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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52 tons of knives & other stuff used in 2012 Olympic Stadium

Ever heard of recycling knives? No, not melting and then re-forging old blades into new ones. I’m talking recycling entire knives and other metal items seized by London’s Police Dept. and then using them to build major structures, like this one-

Rendering of the main 2012 Olympic stadium in London. (Credit: Populous)

I’m all for recycling and all, but my question is this- what are collectors of old knives to do if there are no more old knives to collect. Today’s knives are the old knives of tomorrow.

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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

Dressing down to protest Airport security measures

Today’s front page of The Wall Street Journal reports on looking for knives. Yeap, the instrument of our favorite hobby made big news. Well, actually it’s the folks protesting the full body scan looking for knives, and weapons, that’s the point of the story.

I’ll let you read it, but gotta show you the bold initiative of these protestors- saying they are dressing down to show their displeasure is an understatement, for sure.

BARING THEIR DISMAY: Members of the Pirate Party parade through Berlin's Tegel Airport in their underwear Sunday to protest government plans to test full-body scans as an invasion of citizens' privacy.

Photo credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Man would still be dead if not for a pocketknife carrying doctor

Stan and Jaci Wisniewski. Stan is the oldest living cardiac arrest survivor. (Eric Reed/Pasadena Star-News Staff Photographer)

Fascinating story about one, Stan Wisniewski. On Dec. 10th, 1954, he died and yet, last week he celebrated his 55th anniversary- of his second life.

And all because a doctor had an EDC.

The Pasadena Star-News reports Stan died of cardiac arrest while in a hospital’s X- ray room at the age of 24. Dr. David Brown was called in and quickly realized he had nothing to lose, so he opened Stan up with his pocketknife and cut out two ribs to start internal massage and the rest is history.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t give at least a few seconds thought to what happened back in 1954, ” Wisniewki said. “You’re here today and you’re gone tomorrow.” 

…I wonder if it was a Case XX (1940- 1964).

Published in: on December 21, 2009 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sixth Grader Kicked Out Of School For Knife In Her Purse

Here we go again. Got another case of a school grossly overreacting and guess what- it didn’t happen in Massachusetts or California. No, it happened a little closer to home for me- yeap, right here in Sweet Home Alabama.

The incident when down like this- a sixth grade girl was suspended for 103 days because she brought a knife to school in her purse.

The story, as reported on WKRP TV, has the typical tit for tat with the school officials defending the severity of their decision- based it on the character of the child, previous discipline- even going back to the young lady’s kindergarten records, and statements obtained by her teacher and other children.

Play-doh set with knife

Good grief- they are using her behavior as a 5-year-old to defend suspending her as a 12-year-old.

What did she do back then- cut up another little girl’s play-doh doll with the little plastic knife that comes with the set?

Published in: on December 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Outlaw knives and then you get Pit Bulls!

Vicious: Seizures of pit bull terriers have soared to record levels as gangs swap knives and guns for dogs

Obviously it wasn’t the knife to begin with. No, it was the bad guys who are the problem and now they have replaced their EDC with a different lethal weapon.

Yes, it’s true. Reported in today’s Mail Online, England police now have their hands full trying to keep up with the record levels of this new weapon. The RSPCA has called for a crackdown on the powerful animals and other illegal breeds to tackle the growing risk to the public.
Photo credit: ALAMY dailymail.co.uk

Published in: on December 7, 2009 at 12:04 am  Comments (2)  
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Our Social Responsibility- What NOT to do with your knife

People wielding knives can do a lot of harm. Knives in the wrong hands can be weapons of death. We know that. Here at CNJ, we proudly promote proper knife use and the hobby of knife collecting, and yet, we use this post as a reminder of what NOT to do with your knife.

Man denied sex in car, threatens woman with knife | threatens, car, woman – News – Northwest Florida Daily News

Woman accused of holding a knife to an anti-abortion demonstrator’s neck – BostonHerald.com

Interview with Young Pro-Life Counselor Threatened with Knife to Throat

Woman, 49, found dead inside SUV may have killed herself with knives – San Jose Mercury News

Man cuts girlfriend’s dad with knife, deputies allege | The Dispatch | Davidson County’s News Source | Lexington, NC

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Published in: on December 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Give me a break

A scene from an anti-knife rally in England.

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How many times do I have to say it- “Knives don’t kill- people do.”

Source: Harrisonprice.com

Published in: on November 6, 2009 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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