Summary of 2015 Knife Preemption Bill
Effective November 1, 2015
- The State Legislature controls statewide uniformity of knife laws (preemption).
- No municipality or other political subdivision can adopt any order, ordinance, or regulation concerning in any way the sale, purchase, purchase delay, transfer, ownership, use, keeping, possession, carrying, bearing, transportation, licensing, permit, registration, taxation other than sales and compensating use taxes, or other controls on knives.
- All existing ordinances were made null and void.
- A public or private school may create a policy regulating the possession of knives on school property or in any school bus or vehicle used by the school for purposes of transportation..
Enrolled H.B. No. 1460
UPDATE (May 5, 2015) – Effective November 1, 2015 knives are included in the items that require statewide uniformity (or preemption) so that no city or municipality can enact a more restrictive knife law. Schools can still regulate knife possession on their property or in any form of transportation controlled by the school. Thank you to the Oklahoma legislators and Governor Fallin for getting this done!
Hopefully revision will keep Governor Mary Fallin from another Veto
UPDATE (April 21, 2015) – Oklahoma Senate passed HB 1460 by a vote of 44-1. Time for the Governor to sign this bill!
UPDATE (March 2, 2015) – HB 1460 passed the Oklahoma House by a vote of 79-14 and is on it’s way to the Senate.
Contact your Oklahoma State Senators to vote YES on this bill to give uniformity to Oklahoma state knife laws.
UPDATE (February 19, 2015) – The Oklahoma House will be considering HB 1460 to include knives in the current Firearms Preemption Regulation law after the House Public Safety Committee passed it 8-1. Under the bill, public and private schools would still be able to regulate possession of knives.
UPDATE (February 5, 2015) – Representative Wallace’s bill OK HB 1460 has been referred to the House Public Safety Committee. Senator Dahm’s bill OK SB 364 has been referred to the Senate Public Safety Committee. If you live, work or travel regularly in Oklahoma, please contact committee members to ask them to move the bill on for a vote in the House.
(January 26, 2015) – Thank you Oklahoma Senator Dahm for working again to make sure that knife owners are not subject to numerous different city or county laws regarding knives. Read more about Statewide Knife Preemption.
Senator Dahm has prefiled OK SB 364 to include knives in Section 1289.24 Firearm Regulation State Preemption. Last year, similar legislation passed both the Oklahoma House and Senate and was vetoed by Governor Fallin. See 2014 story.
A matching bill OK HB 1460 has been prefiled by in the Oklahoma House by Representative Kevin Wallace (R-32).
Included in both bills is a section assuring that “a public or private elementary or secondary school may create a policy regulating the possession of knives on the school’s property or any form of transportation controlled by the school.” We trust that this addition will allow Governor Fallin to sign this legislation into law.
Be sure to tell your legislators to pass SB 364 and HB 1460 and ask the Governor to sign it!
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