American Knife & Tool Institute Introduce the Interstate Transport Act

Jan Billeb, Senator Mike Enzi, CJ Buck, AKTI President in Senator Enzi's Office
Jan Billeb, Senator Mike Enzi, CJ Buck, AKTI President in Senator Enzi’s Office

American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI)

CODY, Wyo. -( The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) today announced the introduction of the Interstate Transport Act (ITA), sponsored by Senators Mike Enzi, R-WY, and Ron Wyden, D-OR.

The bill will ensure federal protection for lawful knife owners traveling through the current patchwork of state and local knife laws.

It is the continuation of an effort AKTI has lead for many years to better protect lawful knife owners traveling across the country.

“Growing up in Wyoming, I know that knives are an essential tool for hunters, ranchers, farmers and other various everyday uses,” said Senator Enzi. “But with conflicting knife laws across the country, it can make it difficult for responsible knife owners to know if they are violating the law if they are travelling with a knife. This bill would help fix that by ensuring that if you’re traveling from point A to point C with a knife that is legal in both locations, you shouldn’t have to worry about being charged with a knife possession crime in between at point B.”

“The Interstate Transport Act provides common-sense protections for knife owners traveling through the United States,” Senator Wyden said. “Our bipartisan bill would protect public safety, respect states’ rights and ensure knife owners who are following the law are not punished for traveling between places where knives are legal.”

At AKTI, we believe that most people who carry a knife do so for common, everyday purposes. People engaged in the building and agricultural trades, for example, carry knives on a daily basis. Knives are also essential for many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating and other such activities.

Our goal is to ensure that law-abiding citizens feel knowledgeable and confident in their ability to carry the tools they use for their daily and recreational lives.

Under current U.S. code, lawful gun owners are allowed to transport firearms legally in both the state of origin and the state of destination, provided they are properly stored and in accordance with all federal restrictions.

However, no such protection exists for knife owners wishing to transport knives to and from states in which they are legal, but through jurisdictions with varying requirements.

ITA would allow legal interstate travel for knives, provided the knives are transported to and from states where the law allows possession of said knives, and they are transported in locked containers. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and is co-sponsored by Senators Daines, R-MT, Heinrich, D-NM, Risch, R-ID, and Manchin, D-WV.

“For nearly 20 years, AKTI has served as the go-to resource for knife owners looking to ensure that they comply with all local, state, and federal laws related to knives,” said AKTI President CJ Buck. “One of the biggest complaints and points of confusion AKTI hears about from lawful knife owners involves the interstate transport of knives. While citizens are making every effort to comply with patchwork state and local laws, it has become clear that there is the need for a federal protection for sportsmen, hunters, and other law-abiding knife owners that does not interfere with state and local restrictions on knife use. We thank Senators Enzi and Wyden for leading the efforts to correct this.”

For more details on this legislation and other American Knife & Tool Institute initiatives, visit


About AKTI:

The American Knife & Tool Institute is the non-profit advocacy organization for the knife industry and all knife owners. Its mission is to ensure that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. Formed in 1998, AKTI is dedicated to educating, promoting and providing relevant and accurate information about knives and edged tools as important tools in daily American life.

For more information, visit their website.

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Jim Macklin

Maybe the law could REQUIRE that all pointy and sharp edges be dulled so that a stick of butter would be safe?

Maybe leaf springs on cars should be illegal.

Maybe Vermont’s unlawful intent should be the law nationwide. Carry what you want for a lawful purpose.


So, my Spiderco ClipIt will go from being a pocket knife to a locked container knife.
How about just a restriction against brandishing a knife as it is transported through a state that outlaws that knife ? Brandishing can be defined as exposing the blade to another person without a utility purpose, cut a rope, open a package, etc.
Often, laws that only gain limited privileges make it difficult for future laws to expand those privileges ?

Wild Bill

Idadho, I believe that your Spiderco Cliplt is an arm protected by your Second Amendment Civil Rights. How about if the freedom thieves just go pound sand.


In many states, the fact that I can use inertia to open my Spyderco makes it fall under some gravity knife statutes. NYC has a target on pocket clip knives and any knife that can be opened with intertia, including folding knives. Many east coast states also do.
Knife Rights and AKTI are trying to get knives into a 2nd Amend standing.


Well, I saw Manchins’ name mentioned above as to those to whom this legislation will be referred for approval. With that lying, back-stabbing, two- faced piece of human excrement sitting in judgement, I bet it goes nowhere beyond his section of the secret police.