Knife Rights News Slice – February 6, 2011

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Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced in Utah

Utah State Representative Ryan D. Wilcox has introduced a Knife Rights backed Knife Law Preemption bill in the Utah House of Representatives.  HB 271 prohibits a municipality, county, or local district from regulating the use of a knife unless specifically authorized. Read HB 271:

Rep. Wilcox’s bill is modeled on Knife Rights’ Knife Preemption Law passed in Arizona last year. Knife Rights, with support from Utah sportsmen’s groups, local knife owners and other organizations is working hard to pass H.B. 271.
Without H.B. 271 law abiding knife owners in Utah could face a confusing patchwork of local knife laws and ordinances which could cause an otherwise law abiding knife owner to be in violation. While Utah currently has few knife ordinances, H.B. 271 is critical to keeping it that way.

Utah residents should call, write or email their State Representatives urging support for HB 271. You can find your Representatives here: http://www. .jsp 

Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced in New Hampshire

New Hampshire State  Representative Jenn Coffey, last year’s winner of the inaugural Knife Rights Freedom’s Edge™ award given to honor her efforts which led to repeal of New Hampshire restrictions on Switchblades, has introduced a Knife Rights backed Knife Law Preemption bill in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Read HB 544:

Rep. Coffey’s bill simply adds “and knives” in three places to the existing New Hampshire firearms preemption law.

These two bills are the first of a number of legislative initiatives that Knife Rights is working on for this year. Please make a contribution to the Second Front™ Legislative Campaign which supports our National Knife Law Preemption Campaign and other legislative initiatives to decriminalize knife possession and rationalize restrictive knife laws:

Maine Bill Would Allow One-Armed Exception for Switchblades

Maine State Representative Sheryl Briggs has introduced a bill entitled “An Act to Allow a Person With One Arm to Possess Certain Kinds of Prohibited Knives.” The bill would provide an exception to Maine’s “dangerous knives” law, which restricts switchblades and bring the state law into conformity with that exception provided in the Federal Switchblade Act.  Maine is one of the very few states which don’t already include such an exception. Knife Rights is assisting Rep. Briggs in her effort. While hardly a huge leap in freedom, even baby steps move the cause forward and sometimes evolve into bigger changes with guidance and support.  Stay tuned…

Join Knife Rights at East Coast Custom Knife Show March 4-6

Please join Knife Rights at the East Coast Custom Knife Show in Jersey City, NJ, on March 4-6.  For 21 years this event was held in New York City until forced this year to move across the river by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr’s persecution of knife owners and retailers. For more details including  the custom makers, retailers and suppliers exhibiting and information on hotel and transportation:

Speaking of New York City…

It is an unfortunate truth about litigation that you often cannot speak publicly about what is going on. That news vacuum can lead to questions. Be assured that the Knife Rights legal team is hard at work on our litigation efforts.  Stay tuned…

Make a contribution to the Sharper Future™ Legal Fund to support our fight against the DA’s assault on our pocket knives:


If you are a retailer or individual in New York who finds yourself targeted for the sale or possession of so-called illegal knives (one-hand opening and assisted opening knives), we urge you to immediately contact Knife Rights at: or toll-free: 1-866-889-6268.  You have a constitutional right to seek help and counsel. 

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