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Repeal of Federal Switchblade Act Introduced in Congress

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The Second Amendment is designed to protect the right of citizens to keep and bear arms, not just guns, but all arms. This includes, among many things, knives. Now the Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2017 has been introduced in Congress to protect the rights of citizens to carry knives, which have been illegally targeted by government.

Knife Rights first conceived and authored the Knife Owners’ Protection Act in 2010 and introduced it in 2014. The Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2017 (KOPA) now includes repeal of the archaic 1958 Federal Switchblade Act and has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05).

“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,” said Knife Rights chairman Doug Ritter. “The majority of states have always allowed switchblade possession and with Knife Rights’ repeal of switchblade bans in 11 states in the past seven years, fully four-fifths of the states now allow switchblade possession to one degree or another. With a Congress and Administration that may be inclined to finally rid the country of this abomination, it is way past time to repeal this law that only serves to interfere with lawful trade and commerce.”

“From the start, Knife Rights has fought successfully to defend the right to carry a knife, an essential tool, in the individual states, cities and towns,” added Ritter. “The Knife Owners’ Protection Act represents a key step to protect law-abiding knife owners simply passing through areas like New York City where possessing many commonly owned knives that are legal elsewhere may result in arrest and prosecution.”

“KOPA will simply provide safe harbor to someone traveling with knives where they can legally be possessed at the points of origin and ultimate destination,” Ritter said, emphasizing the fact that KOPA will not only legalize interstate trade of popular automatic knives, but also allow owners of such knives secure and safe transportation of those knives without fear of prosecution. “The bill requires they be locked up during travel in states where they would be illegal. It eliminates the constant jeopardy of criminal prosecution for simply passing through an area. It offers no protection to anyone engaged in criminal activity.”

Knife Owners provides a Frequently Asked Questions page on their website, which can be read here.

The Second Amendment protects the rights of the people to keep and bear arms for sure. Our founding fathers despised a tyrannical government that sought to rid them of their arms and fought against them. Then, even after being established as the united States of America, they did not hamper private citizens from owning warships, but rather employed them in the defense of the US. Yes, warships, planes and even tanks are not authorized to be restricted or regulated by the DC central government under the Second Amendment.

If the right to own those is not restricted by our Constitution, surely the right to keep and bear guns and knives should not be infringed on either.

Write to your representative today and urge them to co-sponsor and support this bill. Here’s a simple letter you can add to your correspondence.

I support the Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2017. I urge you to become a co-sponsor of this commonsense legislation that will protect my rights and the rights of all knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad of state and local knife laws and it also repeals outdated federal provisions related to switchblade knives which burden citizens and lawful commerce in these popular and widely available tools that are legal to possess in 40 states.

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