Knife Rights’ bill that would repeal Washington’s ban on “spring blade” (automatic) knives,SB 5860, was voted out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice. Thanks to all of you who signed in to support the bill in committee. The bill now moves towards the full Senate with a stop at the Rules Committee.
We now need your help to urge the Senate President to place SB 5860 on the floor for a vote and to also urge Senators to vote YES on the bill. This time around you can easily accomplish all that using our Legislative Action Center.
If you live in Washington state, CLICK HERE to go to our Legislative Action Center to send your emails. You must have a Washington address. Legislatures in most states have been cracking down on out of state emails.
PLEASE FORWARD or SHARE this email to your friends and associates who live in Washington and would support this bill.
After the Senate hearing, Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, stayed over in Olympia to meet with sponsor Representative Kelly Chambers on her bi-partisan House version of this bill, HB 2366. This bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Chapman, Tom Dent and Cyndy Jacobsen. Todd will be working both bills in an effort to get this over the finish line this year.
Finally, a shout out to our good friends at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation for testifying in support of SB 5680 and for Washington manufacturer Mike Vellekamp of V Nives for his support.
In 2012, with a strong bipartisan effort, Knife Rights worked to get the state’s law changed to allow civilian possession and carry of assisted-opening knives and the manufacture and distribution of automatic knives and expanded possession and carry to first responders and military members. For the past decade we have worked to eliminate the remaining ban on “spring blade” knives with bipartisan support, getting very close on occasion, but not yet done. SB 5860 and HB 2366 continue our fight to repeal this irrational, antiquated and clearly unconstitutional ban.
Knife Rights had led the effort to repeal switchblade bans or restrictions in 19 states, starting with New Hampshire in 2010. Repeals have since been enacted in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners’ organization; leading the fight to Rewrite Knife Law in America™ and forging a Sharper Future for all Americans™. Knife Rights efforts have resulted in 44 bills passed repealing knife bans in 28 states and over 175 cities and towns since 2010.