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Passed by Senate, bill easing knife restrictions now goes to state House
Knoxnews ^ | Mar. 8, 2013 | Tom Humphrey

Posted on 03/08/2013 7:31:46 AM PST by EXCH54FE

NASHVILLE — The state Senate has approved and sent to the House a bill rewriting Tennessee’s knife laws to eliminate a prohibition against switchblades and to assure that knives with blades longer than 4 inches can be carried for self-protection.

Current law makes possession of a switchblade a misdemeanor crime. Carrying a knife with a blade over 4 inches in length can be a felony if it’s “for the purpose of going armed.”

Sen. Mike Bell, the Riceville Republican sponsor of the bill, says that carrying a knife for self-defense meets that definition, although current law also says a longer knife can be legally used while hunting, fishing, camping and for “other lawful activity,” a phrase not legally defined. The Bell bill repeals that provision and basically says all knives are legal in Tennessee.

The bill also prohibits city and county governments from enacting knife ordinances that would conflict with the new state knife statute. There are many local knife regulations, and they differ widely from place to place, Bell said.

The overall result, Bell said, is confusion that has led national retailers to refuse to send knives with blades longer than 4 inches through the mail to Tennesseans, concerned that “a UPS delivery man could be charged with carrying a knife for the purpose of going armed.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: knife; knives
Bell said courts have established that the Second Amendment right to bear arms includes knives as well as guns, and current law is widely ignored.
1 posted on 03/08/2013 7:31:46 AM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

Is there a conflict with federal law on any of this?


2 posted on 03/08/2013 8:28:11 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: EXCH54FE

In Iowa it is already legal to buy switchblades and if you have a permit to carry a gun you can legally carry a switchblade or brass knuckles.

I own 18 switchblades and 4 sets of brass knuckles. I am currently carrying my blade and knucks.


3 posted on 03/08/2013 10:00:26 AM PST by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: EXCH54FE
I've never understood what, if anything, makes a switch blade more dangerous. I can see they might look more dangerous, but so what?
4 posted on 03/08/2013 10:11:00 AM PST by Standing Wolf
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