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« on: April 03, 2008, 09:06:18 PM »

AKTI ? Contact South Carolina House ? 4/3/08   

We need your help again ASAP to keep our knife bill moving forward in South Carolina.

AKTI?s bill S 968 (which would repeal the state?s current weapons violation for carrying a knife with a blade longer than two inches) was assigned to the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee the week of March 25. From there it was placed in the Criminal Laws subcommittee.

If you live in South Carolina, do business there, if you ever travel there, if you plan on a fishing, hunting, hiking, biking or camping trip there, if you have knife-owning relatives there, tell the committee members that. You have a legitimate interest and stake in this bill.

Please mail or email a personalized version of the following letter.

April 3, 2008

South Carolina House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
Criminal Laws Subcommittee   
G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman
420B Blatt Bldg.
Columbia, SC  29201

RE:  Support for S 968

Dear Committee Members:

The American Knife & Tool Institute, the organization that represents all segments of the sporting knife industry and all responsible knife owners, supports passage of S 968.

More than 95 percent of the knives used by sportsmen, gardeners, recreational users and the construction industry have blades longer than two inches. Virtually every hunter and fisherman carries a knife and it would be rare to find one that has a blade less than two inches.

Recent studies by the Congressional Sportsmen?s Foundation, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation show that hunters and fishermen provide a huge impact on the South Carolina economy.
1)   An estimated 595,000 hunters and fishermen spend more than $1.8 billion per year in your state.
2)   They support 32,700 state jobs that produce a payroll of $839,000 million.
3)   Outdoor activities generate $182 million in state and local taxes annually.

Your current knife law makes virtually every hunter and fisherman subject to arrest for knife carry. South Carolina should welcome these law-abiding people into your state. And we should not make de-facto criminals of the estimated 2,000,000 state residents and other visitors who carry knives for their jobs or a broad range of recreational purposes.

Please support S 968.


David D. Kowalski
AKTI Communications Coordinator

In addition to Chairman Smith, you can also send letters or emails directly to the following members of the subcommittee:

Rep. William G. ?Bill? Herbkersman (R. Dist. 118)
434B Blatt Bldg.
Columbia, SC  29201

Rep. Douglas Jennings, Jr. ( D. Dist 54)
333C Blatt Bldg.
Columbia, SC  29201

Rep. R. Keith Kelly (R. Dist 35)
402A Blatt Bldg.
Columbia, SC  29201

Rep. J. Todd Rutherford (D. Dist 74)
432B Blatt Bldg.
Columbia, SC  29201

P.S. If you send a letter, please email me a copy so I can forward to our lobbyist. Email to



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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2008, 01:55:17 AM »

Thanks David. I got my emails off. These events compel me to put my busy life on hold. It's just too important to not do so. Others are doing the same.

Please let us know when it's appropriate to do more. The following link is for email addresses for all of the Representatives of South Carolina, all of whom will eventually make a difference.

House Judiciary Committee members:

I'll make your original post a sticky and try to get all AKTI posts together.       Clay
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