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Knife Rights Notable Recent Successes

  • Congress Amends Federal Switchblade Act
    to Protect Assisted and One-Hand Openers
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  • Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire, Georgia, Kansas, Alaska & Tennessee Knife Preemption Laws Enacted
    National Knife Law Preemption Campaign Rolls On
  • New Hampshire, Missouri, Kansas, Alaska, Indiana, Texas & Tennessee Knife Rights Bills
    Legalize Automatics (Switchblades) and other banned knives
  • Washington Knife Rights Bill
    Legalizes Assisted-Openers & Allows Manufacture of Automatics

  • Knife Rights is the Second Front
    in Defense of the Second Amendment™

Rewriting Knife Law In America™ - Knife Rights 2015 Legislative Agenda
Federal: Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act Re-Introduced - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Federal: African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act Re-Introduced - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Illinois: Switchblade w/ CCW - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Indiana: Knife Law Preemption - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
 (Knife Rights Switchblade Ban Repeal passed in 2013)
Maine: Banned Knife Repeal - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Mississippi: Knife Law Preemption
New York: Add "Intent" to Switchblade & Gravity Knife Law - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
 (Helps address New York City's persecution of knife owners)
Nevada: Knife Law Preemption & Knife Ban Repeal CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Oklahoma: Knife Law Preemption - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
 (Passed in 2014 but vetoed by Governor for unrelated political reasons)
Oklahoma: Switchblade Ban Repeal - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
South Carolina: Knife Law Preemption - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Texas: Knife Law Preemption - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Texas: Comprehensive Knife Ban Repeal
 (Knife Rights' Switchblade Ban Repeal passed in 2013)
Vermont: Knife Law Preemption - CALL/WRITE TODAY!
Wisconsin: Switchblade w/ CCW

Stay Tuned - More to Come!

Knife Rights Urges California Supreme Court to Affirm Legality of Common Folding Knives

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April 14, 2015: A legal brief urging the California Supreme Court to rule that common, non-locking Swiss Army Knives and similar pocketknives are not illegal 'dirks' or 'daggers' was filed on Monday.

George M. Lee, a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Seiler Epstein Ziegler & Applegate, wrote the "friend of the court" brief in the criminal matter of State of California v. Emmanuel Castillolopez on behalf of the civil rights organizations Knife Rights Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.

"For simply having a common, everyday Swiss Army multi-tool with the blade open in his pocket, Mr. Castillolopez was charged, prosecuted, and convicted of a very serious crime," explained Lee. "We strongly believe that the Court of Appeal correctly held that the State's arguments are wrong on the law and hope the Supreme Court similarly disposes of the matter in its forthcoming decision."

Click "Read More >>>>" below for full details and to read the Amicus Brief.

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Maine Becomes 8th State to Repeal Switchblade Ban

April 27, 2015: Maine Governor LePage has signed into law LD 264, "An Act To Restore the Right To Possess Certain Knives That Are Used by Many Citizens as Tools," repealing the state's ban on switchblade (automatic) knives. Maine is the eighth state to repeal its ban on switchblades since Knife Rights started it Sharper Future™ campaign six years ago.

Knife Rights would like to thank and congratulate LD 264 sponsor Representative Joel Stetkis for his leadership in passing LD 264. As a freshman legislator it means a lot to us that Knife Rights' victories in repealing bans in seven states previously gave Rep. Stetkis the inspiration and confidence to take on Maine's ban as one of his first legislative efforts.

The new law takes effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns, so we can't really give you a date at this point.

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Knife Rights' South Carolina Preemption Bill Passes House 88-0! Now on to Senate

March 31, 2015: Knife Rights' South Carolina Knife Law Preemption bill, H.3115, has passed the SC House by a vote of 88-0! It now moves to the Senate.

South Carolina already has pretty reasonable knife laws, but preemption prevents a patchwork of local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state. Knife Rights passed the nation's first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah .

