Senior District Judge Jack B. Weinstein (United States District Court – Eastern District of New York) in U.S. v. John Irizarry, issued a ruling on August 31, 2007, that recognizes we cannot punish potentially millions of law-abiding citizens for carrying knives they use on the job.
A California Appellate Court upheld the 653k exemption for one-handers in the state’s switchblade statute, challenged in a 2007 case. This exemption was initiated and supported by AKTI in 2000/2001 but has been periodically challenged in various court cases, all of which have upheld 653k.
An Ontario (Canada) Court of Justice ruled favorably on behalf of a retailer defendant cited for selling banned weapons when he sold assisted-opening knives from Kershaw and others.
At the 10th annual meeting of the American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI), Goldie Russell was elected as the fifth president of the knife industry’s advocacy group, as well as the first woman president.
A bill promoted by AKTI was signed into law Feb. 9, 2007, by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. The law repeals a previous statute that made it a weapons offense to carry a knife with a blade 3 inches or longer.