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Ohio State Senator Joe Uecker, sponsor of Knife Rights’ Ohio knife law reform bill, SB 140, negotiated to include the key bill language from SB 140 in the Senate’s amendment to the State Budget, which passed the Senate yesterday. The bill will now be taken up in conference committee next week.
Knife Rights has been working on this bill in various forms for six years now. Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner attended hearings in Columbus last week and was there to work for passage of the bill again this week. We congratulate our good friend Sen. Uecker on his success in getting this done in the Senate.
The language included in the budget amendment addresses the often abusive and discriminatory application of the existing Ohio weapons law against knife carriers, clarifying that unless the knife/edged tool is actually used as a weapon, it is legal to be carried.
The amendment language removes from state statute the irrational prohibition against manufacture and sale of a switchblade knife and gravity knife. Possession and carry of these knives are already legal in Ohio.
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