If you live, work or travel in South Carolina, please contact your Senator and ask them to support H.3115. Click here to locate your Senator and/or the Senator who represents where you work or travel.

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Knife Rights' Nevada Comprehensive Knife Law Reform Bill Passes Senate - On to House

April 8, 2015: After much wrangling back and forth, the Nevada Senate unanimously passed a watered-down version of Knife Rights' comprehensive knife law reform bill, SB 176. Given the controversy over dirks and daggers, as previously reported, it is no small accomplishment that we were able to maintain the repeal on the ban of dirks and daggers in the bill, along with repeal of the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives, which is a big step forward in Nevada. Be assured that your calls and emails helped make a difference in preventing dirks and daggers from being deleted from the bill.

Unfortunately, the controversy over dirks and daggers slowed the bill down and provided time for opponents of knife law preemption to apply political pressure, resulting in the preemption section of the bill being stripped out.

The bill now moves over to the House. As soon as it is appropriate, we will let you know that it is time to call or write House members on SB 176.

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Knife Rights' Texas Comprehensive Knife Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

March 14, 2015: On Friday Texas State Representative Harold Dutton (D-5) introduced Knife Rights' Comprehensive Knife Ban Repeal Bill, HB 3884, which would repeal the ban on ALL so-called "illegal knives" listed in Texas statute.

You may recall that Rep. Dutton was Knife Rights' sponsor two years ago of the bill that successfully repealed the Texas ban on switchblade (automatic) knives. We are very pleased to be working with Rep. Dutton and his staff once again to remove the remaining irrational Texas knife restrictions, decriminalizing tools Americans use every day.

HB 3884, together with Knife Rights' Texas Knife Law Preemption Bill, HB 905, previously introduced by Rep. John Frullo, would comprehensively overhaul Texas knife law, ensuring that the new freedoms will be enjoyed by all the citizens of Texas.

Knife Rights will let you know as soon as it is appropriate to contact your legislators about this bill.

Knife Rights' Oklahoma Knife Law Reform Bills Advance – Call & Write TODAY!

April 9, 2015: The Oklahoma Senate Committee on Public Safety passed out of Committee with unanimous Do Pass recommendations both Knife Rights' requested Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 1460 and Knife Rights' Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, HB 1911. Both bills now go forward for a vote of the full Senate.

If you live, work or travel in Oklahoma, please contact your Senator and politely ask your Senator to vote YES on HB1460 and HB1911. Click here to find your Senator.

Knife Rights would like to thank the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Senator Don Barrington, for hearing our bills which allowed these important knife law reforms to move forward.

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Knife Rights' Vermont Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced - CALL & WRITE TODAY!

Feb. 10, 2015: Vermont State Representative Patrick Brennan,Co-Chairman of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, has introduced a Knife Rights requested bill H.165 that would enact Knife Law Preemption in Vermont. H.165 has been assigned to the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

If you live, work or travel in Vermont, please contact your Representative AND the Committee Members and ask them to support H.165. Click the link to locate your Legislator and/or the Legislator who represents where you work or travel: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2016 Click "Read More >>>>" below for the contacts of the Committee Members.

Vermont already has pretty reasonable knife laws, but preemption prevents a patchwork of local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.

Knife Rights passed the nation's first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah.

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NY Bill to "Fix" Gravity Knife Law to Committee - CALL & WRITE TODAY!

Feb. 10, 2015: The bill to "fix" New York state's gravity knife statute in a effort to protect New York City knife owners, A4821, has been assigned to the Assembly Committee on Codes. This bill would require that prosecutors prove "unlawful intent" in order for someone to be prosecuted for possessing a "gravity knife."

If you live, work or travel in New York, please contact the members of the Committee and politely ask them to support A4821. Click "Read More >>>>" below for the contacts of the Committee Members.

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African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015 - CALL & WRITE TODAY!

