United States Congress
|For Immediate Release
February 25, 2019
|Contacts: Enzi — Max D’Onofrio ~ 202-224-3424
Wyden – Nicole L’Esperance ~ 202-224-5039
Enzi, Wyden introduce bill to protect law-abiding knife owners
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced bipartisan legislation today to ensure that those traveling with a properly secured knife are not prosecuted under local or state laws which ban certain knives.
“I understand that knives are an essential tool for many folks in Wyoming and around the country,” Enzi said. “This common-sense legislation would ensure that if you’re traveling from point A to point C with a knife that is legal in both locations, you should not have to worry about going through point B. Knife owners should not be charged with a crime for simply passing through.”
“Traveling across this country can be stressful and time-consuming enough,” Wyden said.“Folks shouldn’t have to go through the ringer just to transport legal and securely stowed knives to their destination.”
The Interstate Transport Act would provide safe harbor to Americans traveling with a knife where it is lawful for the knife to be possessed at both the points of origin and destination, so long as the knife is transported in a closed container. This legislation is based on the Firearms Owner Protection Act of 1986, which provides the same protection to law-abiding gun owners.
Other cosponsors of the legislation include U.S. Senators Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Martin Heinrich, D-N.M, Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho.
Thanks to our supporters for continuing to work to make this federal protection (Interstate Transport Act) a reality for all knife owners. This legislation passed the U.S. Senate last year by Unanimous Consent but was staled in the U.S. House of Representatives due to political wrangling and the financial shutdown.
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