Friday, July 17, 2009

Assisted Opening Knives Still Legal

Many of you out there may not know, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had attempted to change knife laws to include assisted-opening knives in the illegal class with switchblades. This would have included any knife with a thumb-stud or other feature that allowed the operator to open the blade one-handed.
This release from the NRA tells us that Two Republican and one Democratic Senator authored an amendment to "The Federal Switchblade Act", which passed.
The press release states:

"The measure would exempt assisted-opening knives that can only be opened with "exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist or arm" from a federal law that criminalizes commerce in switchblades. Assisted opening knives are highly desired by hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers, firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel and others who may need to open a knife with only one hand".

It's a slippery slope, folks...

Tip of the hat to James Keating at MAAJAK