"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." -- Thomas Jefferson
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Main Menu

"I can't think of a more fundamentally useful, basic tool in existence today than a good quality knife."

"I whole-heartedly endorse the work of Knife Rights and support their mission! Join Knife Rights today."

-- R. Lee "The Gunny" Ermey

"Knife Rights is the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment. They are the premier grassroots organization protecting our right to own knives. Those who love freedom need Knife Rights, so please join me in supporting their mission."

-- Wayne LaPierre, Exec. VP & CEO, NRA

"Whether in town or on a hunt, a knife earns its place at my side as an essential tool. I am a knife user and proud to be one."

"Leave my knives alone! Knife Rights is standing up for our freedom. Join me in this fight; join Knife Rights today!"

-- S.E. Cupp
Knife Rights Notable Recent Successes

  • Congress Amends Federal Switchblade Act
    to Protect Assisted and One-Hand Openers
    -
  • 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™

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

Knife Rights' Latest Brief in NYC Lawsuit Cuts Through District Attorney's Baseless Arguments

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 at: www.KnifeRights.org/Knife_Rights_Reply_Brief.pdf

The Reply Brief is the final document needed for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to consider the appeal brought by Knife Rights. It was submitted in response to the District Attorney and City's briefs opposing the appeal. You can read the nonsensical government brief here: www.KnifeRights.org/DAoppbrief.pdf

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

Read More >>>>
Legislation Introduced in Congress to Protect Owners of Legal Ivory Handled and Decorated Knives

July 11, 2014 (Updated July 15): Legislation to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from seriously harming millions of Americans by unnecessarily restricting interstate commerce of legal ivory and products containing legal ivory, such as ivory handled and decorated knives, was introduced in both the House and the Senate. Representatives Steve Daines (MT) and Jeff Miller (FL) sponsored H.R. 5052, and Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) sponsored S. 2587. These bills complement the FY2015 Interior (Department)and Environment Appropriations Bill, passed out of the House Appropriations Committee by a 29-19 vote on July 15, that would defund USFWS enforcement of its new ivory policy that needlessly punishes innocent Americans, while allowing the Administration to protect African elephants and other wildlife from poaching.

Please CALL or EMAIL your Representative and Senators and ask them to Co-Sponsor H.R. 5052 and S. 2587.

Find your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Find your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Both bills are carefully tailored to allow the Administration to combat African elephant poaching and criminal organizations that sell illicit ivory in China. The bills protect 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.

Read More >>>>
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)

Read More >>>>
NJ Gov. Christie Ignores Property Rights and Reality, Signs Draconian Ivory Ban Into Law

August 5, 2014: Knife Rights was shocked and saddened that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bought into the irrational emotional pleas and outright lies of the radical ivory banners and signed into law the nation's most draconian ivory ban, ignoring New Jersey's constitutionally protected personal property rights. This ban will cost New Jersey citizens millions of dollars, seriously hamper many from making a living, adversely affect everyone from gun and knife collectors to musicians and antique collectors and will not save a single elephant in Africa. Many veterans and elderly who have invested in perfectly legal items containing ivory that have been in this country for decades will lose their investments. Some will sell at fire sale prices during the six-month grace period, but most will never even hear about the ban until down the road when they try to sell to cover medical expenses or some other emergency.

For more details, click on Read More >>>> below.

Read More >>>>
Automatic (Switchblade) Knives & Carry Over 4-inches Now Legal in Tennessee

July 1, 2014: July 1st is Knife Freedom Day in Tennessee. Knife Rights' repeal of the ban on automatic (switchblade) knives and the carry of knives over four inches in length "with intent to go armed," a vague law subject to abusive interpretation, goes into effect today. Combined with Knife Law Preemption that Knife Rights passed in Tennessee last year, which rendered null and void all local laws more restrictive than state law, this means that all law-abiding citizens of the Volunteer State can now own and carry the knife of their choice.

