Interstate Transport Act Will Protect Traveling Knife Owners
It was a busy two days for AKTI members early in September in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill. We’re pleased to report that support is tremendous from U.S. Senators and Congressmen for AKTI’s Interstate Transport Act (S. 1092). This legislation will give knife owners the same federal protection when traveling with their knives that gun owners have had for years – protection that has never existed before for knife owners from the multitude of varying state and local knife laws.
S. 1092, introduced by Senators Enzi and Wyden, co-sponsored by Senators Daines, Heinrich, Risch, Manchin, Merkley, Crapo, Udall, Lee and Baldwin, passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation the end of June. We met with several congressional offices asking for support for passage this year of this federal protection for knife owners, an effort AKTI has been working on since 2013.
Under current U.S. code, lawful gun owners are allowed to transport firearms legally in both the state of origin and the state of destination, provided they are properly stored and in accordance with all federal restrictions. This protection was created in 1986, when Congress passed the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA). Prior to this legislation, gun owners had no way to legally travel to and from states with legal firearms through states where there may be other restricting laws.
However, no such protection exists for knife owners wishing to transport knives to and from states in which they are legal, but passing through states and localities with other varying laws. The Interstate Transport Act would create a federal protection for knife owners, allowing legal interstate travel with knives, provided the knives are transported to and from states where the law allows possession of such knives, and the knives are transported in locked containers.
Once enacted into law, the Interstate Transport Act will give knife owners federal protection while traveling.