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"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"

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Alright guys this serious. Don't sit around and do nothing. Already writing letters for all my family members. This thread needs to stay at the top with people replying that they have sent their letters. US customs has to receive them by June 21. Get to writing.

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U.S. pocket knife ban comment period extension request denied

AKTI's request for an extension to respond to the proposed ruling was denied June 10. We need you to register your opposition today. Your comments must be received by U.S. Customs via snailmail (emails not permitted) by June 21st (that's a Sunday so plan on getting your response to them by June 20 or earlier). Here's a link to a sample letter:


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Knife ban update

Regarding the proposed redefining of switchblade knives and the subsequent
bans by U.S. Customs, just to give you an idea of the potential impact of
such a ruling, eighty percent of U.S. knife sales would fall under the new
reclassification. Since interstate commerce in switchblades is prohibited,
except under very limited conditions, simply driving across a state line
with a pocket knife in their possession would make someone a federal felon.

The comment period ends on June 21 and only written comments sent via
FedEx/UPS or USPS will be accepted.

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Knife Ban Update

Last Friday, the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus sent a letter with 80
signatures urging troubled U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano to withdraw the notice of proposed revocation of treatment
relating to the admissibility of certain knives with spring assisted
opening mechanisms by the Office of Customs and Border Patrol.

The intent of the proposed regulation is to re-interpret the word "inertia"
so as to cover all knives using a spring (every pocketknife or multi-tool
has one that maintains a knife's inherent bias toward closure) and
contradicts the intent of Congress. There is clearly no language in the
statute describing these assisted-opening and one-hand-opening knives, all
of which are in the same class mechanically. This proposal also
contradicts the intent of the legislatures in many states. The proposed
regulation could have severe implications on all knives, not just
assisted-opening knives, and would designate these knives as switchblades,
although the federal law definition does not declare these types of knives
as such.

"This [re]classification could render millions of law-abiding knife owners
in violation of the law and expose major market retailers, manufacturers,
dealers and importers subject to possible federal felony charges, and could
drive domestic manufacturers and importers out of business, potentially
costing thousands of jobs," said CSC Member Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio).

Monday afternoon Representatives Latta and Walt Minnick (D-Idaho)
co-sponsored an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security
appropriations bill to restrict funds to the proposed rule, to let the
Department of Homeland Security know they don't like the proposed Customs
and Border Patrol measure. The new definition, if adopted, would basically
destroy the modern knife industry since approximately eighty percent of
knives currently in production would fall into the definition of
switchblade because of their assisted-opening feature.

More on this as it develops.

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I use knives that could be considered open assist. It is a great safety feature when I have another tool in one hand and holding a cable with my teeth (yeah, I use that in place of a third hand). I also travel to other states to work. Thanks for the heads up and I will be writing. Even if it is past their cut off date.

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Knife ban update

The amendment to the Department of Homeland Security's appropriations bill introduced in the U.S. House, which would cut off funding for the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) pocketknife ban, has been killed in committee. Apparently a procedural matter kept it from advancing. The public notice period has expired, and CBP is proceeding with the rule change.

Industry officials now plan to focus on preventing CBP officials' changing the interpretation of "switchblade" to the United States Senate, where we don't know if there is support.


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Knife ban update

Please contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to vote for the Wyden/Kornyn amendment (1408) to the Senate appropriations bill that would restrict U.S. Customs from using any funds to ... "amend, interpret, enforce and promulgate any administrative rule or action which regulates, restricts, or bars from importation any knife under the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. §1241 et seq.), if the knife contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife." (That would be any standard folding or pocket knife.)

Please ask your Senators to either cosponsor or support the amendment that will likely be reviewed in committee today

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Knife ban latest news

From Tom Gresham & KnifeRights.org:

We're asking you to write yet again, because your letters and emails and
faxes are WORKING! You are the ones who have made this happen.

While our primary focus had been on stopping funding for Customs relating
to their proposed knife ban rule, another track was being worked in the
background to permanently solve the problem. It was initially conceived as
a follow-up to the urgently required need to stop Customs dead in its
tracks, giving time to work on a more permanent solution. Late Tuesday
evening, Knife Rights received an amendment introduced by Senators Pryor
(D-AR) and Hatch (R-UT) that would revise the Federal Switchblade Act
(FSA); an amendment that was being supported by Customs.

