If We Can’t Ban Guns, We’ll Ban Knives

by Azreel | July 18th, 2009

This post may be only tangentially related to firearms, but it is definitely about Obama’s attempts to further erode our 2nd Amendment rights.

US Customs and Immigration has announced that it intends promulgate new rules regarding the importation of folding knives.  They specifically address “assisted opening” knives.  Under the new rules, these pocket knives would be made illegal.  This wouldn’t just ban the import, it would also ban the sale and possession of such a knife under federal law.  That means that if you were to be caught transporting a knife affected by this ban that you could be charged with a federal felony. What’s more, most smaller state and local jurisdictions look to the US Customs rules on what constitutes a “switchblade” meaning that your little pocket knife could be considered a switchblade not just by the feds but also by your local district attorney.

Of more concern is the vagueness of the wording of the rules.  The new definition of “assisted opening” that is being proposed is so vague that 99% of ALL folding knives would be made illegal.  Under these new rules, any knife capable of being opened with just one hand could be considered a “switchblade”.

US Customs current rules on switchblades has remained the same for over 100 years.  It was not until the Obama administration took over and moved some of the officials within the US Customs and Immigration department around that these rule changes were proposed. It seems that if Obama can’t ban guns, he’s going to ban your pocket knives.

There is a bright side to this story however. There is legislation in the Senate that would restrict Customs ruling by adding specific exceptions to the switchblade act for folding knives and assisted opening knives. This legislation has passed the Senate and is now in Conference Committe. It’s still too early to let your guard down, but this legislation is well on its way to becoming law.

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