The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is working to add the geat state of Louisiana to the growing list of states that have changed statutes to more clearly define what is NOT an illegal knife and protect the rights of knife owners. Louisiana residents need to encourage their legislators to support SB 78 (text below).
At the suggestion of AKTI member David Clayton, the American Knife & Tool’s Legal Contributing Counsel Dan Lawson reached out last summer to Louisiana Senator Dan Morrish, District 25. Senator Morrish, who actually goes by Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish, quickly realized the problem with the statute related to “Illegal carrying of weapons” and the confusion over what is and is not a switchblade. Mr. Lawson worked with Senator Morrish’s office to draft wording for SB 78 which the Senator introduced March 12.
Senator Morrish summarized the resulting bill very well. “SB 78 will provide the citizens of Louisiana the ability to legally purchase, carry and use knives that have been classified by current law as illegal and associated with the ‘switchblade’. SB 78 clearly separates utility, work and hunting knives manufactured with new techniques and technology from the ‘switchblade’ classification. SB 78 attempts to align Louisiana law with federal law and to give citizens and law enforcement a clear definition of legal and illegal knives.” (Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish, District 25 of the Louisiana Senate)