Updating our earlier post, momentum could be building for switchblade legalization in Illinois. SB 2294 passed the Senate unanimously last week, and today the bill has passed the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee with a “Do Pass” recommendation.
May 10, 2016: The Illinois House Judiciary – Criminal Committee passed the Knife Rights supported switchblade ban repeal bill, SB2294, out of the committee with a unanimous “Do Pass” recommendation. The bill has already been passed by the Senate.
Knife Rights is working closely with our friends on the ground in Springfield to keep the bill moving in the House. The City of Chicago is working to stop the bill from moving to the floor, to nobody’s surprise.
In the coming days we may ask you to contact members of the Illinois House. Please pay attention to our alerts in case we need your help!
Illinois currently has a complete ban on switchblade (automatic) knives, including manufacture and possession by anyone. Illinois was the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, in 2013, and remains one of the most restrictive states in terms of Second Amendment rights.
Knife Rights has repealed knife bans in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
If you live in Illinois and would be willing to do a little “on the ground” work for the effort, please let us know. Ideally, several folks could spend an hour of their time at their local gun or sporting goods store and encourage patrons to call their legislators when the call comes out from Knife Rights. If you have any connections in the state that might be useful, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any ideas for other ways we can put the pressure on, chime in in the comments. Lets brainstorm some ways folks can get involved.