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Knife Rights Update: New bills in GA and IL; CO and VA bills advance

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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:

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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.

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Georgia Knife Law Reform Bill Introduced
 
Georgia 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.

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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.

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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.

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Discussion

4 responses to ‘Knife Rights Update: New bills in GA and IL; CO and VA bills advance

  1. I suppose five inches of blade in GA was not long enough for those big birds they grow/raise down south of my border here in Ooltewah or Owls Nest in Cherokee??

    At least that’s what they believe.

    Owls Nest
    Owls Roost

    Ok I confess that I never knew they had such a law but don’t tell. Well that buck special I would have to check, or my kabar/becker ?? name that could have been used as a boat anchor was nice also. Son has both now.

    No harm done.

    Now I just clip on my
    Doug Ritter mini griptillian with m390 and orange scales and I will go fishing again in TN and GA or maybe even with my brother in my home state of Louisiana again this year 2017

    djb

    Daniel

    • Or maybe I will purchase one of those sweet autos that kershaw is producing in cpm154 this year before years end 2017

      I saw in 2016 that they were less expensive than my mini but you know that inferior steel 😉 in those………. Inferior to what? IDUNO cpm3V maybe.

      Looking forward to another year of freedom to carry what I need in 2017 thanks to my friends in TTAK and my friend Doug at kniferights and my second mini grip of which my oldest now carries in BC Canada but don’t tell cause I’m not sure that’s legal up there where he hunts and fishes in Kelowna now.

      But hey he works for the Government up there so they will not throw him in the slammer (RIGHT) well lets hope so.

      djb

      Daniel

  2. The Georgia law is an interesting one. With a GWL there is no limit to the length of blade you can carry, the change to 12″ just affects those without a licence. I wonder how many arrests of lawful people carry a larger blade there are?

    I do fully support that there shouldn’t be knife law on the books and that changing the length to 12 is easier than changing the 30 lines of law to remove it, still curious why their decision to 12 and not higher, for all those people who want to legally carry a machete and not a short sword without the 80 buck licence?

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