It has been a 3-year saga to get to this point, but the final knife-restriction repeal bill goes into effect today in Oklahoma. First came the 2014 veto of a Knife Law Preemption bill, which fell victim to a spat between the legislature and Governor Mary Fallin. The bill passed again in 2015, and was signed along with a repeal of the ban on automatic knives – going into effect Nov. 1, 2015.
This year the folks at Knife Rights were back, cleaning up the loose ends, namely a repeal of the ban on Bowie knives, daggers, dirks, and sword-canes. As of Nov. 1, 2016, Oklahoma joins the growing list of states with virtually no knife-restrictions aside from carry in courthouses and similar government facilities.
Oct. 31, 2016: Knife Rights’ Oklahoma Knife Law Reform bill, SB 1159, becomes effective November 1st. SB 1159 removes dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife and sword cane from the items prohibited from carry in Oklahoma, and finishes the job Knife Rights began last year with the repeal of the ban on carrying switchblade (automatic) knives and with the passage of Knife Law Preemption in Oklahoma.
Since Knife Law Preemption is already the law in Oklahoma, the revised law will be immediately effective statewide on November 1st
This represents the culmination of three years of effort by Knife Rights in Oklahoma so that knife owners there can enjoy the freedom to own and carry the knife they choose.
Oklahoma’s knife law reform is more proof that Knife Rights is the one getting it done™ for knife owners in America. Getting it done means having the perseverance to come back to a state’s legislature as many times as necessary to finish the job. We can now count 21 pro-knife bills passed in 15 states in six years. No other organization even comes close to that record.
Congrats to Knife Rights and all who were involved in this multi-year effort. As Chairman Doug Ritter has said, their secret is “never taking no for an answer”. It happened in Tennessee where preemption passed in 2013, but not switchblade repeal. They were back the next, succeeding in achieving their goal of legalizing autos and removing length-restrictions in 2014. Texas went the other way, with switchblade legalization passing in 2013, and preemption in 2015.
Perhaps the greatest example of Knife Rights’ tenacity has come in New York, where despite failing to pass a repeal of “gravity-knife” restrictions in 2015, they returned in 2016 gaining unanimous passage for their knife reform bill, adding “bias-towards-closure” language to NY knife law. That bill currently is awaiting Governor Cuomo’s signature. While groups as diverse as the NRA and NAACP are working hard to lobby the Governor, they are still being opposed by Mayor DerpBlasio and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, who is also the target of a lawsuit that is awaiting a ruling in Federal Court.