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Kansas Comprehensive Knife Rights Bill Signed by Governor! Print E-mail

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.

Preemption is the foundation for ensuring that any improvement in state knife laws is not contravened by local authorities. That's why Knife Law Preemption is Knife Rights' number one legislative priority. Individual constitutional rights should not be left to discretion of local governments. State preemption of the law is commonplace for all individual civil rights.

Knife Law Preemption makes the state the sole authority on knife law. It repeals the confusing patchwork of local laws and ordinances more restrictive than state law that trap unwary citizens and prevents passage of such local laws and ordinances in the future.


April 5, 2013: The Kansas House of Representatives and Senate passed the Conference Committee Report on HB2033 this reconciles the two versions of the Knife Rights Bills into one and sends it straight to Governor Brownback.

After two years of hard work and the assistance of many friends, we have succeeded in passing comprehensive reforms of Kansas' knife laws.

But, our work is NOT over yet! If you live, work or travel in Kansas, it is critical that you call and email Governor Sam Brownback and request that he sign HB2033 as soon as possible!

Call: (toll-free) 877-579-6757 or 785-296-3232
Email: Constituent@governor.wpo.state.ks.us
Twitter: @govsambrownback

When you call and email, keep it polite, short and to the point, as noted above.


March 21, 2013: The Kansas Senate unanimously passed Knife Rights requested bill HB2033 that would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos. Prior to passing the Kansas Senate, the bill was amended from the floor to also include a repeal of the ban on the possession of throwing stars and to allow school and jails to regulate knife possession. It now moves back to the Kansas House for concurrence.

Knife Rights would like to again thank Patricia Stoneking from the Kansas State Rifle Association for her hard work in support of this Knife Rights bill.


March 21, 2013: Knife Rights requested bill HB2033 that would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos has cleared a major hurdle in the Kansas Senate. Yesterday our lobbyist, Todd Rathner, testified before the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee and after the testimony was heard the committee took the somewhat unusual move of "working" the bill immediately. HB2033 passed the committee unanimously and now moves to the floor of the Kansas Senate for a final vote, possibly as soon as Monday. HB2033 has already passed the Kansas House.

If you live, work or travel in Kansas, please write or call your Senator and ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Kansas does not provide an easy way to find your legislator, if you don't know already, but click here for a link to a map of the Senate districts, which can then be used to locate your Senator: Click here for their phone number and email(listed by name and district).

Whether writing or calling, all that is necessary is to simply ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Keep it short and to the point.

Knife Rights would like to thank Patricia Stoneking from the KSRA for her testimony. We would also like to thank Rep. Jim Howell for his clear and impassioned testimony in favor of HB2033. He and Sponsor Rep. Richard Carlson have been instrumental in moving this bill along so effectively.


March 7, 2013: The Kansas House of Representatives passed HB2033 on a strong bipartisan vote of 93-28. It now moves to the Kansas Senate for their consideration.

HB2033 would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos

If you live, work or travel in Kansas, please write or call your Senator and ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Kansas does not provide an easy way to find your legislator, if you don't know already, but click here for a link to a map of the Senate districts, which can then be used to locate your Senator: Click here for their phone number and email(listed by name and district).

Whether writing or calling, all that is necessary is to simply ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Keep it short and to the point.


March 6, 2013: Knife Rights requested bill HB2033 that would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos has passed the first hurdle on the House floor by a voice vote and was advanced to Final Action. The final vote in the House, the one that really counts, is scheduled for TOMORROW! Please urge your Representative to vote Yes on HB2033.

Our thanks to HB2033 sponsors Representatives Richard Carlson, Mike Houser and Jim Howell for their support of our freedoms. We'd like to express our appreciation to Patricia Stoneking of the Kansas State Rifle Association for her efforts in support of Knife Rights and HB2033. We're all in this together.

If you live, work or travel in Kansas, please write or call your Representative and ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Kansas does not provide an easy way to find your legislator, if you don't know already, but click here for a link to a map of the House districts, which can then be used to locate your Representative: Click here for their phone number and email(listed by name and district).

Whether writing or calling, all that is necessary is to simply ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Keep it short and to the point.


February 26, 2013: Knife Rights requested bill HB2033 that would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos has been passed out of the Committee on Federal and State Affairs with a "be passed" recommendation. Now the bill will be voted on by the full House.

Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state. Preemption prevents the creation of, or eliminates, a patchwork of local ordinances and laws more restrictive than state law which serve to confuse or entrap those traveling within or through the state. Knife Rights has passed similar Knife Preemption Laws in Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire and Georgia and repealed irrational knife bans in New Hampshire, Washington and Missouri.

If you live, work or travel in Kansas, please write or call your Representative and ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Kansas does not provide an easy way to find your legislator, if you don't know already, but click here for a link to a map of the House districts, which can then be used to locate your Representative: Click here for their phone number and email(listed by name and district).

Whether writing or calling, all that is necessary is to simply ask them to vote in favor of HB2033. Keep it short and to the point.

February 7, 2013: The hearing yesterday on Knife Rights’ requested bill HB2033 that would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos was well-attended with supportive testimony from numerous organizations and individuals.

Thanks to everyone who showed up in support, like Patricia Stoneking who submitted great testimony on behalf of KSRA.

Now we need all our Kansas members and friends to write or call the committee members asking them to vote this bill out of Committee with a "recommendation it be passed."

The only testimony against the bill came from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police who couldn’t articulate a rational reason for their opposition. When asked, they were unable to explain why their members oppose bans on AR-style firearms and high capacity magazines, but were against repealing the archaic ban on automatic knives. Shades of the 1950′s, they actually claimed that they were concerned about “outlaw motorcycle gangs” having legal access to automatics.

January 31, 2013: Knife Rights requested bill HB2033 that would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos will be heard by the Committee on Federal and State Affairs on Wednesday, February 6, at 9:00 AM in Room 346-S.

Knife Rights will be there to testify, but if you'd also like to voice support for the bill in person at the Capitol, please contact us. Kansas residents can also contact the committee members and ask them to support HB2033.

January 22, 2013: Kansas State Representative Richard Carlson has introduced a Knife Rights requested bill, HB2033, that would enact Knife Law Preemption and repeal the Kansas ban on Switchblades, Dirks, Daggers and Stilettos.

Preemption prevents the creation of, or eliminates, a patchwork of ordinances and rules which serve to confuse or entrap those traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state. Knife Rights has passed similar Knife Preemption Laws in Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire and Georgia and repealed irrational knife bans in New Hampshire, Washington and Missouri.

If you live, work or travel in Kansas, please contact your Representative and ask them to support HB2033. Click here to locate your Representative, and/or the Representative who represents where you work or travel.

 
 
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