Washington Governor signs bill clarifying the definition of so-called “spring blade” knives (switchblades).

Image: hometheaterforum.com Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed Knife Rights supported…

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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed Knife Rights supported HB2347 into law this evening at a signing ceremony at the capitol. This important legislation makes Washington more friendly to knife owners and manufacturers by clarifying the definition of so-called “spring blade” knives (switchblades) so as to clearly make assisted-opening knives legal in the state.

This clarification allows for both sale and manufacture of assisted-opening knives in Washington. HB2347 also makes it legal to manufacture switchblade knives in the state of Washington. In addition, it would expand the existing law enforcement exemption for possession of switchblades to members of the military and full-time first responders.

While Knife Rights does not believe there should be any distinction between citizens and government employees when it comes to possessing life saving tools, we also understand political reality. We will be working with Washington state residents and officials to change this in the future when the political landscape is more favorable to such a rational move forward.

Thanks to all of you who called and emailed throughout the process and helped to make this happen!

We would like to recognize Mike Vellekamp, one of the owners of Fox Knives USA, who spearheaded the effort to get this bill passed. If it were not for his initiative and hard work, things would not be moving forward for knife owners and manufacturers in Washington state.

Source: Knife Rights

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  • Wes Koehler

    “Westside Story” the movie, did not star Sal Mineo, you moron. That was George Chikaris playing a Puerto Rican Shark gang member. You are confusing this movie with “Rebel Without A Cause”.

  • Awlhattin O’Kaddle

    PS: When I was a kid, you could walk in to any WESTERN AUTO and buy a chinchy switchblade for about $2. They usually popped open about 3 times before they broke. Then they were just jack knives.

  • Awlhattin O’Kaddle

    In 1957, there was a Huge Broadway Hit, WEST SIDE STORY. In ’61 The Movie w/ an All Star Cast including, Natale Wood. In the Movie, all of America saw the mincing fiery, played by Sal Mineo, stabbed to death in an alley Gang Fight. In the ensuing weeks, every Podunk Town, City, State and (Of Course) The Untied States Congress, deigned to outlaw all “SWITCHBLADES”. It was a perfect forerunner to Bill Clinton’s Ban on ‘Deadly Assault Weapons ‘ The American People have always skated near the Edge of Hysteria.

  • J Hughes

    So my Kershaw Leek wasnt legal?