AKTI decides to introduce legislation in Texas after the Texas 4th Appellate District Court made a decision putting folding knives in the “illegal” category. This misapplication of the Texas switchblade statute should be clarified to permit knife users to utilize assisted openers, one-hand openers and folding knives for hunting, fishing and on the job.
AKTI’s bill S968 cleared its final hurdle when both houses of the South Carolina legislature voted to overturn the veto of Governor Mark Sanford. A 2/3 majority vote of members present in both houses was required for the override.
In 2008, AKTI took on the South Carolina weapons statute that was even more restrictive than an Arkansas weapons statute that the organization helped repeal in 2007.
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.