SB 5782, a knife bill that would remove “spring blade knife” (aka automatic or switchblade) from Washington State Statute RCW 9.41.250, allowing law-abiding individuals to possess and sell these knives passed the Senate today with only one “no” vote. It has been referred to the House Cokmmittee on Civil Rights and Judiciary.
Since 2012, knife manufacturers in the state of Washington are allowed to manufacture automatic knives with the passage of HB 2347 that also clarified the definition of a switchblade knife, and extended the legal possession of automatics to active military, firefighters, and rescue responders, in addition to law enforcement.
A sincere thank you to Mike Vellekemp, owner, V Nives, for his efforts on getting both of these pieces of legislation introduced and working them through the process.
AKTI Board of Regent member, Spencer Fraser, SOG Knives & Tools, Mike Vellekamp, and other testilfied at the Senate Committee on Law & Justice hearing on February 18, 2019.
“We are excited that we have been able to get SB 5782 this far in the legislative process, and are working to get it passed in the House and signed by Governor Jay Inslee before the session ends in April,” said Jan Billeb, AKTI Executive Director. “Washington State businesses and jobs will improve when law-abiding citizens can purchase useful and valuable tools from local businesses.”
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