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« on: March 23, 2009, 12:34:15 PM »

AKTI Halts Hawaii, Files Texas Bills

AKTI continues to take AKTIon on behalf of millions of knife owners and their suppliers.

AKTI stopped a Hawaii threat in less than seven days. On January 22, 2009, Hawaii state Senator Ihara introduced a bill that would have banned all folding knives in the state that were capable of being carried in a pocket.

On January 27, AKTI responded with a well-documented response that clearly explained this proposal was both bad law and bad for the Hawaiian economy. When we asked members to respond to this threat, we got a huge outpouring of support for our position from such groups as the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Their concern and that of others reportedly inspired involvement from one of the state?s national senators, Senator Daniel Inouye.

On January 29 we had a response from Senator Ihara?s chief staff person that the Senator was backing away from his support and that the bill would not come out of committee. We will continue to monitor the situation but so far the Senator appears to be honoring his word.

AKTI?s Texas initiative was marked by the official filing of our two bills on March 13. Both TX S 2411 and TX H 4456 contain the same exemption language making it absolutely clear that neither one-hand openers nor assisted-openers are switchblades.

The full text of the bills can be found by going to AKTI?s website home page at ? www.akti.org.

Detailed explanations are also available there. Once the Texas bills are assigned to committees, we will be back here asking for your support via letters, emails and phone calls.

In the meantime it is critical that you go to AKTI?s website and become a Grassroots Supporter. There is no charge but this is how you will be updated on the most current news about legislative hot spots. More importantly, we make it easy for you to register your concern that proposed laws threaten your rights to carry a knife for work, recreation or everyday use.

David D. Kowalski
AKTI Communications Coordinator
715-209-7389 (cell)
   

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009, 05:43:04 PM »

Thank you for your service to the knife community David.

It won't be long and we will be opposing the same sort of nonsensical efforts here on the main land.
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