By Dean Weingarten
In 1958 the U.S. government banned the banned the manufacture, sale or possession of switchblade knives. The law accomplished nothing other than inconveniencing law-abiding people while setting another in a long line of incremental precedents toward unlimited federal power. Not surprisingly, the law’s major proponent was a representative from New York City. In recent years, though, Knife Rights, an organization that labels its work as “the second front in defense of the second amendment,” has had considerable success in starting rolling back these silly infringements on the right to keep and bear arms . . .
They have lobbied for and have passed knife preemption laws in Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire, Georgia, Kansas, Alaska, and Tennessee. Tennessee is now on the verge of repealing the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives, and the possession of knives with blades over four inches in length, with “intent to go armed”.
On Monday, SB1771 passed the Tennessee General Assembly by a 75-16 margin. It has already passed the Senate, and now goes to Governor Bill Haslam for signature. We’ll be watching.
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