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AKTI's Role:

As a nonprofit association, AKTI’s role is to be the reasonable and responsible advocate for the knife-making and knife-using community, providing the focal point for sensible evolution, development, and the consistent enforcement of knife legislation. Knives are important tools first.

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AKTI continually monitors legislation and regulations at the federal level and all 50 states to
watch for knife issues that need action. We proactively introduce legislation to remove knife restrictions or clarify law. Check the Action Alert section for Calls to Action and sign up as a Free Grassroots Supporter to receive our emails.

Tennessee 2014 Knife Bill

Apr. 9, 2014

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed SB 1771 into law. Effective July 1, individuals will no longer be considered criminals for possession of automatic knives (switchblades) or knives over four inches in length.

Proposed Ban on the Sale of Domestic Ivory

Mar. 23, 2014

AKTI is working with our partner organizations to oppose a proposed ban on the sale of items containing ivory, which would make many knives illegal to sell. While we support efforts to stop the illegal trade of ivory, imposing this law would be a hardship for many knife owners and collectors. Here’s how you can make your opposition known.

Support for Interstate Transport of Knives Needed

Mar. 20, 2014

Passage of the U.S. Senate bill S. 1955, also known as Knife Owners’ Protection Act (KOPA), will allow citizens to transport knives over state lines for lawful purposes. Your help to get this passed is needed now!

Benchmade Donates a New Knife - Model 940-1 for AKTI 2014 Membership Giveaway Knife

Feb. 10, 2014

Joining or renewing in the American Knife & Tool Institute in 2014 means a chance to own a brand new Benchmade Knife Model 940-1.

South Carolina 2014 Knife Preemption Bill

Feb. 6, 2014

South Carolina House and Senate bills would add knife preemption to the existing firearms preemption law to keep cities and towns from passing their own ordinances restricting knife carry.

AKTI Works to Permit Interstate Transport of Knives

Jan. 27, 2014

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) is proud to be working with the American Knife & Tool Institute on a solution to the problems knife owners face traveling through a city or state that isn’t knife friendly.

Board Meeting, Membership Drawing Highlight SHOT Show for AKTI

Jan. 25, 2014

The American Knife and Tool Institute held its quarterly Board of Regents meeting on the eve of the SHOT Show, the outdoor industry’s largest trade show. AKTI also held its membership drawing at the SOG Specialty Knives & Tools booth.

Mississippi 2014 Knife Legislation

Jan. 24, 2014

Two pro-knife bills in Mississippi would enact knife preemption plus remove bowie, dirk, butcher and switchblade knives from the list of weapons prohibited from being carried concealed.

Kansas 2014 Knife Preemption Legislation

Jan. 22, 2014

The Kansas House seeks to clarify issues with 2013 knife preemption law.

Indiana 2014 Knife Preemption Bill

Jan. 14, 2014

Indiana State Senators hope to pass knife preemption before legislative session ends in March.