Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Making Knives Illegal

So, Customs is trying to change the definition of "switchblade" in order to ban 80% of the pocket knives being sold today.

Via Sebastian, we see that some in DC are trying to stop this (scroll down to "feature"):

Late news yesterday afternoon that a pair of Congressmen have decided to apply the nuclear option - restrictive amendments to their budgets, to let the Department of Homeland Security know they don't like the proposed Customs and Border Patrol measure designed to change the definition of a switchblade knife. The new CBP definition, if adopted, would basically cut the modern knife industry to the quick as approximately eighty percent of knives currently in production would fall into the definition of switchblade because of their assisted-opening feature.

Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) have co-sponsored an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to restrict funds to the proposed CBP rule on switchblades.


(emphasis mine)

It looks like the US has learned something from (formerly) Great Britan - instead of banning guns, then knives, we are going after the knives first.

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2 comments:

Linoge said...

Well, I went ahead and picked up another two "assault knives" I had had my eyes on, in addition to spamming my Senators and Representative both by way of snailmail and email. We shall see how far this thing goes...

firehard said...
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