Today was a good day for the RTKBA in the state of Tennessee. Not only did the state Senate pass a bill legalizing permit-free open carry, but Gov. Bill Haslam signed SB1771 legalizing automatic knives and permitting the carry of blades over 4″. This is great news for me, as I just found out that I get to go to report on this year’s Blade Show. I am looking forward to spending some quality time with some spring-loaded goodness.
“Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed SB1771, Knife Rights’ bill repealing the state’s antiquated ban on switchblade (automatic) knives and possession of knives over four inches in length “with intent to go armed,” a vague law subject to abusive interpretation. As of July 1, 2014, there are no longer any per se illegal knives in Tennessee.
Last year Knife Rights passed Knife Law Preemption in Tennessee ensuring that no local jurisdiction can have regulations more restrictive than state law. This means that existing restrictions that banned automatic knives or limited blade length in some cities are now rendered null and void and they cannot pass any new laws banning certain knives.”
The law does not go into effect until July 1st as mentioned above. So I might not be able to bring home my new tool from Atlanta, but I will know what I will be ordering at the earliest possible opportunity.