By Dean Weingarten
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just ask the Governor to sign SB1771. Short and to the point.
** Image Credit Nick Wagner Bladeworks at http://nicnac.net
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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.