Knife Rights Update: Georgia and Michigan bills advance

Welcome Instapundit Readers.  The Georgia bill has actually hit the Governors desk. Knife Rights is asking for people to call the Governor and politely ask him to sign it. Please click here for more from . Contact info at the link.

While you are here, if you have a favorite knife brand from among KA-BAR, Kershaw, Zero Tolerance, or Morakniv, please consider voting in the final round of our 2017 Knife Madness Tournament.

And as always, a huge thank you to the Good Doctor for sending you our way.

Knife Rights other trademarked slogan: “Rewriting Knife Law in America” is no idle boast. In less than a decade they have helped pass more than 20 bills in 15 States, as well as blocking 8 anti-knife bills along the way. You can see a map and list here. I am happy to live in Tennessee which, thanks to Knife Rights, now has a preemption law and no restrictions on automatics or blade length.

They have already made successful efforts in Georgia, but this year’s “cleanup-bill” raising the blade length restriction from 5″ to 12″ has now passed the state Senate and is back to the House for a concurrence-vote to reconcile the bill’s language.

In Michigan, the switchblade ban-repeal advanced unanimously from the Senate Judiciary Committee after yesterday’s hearing and will head to the floor for a full Senate vote.

Knife Rights Press Release:

Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform Passes Senate

By a vote of 37 to 16, the Georgia Senate has passed HB 292 that includes the language from Knife Rights’ Georgia Knife Law Reform bill, SB 49. This would increase the legal carry length of a knife blade in the state from 5 inches to 12 inches (see Section 3 of HB 292). HB 292 is this year’s “omnibus” gun bill in Georgia which had previously passed in the House. It was amended in the Senate, including the addition of our language, and now goes back to the House for a concurrence vote. That is not expected to be a problem.

We would like to again recognize our sponsor, Senator Bill Heath, for his tenacity in working to get this done this session and we’d also like to again thank our friends at  NRA-ILA for their assistance.

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.

Knife Rights’ MI Switchblade Ban Repeal Passed Committee

Knife Rights’ Michigan Switchblade Ban Repeal bill, SB 245, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee 5 – 0. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill would repeal Michigan’s outright ban on possession and sale of automatic (switchblade) knives.

Knife Rights has repealed switchblade bans in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

As always we thank Knife Rights for their tenacious efforts to restore the God-given right of the People to keep and bear the tools of their choosing. And we thank those of you who called and emailed to help in the effort.
Knife Rights’ press release also goes on to make endorsements in the upcoming vote for the NRA Board of Directors. This is not something they typically do, but with candidates who have been both vocal and effective advocates for Knife Rights (or knife rights as it were) they felt compelled to do so this year.
Knife Rights NRA Board Endorsements

Todd Rathner

NRA Board Election ballots must be RECEIVED by the NRA no later than April 9, 2017.  If you have not yet mailed in your ballot, do it right away!

While Knife Rights is proud to count many members of the NRA Board of Directors as our friends and supporters, Knife Rights does not normally endorse candidates in an NRA election. However, we make an exception when they are members of our Board of Directors, Advisory Board or celebrity supporters.

Todd J. Rathner is Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs–our lobbyist. He has been instrumental in our outstanding legislative success to date, totaling 23 pro-knife laws enacted in 16 states and 6 anti-knife bills defeated. Todd’s efforts in bringing Knife Rights’ issues to the attention of the NRA Board and staff has been invaluable and it is certainly in our best interests to see him continue in this role. Beyond that, he works tirelessly in support of the Second Amendment. Click for more info on Todd.

Graham Hill

Graham Hill is the Chairman of the NRA Legislative Policy and Federal Affairs Committees and is an advisor to Knife Rights on legislative issues in Congress. His comprehensive understanding of, and insights into, what makes Congress tick and how to get things done on The Hill are extremely helpful to the NRA and to Knife Rights, particularly as we work to pass the Knife Owners’ Protection Act including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act (H.R. 84). Graham’s dedication to the Second Amendment is second to none and he deserves your vote. Click for more info on Graham.

“I whole-heartedly endorse the work of Knife Rights and support their mission”
— The Gunny

R. Lee (The Gunny) Ermey has been a very vocal supporter of Knife Rights and takes every opportunity to promote Knife Rights as he travels the country making celebrity appearances. We very much appreciate The Gunny’s active support for Knife Rights and a Sharper Future™ for all Americans as well as his unwavering commitment to defending the Second Amendment.

Knife Rights encourages our members who are also NRA voting members to vote for Todd, Graham and The Gunny and reminds you that NRA Board Election ballots must be received by the NRA no later than April 9, 2017.
Not that it matters much in the scheme of things, but having met Todd Rathner and having followed (and benefited personally from) his track record of success, we at TTAK completely concur with these endorsements. Besides, who doesn’t love The Gunny?


  1. Many thanks to Doug Ritter and staff for an increasingly sharper future! Sean McWilliams Knifemaker Member.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Sean. I start guiding in earnest this week, so plenty of streamside shots of your Model 1 are on the way.

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