Knife Rights Law Updates

Doug Ritter, Executive Director of Knife Rights, keeps us informed of our legislative progress on a regular basis.

Got this one via text last night late-

Update on Arizona Knife Law Preemption Bill

This afternoon, our Knife Law Preemption Bill was passed by the Committee of the Whole (COW) on a voice vote with no debate or amendments. This was the last opportunity for any amendments to be added and none were offered, which is a good sign for us. The COW vote is the last critical step before the final floor vote in the Senate, which is anticipated next week. We are also pleased to announce that at their monthly meeting last night, the Copper State Cutlery Association voted unanimously to support our Knife Law Preemption Effort and this bill.

Update on NH Knife Rights Bill

Just a quick update to let you know that Rep. Jenn Coffey’s New Hampshire Knife Rights Bill has passed the full NH House of Representatives (400 Legislators) with a unanimous vote on the consent calendar. Congratulations to Rep. Coffey on this critical vote. Next stop is the NH Senate, which could be a bigger challenge. Our lobbyist is already hard at work helping to get this bill through the Senate. Help pass this Knife Rights Bill in New Hampshire and send a message to other states with similar archaic knife laws.

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Published in: on February 19, 2010 at 6:54 am  Comments (1)  
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The best defense is a good offense. Knife Rights playing to win.

Knife Rights takes the field to win a National Knife Law state by state.

Talk about going on the offense. Following the recent success in preventing U. S. Custom’s attempt to outlaw assisted-opening knives last summer, Knife Rights is launching a national state knife law preemption campaign to protect pocket knife owners, knife collectors and the knife industry.

The initiative is rolling out in Arizona first and gained the support of Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Gray. Here are the details. It’s a bold and exciting beginning to enact knife preemption laws throughout the United States one play at a time.

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm  Comments (2)  
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The noblest sport- fighting for our rights

“Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.”     Theodore Roosevelt

Recently CNJ introduced New Hampshire State Representative Jennifer Coffey and her initiative to legalize carrying stilettos, switch knives, daggers and dirk-knives. Currently in New Hampshire it is illegal to carry these knives.

Now there is an online petition to show support. The goal is 1000 signatures.  While most of live out of state, Attorney E. F. Nappen wants all the Knife World to show their support.

“This petition is to raise awareness and support. Out of state signers show the national support for the effort.”

Evan Nappen, Attorney at Law

Click here to read Representative Coffey’s appeal and then sign the petition.

This pro-knife bill updates are found at knifelawonline.com

BREAKING KNIFE NEWS: It is now a done deal

AKTI_logoBREAKING NEWS FROM AKTI:

presIt’s Law!  The President signed the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2892) for FY 2010 late yesterday (Oct. 28, 2009) that includes a permanent “fix” so that any folding knife with a bias toward closure cannot be declared a switchblade by U.S. Customs.

New Hampshire State Legislator Introduces Pro-Knife Bill

BillofRightsIn today’s anti-knife world, it is a rare treat to see someone in politics promoting knife rights. In New Hampshire, State Representative Jennifer Coffey has introduced a bill to actually legalize “stilettos, switch knives, daggers and dirk-knives” for all law-abiding citizens there, according to KnifeRights.

This bill focuses the law on the criminal use of the knives, while removing the probation against them. Rep Coffey is a very pro-second amendment supporter of the rights to bear arms and outlines her position at SecondAmendmentSisters.org.

“Knife rights and gun rights both come under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment refers to ‘arms,’ not guns.”

New Hampshire State Representative Jennifer Coffey

It will be interesting to watch this bill’s progress and CNJ will keep you updated.

BREAKING NEWS: Customs attempt to redefine a switchblade is now dead

Word just in via instant message from KnifeRights– “Senate passed Homeland Appropriations Bill with our amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act intact!”

Historic victory for the Sports Knife Industry and Knife Enthusiasts!

