Knife Rights’ Knife Owners’ Protection Act, S. 1315 (KOPA), cleared a critical hurdle yesterday when it was voted out of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
Passage by the Commerce Committee sets the measure up for consideration by the full Senate. KOPA would protect travelers from a patchwork of conflicting state knife laws. The result of five years of effort, Knife Rights conceived, drafted and developed the Knife Owners’ Protection Act as the first proactive pro-knife federal legislation introduced in the nation’s history.
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter noted, “This legislation will solve a real and growing problem that faces every knife owner traveling throughout America–the threat of arrest and prosecution under misguided local laws merely for possessing knives during lawful travel.”
KOPA will protect law-abiding knife owners traveling throughout the U.S. from a patchwork of restrictive state and local laws. As long as possession of the particular knife is legal where the journey starts and ends, and provided the knife is secured in accordance with KOPA, a knife owner would no longer be threatened with arrest simply for traveling from one place to another.
Ritter continued, “Knife Rights continues to lead the way with aggressive proactive legislative action to defend and protect knife owners’ rights. KOPA is just another example of our groundbreaking efforts to forge a Sharper Future for all Americans with 15 pro-knife bills passed in 13 states in the past 5 years.”