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« on: March 07, 2008, 08:45:29 PM »

Hello Knife Talk Online Members:

We need your help in the ongoing fight to allow you to keep and use your knives. We need your help today!

The American Knife & Tool Institute, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in January, 2008, has historically adopted a policy of trying to take specific action to protect your knife rights.

In February, 2007, we got a bill passed (which we initiated) in Arkansas. The bill successfully repealed the state's weapon law which formerly stated that if you carried a knife with a blade of 3 1/2 inches or longer, you were guilty of a weapons violation.

We will go from state to state, as we have the funds (lobbyists cost money), to initiate bills that address the most sweeping anti-knife laws first. We support your right to carry a knife. We also advocate strong penalties for people who use knives in the commission of a crime.

You can find out about all our successes on your behalf at ... . During the past 10 years, we have initiated legislation (and gotten it passed in every case) that has protected an estimated 21 million knife owners.

Our current legislative action is taking place in South Carolina. We initiated a bill to address the current law that says if you carry a knife with a blade longer than two inches, you are subject to arrest. We believe that includes virtually every knife commonly carried.

Our lobbyist will be representing AKTI and all knife owners in the state (and those who plan to visit) from possible arrest. You may live and work in the state (and even use your knife every day for work). You may have relatives in South Carolina who own and carry knives. You may plan to visit. You may be a hunter, fisherman, hiker, backpacker, golfer or birdwatcher who plans to pursue your hobby in the state and spend your money there.

You can help us help you!

Please contact the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee ASAP. The full Judiciary Committee will vote on S 968 on Tuesday, March 11. The subcommittee already passed the bill on March 4. But we need a large show of support to keep this bill moving forward.

South Carolina?s current statutes make it a criminal offense to carry a knife with a blade longer than two inches.

Here is another sample letter that you can modify when you contact the Committee. (Personalize it by telling the committee how you are connected to South Carolina.) This one focuses on the huge impact of hunters and fishermen on the state economy.

Send your emails today to ?

March 7, 2008

South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee
PO Box 142
Columbia, SC  29202-0142

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, 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 recreational purposes.

Please support S 968.


David D. Kowalski
AKTI Communication Coordinator

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« Reply #31 on: September 25, 2013, 10:10:05 PM »

No need to say more, other than why were not more doctors carrying knives?

Ok the links do not work. The story is that a lady choked on a piece of steak and was definitely in trouble. A doctor tried to revive her and saw that a tracheotomy was needed immediately. He had to ask someone else to provide him a knife and he was able to save her life.  I never knew a doctor who did not carry a knife in his pocket always.

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« Reply #32 on: September 30, 2013, 03:06:24 PM »

Thanks for posting that up Clay. One client who is a MD was told he had to surrender his pocket knife before boarding a plane years ago. He said "I am a doctor, I can save a life with this knife". The folks in security said "we have trained personnel on every flight!"" . I wonder how many could perform a tracheotomy?? Been meaning to ask but never have.

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