Here at the details as provided by KnifeRights’ Doug Ritter-

Knife Rights News Slice eBLAST – October 20, 2009
WE STOPPED CUSTOMS Pocket Knife Grab! The Senate has passed the conference report for the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill with our amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act intact. The bill will now be sent to the President for signature. There is no indication that he will veto the bill. (more…)

Police in Scotland get new weapon in their fight to stop knife carrying

When you want folks to stop carrying knives what do you do, get a portable knife scanner, of course.

Yes, as reported in The Press and Journal and Herald Scotland, Scotland is providing every (police) force there one of these knife scanners. It seems of the 257,000 searches it conducted from April 08 to March 09 where 1,663 weapons (mostly knives) were confiscated, the Violence Reduction Unit’s ongoing anti-violence campaign just isn’t getting the job done. Now suspected knife carrying citizens will be scanned. In addition, Scottish courts have recently been given powers to impose four year sentences for knife carrying.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the Scottish Gov. allows officers to scan people suspecting of carrying knives in public places. He further added,

“The message has to be clear: carry a knife and go to jail.”

Both newsources indicate the scanner can be set up in one minute, which leads me to believe it is not a handheld device and, instead, is probably similar to the one pictured as used in London, called the Gatescan Knife Arch, designed as a mobile portable gatescanwalkthrough metal detector used to identify people carrying knives.knifearch

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Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe & Scanna.com

BREAKING NEWS: House of Representatives just passed the bill

This just in via an instant message from KnifeRights– Here’s what it said, “House passed Homeland Security Appropriations Bill with our Switchblade language intact. Next step is the Senate.”

Bill passed by a vote of 307 to 114.

We’ll keep informed up to the minute as we follow this important issue to the knife industry and enthusiasts.

Knife Rights Update!

kniferightsorgKnife Rights News Slice eBLAST – October 1, 2009

URGENT ACTION ALERT FROM KNIFE RIGHTS

“On September 16th Knife Rights participated in a lobby day on Capitol Hill, along with representatives of the American Knife and Tool Institute, the NRA and the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation.  Representing Knife Rights were Doug Ritter, Pete Brownell and Jason Kunkler (from www.knifecenter.com). While it was an exhausting, and at times frustrating, experience, it was clearly beneficial that House Committee and Member staff heard from us why it was so important to retain the Senate Amendment 1447 in the final Homeland Security Appropriations bill. I am confident that had we not made this effort, we might not succeed in the end.

As for that, we are all still waiting.  We remain cautiously optimistic, but it isn’t a done deal by any means.

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Knife collectors have to be very careful

arrestUnfortunately today, knife collectors can be profiled as militants or worse- criminals. While this may not initially sound like a problem, when it is the law enforcement doing the profiling, significant additional evidence and alibis may be needed to get off a rap.

meandcollectionwithoutfaceWe know there are many different types of knife collections and some are easier to label as weapons than others (from our perspective), but regardless, there are an awful lot of collectors who at minimum have a half-dozen Case knives sitting around the house. When it comes to legal investigations a knife collection is a knife collection. They don’t care if the knives are peanuts, seahorses or elephant toenails– new or antique. A blade is a blade. And we already know knives are perceived by many as weapons and anyone who “stockpiles” weapons will eventually use them, or so they think.

jailI learned of a man who was convicted of murder (he was only 15 at the time of his arrest) and one of the pieces of evidence used to convict him was his knife collection. It turns out after serving 8 years in jail his conviction was overturned, but my gracious think about it- he lost 8 years of his life for something he later was found unguilty (if I may use that word) for!

So, what’s the solution? We must keep all appearances of being a “bad guy” as far away from us as possible. Think about it- we proudly display our collections in our home or office; folks know we are card-carrying knife collectors (they know this cause we can’t help but talk about knives- after all, we are passionate about our hobby); we spend time traveling great distances to knife shows; we subscribe to Knife World, Tactical Knives or Knives Illustrated (Is CNJ bookmarked on your computer? Then there you go); on and on I could go.

From the outside looking in, you can see how we could be profiled as having the propensity to use knives in a crime and our collections easily spun as stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. We must be careful! People’s perceptions are their reality.

Published in: on September 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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