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.
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.