Lots of news on the Knife Rights front. The Georgia Knife Law reform bill has passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee, and the Virginia Switchblade-ban repeal bill has passed the legislature and now sits on Governor McAuliffe’s desk. If you live, work, or travel in either Georgia or Virginia, please contact your Georgia State Senator or the Virginia Governor as appropriate. Instructions and contact information are below, and please remember to be polite and concise.
Additionally, for the forth straight year, Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife has been filed in the New York Assembly.
From Knife Rights:
New York Gravity Knife Reform Bill Filed–Again!
Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill, A.5667 has been introduced in the New York Assembly. This is the fourth year in a row that a bill has been introduced to stop the abuse of the state’s gravity knife statute by New York City. In response to New York Governor Cuomo’s New Year’s Eve veto overruling the New York Legislature that passed last year’s bills by overwhelming margins, and the large coalition of organizations, many part of his own constituency, which supported the bill, this year’s bill address the governor’s concerns in his veto message, even as irrational and politically motivated as they may have been.
Knife Rights has worked closely with our allies in New York to craft a bill that directly addresses the Governor’s concerns while also protecting innocent knife carriers in New York City from unjust arrests. The bill removes “centrifugal force” from the definition of a gravity knife to create a bright line definition that even New York City law enforcement and prosecutors can understand, as desired by the Governor. It would preclude the unconstitutionally vague “wrist flick” test that has resulted in over 60,000 arrests and persecutions in New York City and which the Governor himself described as “absurd.”
Any true gravity knife, as the term is understood everywhere but in New Yolk City, will still be prohibited by the “released from the handle or sheath thereof solely by the force of gravity” portion of the definition in the bill, but common folding knives could no longer be considered gravity knives.
A.5667 is sponsored once again by Assemblyman Dan Quart. We anticipate that a companion bill will be introduced shortly in the Senate by Senator Diane Savino. Both sponsors have been relentless in their pursuit of justice for New York City’s citizens and visitors.
Meanwhile, our five-year-old Federal civil rights lawsuit over the constitutionality of New York City’s “wrist flick” test continues and the appeal of the Judge’s erroneous ruling against us will be filed shortly.
Georgia Knife Law Reform Bill Passed Out of Committee
ACTION ALERT: CALL & EMAIL TODAY!
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 was passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee with a “do pass” recommendation.
Your emails and calls to legislators are having a positive effect. The bill now moves to the full Senate for a vote.
If you live, work or travel in Georgia, or plan to (like to BLADE Show in Atlanta), please CALL or EMAIL your Senator TODAY and simply deliver the message that you are calling or emailing to respectfully request that they please VOTE YES on SB 49, an important criminal justice reform bill, and then thank them. Please be POLITE and RESPECTFUL and REMAIN ON POINT.
If emailing, use the SUBJECT: Please VOTE YES on SB 49
Locate your Senator at: http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/FindyourLegislator.aspx
Efforts to completely eliminate the carry length limit have been stymied due to the manner in which a knife is defined in Georgia law. 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.
Virginia Switchblade Ban Repeal to GovernorACTION ALERT: CALL & EMAIL Governor TODAY!
House Bill 1432 that would repeal Virginia’s switchblade ban including allowing concealed carry, for the most part, has passed and is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his action.
If you live, work or travel in Virginia, please CALL or EMAIL Governor Terry McAuliffe and simply deliver the message that you are calling or emailing to respectfully request that he “please sign HB 1432.” Please be POLITE and RESPECTFUL and REMAIN ON POINT. There is no need to say anything further, just “please sign HB 1432.”
If from out of state, briefly explain why you travel to or through Virginia.
Click to Email via the Governors’ form.
Use Email Subject: Please Sign HB 1432
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.
Thanks as always to Doug and the gang for their tireless efforts to restore peoples’ God-given right to keep and bear the tools of their choosing. Please do your part and help out if you can.