The American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI) is the trade group for the production knife industry. While not all of the industry stalwarts are members, a significant number are. I have spent more time covering Knife Rights, which through grass-roots advocacy has been leading the charge for knife-law reform in America. I personally view AKTI as being somewhat late to the party. In January 2016 they announced an increased focus on the effort, issuing this press release.
Earlier this month AKTI announced the introduction in Congress of the Interstate Transport Act (ITA – S. 1092), which turns out to be a watered-down and dangerously ineffective alternative to the latest version of the Knife Owner Protection Act (KOPA – H.R. 84), conceived and authored by Knife Rights, which was introduced on the opening day of this congressional session. Both bills ostensibly aim for the same goal, “to protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, notwithstanding a patchwork of local and State prohibitions.” KOPA would actually do just that, while the ITA fails miserably in that, and worse, actually endangers knife owners traveling the country. The question is, Why?