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By Dean Weingarten


SwitchBlades, img: Nick Wagner Bladeworks at **

Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( Knives are arms protected by the second amendment.

In  1958 the U.S. government banned the interstate sale of switchblade  knives.   It was a stupid law that accomplished nothing but to inconvenience law abiding people while setting another in a long line of incremental precedents toward unlimited federal power.  In 1958, the federal government still recognized that the commerce clause in the constitution did not grant it unlimited power, so the ban was only on interstate commerce, not on manufacture or possession.  Not surprisingly, its major proponent was a New York representative from New York City.

In recent years, Knife Rights, an organization that labels its work as “the second front in defense of the second amendment”, has had considerable success in starting to roll back these silly infringements on the right to keep and bear arms.   They have lobbied for and have passed knife preemption laws in Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire, Georgia, Kansas, Alaska, and Tennessee.

Tennessee is on the verge of repealing the ban on switchblade (automatic) knives, and the possession of knives with blades over four inches in length, with “intent to go armed”.   On 24 March, 2014, SB1771 passed the Tennessee General Assembly 75-16.  It has already passed the Senate, and now goes to Governor Bill Haslam for signature.

For those who want to assist in the passage of SB1771, Knife Rights has these suggestions:

Phone the Governor’s office at 615-741-2001,

or Email:

Just ask the Governor to sign SB1771.  Short and to the point.

** Image Credit Nick Wagner Bladeworks at

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.


  • 6 User comments to “Tennessee on the Edge of Repealing Knife Ban”

    1. oldgringo on March 28, 2014 at 5:34 AM said:

      I alway thought this was a stupid law…But movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” gave birth to the demonizing of switch blades and naturally all the other gangster movies added to the realism…Although a base ball bat or a club is probably more effective than a knife in a gang fight…So what if these hoods want to mess up each other using a switch blade…As for me I’ll stick with my 12 guage shotgun for home defense or a 9mm for Conceal Carry…I’ve no fear of someone carrying a switch blade!

    2. Guns or knives; violence portrayed in movies I believe is a major cause in the shift of our culture in this country. With Hollywood types trying so hard to get our guns you’d think gun makers would prohibit their use in such movies under threat of defamation litigation. Guess the free advertising over rules common sense.

    3. Bill Dee on March 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM said:

      Gene is right on the money. Don’t forget that some worst haters of America became genius idols after playing in a movie. Begin with the scum bag Jane Hanoi Fonda, became a Nuclear energy go to genius by the media and liberal pols. Merel Street became an agricultural genius consultant on all things ag. to include apples and grapes imported. The list goes on and on, ad infinitum.

    4. Chief Two Knives on March 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM said:

      Oldgringo, Pray you never Encounter a Trained Knife Fighter! You wont like it, Trust Me!

    5. You neglected to mention Texas which made switchblades legal on 1 Sep 2103.

    6. Dear Ammoland. That picture of the 3 Italian stilettos looks mighty familiar, probably because I took it. Since you guys aren’t using it for commercial use but more as a public service I give you permission to use it in this capacity but could you at least credit us for the picture and provide a link to horizon Bladeworks at Thank you. Nick

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