Governor Signs Colorado Switchblade/Gravity Knife Ban Repeal

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Knife Rights is the ONE getting it DONE We are Rewriting Knife Law in America

USA -( Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Thursday signed SB 17-008, the bill to repeal Colorado’s switchblade and gravity knife ban.

Congratulations to sponsors Sen. Owen Hill and Rep. Steve Lebsock for their effective leadership in moving this bipartisan bill thorough the legislature with overwhelming votes in both houses.

Thanks to everyone who called or emailed the Governor urging him to sign the bill.

Knife Rights was pleased to be able to assist the sponsors in moving this bill through the legislature. Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, traveled to Denver to lobby the bill at the invitation of the sponsors, overcoming objections raised by some legislators.

We’d also like to thank Sen. Hill’s constituent, retired Air Force Master Sgt. John Bloodgood, whose request was the inspiration for this bill and who did a great job supporting the bill in testimony at the hearings.

We’d also like to thank the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Colorado and County Sheriffs of Colorado for supporting this important criminal justice reform bill.

State of Colorado Seal
State of Colorado Seal

Note that the repeal does not become effective until 90 days after the current legislative session ends. That would make enactment approximately August 9, 2017. We will let you know the actual enactment date once the session ends.

Until enactment, possession of automatic and gravity knives remains illegal in Colorado.

Also worth noting is that once enacted and the ban is repealed, automatic knives will be subject to Colorado’s concealed carry blade length limitation of 3.5 inches or less.

Colorado is the twelfth switchblade ban repeal passed since Knife Rights passed the nation’s first repeal of a switchblade (automatic) knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire.

Since then we have passed repeals of switchblade bans and repealed other knife restrictions in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and now Colorado’s ban is repealed as well.

Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America.


About Knife Rights:

Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners organization, forging a Sharper Future for all knife owners. Knife Rights is dedicated to providing knife owners an effective voice to influence public policy. In doing so, Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America. In the past seven years, Knife Rights has passed pro-knife legislation repealing knife bans in 15 states and stopped anti-knife legislation in 6 states. Knife Rights also leads a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and the New York District Attorney over their persecution of knife owners.

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Can we get that update now that we are close to the time?

Gary Richardson

With a concealed carry permit, I can carry ANY caliber of handgun, but I cannot carry a MUCH LESS deadly knife with a blade over 3.5 inches. The 3.5 inch restriction should be for NON-concealed carry permit holders only. Where’s the logic? A concealed permit should cover knives.


Congratulations Colorado for getting back a lost freedom


Glad the Governor is good for something! Now…. if he would just grow a PAIR and see about repealing the stupid magazine restriction law we continue to live under here in Colorado!

Taylor Perry

No kidding… I’m surprised that he even did this.

J. Bloodgood

Was honored to be able to support this bill with testimony to both the Colorado House and Senate Judiciary Committees! Gratified by the wide bipartisan support from the state legislature.

James Adams

Thank you sir, and thank you for your service to our great country.