Knife Rights, Inc. declared July 1, 2014, “Knife Freedom Day” in Tennessee. The repeal of the ban on automatics or switchblades, as well as the repeal of the ban on the carry of knives with blades over 4 inches in length “with intent to go armed,” a vague law subject to abusive interpretation, went into effect this week. Combined with Knife Law Preemption that passed in Tennessee last year, which rendered null and void all local laws more restrictive than state law, this means that all law-abiding citizens of the Volunteer State can now own and carry the knife of their choice.
Knife Rights recognizes the two bills’ sponsors, Senator Mike Bell and Representative Vance Dennis, for their hard work over two years reforming knife law in Tennessee. Knife Rights would also like to recognize Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Taylor Brands whose generous support helped Knife Rights create a Sharper Future™ for their fellow Tennesseans.
To celebrate this great day, a group of Tennessee knife owners, members of the Knives and Bladed Tools Special Interest section of the Tennessee Gun Owners forum (TGO), many of whom were active in supporting the two bills, had a special limited edition run of Pro-Tech automatic knives produced. The Les George designed Rockeye Autos are multi-color anodized with the TGO logo on the front and have “Knife Freedom Day 7/01/2014” on the back side of the handle, and each is serial numbered. Awesome!