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.

Sporting Knife Industry Coalition & SwitchBlade Act Update

AKTI_logoDavid Kowalski, Communications Coordinator of the American Knife & Tool Institute, updates the Sporting Knife Industry Coalition’s attempt to retain the current defintiton of a switchblade.

AKTI – House Bill H.R. 2892 on Hold (Update on 10/12/09)

The fate of AKTI’s attempt to save all folding knives from a proposed revocation of import rules for assisted-openers by U.S. Customs now appears stalled on a debate centering on the fate of prisoners at Guantanamo and the length of a proposed southern U.S. border fence.

In the meantime, AKTI and the knife industry coalition supporting action against the revocation have been to D.C. again. That was part of a focused effort to gain acceptance with key House committees and subcommittees.

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Published in: on October 13, 2009 at 6:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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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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Social Networks Spawn Anti-Knife Groups

FaceBook_256x256Social Networks are the hottest thing on the web these days and they continue to go mainstream. Last week, FaceBook, the granddaddy of SN’s, reported topping 300 million users. In fact, it added 50 million users in the last 75 days, according to Inside FaceBook. Historically, the 18-25 year olds dominated FB, however, eMarketer reports the social network is seeing significant growth in the 45 to 65-year-old category. While this social phenomenon is interesting to watch, the aspect relevant to the knife community is the significant presence of the Anti-Knife Crowd.

I went exploring earlier this week and ran up on several activist anti-knife groups there…..you should have seen me- it was like I walked into a den of bears awakening from hibernation. Fortunately, I saw them before they saw me, so I ever so quietly, and quickly, back stepped out of that place. And before you start hurling barbs at me for withdrawing from a fight, let me say- their numbers are huge!

stopknifecrime

While there are dozens of groups shouting anti-knife rhetoric, it is clear, compared to the few pro-knife groups, the anti’s dominate the place. In fact, one group- STOP KNIFE CRIME houses 109,399 fans! Another over 70,000.

If you are into FaceBook and are of the pro-knife persuasion, be warned- the place is crawling with folks who stand on the other side and their numbers are many.

UK’s Boy Scout Association Bans Knives

vintage_boy_scou1Bowing to intense political pressure, UK’s Boy Scout Association issued a “guidance” advising its members to no longer bring knives to camping events.

Troop leaders feel their leadership went too far with the outright ban. Prior to this ruling scouts were allowed to carry penknives with blades of less than 3 inches.

“It is health and safety gone mad.”

Shelia Burgin- Troop Leader

Knives have been a fundamental part of scouting for over 100 years. We all know their famous motto- “Be Prepared,” and knives were intricately involved in their preparation.

The UK’s Daily Mail reported the decision and stated it was a direct result of Britain’s anti-blade culture.

Thanks to Doug Ritter of Knife Rights for making us aware of this historic decision by the UK’s Boy Scout Association.

Photo credit:http://histclo.com

Published in: on September 5, 2009 at 9:06 pm  Comments (11)  
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BREAKING NEWS: Customs Officially Backs Off

Late this afternoon CNJ was notified by Doug Ritter of Knife Rights of this good news. Below is Doug’s email-

Doug Ritter founder of KnifeRights.org

Doug Ritter founder of KnifeRights.org

Customs Officially Backs Off

In a letter to Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Customs and Border Protection has officially backed off their proposed revocations and rulemaking in recognition of the Amendment that was passed by the Senate which would add a new exception to the Switchblade Act covering assisted and one-hand opening knives, at least until the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill is acted upon in Conference Committee.

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Success in the Senate to protect our knife rights follow-up

As promised, here’s a more detailed explanation of the Senate’s passage of Amendment 1447- the act removing the broadening of the Custom & Border Patrol’s definition of a Switchblade.

Instead of attempting to reword and characterize the action, please allow me to provide Doug Ritter’s detailed explanation. Doug is the founder and chairman of Knife Rights- an knife advocacy organization that has been at the forefront of this effort to prevent the proposed ban.

Explanation of Amendment 1447

If you’d like more information on Knife Rights and Doug, please dial into Cutlery News Journal’s exclusive Audio Interview Series featuring Doug (it’s a podcast and can be listened to directly off the web). CNJ Audio Interview Series- Doug Ritter of Knife Rights

BREAKING NEWS- Knife ban blocked

topstories320x240We have confirmed reports of success in the effort to stop the broadening of the definition of a switchblade. I’ll save all the legal mumbo jumbo and maneuvering for an update coming later today.

This combined effort to move quickly and squash the move by Customs was most impressive. Kudos to all you who made phone calls and sent letters to Customs and the members of Congress. More details to follow.

Published in: on July 10, 2009 at 9:36 am  Comments (1)  

Washington’s end-around is a national knife law

endroundThe end-around is one of the more tricky plays in college football. If done correctly, the offense typically makes a big yardage gain, as the defense is caught totally off guard. Basically, it keeps the opponent focused on the wrong player or part of the field.

Right now, we may be set up for the end-around by the folks up in Washington on this knife ban issue all of knifedom is worked up about. (more…)