Folding Knife Protection on Obama’s Desk

The House and Senate have worked out their differences on the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, and amendment to prevent US Customs from redefining assisted opening folding knives as switchblades has been preserved. You can read about it over at NRA was also helping move this forward, along with several Senators.

“This amendment was necessary to prevent commonly-used pocketknives from being branded as illegal switchblades. The National Rifle Association is grateful to Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) whose leadership fixed a provision that would have criminalized millions of law-abiding Americans — including millions of hunters and sportsmen,” said Chris Cox, Executive Director for NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

The Senate adopted this amendment through unanimous consent back in July, but it took a while for the House and Senate to work out the differences in the conference committee. Many thanks to the folks who helped get this through. It’s one less thing we’ll have to worry about.

5 thoughts on “Folding Knife Protection on Obama’s Desk”

  1. Any word on whether this butterfly knives? As worded, doesn’t bode well considering “bias toward closing” instead of “bias toward opening”, and that balisongs don’t have such a bias either way.

  2. Would it not have been much easier just to revoke the switchblade legislation?

  3. There probably wasn’t enough support in Congress for repealing that. We wanted this to sail through and be uncontroversial, and it was.

  4. At first read of the headline I pictured Obama having an Emerson next to his desk blotter “just in case”.

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