Breaking: TN Governor signs “Switchblade” Bill.


It was a good day for RTKBA in the Volunteer State.

Today was a good day for the RTKBA in the state of Tennessee.  Not only did the state Senate pass a bill legalizing permit-free open carry, but Gov. Bill Haslam signed SB1771 legalizing automatic knives and permitting the carry of blades over 4″.  This is great news for me, as I just found out that I get to go to report on this year’s Blade Show.  I am looking forward to spending some quality time with some spring-loaded goodness.


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed SB1771, Knife Rights’ bill repealing the state’s antiquated ban on switchblade (automatic) knives and possession of knives over four inches in length “with intent to go armed,” a vague law subject to abusive interpretation. As of July 1, 2014, there are no longer any per se illegal knives in Tennessee.

Last year Knife Rights passed Knife Law Preemption in Tennessee ensuring that no local jurisdiction can have regulations more restrictive than state law. This means that existing restrictions that banned automatic knives or limited blade length in some cities are now rendered null and void and they cannot pass any new laws banning certain knives.”

The law does not go into effect until July 1st as mentioned above.  So I might not be able to bring home my new tool from Atlanta, but I will know what I will be ordering at the earliest possible opportunity.


  1. I_Like_Pie says:

    I LOVE my state!!!!!

    1. Where are you Pie?

      I am a native Ohioan by way of Idaho. But Tennessee is where we settled and decided to put down roots. It suits me well.

      1. I_Like_Pie says:

        I am in Chattanooga down the road from Frost Cutlery.

        This news really made my day. I can carry my non-folders on my belt now.

  2. NavyRetGold says:

    This is wonderful news! It’s a good day to be a Tennessean. I’m long overdue a visit to the family for some quality hunting and fishing time. When I do visit, I’ll be packing some firearm and edged weapon goodies.

  3. ralph hinkle [ eddie] says:

    I wish someone would educate the police in my city of Elizabethton Tennessee in carter county about the new law about knives they are totally clueless. I ask one city police officer what he thought the legal limit was and he SAID 3 INCHES! its 4 inches in Tennessee. How can the city and county police up hold the law if they don’t have a clue what the laws are! This can be blamed on the high sheriff and police chief for not educating the officers under them and the people who run the town are what’s wrong with it! they don’t know anything about anything but how to cash their pay checks Letters should be sent to the police in this town that the laws are not made by them and inform them there is a new law concerning the new knife law before a lot of law abiding people go to jail because of want to be police

    1. As of July 1st, 2014 there is no blade length limit for any knife in the State of Tennessee.

      You can strap a Claymore to your back like William Wallace if you want to now.

    2. Chuck Willis says:

      Hopefully by now they have learned the new laws. I personally never carry a blade over 4 inches unless I’m camping but I have carried switchblade or automatic knives for years. Even couple years before they legalized them. I have always thought of my knives as tools and I always look for any tool that makes the job easier and S.B. or Auto made things easier. If I had something already in my hand and had forgot to get knife out and open it then I could just pull it out push button and it opens up easily don’t have to lay whatever I’m cutting down or try to fumble around trying to hold it while opening it which could cause me to cut myself. My last knife I purchased before going to S.B. was a Kershaw Blur and as for speed it opened faster than any of my S.B. and it was also easily opened 1 handed. At least with my S.B. they all have a safety lock that when on it Will not open were the Blur didn’t. I know it wasn’t legal but I also knew I would never use it for anything illegal like to hurt someone or commit any crimes. I am law abiding citizen so I didn’t expect the cops to ever be frisk in me checking me out to see that I had it. I guess I was hoping if I did get stopped they either wouldn’t check me or even notice my knife was a S.B. or Auto. It’s nice now to know I don’t have to worry at all. I think if anyone is looking for good S.B. or Automatic knife I love my Benchmade AFO II it’s lightweight holds great edge has safety lock so ig won’t open up in your pocket on accident. Hopefully Elizabethton is better now I live in Blount County and have never had any issues. Except when I went to Smokey Mountain Knife Works and trie d to buy them prior to the law change which is great now because I can keep my money in the great Volunteer State.

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