April 13, 2018 - Cody, WY – The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) applauds the Louisiana House of Representatives for Passing HB 892, which repeals the prohibition on automatic knives in the state. The bill, sponsored by Representative Mark Wright, R-77, will repeal the archaic state laws that impede on the rights of law abiding citizens of Louisiana.
According to the House of Representatives’ digest of HB 892, current law in the state of Louisiana prohibits, “the manufacture, ownership, possession, custody, or use of any switchblade knife, spring knife, or other knife or similar instrument having a blade which may be automatically unfolded or extended from a handle by the manipulation of a button, switch, latch, or similar contrivance located on the handle.” This leaves Louisiana in the minority of states still restricting possession of automatic knives.
“We commend Representative Wright for introducing this bill,” said CJ Buck, President of AKTI, “and applaud the Louisiana House of Representatives for passing the bill today. We hope the Senate will move on the legislation as quickly as the House did, and ensure that all law abiding Louisianans have the right to use the knife of their choosing.”
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The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is a non-profit organization (501(c)6) representing all segments of the knife industry and all knife users. Formed in true grassroots fashion by concerned industry leaders after considerable discussion with individual knifemakers, knife magazine publishers, and a broad section of the knife community, AKTI has been the reasonable and responsible voice of the knife community
since 1998. AKTI’s mission is to ensure that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. To learn more, please visit www.akti.org.