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Latest News on Customs Pocket Knife Grab Print E-mail

NOTE: Progress is being made on this issue. For the very latest news please click here for more information.

The letters have been deleted as they are no longer necessary.


Write your Senators NOW to STOP funding for Customs' Pocket Knife Grab. As you are aware, Customs is proposing to prohibit the import of assisted and one-hand openers and in the process has broadly re-defined what a Switchblade is to cover almost all pocket knives, with potential far-reaching consequences. Our best bet to stop Customs in the short term is for Congress to prevent them from spending a dime to implement their proposed ruling. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill will be taken up by the Senate on Tuesday, July 7th. We need your help NOW to rally support for an amendment to stop funding for this Customs rulemaking.

Timing has not worked in our favor as D.C. has become a ghost town due to the July 4th recess. We will have only two days to make this work upon their return. Your emails to Senate offices will get their attention upon their return and will be a huge help as our lobbyists and legislative representatives work Monday and Tuesday to get an amendment introduced and voted into the DHS Appropriations Bill.

Click here for letters to email to your Senators. DO IT TODAY! (NO Longer Necessary)

More News:

Our representative in Washington reports he was told that CPB has received 8 Postal Service tubs and estimated 2,000 comments. Knife Rights was told to expect an opportunity to inspect the comments during the second week of July after CBP has had the opportunity to open and classify the comments. Thanks to everyone who made the extra effort to mail in their comments to Customs. One must assume that this is about 7.9 tubs more than they expected.

Breaking News: Customs' Pocket Knife Grab makes the front page of The Washington Times. You can read the article here.

Breaking News: House Rules Committee kills Latta-Minnick Amendment. While disappointing, other options are being pursued.

After working closely with Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) we are pleased to announce that Rep. Latta and Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID) have co-sponsored an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to Restrict Funds to Implement the proposed CBP rule. Our thanks to Reps. Latta and Minnick for taking a leadership role in this fight. This is just the first step in a complicated process, but it is important. We will post more information as soon as we get it. The amendment is now posted here.

What Happens Next? Here's a preview of what comes next in this fight.

Breaking News: Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus has urged U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to withdraw CBP Proposal.

       Click here to view the Congressional letter with 80 signatures.

Breaking News: National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) submitted Comments opposing CBP proposal.

At 3:50 EDT this afternoon, our Comments on Customs and Border Protection's Revocation and Ruling proposal was sent off by FedEx for delivery tomorrow by CBP's deadline. It has been a difficult task to put together a coherent brief on their proposal in the ridiculously short time they allowed. But, of course, that's what CBP was counting on in providing only the minimum comment period and denying any extension.

My special thanks to Evan Nappen and Richard Gilbert, and the rest of Evan's law firm, who managed to make time for us in an already full schedule and who worked long hours and late into the night because they care about this issue personally.

       Click here to read our Comments submitted to CBP.

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This completes just the first salvo in the battle ahead. Nobody here believes that CBP is going to give any credence to the comments submitted. We expect CBP to just blow them off in the same manner as they did with our request for an extension of the comment period. We’d love to be pleasantly surprised, we just can't realistically expect it, given past history of arrogant behavior by this agency.

Please know that the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of comment letters you submitted as individual citizens are an important element of our defense and my thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to prepare and mail your letters and to contact your Senators and Representatives. Next week we'll be making an appointment with CBP to review each letter submitted and get an accurate count.

We have every expectation that we'll be calling upon you to once again write your elected representatives in coming weeks as we start on the legislative effort to derail this Customs juggernaut. Already some Congressional delegations are submitting letters and comments and making their feelings known to Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Jayson P. Ahern.

I have also received some forwarded responses from a few Senators and Representatives that have clearly swallowed Customs' official line that this only about a few imported assisted opening knives, hook, line and sinker. Of course, the fact that they think even that is acceptable tells us volumes about their regard for our rights and liberties. Some of these politicians will be able to be swayed with facts and constituent concern, some simply have their fingers in their ears and are trying to ignore reality or any rational response. We feel for those of you who must suffer that representation.

Anti-Stab Knife Introduced in England

In the U.K., where anti-knife hysteria has reached almost unbelievable proportions, the latest twist is the introduction of an “anti-stab” knife:

Read about the "anti-stab" knife here.

Anyone wondering where some would have us headed need only contemplate the U.K. This effort by CBP is but a preview of future assaults on knife owners in the U.S. We really aren't paranoid, they really are after our knives.

Spread the Word!

Please, forward on this email to all your friends, email list servers, post it on forums and encourage everyone you know to get on board. Remember, regardless of where you are active online, a significant proportion of your fellow online participants and contacts use and carry a pocket knife. They will be impacted. They need to know. And, that's the point. It's not just a few knife enthusiasts.

You can also add a sig line or button to your email or forum signatures or a banner to your web site to help spread the word about Customs' rulemaking.

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