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Georgia Knife Preemption Bill up for House Hearing
Ammoland ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Doug Ritter

Posted on 03/16/2012 8:45:14 AM PDT by marktwain

Gilbert, AZ --( The Georgia House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee has been assigned SB432, Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill that would repeal all local knife ordinances more restrictive than state law. The committee will consider SB432 in the coming days.

Once again, we need your help to get this bill passed. Your calls and emails made a big impact in the Senate. Now, please call or email and ask the members of the committee to vote YES on SB432 when it is before them for consideration.

Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, will be traveling to Atlanta to lobby the committee members, His job is much easier and more effective when they have already received your calls. Help Todd pass this bill by calling or emailing TODAY!

If you are a Georgia resident it is vital that you call the members.

If you are a BLADE Show attendee from outside of Georgia, then you need to email and/or call ALL of the committee members (listed below) and ask them to vote YES on SB432.

IMPORTANT: In your email or when you talk to each Representative’s secretary, tell them that that you are a BLADE Show attendee or exhibitor and that the BLADE Show represents MILLIONS of dollars to the Georgia economy. It also represents many hundreds of JOBS in Georgia. All those hotels and restaurants we stay at and eat in during BLADE Show employ many hundreds of people and SB432 will help support BLADE Show! You deserve to not have to worry about local knife restrictions when traveling to and attending BLADE Show and even a single unjustified and highly publicized arrest could adversely affect BLADE Show attendance!

Use Email SUBJECT: Please Vote Yes on SB432

* Ann Purcell – Chairman Dist 159 – Phone: 404-656-5139

* Willie Talton – Vice Chairman Dist 145 – Phone: 404-656-5116

* Bob Hanner – Dist 148 – Phone: 404-656-7859

* Bill Maddox – Dist 127 – Phone: 404-656-3947

* Jay Neal – Dist 1 – Phone: 404-656-5138

* Billy Horne – Dist 71 – Phone: 404-656-0287

* Scott Holcomb – Dist 82 – Phone: 404-656-6372

* Gloria Frazier -Dist 123 – Phone: 404-656-0265

* Kevin Cooke -Dist 18 – Phone: 404-656-0325 * Darlene Taylor – Dist 173 – Phone: 404-656- 0177

* Yasmin Neal -Dist 75 – Phone: 404-656-0265

* Doug Collins -Dist 27 – Phone: 404-656-7737

* Tim Bearden -Dist 68 – Phone: 404-656-0287


We also need your help to send Todd to Atalanta to Lobby. Donate now and you could win BIG! Just a $20 donation and you’re eligible to win from the $75,000 in prizes in the 2012 Ultimate Steel Knives, Guns & More Spectacular!

As home to BLADE Show, successful passage of SB432 would not only ensure Georgia residents carrying a knife are treated fairly wherever they travel in Georgia, but all those traveling to Blade though towns and cities with knife laws more restrictive that Georgia’s otherwise decent knife laws, would be safe from violation.As an example, Atlanta city ordinance makes it illegal to carry any automatic or any knife with a blade longer than three-inches “readily available for use.”

SB432 is sponsored by Knife Rights’ good friend, Senator Bill Heath, who has worked hard getting it through the Senate with your help. Now it is important for ALL of US to help him get it through the House!

Knife Law Preemption protects honest citizens from a patchwork of local ordinances and rules that can entrap those traveling within or through a state in possession of knives that meet state law or wherever they live in the state. A person can be charged with a violation of law when they have no intention of violating the law.

BLADE Show, held annually in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest knife show and pumps millions of dollars into the local and state economy. SB432 will protect the thousands of exhibitors and visitors who travel to and from BLADE Show to buy, sell or simply enjoy the thousands of knives on display and the many knife-related events associated with BLADE Show.

About: Knife Rights ( is America’s Grassroots Knife Owners Organization, working towards a Sharper Future for all knife owners. Knife Rights is dedicated to providing knife owners an effective voice in public policy. Become a Knife Rights member and make a contribution to support the fight for your knife rights. Visit

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: banglist; ga; knife; preemption
Georgia may join New Hampshire, Arizona, and Utah, as states that have strong knife preemption.

Knives are arms protected by the Constitution.

1 posted on 03/16/2012 8:45:23 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Texas needs this, believe it or not. San Antonio City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting lockback knives up to 5” long (state prohibits them over 5”). Got any idea how many people in Texas carry lockback knives? The cops admit it was a gimmick to give them something to hassle gangbangers about, and “we wouldn’t enforce it against law-abiding citizens”.

Whiskey Tango Fox?

I carry mine anyway.

2 posted on 03/16/2012 8:54:58 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: jagusafr

Kind of like Justice Buford in Watson v. Stone (1941), talking about a concealed gun case:

“The statute was never intended to be applied to the white population and in practice has never been so applied.”

That did not work out so well, as those laws have been used to victimize everyone.

3 posted on 03/16/2012 10:08:39 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: jagusafr

I believe the actual limit under Texas state law is 5.5 inches.

You might be interested in a Cold Steel Voyager extra large. Mine has blade of 5.3 inches.

4 posted on 03/16/2012 10:11:25 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I haven’t updated that list for over a decade, so YMMV.

5 posted on 03/16/2012 10:19:14 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals:
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To: ctdonath2

I noticed some changes, but the Texas law still stands. Thanks for your efforts.

6 posted on 03/16/2012 11:08:14 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

You’re probably right - that’s what I get for trusting the top of my head. I actually carry a Boker Armed Forces, 3.25”, because that’s just under the limit in DC, where I pull reserve duty.

7 posted on 03/16/2012 11:29:35 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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