PRO-KNIFE BILLS INTRODUCED
January also saw a number of pro-knife bills introduced.
01 Mississippi Representative Gary Staples introduced HB 924, Knife Rights’ bill to remove “Bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife and switchblade knife” from Mississippi’s deadly weapons statutes. 02 Virginia Representative Michael Webert introduced HB 890, Knife Rights’ bill that would allow the sale, possession and carry of switchblade knives with a CCW permit. Given the difficult political situation in Virginia at this time, this bill is not expected to move anytime soon. Filing ensures the bill is in the queue, ready to go. 03 In response to the tragic Texas church shootings last November, Senator Ben Chafin introduced Knife-rights-supported SB 372 that would repeal Virginia’s ban on carrying “a gun, pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other dangerous weapon” to a “place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held.” 04 In Washington, HB 2600, a Knife-rights-supported bill allowing concealed carry of “a fixed blade knife having a blade of 6 inches or less in length,” was introduced by lead sponsor Representative Morgan Irwin with bipartisan cosponsors.