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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Members of Congress Join The Knife Fight

The knife fight is now on Capital Hill. Earlier today, Knife Rights‘ Doug Ritter provided us with an update on the fight to keep one-handed openers and assisted openers from the definition of a switchblade. Knife Rights is working with members on Congress to fight the Custom and Border Patrol’s (CBP) proposed rule.

Doug stated “This is just the first step in a complicated process, but it is important.” Accompanying this update was a link to a letter to Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security to withdraw the CBP proposal. This important letter is signed by 80 members of Congress.

Also, two Representatives- Bob Latta (R-OH) and Walt Minnick (D- ID) have co-sponsored an amendment to the Homeland Security’s appropriations bill to restrict funds to implement CBP’s proposed rule.

So, what does all this mean? It means we have initial support from Members of Congress to cut off funding needed by the Department. I’m sure it is more involved, however, the bottom-line is support to champion the cause is taking hold.

As we are updated by both Knife Rights and American Knife & Tool Institute, we’ll pass them along.  In the meantime, take a gander at this official Congressional letter to the Ms. Napolitano.

I don’t know how often Breaking News will occur about this fight, but if you are into Twitter- Knife Rights is providing live updates. Follow them on Knife Rights Twitter.

Help Us Defend Your Knife Rights

Thank goodness we have professional folks on the watch for threats to our everyday knife rights. There is a new proposed rule from the U S Custom Agency attempting to redefine many of our EDCs as illegal.

Please take a minute to listen to this important message from David Kowalski, the Communications Coordinator of the American Knife and Tool Institute.

OK, so just how many people own a pocket knife?

Sometimes we think the number of users and collectors of pocket knives are a decreasing lot. All the reasons for the “why” fewer folks have an everyday carry, isn’t the point here- instead, we can feel we’re all alone and everyone else is anti-blade.

In some cases, we’ve also allowed “society” to regulate us into a corner, all the while attempting to cast a stigma upon us for wanting to own our blades. Commonly, we are viewed as the outcast- the rebels, almost the militants of our society- all because we choose to own a knife.

And yet, do you realize just how many people across this great country of ours own a knife?

The American Knife and Tool Institute provided me the stats. Allow me to say, we are not alone.

35.6 Million Households Own Pocket Knives

24.8 Million own Hunting Knives

Lots of other folks are there- you just haven't noticed

Lots of other folks are there- you just haven't noticed

Folks, I don’t care how you slice it- that’s a lot of fellow knife owners. So, next time you feel like you are the last man standing- the last one holding out who is a knife owner- look to your right and then your left. Then glance behind you. You are not alone at all.