Knife Rights cautions that not all law enforcement officers may be aware of the change in the law, so be respectful, polite and cooperative if stopped, but suggest they may want to check before trying to enforce a law no longer on the books. All Knife Rights members should review attorney Evan Nappen's recently updated article, "Knife Arrest! How Knife Owners Can Protect Themselves"

Read More >>>>
Word "Knife" not "Family Friendly" - Who knew? M&M's Rejects Knife Rights' Order!

Saying that the word "knife" in the Knife Rights logo "is not family friendly," M&M's rejected a Knife Rights order for promotional packages of M&M's candies with the Knife Rights logo on them. Then they lied and claimed Knife Rights canceled the order, when it was entirely their doing!  

Read More >>>>
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter Receives Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award

(L-R) NRACRDF Vice-Chair Carol Bambery, Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter, Past NRA President Sandy Froman, NRACRDF Chairman Bill Dailey
May 1, 2014: Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter was presented with the Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award from the NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund at the NRA's Annual Board of Directors Meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 28, 2014.

The Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the NRACRDF and was presented by NRACRDF Chairman and NRA Director William H. Dailey. Dailey said, "Doug's dedication and tireless effort to establish and protect the Second Amendment rights of knife owners has provided NRACRDF ample cause to recognize him for his significant achievements."

Read More >>>>
Oklahoma Governor Vetos Knife Law Preemption Bill - CALL or EMAIL Today!

April 30, 2014: Oklahoma's Knife Law Preemption bill, HB3367 has been inexplicably vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin, the first veto ever of a Knife Rights preemption bill. HB3367 passed by overwhelming majorities, 88-3 in the House and 45-1 in the Senate. Knife Rights is working with the bill sponsor and our contacts in Oklahoma to override the Governor's veto. Stay tuned because things on the ground are developing very quickly and unpredictably.

If you live, work or travel in Oklahoma, please CALL or EMAIL your Legislators TODAY to let them know that HB 3367 is important to you and ask that they please override the Governor's veto of HB 3367. If you email, USE THE SUBJECT: Please Override Gov Veto on HB3367!

Locate your Legislators here: http://www.oklegislature.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx

Whether writing or calling, all that is necessary is to simply to let them know that HB 3367 is important to you and ask that they please override the Governor's veto of HB 3367. That's it, keep it short and to the point.

ALSO, please CALL or EMAIL the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate TODAY and ask them to please schedule an override vote for HB 3367 ASAP! If you email, USE THE SUBJECT: Please Override Gov Veto on HB3367!

House Speaker Rep. Jeffrey W. Hickman:
405-557-7339 / jwhickman@okhouse.gov

Senate President Brian Bingman:
405- 521-5528 / bingman@oksenate.gov

HB 3367 simply adds "knives" to the state's existing firearms preemption law, eliminating the patchwork of local knife laws more restrictive than state law.

Read More >>>>
Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act Introduced in U.S. Senate!

Jan. 18, 2014: Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced a complimentary Senate version of Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, S.1955 (KOPA), This follows the introduction of Knife Rights' KOPA bill in the House last November. The Senate bill is based on the House bill as conceived and developed by Knife Rights, although it is formatted according to Senate rules. Knife Rights worked diligently with the Senate sponsors to ensure the Senate bill was fully aligned with the original House KOPA bill.


Getting this bill introduced is only the first step. We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. If your Senator is not already a co-sponsor, please call or email your Senator TODAY and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation. You can find your Senator at: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Or, you can use the Open Congress website at: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/s1955-113/show

For additional details, including a model email, click on "Read More>>>>" below.

Read More >>>>
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.

Read More >>>>
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.

Read More >>>>
Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act Introduced in Congress

Nov. 14, 2013: Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, H.R.3478 (KOPA), has been introduced 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 travelling 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. If your Representative is not already a co-sponsor, 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/hr3478-113

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

I support H.R.3478, the Knife Owners' Protection Act of 2013. 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.

Read More >>>>
Knife Rights is Getting It Done™ 2013 Legislative Successes in Review

2013 has been our most productive year yet, building upon our prior successes to create an even Sharper Future™. With your help:

Knife Rights passed FIVE more Pro-Knife Bills this year!
Knife Rights passed Knife Ban Repeals in FOUR more states this year!
Knife Rights passed Knife Law Preemption in THREE more states this year!

