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POINTS OF INTEREST

A SHARPER FUTURE

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KNIFE RIGHTS CONTINUES TO GAIN GROUND IN ITS UPHILL BATTLE FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS. BY KNIVES ILLUSTRATED STAFF

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hile I was attending SHOT Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, I had an opportunity to speak with Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter. I caught him as he was on the run between meetings, which were aimed at shoring up support for his continuing efforts to create what he refers to as "a sharper future for all Americans." And, there's no arguing that he's accomplishing exactly that for all of us. Doug noted, "This is our 13th year since our founding, and we are entering our 10th year of passing legislation, repealing knife bans in the states. When you consider that the majority of folks in the industry told me we were tilting at windmills and that we'd never get a single ban repealed, I think we're doing okay. On the other hand, I don't think I ever expected that we'd have been as spectacularly successful as we've been. Twenty-nine bills in 21 states is pretty phenomenal, seems to me." We agree! As we go to press, Knife Rights reported

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the following bills in the works so far this year: In Montana, Switchblade Ban Repeal and Knife Law Preemption bill HB 155 passed the state’s House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 99 to 1. In Virginia, Switchblade Commerce bill SB 1251 passed the Virginia Senate with a bipartisan vote of 25 to 15. In addition, Virginia SB 1024, which would allow carry of weapons, including Bowie knives and daggers, in a "place of worship," passed by a vote of 21 to 19. Bills have also been introduced in Vermont (Knife Law Preemption, H.49), Washington (Switchblade Ban Repeal, SB 5782) and Mississippi (HB 950— which would remove "Bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife and switchblade knife" from the deadly weapons statutes in Mississippi). By the time you read this, no doubt other Knife Rights bills will have been filed, and many of these bills will be moving. At the Supreme Court, a number of amicus (friend of the court) briefs supporting their petition for a Writ of Certiorari were filed. They can be found on Knife Rights' website and make for interesting reading, as does the response to the petition from New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. KI

KNIFE RIGHTS’ 2019 ULTIMATE STEEL SPECTACULAR Ultimately, Knife Rights’ efforts require funding. One of the tangible results of running around SHOT Show can be seen in the extraordinary prizes that are available in Knife Rights' 2019 Ultimate Steel Spectacular. We encourage you to support Knife Rights with a donation to the Ultimate Steel, via which you could win knives, guns and more with a total value in excess of $200,000. As Doug explained, "When you get right down to it, rewriting knife law in America would be impossible if we didn't have the support of both the extremely generous companies and knifemakers who donate prizes and the generous supporters who make donations and get a chance to win those incredible prizes." Be one of those supporters!

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