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Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act Clears Critical Hurdle in U.S. Senate Print E-mail

Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, S. 1315 (KOPA), passed a critical hurdle yesterday when it was voted out of the the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Passage by the Commerce Committee sets the measure up for consideration by the full Senate.  KOPA protects travelers from a patchwork of conflicting state knife laws.  

 

The result of five years of effort, Knife Rights conceived, drafted and developed the Knife Owners' Protection Act as the first proactive pro-knife federal legislation introduced in the nation's history.  The Senate version of the bill is sponsored by Senators Mike Enzi (R-UT) with co-sposnors Senators. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

 

Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter noted, "This legislation will solve a real and growing problem that faces every knife owner traveling throughout America--the threat of arrest and prosecution under misguided local laws merely for possessing knives during lawful travel."  KOPA will protect law-abiding knife owners traveling throughout the U.S. from a patchwork of restrictive state and local laws. As long as possession of the particular knife is legal 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 was originally introduced in the House in November of 2013 by Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and was re-introduced earlier this year as H. 419.  Whichever house of Congress passes the bill first, it will move to the other house. With this vote by the committee, the Senate version now has a leg up on the House version.  

  

A FAQ on KOPA with additional details and background can be found at: http://bit.ly/1arZIa0   

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

 

Call or Write Today PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL YOUR SENATOR TODAY and urge them to VOTE YES on S.1315. You can find your Senator at: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

Or, you can use the Open Congress website at: https://www.opencongress.org/bill/s1315-114/

 

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

 

I support S.1315, the Knife Owners' Protection Act. I urge you to VOTE YES on 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.


Knife Rights continues to lead the way with aggressive proactive legislative action to defend and protect knife owners' rights. KOPA is just another example of our groundbreaking efforts to forge a Sharper Future for all Americans with 15 pro-knife bills passed in 13 states in the past 5 years. 
 
 
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