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Knife Owners’ Protection Act Including Federal Switchblade Act Repeal Introduced in Senate

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Critter, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    [Post in General approved by Spark]

    Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has introduced S.3264, the Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2018 (KOPA) including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act. This is a companion to the House KOPA bill, H.R.84, introduced last year. Originally conceived and authored by Knife Rights in 2010 and first introduced in 2013, KOPA will remove the irrational restrictions on interstate trade in automatic knives that are legal to one degree or another in 44 states, while also protecting the right of knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad patchwork of state and local knife laws.


    Sen. Wicker said, “I am pleased to introduce the Knife Owners Protection Act. This legislation would provide law-abiding knife owners the appropriate protection when transporting knives across state lines. It would also repeal the antiquated Federal Switchblade Act. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to advance this sensible policy for knife owners”

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    Sen. Wicker (left) and Doug Ritter

    Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “We are proud to have Senator Wicker leading the KOPA effort in the Senate, a bill that will actually protect traveling knife owners and repeal the archaic and useless Federal Switchblade Act. It is clear that Senator Wicker understands the plight of knife owners placed in legal jeopardy by the patchwork of knife laws they encounter traveling in America.”

    Unlike S.1092, the problematic and seriously inadequate Interstate Transport Act that was recently marked up in committee, S.3264 and H.R. 84 include a robust Right of Action that would actually provide real protections for knife owners that need these protections the most.

    TAKE ACTION! We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. Please call or email your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation.

    You can use Knife Rights Legislative Action Center to easily email Congress: CLICK HERE to email your Senators and Representative.

    Or, CLICK HERE to locate your Senators’ and Representative‘s phone numbers. We have included a call script to make it easy.

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    A Right of Action provides for persons unlawfully detained for transporting their knives properly secured in compliance with the act to seek financial compensation from a jurisdiction that ignores the intent of Congress to protect these travels. Without a strong right of action, there is no deterrent—biased and rogue jurisdictions like New York and New Jersey would have no incentive to follow the law. In a state like New Jersey, where knife law offences are felonies, it is especially critical to dissuade them from prosecuting law-abiding citizens.

    Lacking a Right of Action, acting with impunity, without fear of any meaningful recourse from their law-abiding victims, these rogue jurisdictions will further persecute citizens who attempt to defend themselves from illegal, and unjust or misguided enforcement actions. A robust right of action holds jurisdictions financially accountable if they willfully ignore the law. A strong right of action causes jurisdictions to consider these adverse repercussions before they arrest or prosecute an individual that is protected under the act.

    Ritter said, “ignoring the unfortunate lessons of the past and passing a knife transport bill without a robust right of action would be unconscionable and an extraordinary disservice to knife owners and the entire knife community. KOPA’s right of action provides the teeth needed to actually give real protection to knife owners.”

    Ritter added, “The Federal Switchblade Act was an asinine idea when it was passed in 1958 in a wave of Hollywood-inspired politically motivated hysteria and has only become more irrelevant as time has passed. The majority of states have always allowed switchblade possession and with Knife Rights’ repeal of switchblade bans in 15 states in the past eight years, more than four-fifths of the states now allow switchblade possession to one degree or another. It is way past time to repeal this law that only serves to interfere with lawful trade and commerce.”

    A FAQ on KOPA with additional details and background can be found at: www.KnifeRights.org/KOPAFAQ2017.pdf

    TAKE ACTION! We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. Please call or email your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation.

    You can use Knife Rights Legislative Action Center to easily email Congress: CLICK HERE to email your Senators and Representative.

    Or, CLICK HERE to locate your Senators’ and Representative‘s phone numbers. We have included a call script to make it easy.
     
    Yo Mama, moshow9, The Whip and 17 others like this.
  2. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    Very encouraging Doug! Thanks again for all you do :thumbsup:
     
  3. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Numerous yippi kay yays from this cowboy.
     
  4. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I just used the link to email my congresspeople, super easy
     
    SW-EDC and ShannonSteelLabs like this.
  5. dkb45

    dkb45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    Will this also include the removal of the ban on importation of automatics?
     
  6. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Yes
     
  7. snapshot2017

    snapshot2017

    337
    Jan 28, 2017
    A great step forward for all knife owners.
     
  8. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    This is just a step in the process. Please do take a few minutes and contact your Congresscritters. Adding co-sponsors is critical!
     
    Mo2 likes this.
  9. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    Did my part. Hopefully the MA reps vote in our favor
     
  10. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    It was. Please do this guys and gals..it truly took 1 minute of my time. Getting my buddies outside of BF to do the same.
     
    unwisefool and mabrowns like this.
  11. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Thanks! I encourage everyone to spread the word. Easy to do after doing it yourself, just copy and paste emails.
     
  12. Tommy-Chi

    Tommy-Chi

    864
    May 25, 2017
    I did it too.

    If you are not a member of Knife Rights, join today!
     
  13. lonestag

    lonestag

    46
    Nov 13, 2011
    I used the link to email my states reps,very quick and easy. This really needs to pass. Silly to still ban importation of an edged tool already manufactured in this country and legal in most states.
     
  14. Jason powers

    Jason powers

    18
    Nov 15, 2017
    Done.
     
  15. LowKey

    LowKey

    28
    May 22, 2014
    Done
     
  16. augustus88

    augustus88

    781
    Oct 13, 2006
    Quick and easy!:thumbsup:
     

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