Ohio Congressman Bob Latta imposes "nuclear" option to oppose knife ban

Editor's Note: Although this does not concern firearms, it will most definitely be of interest to many self defense-minded people who carry a firearm (and possibly also a knife).

By Jim Shepherd

...[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.

With a Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus letter with 80 signatures protesting the proposal to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, it may be that the CBP has figured out that unlike most of their decisions, this one has gotten out into the public eye- and no one likes what they're seeing.

That story continues to develop rapidly, but Knife Rights head Doug Ritter says he'll keep everyone up to date as the story develops.

Republished from The Outdoor Wire.

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