There are two major pieces of Federal knife legislation before Congress. The first, the Knife Owner Protection Act (KOPA) sponsored by Knife Rights contains a repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act. The second, the Interstate Transport Act, is sponsored by American Knife and Tool Institute and it does not. You can read my Editorial commentary and about the differences between the bills here.
It is the opinion of Knife Rights, and my own as well, that there is a unique and time-sensitive opportunity with a pro-2nd Amendment Legislature and Executive to get the FSA repealed. To that end Knife Rights has enlisted the help of lobbying-group CHCG in a full-court press to get KOPA passed.
From Knife Rights:
Gilbert AZ – July 10, 2017: Knife Rights is pleased to announce that it has engaged the bipartisan government relations firm Capitol Hill Consulting Group (CHCG) to lobby in Washington, D.C. They will be working with Knife Rights’ friends and allies in the capital to help pass Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act (KOPA – H.R. 84)
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “A few weeks ago Todd Rathner, our Director of Legislative Affairs, and I were in D.C. meeting with Members of Congress and others. Those meetings were as successful as we might have hoped and we are making significant progress.”
Ritter explained, “for all involved, there is a sense of urgency. Now is our best chance of getting rid of the archaic Federal Switchblade Act. It may well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Nobody knows what the midterm elections will bring, so we really must plan to get it done in the next 15 months.”
Ritter concluded, “hiring CHCG gives us the edge we need to slice through the quagmire on Capitol Hill and finally repeal the absurd Federal Switchblade Act.”
D.C. lobbyists don’t come cheap. This is going to be a real stretch for us. We need everyone’s help now more than ever! There’s only a few weeks left to donate in our our BIGGEST EVER Ultimate Steel™ fundraiser and Tail End Bonus. Please Donate TODAY!
You can also help by contacting your members of Congress about KOPA. Click here to find our Legislative Action Center links at the bottom of the page that make it easy to do so.
Please call or email your Representative and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation. You can use Knife Rights NEW Legislative Action Center to easily email your Representative in Congress at: http://www.congressweb.com/KnifeRights/8
Or, locate your Representative’s phone number here: http://www.congressweb.com/KnifeRights/9 We have included a call script to make it easy.
Now is the time to go big. Passage of a lesser bill would suck the oxygen out of the room as Congress moves onto other issues. Even worse, a change in legislative balance could close the door on this important effort. Please contact your Congresscritters and respectfully ask them to support the Knife Owner Protection Act.