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« on: October 29, 2009, 10:12:21 AM »

(October 28, 2009)  The President has signed the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2892) for FY 2010 that includes a permanent ?fix? so that any folding knife with a bias toward closure cannot be declared a switchblade by U.S. Customs.

However, knife owners should realize that they are still bound by the knife laws of their state. And if you travel to another state, you are bound by their state laws.

The significance of the legislative victory that was led by AKTI and supported by several other organizations cannot be overstated. If U.S. Customs had succeeded in broadly redefining a switchblade, as they proposed in late May 2009, domestic manufacturers and all owners of folding knives would have been in jeopardy. That?s because an import restriction becomes an issue for interstate commerce. And where local law enforcement might be uncertain about how to correctly apply their state law, they often turn to U.S. Customs to provide guidance.

AKTI needs your financial support. Now we will go to various states to try to change their laws to make them consistent with the new federal statute.

David D. Kowalski
AKTI Communications Coordinator

   

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