Competing Federal Knife Bills Blunt Reform Efforts
By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- With Donald Trump as President, now is the time to reform federal knife laws and to protect knife owners from abusive state laws.
Two different bills have been introduced, one in the House, H.R. 84, by Knife Rights, and one in the Senate, S. 1092, by American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI). The two bills are based on continuing efforts by both groups. They are superficially similar, but differ in crucial details. Both bills are fairly short.
As with all legislation, you have to read the language very carefully and critically to understand some of the differences.
The Knife Rights bill creates serious reform and institutes significant protections for knife owners across the nation. While based on the concept of the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA), it corrects numerous flaws in that legislation.
It provides penalties for local officials who violate the law. It protects all legal acts of possession, carry, or transport. It eliminates the federal ban on the interstate commerce, manufacture, or importation of automatic knives. The repeal of that ban is long overdue.
The AKTI bill is also based on FOPA. Unfortunately it offers only …Read the Rest