Actual changes made to the Federal Switchblade Act, with language as suggested by AKTI, as signed into law by President Obama on October 29, 2009.
It’s Law! AKTI successfully fought a proposed U.S. Customs re-definition of switchblades that would have included all folding knives, impacted interstate commerce and made de facto criminals of millions of knife owners. This timeline shows all AKTI activity in the fight since the Customs proposal was made May 21, 2009.
Senate Amendment 1447 (to H.R. 2892 – the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill) was co-sponsored by a bi-partisan group of 20 U.S. Senators, led by John Cornyn of Texas, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Orrin Hatch of Utah.
An AKTI memo updates members on changes between July 2009 and October 2009 on the Amendment to the Switchblade Act.
A group representing AKTI met with key House committee and subcommittee staffers in September 2009 as part of a successful effort to amend the Federal Switchblade Act of 1958 and prevent U.S. Customs from banning the importation of assisted-opening knives.