KNIFE LAW PREEMPTION STATUTE – IS YOUR STATE ONE OF THE 10?
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://library.municode.com http://www.amlegal.com/code-library
These links are now included in Knife Rights’ Legalblade App at: Legalblade.org 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.