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AKTI News

This is where you’ll find the latest AKTI news.  It includes information about the legislation and regulations we are either proactively introducing to remove knife restrictions or clarify laws or are monitoring to watch for issues that need action. You’ll also find out about the many other educational and information efforts of our organization to promote knives as an essential, valuable tool.

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For the latest news of the sporting knife and tool industry and the greater knife community, check Industry News


2015 Nevada Pro-Knife Bill

July 1, 2015

Effective July 1, 2015 Nevada will remove prohibitions on dirks, daggers, switchblades (longer than 2 inches) and belt buckle knives. It would NOT repeal the prohibitions on machetes. Nevada did NOT enact statewide uniformity.


2015 – The Year of Knife Law Repeal

June 18, 2015

The American Knife & Tool Institute has an aggressive legislative plan to repeal and rewrite U.S. knife law in 2015, eliminating confusion, archaic terms and clarifying what knife owners, sellers and makers need to know.


New York Bill Will Ease Gravity Knife Arrests and Issues

June 12, 2015

AKTI continues to support New York legislation to make sure knife owners are not arrested for possession of a “gravity” knife that is ill-defined and has nothing to do with illegal intent to use the knife.


Michigan 2015 Knife Regulation Bill

June 10, 2015

Thanks Senator Mike Green for introducing this pro-knife bill for all Michiganders. It will create uniform laws throughout the state.


New ‘State of the Sporting Knife & Tool Industry’ Report to Be Published

June 4, 2015

AKTI announces that it is preparing to publish its third “AKTI State of the Sporting Knife & Tool Industry” report. Past documents have proved to be instrumental in explaining the impact the knife and tool industry has on American jobs and the economy.

Atlanta, GA (June 4, 2015) – Preparing to advocate on behalf of the knife community for new legislative initiatives to remove restrictive knife laws, the American Knife & Tool Institute (www.AKTI.org) has taken up the task of publishing

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“Protecting Your Brand”

May 26, 2015

The American Knife & Tool Institute invites Blade Show ticket holders with a knife business, or thinking about starting a knife business, to attend the “Protecting Your Brand” educational session. It will be held at 4:15 pm. in Room 109, Cobb Galleria, Blade Show, Atlanta, Georgia. Visit AKTI’s booth #18 for more details.


Bipartisan Bill to Protect Knife Owners Passes Senate Committee

May 20, 2015

Bipartisan legislation would ensure people who are traveling with a secured knife are not prosecuted under local or state laws. The measure was led by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-WY, and Ron Wyden, D-OR, at the request of the American Knife & Tool Institute (headquartered in Wyoming).


Additional 2015 Texas Knife Bill Introduced

May 16, 2015

Dagger, dirks, stilettos, bowie knives, swords, spears, knives with over 5″ blades and hand instruments designed to cut or stab another by being thrown would be removed from list of “illegal knives.”