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 KnifeRights.org. NRA was also helping move this forward, along with several Senators.
â€œThis amendment was necessaryÂ to prevent commonly-used pocketknives from being branded asÂ illegal switchblades. The National Rifle Association is grateful to Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.),Â Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)Â and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) whose leadershipÂ fixed aÂ provision thatÂ would have criminalized millions of law-abiding Americans — including millions of hunters and sportsmen,â€ saidÂ Chris Cox, Executive Director for NRAâ€™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.