Action Alerts and Calls to Action
Check here for important alerts you need to follow or Calls to Action where we need your help. Be sure to sign up for the free Grassroots Supporter email alerts so you don’t miss any information.
AKTI keeps close tabs on all legislation introduced in all 50 states and the federal level that could potentially affect your ability to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools.
We will alert you if and when we need you respond to help with emails, calls or letters.
Support Needed for Interstate Transport of Knives Legislation
Call or email your U.S. Senators Now – Support needed for Interstate Transport of Knives legislation S. 1955, also known as Knife Owners’ Protection Act (KOPA), will allow citizens to transport knives over state lines for lawful purposes, even when state or local restrictions would otherwise prohibit possession of that specific type of knife or length of blade.
Call or email your Senator today. Ask them to support S. 1955. Also ask them to talk to Senator Mike Enzi about being a co-sponsor.
Check News & Updates for the latest legislation news regarding knives. There is a lot of legislation in process regarding your rights to own and use knives. Type your state’s name in the Search Site box on the left to see if something is happening. We send email alerts based on which state you live in.
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CAUTION – We advise New Yorkers and travelers to the state, and particularly to New York City, to exercise extreme caution regarding your knives. To protect yourself, it is better to never have a knife showing (not even the clip) and to be conservative and only carry a knife you are certain is legal and in a legal environment.
January 2014. New York bill recalled from Senate and returned to the Assembly.
June 2013. NY Assembly bill 2259A would amend the criminal code to regarding gravity knives. Passes Assembly.
April 15, 2013. We continue to work on legislative solutions to the knife issues in New York state. Read more
December 15, 2012. Progress has been made on New York legislation and news will be released when it can be made public.
December 31, 2011. AKTI is working with New York legislators to introduce changes. We expect this process to take some time.
October 4, 2011. AKTI continues to work on a legislative solution to the New York State knife laws.
March 1, 2011. AKTI has not learned of any additional retailers targeted for potential illegal knives. Please help us provide accurate, reliable information. Distributors and retailers, if you have current information, please contact us to discuss it. Call (307) 587-8296 or .
We are working on a legislative solution for New York and need your support by membership or contributions to our Legislative Fund.
January 26, 2011. Artist acquitted of carrying gravity knife
If you’re a retailer who has been contacted by law enforcement about the knives you are selling, don’t make a deal. Call AKTI and get more information.
If you’re an individual arrested for carrying a one-hand opening knife and charged with a gravity or switchblade violation, don’t make a deal. Contact us for possible additional information, including a referral for an expert witness.
New Yorkers and travelers beware:
If you have a knife with a clip showing New York City considers that an illegal open carry.
Alert: New York City Manhattan’s DA Office Confiscated Knives from Retailers
June 17, 2010. Manhattan retail stores, including national chains such as Home Depot and Paragon Sports, were targeted by the District Attorney’s office in an undercover investigation in search of illegal “gravity” knives.
Store owners, employees and customers in New York beware. The DA has publicly announced intentions to expand this effort to increase the $1.9 million collected so far in “contributions” beyond Manhattan to the rest of New York City and New York State, sharing the wealth with other government agencies.