February 6, 2015: Alaskan Congressman Don Young has introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) to roll-back and further halt onerous constraints on the import and export of lawfully possessed ivory products, including musical instruments, firearms, and museum pieces that include ivory parts. The legislation, the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015, would effectively end the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s unilateral moratorium on the importation, exportation, and sale of lawfully possessed ivory, while also making significant efforts to assist anti-poaching efforts in countries with elephant populations.

Please CALL or EMAIL your Representative and ask them to Co-Sponsor the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015

Find your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

This bill is carefully tailored to allow the Administration to combat African elephant poaching and criminal organizations that sell illicit ivory in China. The bill protects innocent Americans who have complied with existing import prohibitions on antiques and the large stocks of ivory that have been in the United States for over 25 years. It protects the owners of musical instruments, knives, firearms, canes and a multitude of other items that include this decades-old legal ivory.

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Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act Introduced in U.S. House

Jan. 21, 2015: Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, H.R.419 (KOPA), has been re-introduced for the new session of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives by sponsor Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ). Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter explained, "KOPA will protect law-abiding knife owners traveling throughout the U.S. from the vagaries of restrictive state and local laws. As long as possession of the particular knife is legal in the state where the journey starts and ends, and provided the knife is secured in accordance with KOPA, a knife owner would no longer be threatened with arrest simply for traveling from one place to another." KOPA is the first proactive pro-knife federal legislation introduced in the nation's history.


Getting this bill introduced is only the first step. We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. Please call or email your Representative TODAY and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation. You can find your Representative at: www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Or, you can use the Open Congress website at: www.opencongress.org/bill/hr419-114

Here's a model email that you can use. We strongly suggest you keep it simple and to the point:

I support H.R.419, the Knife Owners' Protection Act of 2015. I urge you to become a co-sponsor of this commonsense legislation that will protect my rights and the rights of all knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad of state and local knife laws.

For complete details, click on "Read More>>>>" below.

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DA Acknowledges Key Elements of Knife Rights' NYC Case in Appeals Court Oral Argument

Jan. 16, 2015: Oral argument in the appeal of Knife Rights' Federal Civil Rights case against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., which was dismissed on standing grounds, was held on January 13 in New York City. In response to questions from the bench, the DA's attorney was forced to admit that what had happened to plaintiff John Copeland could happen to anyone. When asked directly if someone could show his knife to two policemen who tested the knife with the city's (indeterminate) "wrist-flick" test and found the knife legal, that the same knife could later be found illegal by a third policeman, he agreed that was the case. That goes directly to the claim in the lawsuit that this test is unconstitutionally vague because no one can know if any Common Folding Knife is legal.

The DA's attorney further admitted that any knife could be legal one day and illegal the next, claiming that they expect all knife owners to test their knife "regularly" (perhaps meaning before every use) to determine if it is still legal, an absurd requirement, even were an individual's own "wrist-flick" test determinate, which it is clearly not.

There were a number of other claims by the DA's attorney that also worked in Knife Rights' favor. For complete details, click on "Read More>>>>" below.

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Knife Rights LegalBlade™ App Introduced - World's First Knife Law App!

Knife Rights Foundation is pleased to announce its groundbreaking LegalBlade™ App - Knife Laws in America™. LegalBlade™ is the world's first knife law app! LegalBlade™ provides guidance at your fingertips to the knife laws of all 50 states as well as over 40 cities and local jurisdictions in the United States.

Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter said, "While Knife Rights will continue to aggressively work to repeal bad knife laws, knowledge of the law is the first step in avoiding an unfortunate arrest, loss of your knife or other legal complications."

The LegalBlade™ App is available now in the App Store and on Google play

Download on the App Store   Get it on Google Play

Click on "Read More >>>>" for additional details.

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New York City Pays $7,500 to Falsely Arrested Knife Owner!

