Indiana Senate Committee votes unanimously to repeal switchblade ban.

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Indiana Senate’s Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters unanimously passed Senate Bill SB06, a Knife Rights requested bill sponsored by Senators Jim Tomes and Johnny Nugent, which would overturn the state’s antiquated and irrational ban on the possession of switchblade/automatic knives.

This is just the first step in this effort, but the unanimous bipartisan vote bodes well for the bill’s future. If you live, work or travel in Indiana, please contact your Senator and ask them to support SB06 when it comes to the floor for a vote in the coming days. Locate your Senator, or the Senator who represents where you work or travel here:

Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, testified at the hearing that these antiquated bans were implemented in the 1950’s in response to hysteria induced by movies like “Rebel Without A Cause.” They were not based on any type of public threat, increase in crime or other public policy decision. He also explained to the committee that “modern technology has created knives that open just as fast or faster than switchblades or automatic knifes, so the bans on these knives are obsolete.”

SB06 removes a provision that makes it a Class B misdemeanor for a person to manufacture, possess, display, offer, sell, lend, give away, or purchase any knife with a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, device containing gas, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife. Read the bill here: http://1.usagov/sffRrU

Source: Knife Rights

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  • Krashman

    If you think about it, an automatic knife really only benefits a person protecting themselves defensively. If I was a criminal, my knife would already be open and ready for action before I tried to use it. The person on defense needs to be able to react quickly to the threat so an automatic knife helps by being able to get it out quickly.

  • Awlhattin O’Kaddle


  • Awlhattin O’Kaddle

    The Gang Fight Stabbing scene in ‘West Side Story’ also contributed to the hysteria.

    When I was a kid, you could walk in to any Western Auto and buy a switchblade jackknife for about a buck and a half.

    The knives usually worked about five times before they broke and you were left with just a crummy jack knife.