AKTI and its members have been successful in opposing poorly conceived legislation and educating legislators on knife issues on behalf of all knife owners. We support reasonable responsible legislation and measured non-partisan efforts to resolve issues. For more information on AKTI’s accomplishments also view the News & Updates section.
- 2013 – Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee, New York, Texas and Vermont added as states considering removing restrictions or adding pro-knife laws.
- 2012 – Pro-knife legislation incorporating bias toward closure, clarifying one-hand opening knives are not gravity or switchblade knives, allowing switchblade manufacture or enacting knife preemption introduced in Louisiana, Washington, South Carolina and Alaska.
- 2011 AKTI Supports Rep. Jenn Coffey’s New Hampshire HB 544 – New Hampshire is now the freest knife law state in the U.S.
- 2011 AKTI Successfully Opposed Washington State Carrying Bill – A bill making carrying a concealed knife with blades 3.5 inches and longer a misdemeanor withdrawn.
- 2010 Kansas Adopts AKTI’s Bias Toward Closure Language – Ordinary pocket knives cannot be mistaken for switchblades.
- 2009 AKTI Saves Folding Knives from U.S. Customs’ Action – AKTI successfully fought a proposed U.S. Customs re-definition of switchblades that would have included all folding knives, impacted interstate commerce and made de facto criminals of millions of knife owners.
- 2009 AKTI TX Bill Signed – assisted-opening and one-hand opening knives are not switchblades
- 2008 AKTI SC Bill Accepted – keeps law-abiding citizens from being criminals for carrying knives with blades over 2 inches.
- 2007 AKTI wins CA Appellate Decision – one-hand opening knives are not switchblades.
- 2007 AKTI saves 1 million Arkansas knife owners and visitors – you’re no longer a criminal in Arkansas if you carry a knife with a blade longer than 3-1/2 inches.
- 2004 AKTI opposes New York City knife busts – provided information for law enforcement and gave materials and attorney information to retailer defendents.
- 2001 AKTI saves 2 million Boston knife owners and visitors – opposes 2-1/2″ blade-length standard.
- 2001 AKTI bill saves 12 million Californians – 653k exempts one-hand openers in switchblade statute.