ANOTHER STATE ABOLISHES SWITCHBLADE LEGISLATION
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 Once it takes effect and the ban is repealed, automatic knives will be subject to Colorado’s concealed carry blade length limitation of 3.5 inches or less.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 Since then, they have passed repeals of switchblade bans and repealed other knife restrictions in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and now, Colorado’s ban is repealed as well.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