Some naysayers argued that political reaction to the Newtown tragedy would make it impossible for us to make headway this year, but we were not convinced. Turns out we were right!

For full details on our five-year record of extraordinary success, click on "Read More >>>>"

Read More >>>>
Alaska Gov. Parnell Signs Knife Rights Bill

June 21, 2013: After two years of effort, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has signed HB33, Alaska's Knife Rights Act, which enacts sweeping reform of Alaska's knife laws. HB33 legalizes the possession, transfer and carrying of automatic knives (switchblades). It also enacts knife law preemption repealing all local knife laws as well as preventing new ones from being enacted. The effective date of HB33 is September 18, 2013.

At the invitation of Governor Parnell, Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner (far right in photos), attended the signing ceremony in Palmer, Alaska.

Knife Rights would like to thank Governor Parnell for recognizing and expanding the rights of everyday Alaskans as well as the millions who visit Alaska every year to hunt, fish and recreate. We would also like to thank the sponsors of the HB33, Representative Mark Neumann and Senator Fred Dyson, for sponsoring this important legislation.Knife Rights would also like to thank Pro-Tech Knives for their support in helping to pass this legislation.

With Governor Parnell's signature, all of Knife Rights legislation passed this year has now been signed into law. Alaska becomes the 7th state to enact Knife Rights' signature Knife Law Preemption.

Knife Rights Scorecard This Year:

FIVE more Pro-Knife Bills!
Knife Ban Repeals in FOUR more states this year!
Knife Law Preemption in THREE more states this year!

Read More >>>>
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.

Read More >>>>
Kansas Comprehensive Knife Rights Bill Signed by Governor!

April 16, 2013: After two years of hard work, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed the Knife Rights comprehensive knife law reform act, HB2033 into law today.

HB2033 repeals all existing local knife laws in Kansas and enacts statewide preemption of any attempt to pass new local knife laws more restrictive than state law. HB2033 also repeals the ban on the possession of switchblades, dirks, daggers and stilettos. Be advised that the new law does not go into effect until July 1st.

Knife Rights would like to thank Representative Richard Carlson for sponsoring this bill and working so hard to get is passed and signed. We would also like to thank Patricia Stoneking, the President of the Kansas State Rifle Association, for her help and counsel throughout this long process! We would also like to recognize the efforts of former Kansas State Representative Gary Hayzlett.

Your emails and calls were also critical for us to achieve comprehensive knife law reform in Kansas, our first victory this year. This makes Kansas the fifth state to enact Knife Law Preemption, following the first in the nation Knife Law Preemption bill by Knife Rights in Arizona in 2010.

Read More >>>>
Get Latest Knife Rights News via Facebook and Twitter

Be the first to know. Get the latest Knife Rights updates and notices as soon as they occur:

LIKE Knife Rights on Facebook

Follow Knife Rights on Twitter

And, sign up for our News Slice™ Newsletter for more news you need to know...

NRA America's 1st Freedom Magazine Features Knife Rights

The NRA's December issue of America's 1st Freedom magazine includes a 12-page feature article on Knife Rights: "Will Knives Fold?" The article chronicles the founding of Knife Rights and the anti-knife forces it is fighting, noting that "with startling parallels to the anti-gun movement, knife rights are under attack today. Here's why NRA members should take note."

Knife Rights welcomes NRA members to the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment™. Please join Knife Right TODAY to help us fight for a Sharper Future™ for all Americans.

Sandy Froman: How to Win a Knife Fight - Lessons Learned in the Crucible of the Second Amendment

Sandy Froman, past president of the National Rifle Association, addresses the Knife Rights Sharper Future™ Awards Breakfast at BLADE Show.

Read More >>>>
KnifeRights.org serves as the web site for both 501(c)(4) Knife Rights, Inc. and 501(c)(3) Knife Rights Foundation, Inc.  The advocacy portions of KnifeRights.org are the sole responsibility of Knife Rights, Inc.

© 2006-2013 Knife Rights, Inc. and Knife Rights
Foundation, Inc. - All rights reserved