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UPDATE: Clock Runs Out on WA “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal This Year

The Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was up against the clock yesterday and the House failed to take it up for a vote before time ran out. The Washington legislature was tied up with a number of major issues as the deadline for action approached and our bill was one of many that simply wasn’t acted upon in time.

The good news is that the Washington legislature works on a two-year session and SB 5782 is still alive.

Knife Rights will continue to work closely with Senate Sponsor Hans Zeiger to make sure legislators are educated on the benefits of repealing Washington’s archaic ban on “spring blade” knives.

Knife Rights would like to thank Senator Zeiger and the co-sponsors of SB 5782, Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, our friends at the Washington ACLU and everyone who worked tirelessly to help get as far as we did this year.

As always, Knife Rights will be back to continue the fight.


UPDATE: Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Passes House Committee

The Washington State “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was voted out of the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee 10-2 with a “do pass” recommendation. The bill was amended to limit blade length to 3.5 inches.

The existing exemption for manufacturing and sales of these knives to first responders that was enacted with Knife Rights critical lobbying support in 2012 was reinstated so that they can continue to do so for knives with blades over 3.5 inches.

Without Knife Rights’ lobbying, this bill was dead in the House. The bill’s hearing had been rescheduled multiple times because the votes were not there to pass it. Todd Rathner, Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs spent three days in Olympia turning things around so the bill could move forward.

There’s still lots of work for Todd to do in Olympia. The bill must still be voted on by the full House. Assuming it passes, then the amended bill must be confirmed by the Senate and then the Governor has to act. Knife Rights will continue to fight on the ground in Olympia to get this bill passed and allow civilian possession of “spring blade knives” in Washington State for the first time since the 1950s.

Knife Rights will let you know as soon as it is appropriate to engage House members to support SB 5782.

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UPDATE: Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Passes Senate

The Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was passed by the Senate 46-1. SB 5782 would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.” The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

The unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Committee on Law & Justice paved the way for the bill’s overwhelming passage. Thanks to all of you who emailed the members of the Committee in support of this bill. Your contacts make a difference!

Knife Rights will let you know as soon as it is appropriate to engage House committee members to support SB 5782.


UPDATE: Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Passes Out of Committee

The Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was voted out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice by a unanimous vote.  SB 5782 would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.”

Thanks to all of you who emailed the members of the Committee in support of this bill. Your contacts make a difference!

Another critical element in moving the bill out of committee with a unanimous vote was Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner’s testimony on Monday about the important Criminal Justice Reform aspects of this bill. He pointed out to the Committee that a disproportionate number of minorities are the targets of law enforcement for simply carrying a pocket knife.

As we have in other states, Knife Rights was successful in securing support for the bill from the Washington Chapter of the ACLU, which was another element in securing this unanimous vote.

Knife Rights will let you know as soon as it is appropriate to engage your Senators to support SB 5782.


UPDATE: URGENT ACTION ALERT: Email in Support of Washington “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill

Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner was in Olympia, Washington this week to testify on SB 5782 before the Senate Committee on Law & Justice. It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.”

Also testifying were Knife Rights’ friends Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, Spencer Frazer from SOG Knives and Jeffery Swanson from Blade Gallery, a Washington knife retailer.

As we have in other states, Knife Rights was successful in securing support for the bill from the Washington Chapter of the ACLU. Todd testified to the critical Criminal Justice Reform aspects of this bill and pointed out to the Committee that a disproportionate number of minorities are the targets of law enforcement for simply carrying a pocket knife. It was apparent this was of concern to the Committee.

SB 5782 will be voted on by the Committee as soon as Thursday February 21st. If you are a resident of Washington or have business in the state or travel to or through Washington, please IMMEDIATELY contact Committee members and respectfully request that they vote YES on SB 5782.

EMAIL TODAY! CLICK HERE to contact the Judiciary Committee members using Knife Rights’ Legislative Action Center.


Washington State “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal Bill Introduced

Led by the efforts of 2012 Knife Rights Freedom’s Point Award winner Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, a bipartisan “Spring Blade” Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, has been introduced by Washington State Senator Hans Zeiger. It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of “spring blade” knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of “dangerous weapon.”  The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Fortunato, Takko, Padden, and Palumbo.

Vellekamp said, “I think it’s time for Washington State to catch up with our neighboring states, and the other states in the union, that already allow for the possession, and sales of these useful tools, and this bill will also create new jobs and tax revenues for Washington.”

Knife Rights will let you know when it is appropriate to engage your senator to support SB 5782.