US Government to ban most pocket knives

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has proposed expanding the legal definition of ‘switchblade’ to include all folding pocket knives that can be opened with one hand. These new proposals will make it a Federal crime to import as well as travel accross state lines with a modern pocket knife. Readers are encouraged to follow the instruction on Knife Rights.org and write a letter in opposition to this ridiculous proposal, that if adopted would criminalize you over night.

Knife Rights.org
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has proposed revoking earlier rulings that assisted opening knives are not switchblades. The proposed new rule would not only outlaw assisted opening knives, its broad definition of a switchblade would also include one-handed opening knives and could be easily interpreted to cover most other pocket knives, even simple old-fashioned slip-joints.

Note that CBP’s interpretation of the Federal Switchblade Act forms the basis for national, state and even local law and judicial rulings in many cases. This ruling by CBP is NOT limited to just imports. This WILL affect virtually everyone who carries a pocket knife, no matter the type!

CPB document

We have also prepared a Communicating with Congress page that includes tips to maximize the effect of your letters. This page was developed after consultation with experts who understand exactly how to get your message across to Members of Congress. We have also included easy links to find your Representatives, if you don’t know who they are or the best way to reach them. How much of an impact your communication has can be significantly impacted by how and what you write. Our aim is to help maximize your impact so your Members of Congress actually listen and do something. PLEASE, take a few minutes to review our Communicating with Congress page BEFORE you act.

Knife Rights was formed three years ago because we knew it was only a matter of time before something like this would happen that would threaten to take away our right to own and carry our knives. Well, that time is now and we’re working to help keep our essential tools and essential rights. We cannot do it without your help. Knife Rights is only as powerful as the forces we can bring to bear. You are the only truly effective weapon we have. Policitcans only listen to voters. NOW IS YOUR TIME TO ACT!

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One response to “US Government to ban most pocket knives

  1. Yes, believe you me, I read this whole bill that we are being told is about knives and the address we are supposed to send this mail to. First of all, the whole bill covers trade agreements and implementation of paperwork. The address that we are being given:
    Intellectual Property and Restricted Merchandise Branch
    And the only place that I find this address is on this guy’s website. I read the bill 19 CFR Part 177 and can’t find any docmentation or text that says anything about folding knives. Maybe this isn’t a scam, but when I got this email, I got suspicious because I specifically told the real BladeForums.com that I didn’t want to receive any form of email notifications. I am going to report this scam to the FTC and I am definitely NOT going to send a donation. Of course the supposed unsubscribe link isn’t working either.

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