Oct. 31, 2014: The City of New York has agreed to pay $7,500 to a falsely arrested knife owner in a Knife Rights supported case. The embarrassing settlement shows that the city would rather pay than try to justify its illegal conduct after police declared his knife an illegal "gravity knife" even though the blade did not lock open. The knife owner (a sculptor who uses a knife for his work) was arrested, handcuffed, booked, and placed in a holding cell like a common criminal.

"New York City's outrageous persecution of those with common pocket knives must end. This is just one of thousands of similar outrageous excesses by the City and DA. Knife Rights will continue to fight these unconstitutional abuses by the City until we win" said Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights.

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The FORCE is with Knife Rights! An Extraordinary Record of Success!

Knife Rights Knife Wars™ 2014December 29, 2014: With 2014 fading away, we look forward to the new year with great anticipation. In the waning months of this year we've been working hard getting ready for the 2015 legislative session. The coming weeks and months will see a record number of Knife Rights bills filed, building on the momentum we have achieved in the past six years.

Knife Rights' unprecedented record of success--19 legislative victories in 15 states in 6 years--has been a team effort made possible only because of your generous support. Our passion is fueled by you; we are forging a Sharper Future™ together. Please enjoy this short Knife Wars™ 2014 video.

Connecticut Supreme Court Decision in Knife Case Affirms Second Amendment Status and Rights

Knives and the Second AmendmentDecember 16, 2014: Since its inception, Knife Rights has had as a foundational position that knives are arms protected by the Second Amendment. While generally used as tools daily by millions of Americans, knives are also occasionally used as an "arm" to defend a person's life. Our logo declares these are "Essential Rights." However, actual court rulings on this issue are always appreciated. Recently the Connecticut Supreme Court has affirmed that knives are arms protected by the Second Amendment in a case with potential wider implications.

In its decision overturning a prior conviction, the Court held that "the second amendment protects the defendant’s right to possess the dirk knife … in his home and, second, that the statute’s complete ban on transporting those items between residences unduly burdens that right." The Court further said, "[t]hus, the safe transportation of weapons protected by the second amendment is an essential corollary of the right to possess them in the home for self-defense when such transportation is necessary to effectuate that right."

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Knife Rights First Annual Ratings of Worst Anti-Knife Cities and Best States for Knife Owners

November 19, 2014: In the past five years Knife Rights has significantly improved knife ownership and carry in the United States, passing 15 pro-knife bills in 11 states. This first annual review of the worst and best knife laws in America contrasts places where law-abiding knife owners enjoy complete or substantial freedom with those places which restrict the freedom of honest citizens by imposing arbitrary and irrational restrictions.The ratings were released at the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Sportsman - Legislator Summit held in Sunriver, Oregon.

The ten worst anti-knife cities stand out for their outright persecution of honest knife owners and extraordinarily restrictive anti-knife ordinances, far more severe and irrational than even the state laws in those areas. All too often this results in unwary citizens being subject to arrest and prosecution, and loss of their knives, for having a knife that is perfectly legal elsewhere in the state.

1. New York, NY / 2. Philadelphia, PA / 3. Ocean City, MD / 4. San Antonio, TX / 5. Rocky River, OH / 6. Boston, MA / 7. Cleveland, OH / 8. Chicago, IL / 9. Corpus Christi, TX / 10. Aspen, CO

CLICK HERE for more details on each of the 10 worst cities' knife restrictions and the 10 Best States for Knife Owners

New York's Village Voice Slams NYC Gravity Knife Enforcement

The Village Voice Front Page Oct. 8, 2014Oct. 8, 2014: New York City's The Village Voice newspaper has published a front-page article, "Blade Stunner," slamming the City's persecution of knife owners. Journalist Jon Campbell's in-depth research provides a historical perspective and personalizes the unfortunate and serious impact the City's irrational and unconstitutional enforcement has had on citizens arrested and prosecuted for simply carrying a common folding knife.

