West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state's firearms preemption statute to include "deadly weapons," including knives, was passed out of the Judiciary Committee with an overwehlming bipartisan vote of 16-1. It now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.
Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, and prohibits new ordinances, more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state.
Knife Rights passed the nation's first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
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