued... Read More


What SCOTUS Decision in McDonald v. Chicago Means for Knife Owners

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Yesterday's decision by the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago incorporating the Second Amendment to the states is an important victory in the fight to protect the individual right to keep and bear arms. Congratulations are in order to the Second Amendment Foundation, who was the prime sponsor of the effort on behalf of the litigants, to attorney Alan Gura who developed the case and the strategy and then along with the NRA argued the case before the court, and to all who submitted supporting briefs. From the perspective of knife owners, this decision, like Heller before it, includes a reference to knives in support of the majority opinion. In this case, it is reference to the abrogation by states of the civil rights of African Americans after the Civil War, prohibiting their possession of a number of named arms, including "dirk or bowie knife." There is no question that this decision gives those of us fighting for our knife rights another arrow in our quiver, one with a nice sharp point. It sets the stage for further advancements via both legislation and the courts. With the Second Amendment confirmed now as both an individual right and the law of the land, it becomes easier to make the argument in legislatures and elsewhere to remove unreasonable restrictions on knives. The key issue is the term "reasonable."... Read More