One of the most shocking revelations in this article confirms Knife Rights' longstanding position that tens of thousands of citizens have been victimized by the City's outrageous enforcement practices. In the first estimate by an independent organization it reports that, "Village Voice analysis of data from several sources suggests there have been as many as 60,000 gravity-knife prosecutions over the past decade, and that the rate has more than doubled in that time. If those estimates are correct, it's enough to place gravity-knife offenses among the top 10 most prosecuted crimes in New York City."

Click here to read the complete "Blade Stunner" article.

Author Jon Campbell also has a short somewhat humorous, if pointed, companion piece, which makes good reading as well, "On Switchblades, 'Cheap Dime Store Hoods' and That Wet End, Lachance"

Knife Rights' Federal civil rights lawsuit continues against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. Click here to read the latest news on this lawsuit.

Please support Knife Rights' fight against New York City by making a donation: http://www.KnifeRights.org/Donate

NY Court Sets Aside Gravity Knife Charge: WARNING! DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING for Now

July 25, 2014: In a remarkably commonsense decision, a New York court has set aside a Gravity Knife prosecution "in the interest of justice." Click to read the Judge's decision. This decision is getting a lot of attention, which is good, however... WARNING! Residents of New York City and those traveling there should NOT take this as meaning that they can now carry any folding knife they want. (Click Read More >>>> below for details)

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Knives and the Second Amendment Published

Knives and the Second AmendmentThe first detailed scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment has been published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (vol. 47, pages 167-215). Authored by noted Second Amendment scholars Dave Kopel, Clayton Cramer and Joe Olson, the paper makes the case for knives as "arms" protected by the Second Amendment, supporting one of Knife Rights' foundational tenets.

Knife Rights applauds these scholars for this long-overdue effort. This is a great start on the sort of scholarly work that needs to be done to assist in potential legal cases down the road. The arguments made and supported in this article will also support our legislative efforts to roll back knife bans and oppose proposed new restrictions on knives.

For more details and a link to the complete article Knives and the Second Amendment, click on "Read More>>>>" below.

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Knife Rights Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against New York City and NYC DA Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Knife Rights is the lead plaintiff in a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit originally filed in June,2011, against New York City and New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.over their wrongful harassment of knife owners, retailers and manufacturers.  As this lawsuit works its way forward, we will post newsworthy events and links to articles, motions and other relevant information here (Click on "Read More >>>>" below for links).

Lawsuit Summary: The lawsuit challenges New York City’s and District Attorney Vance’s attempt to criminalize as contraband the most widely-owned pocket knives in America -- one-hand opening and assisted opening folding knives -- under state laws prohibiting switchblades and gravity knives. The case seeks a judicial determination that the New York State laws regarding switchblades and gravity knives are unconstitutionally vague as applied by NYC and the DA to these common pocket knives (which are distinct from gravity knives and switchblades because of their bias towards closure). Knife Rights' lawsuit intends to stop New York City officials from abusing this vague state law to make bogus arrests of law-abiding citizens carrying common pocket knives, and from coercing knife retailers into making huge payments to avoid prosecution.(Click on "Read More >>>>" below for links to background articles)

Status Summary as of Sept. 2, 2014: Knife Rights filed a Reply Brief in its appeal of a U.S. District Court's absurd ruling in its ongoing Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The 30-page legal brief was filed on August 28, 2014, and can be viewed here. Click here to read article with full details.

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Mother Jones Takes on Knife Rights

Nov. 1, 2012 (UPDATED Dec.12, 2012): Mother Jones takes on Knife Rights in the November-December issue of the left-wing publication. While we could never have expected Mother Jones to be supportive of our positions, and their prejudices come through loud and clear in their snarky headline and over-the-top illustration, they mostly got the facts straight (with a couple glaring exceptions) and fairly presented our views.

Considering the source, it is a surprisingly balanced presentation of a subject they clearly find offensive. Mother Jones declined to allow us to re-publish the article, but you can read it here with an updated hyperbolic headline, "Move Over, NRA. Meet the Knife Lobby": http://bit.ly/UPj9Td

Click here to make a donation to support Knife Rights' Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City.

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