TN Senate passes bill to legalize switchblade knives

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    Thumbs up TN Senate passes bill to legalize switchblade knives


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    Good! The term "switchblade" is really just a word that has a scary connotation from the past that really isn't relevant today. I own an auto (Boker) and about a dozen assisted knives (Kershaws, SOG etc) and an axis lock Benchmade and can tell you that they open just as quickly as an auto I have ever seen. I was glad when TX changed the law to allow carrying autos last year, I bought the Boker just for S&Gs mainly. With the advent of assisted opening knives, automatics have really become something that really doesn't stand out from the pack in a practical sense, changing laws to reflect this is a step in the right direction.
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    Outstanding news, especially with the blade length revision. Hopefully this will not find any hiccups in committee.
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    Yeah! I have a really nice, fixed blade tanto that I've always wanted to carry, but it has a 4.25" blade length. I'm pulling it out of the safe NOW!
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    And that's just one more reason I want to move to Tennessee
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    Tennessee is juuuust South of...perfection. And if I wasn't a Kentuckian, I'd move there as fast as a minnow can swim a dipper! God Bless The Volunteer State!
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    Comeing from a sate where it is legal to own/carry etc auto knifes ( heck even swords ) ... It is nice thing not to have to worry how the courts will view your knife and whether it is auto or assited or if it .1 inc too long .. Or if driving into this county or this will make you violated .. Esp out here where I like to have good size knifes for bug bags and hikiking


    The fun part is trying to get a auto knife.... Tec unless you are mil/leo or only have one arm ( no joke there ) you can not have shipped too you a auto knife ... I think if UPS or such mails it is ok so a number of compaines wont ship autos at all unless your a cop some do some dont ...They are nice if you need to do thing one handed and dont want to fumble with it ... But most of them open about the same as assisted now ... Just fun to have them around I think ... I like the look of the gerber auto and the nice saftey they have...
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    I'm always a fan of relaxing weapon restrictions, but my experience hints that a switchblade or assisted folder is (pardon the pun) a waste of time. We're never (EVER) gonna' match the speed of a fixed blade getting into the fight. With the accompanying blade length revision, IMHO, anything less than a fixed blade puts us (further) behind a VERY steep curve.
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    Kinda makes me want to switch states
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    A lot of Americans are voting with...their feet. Would the last person leaving California P-L-E-A-S-E turn the lights out (darn kids).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    A lot of Americans are voting with...their feet. Would the last person leaving California P-L-E-A-S-E turn the lights out (darn kids).
    Their utility companies usually take care of the lights going out part...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongRecroom View Post

    The fun part is trying to get a auto knife.... Tec unless you are mil/leo or only have one arm ( no joke there ) you can not have shipped too you a auto knife ... I think if UPS or such mails it is ok so a number of compaines wont ship autos at all unless your a cop some do some dont ...They are nice if you need to do thing one handed and dont want to fumble with it ... But most of them open about the same as assisted now ... Just fun to have them around I think ... I like the look of the gerber auto and the nice saftey they have...
    That's an interesting issue you bring up...the federal statute is rather dubious (how surprising) as far as shipping them across state lines is concerned. I can't remember the exact wording but it says something along the lines of "being substantially involved in interstate commerce" to describe the seller. OTOH, I have purchased an auto online and had it shipped to me at home via UPS, it went from an auto legal state to another auto legal state and was not a mod or conversion it was an OEM auto.

    A side note....yes, the one arm thing actually is true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John515 View Post
    Good! The term "switchblade" is really just a word that has a scary connotation from the past that really isn't relevant today. I own an auto (Boker) and about a dozen assisted knives (Kershaws, SOG etc) and an axis lock Benchmade and can tell you that they open just as quickly as an auto I have ever seen. I was glad when TX changed the law to allow carrying autos last year, I bought the Boker just for S&Gs mainly. With the advent of assisted opening knives, automatics have really become something that really doesn't stand out from the pack in a practical sense, changing laws to reflect this is a step in the right direction.
    How does this Texas law reform work with San Antonio's ban on lock blade knives? Is there a preemption

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    Quote Originally Posted by rljohns View Post
    How does this Texas law reform work with San Antonio's ban on lock blade knives? Is there a preemption
    Well, we don't have a preemption on local knife laws like we do on guns and SA does have an ordinance forbidding carry of knives SMALLER than 5.5". This is problematic in that the state max for CC is 5.5" (which when you think about it, carrying a knife that big or bigger is really kind of impractical). My understanding is that it is rare for people to be charge with violating the city ordinance alone, it's usually a tag on charge.

    There was a bill in the legislature last session to create a knife law preemption but it died in committee. It amuses me a bit that Texans (everyday people, not gun nuts like us) tend to be more accepting of pistols than knives. I feel like when they think "pistol" they think cowboys etc. but when they think "knives" they think criminals.

    The best way to avoid any trouble in San Antonio is to not go there, which I recommend to people in general. By the way, the river walk water is only 2 feet deep.
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    I never understood the whole regulate knives thing in the first place. Good for Tenn
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