Knife Rights has been working closely with Kentucky State Senator Robin Webb who introduced a bill which would add Kentucky to the growing list of states with Knife Law Preemption (Wisconsin is set to become the tenth soon). The bill would also remove ambiguous language regarding “ordinary pocketknives” which has led to unjust prosecution.
January 24, 2016: Kentucky state Senator Robin Webb has introduced a Knife Law Preemption nd Knife Ban Repeal bill, S 112. This bill is the result of months of work by Knife Rights and Senator Webb and her staff. To accomplish Knife Law Preemption, the bill simply adds knives to the existing proven Kentucky firearms preemption statute.
The bill will also remove “any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife” from Kentucky’s definition of a “Deadly Weapon” which limits concealed carry to CCW holders. That phrase, “ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife,” has been, and could in the future be, subject to abuse from adverse interpretations by law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. In a 2003 appeals court decision (Stout v. Commonwealth), the judge held that a 5-inch “locked-blade” folding knife was NOT an “ordinary pocket knife,” even though the vast majority of pocket knives sold then and now have locking blades and knives with blades 5-inches and longer are not unusual.
This bill will prevent cities, towns and other jurisdictions from regulating knives and repeal any existing knife regulations; however it will allow schools to continue to regulate the possession of knives “other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife.”
Knife Law Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.
Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Knife Rights has repealed knife bans in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.