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Are you interested in knife politics and laws? If so, read on.
Member Clint Thompson recently posted a poll of iKC members entitled "HELP! FELLOW iKC MEMBERS. I NEED YOUR HELP", in which he asked for iKC members' input on some research he is doing for Knife Illustrated magazine. His questions included the following:
"As a potential reader about firearms, knives, camping and other outdoor related subjects, what would a magazine cover have to have in order to attract you attention to pick it up? Once the magazine is in your hands, what articles listed on the cover would cause you to open it up and look inside? What subject matter would cause you to buy this magazine?"
Several members responded to his poll and expressed their support for Knife Illustrated adding a regular feature discussing the issues of American knife companies having their products made in foreign countries to stay competitive here and abroad, laws and taxes that are unfair to the American knife industry and consumers, and the politics involved in trying to solve these problems. After some discussion by several iKC members, member Tobias Gibson commented that: "... it would be nice to have a moderated place where we could have a reasoned discussion on both global and local knife politics and laws", and "A moderated discussion group that would screen for personal attacks and off topic trades would be worthwhile. A similar section in Knives Illustrated could also be of interest, especially if it discussed local knife laws and legislative actions that will (have) an impact on the industry."
In response to the aforementioned discussion and and Tobias's comments specifically, I am proposing this new iKC Discussion: THE UGLY POLITICS OF KNIVES. Please give us your input.
This comes from a friends blog, thought I would share it with you. These were simply pocket knivesAussie Knife law update.
Thanks for posting the story about the confiscated CRKT knives. This is especially interesting to me because CRKT's headquarters is located in Tualatin, Oregon, which is only about 20 miles from my home. This story is an extremely alarming example of bureaucratic abuse of a stupid law that's just waiting to be abused. My question now is: "What are Aussie lawmakers thinking?" and "What's next - The Aussie knife police prosecuting the owners of antique jack knives with broken back springs?"
This is just a bit of an update from the gentleman, notice the port of entry information
Thanks for the update, Jan. The point of entry information is very telling. Typical bureaucratic inconsistency, although I guess the Australian state laws could be inconsistent just like ours, as well. Any way you cut it ( ;D ), though, it's a freakin travesty! I don't get it - who cares whether a knife is a flick knife, a fixed blade outdoor knife, a German paratrooper's gravity knife, or a kitchen knife. A knife is a knife is a knife! Anwyay, there are so many more potentially dangerous man-made objects in this world (like cars and trucks, for example), why single out knives for such a futile witch hunt? IMHO, politicians need to get their priorities in order and quit messing with the things that "aint broke" and fix the really broken ones.
This is another good reason to support the AKTI and similar groups. Protecting our rights so we dont have to fight to undo damages to them.