Knife Rights issued a quartet of news releases this week from the “Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment”. We mentioned the Virginia and Colorado switchbalde/gravity knife ban repeal bills when they were introduced, and they have now passed out of their respective Judiciary Committees.
But wait, there’s more: A new bill to increase the blade-length limit from 5″ to 12″ has been introduced in Georgia, and a switchblade-ban repeal bill has been reintroduced in Illinois.
Press Release(s) below the jump…
From Knife Rights:
Illinois switchblade-ban repeal re-introduced
January 26, 2017: SB 607 to repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban has been re-introduced by Senator Tim Bevins. This same bill, as SB2294, last year barely missed being passed, lacking only a floor vote in the House before time ran out before the vote could be held.
Knife Rights is again working closely with our friends on the ground in Springfield to get this bill passed this year.
Illinois currently has a complete ban on switchblade (automatic) knives, including manufacture and possession by anyone. Illinois was the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, in 2013, and remains one of the most restrictive states in terms of Second Amendment rights.
Georgia Knife Law Reform Bill IntroducedGeorgia State Senator Bill Heath has introduced Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49, that would increase the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5.5 inches to 12 inches. Sen. Heath was the sponsor of Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Preemption bill that was enacted in 2012.SB 49 is co-sponsored by Senators William Ligon, Jr., Tyler Harper, Marty Harbin, Bruce Thompson and Frank Ginn.
HB 49 has not yet been assigned to a committee. Once assigned we’ll let you know who to contact to help move the bill forward.
Efforts to completely eliminate the carry length limit have been stymied due to the manner in which a knife is defined in Georgia Law. Eliminating the length limit entirely requires significant changes to over 30 pages of laws on the books, which at this time would not be acceptable to the legislature. In the end, it was determined that the best practical alternative was to significantly increase the blade carry length to 12 inches. This will make life much better for knife owners in Georgia without hampering future efforts to completely eliminate the carry length limit at some future opportunity.
Colorado Switchblade/Gravity Knife Ban Repeal Advances
SB 17-008 to repeal Colorado’s Switchblade and Gravity Knife bans has passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 4-1. It now moves to the full senate for a vote.
The bill legalizes the possession and sale of a gravity knife or switchblade by removing such knives from the definition of “illegal weapon.” Knife Rights is working with our friends in Colorado to assure the passage of this bill.
Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first repeal of a switchblade (automatic) knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of switchblade bans (and repealed other knife restrictions) in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal Advances
House Bill 1432 to repeal Virginia’s Switchblade ban has passed out of the Courts of Justice Committee on a vote of 13-7. It now moves to the full House for a vote. Knife Rights is working with our friends in Virginia to assure that the final language of this bill best serves knife owners. Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first repeal of a switchblade (automatic) knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of switchblade bans (and repealed other knife restrictions) in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.