Today Colorado joins the growing number of states that recognizes the value to their citizens of automatic knives at work or in recreational activities. SB 008 signed into law removes “switchblade knife” and “gravity knife” from the definition of “illegal weapon” in Colorado § 18-12-102.
“This momentum is evidence that Americans continue to realize that automatic knives are tools that can be easily deployed with one hand, providing a real utility for law abiding citizens,” noted CJ Buck, AKTI President. “And AKTI is proud to lead the path in these common sense reforms.”
The American Knife & Tool Institute thanks our members in Colorado for their tremendous help in getting this legislation across the finish line, Senator Owen Hill and Rep. Steve Lepsock for shepherding the legislation through the Colorado legislature, and our supporter John Bloodgood for encouraging his legislators to introduce this change with AKTI’s assistance and help drafting the legislation.
“Colorado continues to show that we are pioneers and westerners, and we will give people every tool available to keep exploring and working” said Senator Hill. “It has been a pleasure working with Rep. Lebsock and the American Knife and Tool Institute to repeal Colorado’s automatic knife prohibition.”
The American Knife & Tool Institute cautions knife owners that concealed carry of any knife with a blade over three-and-one-half (3-1/2) inches is still illegal in Colorado, except for hunting, fishing or sport use. Also, knife owners need to be aware that some cities in Colorado, such as Denver, have additional knife restrictions. While Colorado does not have a statewide knife law preemption, Colorado § 18-12-105.6 offers limited protection to knife owners by providing that state law prevails when someone is traveling in a private vehicle or other private means of transportation. However, if you are not traveling in a private vehicle, local laws may apply. For reliable knife law information, visit stateknifelaws.com