COLORADO REPEALS

AN­OTHER STATE ABOLISHES SWITCHBLADE LEG­IS­LA­TION

Knives Illustrated - - Points Of Interest - BY KNIVES IL­LUS­TRATED STAFF

Be­gin­ning in Au­gust, it will be le­gal for Colorado res­i­dents to carry au­to­matic and grav­ity knives for the first time in many years. In March, Knife Rights re­ported that Colorado Gov­er­nor John Hick­en­looper signed the bill re­peal­ing the state’s ab­so­lute switchblade and grav­ity knife ban. Knife Rights Chair­man Doug Rit­ter cred­its sponsors Repub­li­can Se­na­tor Owen Hill and Demo­cratic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve Leb­sock for their ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship in mov­ing this bi­par­ti­san bill thor­ough the leg­is­la­ture with over­whelm­ing votes in both houses. Of course, the on-the-ground lob­by­ing by Knife Rights’ very ef­fec­tive Di­rec­tor of Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs, Todd Rath­ner, also de­serves its share of credit.

Some­thing note­wor­thy about Knife Rights’ leg­isla­tive ef­forts is how they al­most al­ways gain bi­par­ti­san sup­port and back­ing from or­ga­ni­za­tions that may sur­prise you. In this case, the bill was sup­ported by the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union and the ACLU of Colorado, as well as County Sher­iffs of Colorado.

The re­peal does not be­come ef­fec­tive un­til 90 days af­ter the cur­rent leg­isla­tive ses­sion ends, mak­ing en­act­ment set for ap­prox­i­mately early Au­gust. Check the Knife Rights web­site at Kniferights.org for the lat­est on the ef­fec­tive date. Un­til then, pos­ses­sion of au­to­matic and grav­ity knives re­mains il­le­gal in Colorado. Once it takes ef­fect and the ban is re­pealed, au­to­matic knives will be sub­ject to Colorado’s con­cealed carry blade length lim­i­ta­tion of 3.5 inches or less.

Pas­sage of this law will also al­low Spy­derco, lo­cated in Golden, Colorado, to not only sell their au­to­matic knives within their home state, but they could also man­u­fac­ture them there, as well.

Colorado is the twelfth switchblade ban re­peal since Knife Rights passed the na­tion’s first re­peal of a switchblade (au­to­matic) knife ban in 2010 in New Hamp­shire. Since then, they have passed repeals of switchblade bans and re­pealed other knife re­stric­tions in Alaska, In­di­ana, Kansas, Maine, Mis­souri, Ne­vada, Ok­la­homa, Ten­nessee, Texas, Wis­con­sin and now, Colorado’s ban is re­pealed as well. KI

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