Summary of 2015 Knife Law Changes
Effective November 1, 2015
- It is now legal to carry an automatic knife.
- Switchblade knife and knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife were removed from 21 O.S. Supp. 2014, Section 1272.
Enrolled H.B. No. 1911
2015 Oklahoma Bill to Delete Automatics/Switchblades from Prohibited Weapons
UPDATE (April 28, 2015) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 1911. Effective November 1, 2015 in Oklahoma it will be legal to open carry an automatic knife.
UPDATE (April 21, 2015) – The Oklahoma Senate passed HB 1911 by a vote of 43 – 0.
UPDATE – (March 17, 2015) – Oklahoma HB 1911 which has passed the House has been referred to the Senate Committee on Public Safety. It’s time to contact your Oklahoma State Senator to vote to approve this bill and add Oklahoma to the growing number of states that do not prohibit automatic knives.
UPDATE (March 4, 2015) – HB 1911 has passed the Oklahoma House with 70-19.
UPDATE (February 19, 2015) – The Oklahoma House will be considering HB 1911 to amend Oklahoma knife law to remove the phrase “switchblade knife” and the language of “knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife,” after the bill passed out the Committee on Public Safety by a vote of 9-1.
UPDATE (February 2, 2015) – Oklahoma HB 1911 and SB 91 have been referred to the Committees on Public Safety for their respective legislature. SB 198 has also been referred to the Senate Committee on Public Safety.
UPDATE (January 26, 2015) – We pleased to report that two concurring bills have been prefiled in Oklahoma that the American Knife & Tool Institute believes better addresses concerns we expressed that OK SB 198 did not completely resolve confusion between automatics and one hand opening knives.
In addition to the phrase “switchblade knife,” the language of “knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife,” would be removed from by amending § 21-1272.
Passing 2015 OK H 1911 and 2015 OK S 91 would better clarify what Oklahoma considers unlawful offensive weapons. Thanks to Representative John Paul Jordan (R-43) and Senator Joseph Silk (R-5) for taking up this issue.
Still included as unlawful to carry (either concealed or unconcealed) would be: any dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife, sword cane, blackjack…except not prohibited are the proper use of guns and knives for hunting, fishing,educational or recreational purposes. Unfortunately, none of those knife terms are defined in Oklahoma statues. Refer to AKTI’s Approved Knife Definitions.
Be sure to encourage your legislators to approve this pro-knife legislation.
(January 17, 2015) – Continuing our efforts to improve Oklahoma knife laws, Senator Frank Simpson (R-14) has prefiled a bill to remove “switchblade knife” from the list of items unlawful for any person to carry upon or about his or her person, or in a purse or other container.
If passed, 2015 OK SB 198 would be effective November 1, 2015.
There’s just too much confusion among law enforcement and individuals about knife mechanisms and terms. And little difference in how modern mechanisms function versus switchblades. SB 198 is the common sense removal of a prohibition against a knife that is not the cause of crimes.
In 2013, the Oklahoma legislature reasonably removed the term “Spring Type Knife” from the list of prohibited items in § 21-1272 of Oklahoma Statutes. See our story from 2013.
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