Knife Rights Update

by August 1, 2009 08/1/09

krbanner_125x125-1We wanted to take this opportunity to bring you an update to our previous article on the fight for your knife rights.

U.S. Customs has proposed revoking earlier rulings that assisted opening knives are not switchblades. The proposal would not only outlaw assisted opening knives, its overly broad new definition of a switchblade would also include all one-handed opening knives and most other pocket knives!

On July 7, 2009 the U.S. Senate voted to pass Department of  Homeland Security Appropriations  Bill (H.R. 2892) by margin of 84-6. This bill contains Amendment 1447 which was added to clarify the definition of a switchblade.

Amendment 1447 can be explained with these two points:

  1. First, the  language in the amendment clearly covers virtually all non-automatic folding knife mechanisms, regardless of whether they have a spring assist or not, or whether they are designed to be opened with one hand or not. These style folders are biased toward closure as compared to a conventional switchblade in which the spring is constantly applying pressure on the blade when the blade is closed and thus it is biased toward opening, requiring only the release of the blade to open automatically.
  2. Second is the question of how this applies to Customs and how it will regulate their actions in regard to such knives and eliminating their most recent interpretation of the Federal Switchblade Act.

Amendment 1447 was co-sponsored by Senators Cornyn  (R – TX), Pryor  (D – AR), Hatch  (R – UT), Vitter  (R – LA), Risch  (R – ID), Chambliss  (R – GA), Corker  (R – TN), Enzi  (R – WY), Barrasso (R-WY), Graham  (R – SC), Roberts  (R – KS), Wyden  (D – OR)  and Crapo  (R – ID).

This bill has not become a law yet! It needs to go through a House/Senate conference and then signed by President.

The Conference Committee will not meet until after the August Recess, in the mean time Knife Rights and the American Knife & Tool Institute are working with friends in the House and Senate to gather further support.

They’re also working with colleagues in advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, to talk with those who will be ensuring the amendment remains in conference.

Knife Rights states that it was your letters, faxes and emails that led to this success. If this amendment gets through the Conference Committee, it will stop Customs’ rulemaking and protect your pocket knives with a permanent solution.

Are you getting more than 14¢ of value per day from ITS Tactical?

Please consider joining our Crew Leader Membership and our growing community of supporters.

At ITS Tactical we’re working hard every day to provide different methods, ideas and knowledge that could one day save your life. Instead of simply asking for your support with donations, we’ve developed a membership to allow our readers to support what we do and allow us to give you back something in return.

For less than 14¢ a day you can help contribute directly to our content, and join our growing community of supporters who have directly influenced what we’ve been able to accomplish and where we’re headed.

Click here to learn about all the benefits and Join!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin


The bill just cleared the house! Now on to the Senate!!

From "UPDATE 10/16/09 4:00 PM EDT: The House passed the conference report for the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill with our amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act intact. The bill passed by a vote of 307 to 114. Next step is the Senate."


It's amazing that our government would try and take away our pocket knives! I signed up for Knife Rights this morning, it's great that there's an organization fighting for a worthy cause.

Tennessee Knives
Tennessee Knives

It's nice to know that our lawmakers will occasionally use some common sense when considering an issue. Now let's hope they use it with health care reform.

The Latest
Squawk Box