Pennsylvania Switchblade Ban Repeal Passes! On to Governor


U.S.A.-( House Bill 1929, repealing Pennsylvania’s ban on automatic knives, passed the Senate unanimously (50-0) on Wednesday. The bill previously passed the House 202-1. HB 1929 now moves to Governor Wolf for his action.

We will let you know when it is time to take further action.

Knife Rights has worked diligently to get HB 1929 through the Senate and onto the Senate floor for final passage since it was voted unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee over a month ago. Knife Rights has been leading the educational and advocacy effort supporting passage of HB 1929 in the Senate.

Knife Rights wants to thank Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Lisa Baker for her support and for moving the bill onto the Senate Floor. We also want to thank Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward for calling up HB 1929 for full consideration and a final vote. Finally, Knife Rights would like to thank Senator Sharif Street, our Senate companion bill sponsor, for his support of the measure.

Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner has worked closely with our team on the ground in Pennsylvania these last few days to stop a last minute, potentially destructive, amendment. These efforts were successful and allowed the bill to move to the floor.

We are proud of the collaborative process by which this issue was discussed, supported and eventually passed.

Knife Rights has led the effort to repeal switchblade bans or restrictions in 19 states, starting with New Hampshire in 2010. Repeals have since been enacted in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners’ organization; leading the fight to Rewrite Knife Law in America™ and forging a Sharper Future for all Americans™. Knife Rights efforts have resulted in 39 bills enacted repealing knife bans in 25 states and over 150 cities and towns since 2010.

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Roland T. Gunner

How appropos; I was lying here awske, listening to the storm rage outside, flicking the lever up and down on a Chinese Leverletto clone and deploying it occasionally. Have no doubt, repealig knife legislation in general, and auto knife law in particular, is a valid and important component of 2A. And it STILL boggles my mind that the US federal government, in modern times, thought it imperative they step in and regulate pocket knives. Stupid SOB’s. As an aside, a decent quality swotchblade was a sort of holy grail for me when I was a kid, through college, into the… Read more »


I have several chineseum autos, clones of different prominent makers, a Benchmade that I inherited, a German auto Böker I bought in Germany, and a couple of Italian made (I think) autos. The chineseum blades seem to be just as good as the others, for my uses. A knife fight is about the last entertainment I could choose to be involved in. For my carry purposes, though, in case my daily carry handgun is out of commission, I prefer either a spring assist or a ball bearing flipper. I usually carry an Artisan Cutlery Jungle, a 4″, tanto blade, ball… Read more »

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Roland T. Gunner

Hey, yes, I too have found the current Chibese knockoffs to be as good as your basic Italians in quality, fit and finish. But then, Beltrames and AKC’s are more novelties than knives. A higher end production Campolin is better made, and the numerous lesser known, more expensive artisan Italian makers. I have a Chinese Hubertus Guardian clone here, a $15 knife, that is better made, better fit and finish, of reasonably good materials, that is better than any Hubertus zi have owned or handled. I carried fixed blsdes, larger than smaller, for many years, usually bespoke custom knives, or… Read more »


Fixed blades are a no-no in my state unless concealed and with a concealed weapons permit. I have a permit, but wouldn’t want to have to try to conceal and draw any blade length worth carrying.


From the perspective of public safety, I could never understand the controversy over switchblade knives. They are actually just as dangerous to the user (if not, more so) than to a potential human victim. A switchblade knife will never be my pick as a tool for self-defense.

Roland T. Gunner

I have been trying to word a response politely, but screw it-

Are you stupid?

Obviously a stupid question.

How is a folding knife that opens easily with one hand more dangerous to the user than one requiring two hands to open?

Does the design feature thet the blade locks into the open position also intimidate you?

It’s not even up for discussion; a serious folding knife must have two things: a locking blade, and be readily opened with one hand.

I bet a blade over 3.25″ is pretty scary too.


I don’t think he’s stupid at all. He, like me, has probably had them “spontaneously” open in his pocket. I don’t carry one myself as a “social” knife for that reason. I do, however, carry a locking flipper.