It was a good start, but was not quite acceptable for a variety of reasons,
but language was drafted that should permanently solve the issue. With the
cooperation of AKTI and NRA lobbyists this revised language was handed off
to Sen. Pryor who worked to get Customs to accept the revised language.
After a concerted effort by Sen. Pryor, a consensus revision emerged that
had the support of Customs and was acceptable to Knife Rights and the
industry. Late yesterday a new Amendment Number 1447 was introduced by
Senators Cornyn, Pryor, Hatch, Vitter, Risch, Chambliss, Corker, Enzi,
Barrasso, Graham, Roberts, Wyden and Crapo that adds another Exception in
Section 1244 that clearly covers conventional assisted openers and one-hand
openers. It's not perfect, but it's good enough and a major step forward.
Even better, it is a permanent solution rather than a stop-gap measure.

View the amendment here:

This cooperative effort has resulted in a bipartisan amendment that has the
critical support from the Senate committees which have responsibility for
the FSA and which is endorsed by the Administration (Customs and Border
Production have signed off on it). That gives it a very good chance of
making it through the process, but first we have to get it voted into the
Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

NONE of this would have occurred without the groundswell of negative
reaction to the Customs proposal. Your thousands of written letters mailed
to Customs and the thousands more emails and faxes sent to Members of
Congress asking them to stop Customs, are what raised the issue to a level
where it could no longer be ignored. As the efforts by Knife Rights and
AKTI garnered more support from others with more political pull, that led
to the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus' letter to Sec. Napolitano. It all
added up to a great deal of pressure on Customs to fix the problem.
Customs has responded.

The coalition of advocacy groups including Knife Rights, American Knife and
Tool Institute, National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen
Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right
to Keep and Bear Arms, state gunowner groups and others were able to
leverage YOUR outrage into an effective political force in a very short
time. None of us individually could have done it alone but it would not
have happened without the grassroots support you have provided. You
deserve to pat yourself on the back for this effort to get it this far. In
an age when we often feel like Congress and the Administration simply
ignore the citizens' wishes, this is an example of them actually listening
to the citizens. YOU made this happen!

Now, we need to get the job finished. The next step is a vote on this
Amendment in the Senate. Yes, that means it is time to write again. And,
hopefully you'll need to write again to support an effort to get it through
Conference Committee. That we are in a position to ask you to do this is
proof positive that it works. We have a short and simple letter this time.

Locate YOUR OWN Senators and their email forms here:

Sample Letter to YOUR Senators. If your Senator is one of those listed at
the end as cosponsors, change the closing to THANK them for their efforts
cosponsoring this amendment:

RE: Amendment Number 1447 to DHS Appropriations H.R. 2892

Dear Senator [Insert Senator's Name],

As a pocket knife owner, I support Amendment Number 1447 as a fair and
reasonable solution to Customs' rulemaking which would expand the
interpretation of what a Switchblade is. I am pleased that Customs has
endorsed this amendment as a solution.

I strongly urge you to accept Senators Cornyn, Pryor, Hatch, Vitter, Risch,
Chambliss, Corker, Enzi, Barrasso, Graham, Roberts, Wyden and Crapo's
amendment, Number 1447, to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


[Individual Signature]


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Knife ban update

Last week, Knife Rights' Doug Ritter announced that Customs and Border Protection officials are backing off their proposed rulemaking concerning the reclassification of most folding knives as switchblades. CBP had proposed to reclassify virtually all one-hand opening knives under the new switchblade definition. A letter to Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) from CBP says they have essentially backed off the proposal. Ritter says the key sentence of the letter recognizes the Amendment passed by the United States Senate that would add a new exception to the Switchblade Act. The sentence says: "The amendment would effectively obviate the need for CBP's proposed revocations and render the current issue moot. Additionally, due to the numerous comments received in response to the proposed revocation, it is unlikely that CBP will take any further action prior to [emphasis mine] passage of the Appropriations Act." Remember that "unlikely" doesn't mean "will not" when it comes to further action. However, CBP received a pretty clear indication of the feelings of knife owners regarding their proposal. Customs historically has operated with very little outside feedback or scrutiny when it comes to rulemaking or rulebreaking.
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