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Doug Rit­ter noted that Knife Rights has passed its sig­na­ture Knife Law Preemption statute in only 10 states. That nul­li­fies any lo­cal knife reg­u­la­tions more re­stric­tive than state law. Knife Rights passed the na­tion’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Ari­zona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Ge­or­gia, Kansas, New Hamp­shire, Ok­la­homa, Ten­nessee, Texas, Utah and Wis­con­sin. In th­ese states, once you know the state law from the Knife Rights’ Le­gal­blade app, you know the law through­out that state.

With­out preemption, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or ju­ris­dic­tions in the state may have knife laws or reg­u­la­tions more re­stric­tive than state law, cre­at­ing a patch­work of laws that can trap the un­wary knife owner. Rit­ter sug­gests that you check on­line for the mu­nic­i­pal or county crim­i­nal codes for that spe­cific mu­nic­i­pal­ity or ju­ris­dic­tion. Some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or ju­ris­dic­tions pro­vide a link to their crim­i­nal codes on their web­sites. For oth­ers, two likely sources (try one and then the other, they each ser­vice dif­fer­ent ju­ris­dic­tions) are: https://li­­ni­­le­­brary

Th­ese links are now in­cluded in Knife Rights’ Le­gal­blade App at: Le­gal­ Or, use a search site like Google and search for “Mu­nic­i­pal Code” or “Crim­i­nal Code” and the name of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity or ju­ris­dic­tion. An­other op­tion is the lo­cal li­brary which often car­ries the town mu­nic­i­pal code. Speak to the re­search li­brar­ian, who is gen­er­ally very help­ful.

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