American Knife & Tool Institute’s Lobbying Efforts to Ensure Protection of Lawful Knife Owners
2017 AKTI Efforts Continue Federal and State Efforts Including the Knife Owners’ Protection Act, Repeal of Restrictions on Auto-Open Knives, and Preemption
AKTI has been successful in removing, clarifying and correcting poorly conceived and ambiguous legislation and educating legislators on knife issues on behalf of the entire knife community. We support reasonable, responsible legislation and measured non-partisan efforts to resolve issues. AKTI promotes knives as an essential and valuable tool in everyday life.
In many states there is a short window of time to get bills introduced, through both houses, agreed upon and signed. Because the legislative process takes substantial time, it can frequently require several legislative sessions to get bills passed and new laws effective.
AKTI greatly appreciates the many elected officials and their staff who have partnered with us for common sense knife legislation that is reasonable, responsible and supports consistent enforcement. We also thank other organizations that help with letters, testimony and contacts. It really does take a team effort and we thank everyone on our team.
Some bills are introduced by legislators because you, as a constituent, asked them to. Some bills have been the direct, hard work of our lobbyist and/or company member. We are sharing with you all pro-knife legislation we know about. Click on the bill number link for any available additional details.
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Issue: Definition of illegal weapon
Summary: Removes gravity and automatic knives from list of illegal items to possess.
Status: Signed by Governor March 23. Effective date approximately August 9.
“AKTI thanks Senator Hill and Representative Lebsock for their sponsorship and support”
Georgia HB 292
Issue: Definition of legal knife to carry
Summary: Would increase legal length of a knife blade to carry from 5-1/2 inches to 12 inches
Status: Passed Senate. House agreed to Amendment.
Issue: Automatic knife sale, manufacture, purchase, possession and carry
Summary: Removes restriction on the sale, manufacture, purchase, possession and carry of an automatic knife IF person possess a current valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card
Status: Passed Senate April 6.
Note: There is another bill HB 674 introduced and in the House Rules Committee that would repeal the Firearms Owners Identification Card Act.
Michigan SB 245
Issue: Automatic knife sale and possession
Summary: Repeals MCL 750.22a and eliminates prohibition of “pocket knife opened with mechanical device.” Would allow sale and possession of automatic knives and eliminate the confusing definition.
Status: Passed Senate on April 20.
Minnesota HF 2567
Issue: Automatic knife manufacture, possession or transfer
Summary: Removes switch blade knives from the list of prohibited
dangerous weapons;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.66, subdivision
Status: Introduced March 31
Montana HB 251
Issue: Blade length restrictions on concealed carry
Summary: Removes knives with a blade 4 or more inches in length that is wholly or partially concealed from list of illegal concealed weapons.
Status: Passed both chambers. Sent to Governor April 10
New York A05567 and S 4769
Issue: Definition of gravity knife
Summary: Removes “or the application of centrifugal force” from the definition of illegal gravity knife, eliminating confusion and misapplication.
Status: Committee on Codes on March 2. Bill vetoed last year reintroduced by Rep. Dan Quart and Sen. Diane J. Savino
Texas HB 790
Issue: Definition of illegal knife
Summary: Legalizes an individual to carry concealed or open a dagger, dirk, stiletto or poniard.
Status: Left Pending in House Committee on March 6.
Vermont HB 276
Issue: Statewide knife preemption
Summary: Prohibits municipalities from enacting any ordinance, resolution, or other enactment relating to the possession, ownership, transportation, transfer, sale, purchase, carrying, licensing, or registration of a knife or knife-making components.
Status: Introduced on February 15.
Issue: Concealed carry of automatic knives
Summary: Removes restrictions for law-abiding citizens using automatic knives for professional and recreational uses.
Status: Veto override failed April 5. AKTI remains committed to this initiative and has support for introducing again next year.
West Virginia HB 2209
Issue: Municipalities with varying knife laws
Summary: Adds knives to the existing firearms preemption law. Limits the authority of municipalities to regulate the purchasing, possessing, transferring, owning, carrying, transporting, selling and storing of knives.
Status: Failed. Legislature adjourned. Does not carry over to next year.
Keep checking back for updates.
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