You might think that a state like Louisiana would have some fairly permissive knife laws, and in this case you would be right. The only real obstacles standing between their current laws and a knife-owner’s paradise is the lack of a preemption statute, and a ban on automatics. Now the latter’s days may be numbered. A bill repealing Louisiana’s ban on switchblades has passed an important State House hurdle, and has been passed out of committee by a 12-2 vote.
But let’s not count chickens as they say… Knife Rights is asking those who live, work, or travel in the Pelican State to please contact the State Legislature to help encourage smooth passage.
From Knife Rights:
CALL/EMAIL TODAY! LA Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Passed Committee
Knife Rights’ bill to repeal Louisiana’s antiquated ban on the possession of switchblade knives, HB200, passed a critical hurdle today. The bill passed the House Administration of Criminal Justice committee 12-2 with bipartisan support.
Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, was at the Louisiana state house lobbying for the past few days and testified in support of the bill. Numerous cards in support of the bill were also submitted. Todd negotiated an amendment to the bill with the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association and the Louisiana State Troopers which maintains the restriction on carrying a switchblade “intentionally concealed on one’s person.”
Allowing for the concealed carry of a switchblade in Louisiana is complicated because it would require a significant change to Louisiana’s concealed carry law. Knife Rights will continue to look for opportunities to fix this aspect of the law in the future.
Knife Rights would like to thank Dan Zelenka, President of the Louisiana Shooters Association, for his efforts in laying the groundwork for this bill. We’d also like to thank bill sponsor Representative Mark Wright for his tireless work to get us to this point. We are also grateful to Knife Rights board member and Louisiana resident Tom Gresham and Knife Rights member Clifford Grout for their roles in assisting us in this effort.
HB200 now heads to the house floor where we expect a vote in the coming days.