Today is Tennessee Knife Freedom Day. The bill legalizing automatic knives and removing carry length restrictions was signed last April, but goes into effect today. Coupled with last year’s knife law preemption bill, Tennessee now has among the best knife laws in the nation. Only restrictions on carry in schools, libraries, and Government buildings remain.
Instead of sitting back and celebrating Tennessee’s good fortune, we here at TTAK see an opportunity to try and advance the ball further. Our readers will fall into 2 broad categories, those who live in preemption states (Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire, Georgia, Kansas, Alaska & Tennessee) and those who do not.
If you live in a state without knife preemption, you should contact your state representatives and request the something along the lines of the following:
“I am a constituent of yours and I would appreciate if you would consider sponsoring knife law preemption in our state. This valuable legislation has been enacted in several states and would protect citizens who may be traveling across jurisdictions from inadvertently running afoul of patchwork restrictions that may be enacted by individual municipalities”.
I can’t go into detail onto how to contact the individual representatives of each jurisdiction, but it is typically pretty easy to with basic Google-Fu skills. You can call or email, your choice. But please pass along info to your friends and see if they will take five minutes as well.
For those of you in states with preemption, or if you want an opportunity to be active on the Federal level as well, you can contact your Congresscritters about H.R. 3478. H.R. 3478, or the Knife Owner Protection Act has 12 co-sponsors, but appears to be stalled in Committee. In a nutshell, the act would protect you from running afoul of knife restrictions in transit if a knife is legal in the jurisdiction from which you are departing and where you will be ending a trip. Sort of a national-level preemption-lite. It won’t change restrictions where you reside, but will protect you if you have to travel across areas with more restrictive knife laws.
This portion of our campaign is a bit easier to coordinate. There is a directory for contacting your Congressman. You can call or email. KnifeRights.org even has a sample letter for you to cut and paste:
“I support H.R.3478, the Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2013. I urge you to become a co-sponsor of 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.”
You can contact your US Senators as well. A directory can be found here. Ask them if they would consider introducing companion legislation in the Senate. A sample letter can be found below:
“Dear Senator, I am a constituent of yours and would like you to consider introducing a companion bill in the Senate to H.R. 3478, The Knife Owner Protection Act. This commonsense legislation will protect my rights and the rights of all knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad state and local knife laws.”
If we have convinced you to take the above actions, perhaps we can convince you to go one step further. If you are a Twitter person, would you consider sending a tweet similar to one below with a link to this post (http://wp.me/p3h9EH-3KX) and the hashtag #knifefreedom
“I contacted (fill in the handle of your state representative) asking him/her for knife law preemption in the state of __________”
I could go on, but you get my point. The more people who see this, the more might be moved to get active. Twitter can be very useful to this end. I am going to seek out the help of my friends as CRKT and Benchmade. This might all fall flat on its face. Or it might just make a difference and advance knife rights a little.
Bottom Line, Tennessee Knife Freedom Day is a perfect opportunity to draw some attention to knife rights. At the state level, preemption is an attainable goal (it was just vetoed in Oklahoma during the Governor’s little hissy-fit, and it is definitely attainable in Texas this time around)
Please let me know if you are participating.
Update: Welcome Instapundit Readers! I hope you enjoy your visit and drop by again. And thank you to the Blogfather for tossing us the brass ring. It is much appreciated. Hopefully we can move the needle a bit for knife rights.