Knife Rights Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill to Governor – CALL/EMAIL TODAY!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Critter, Dec 17, 2020.

  1. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    [Post in General approved by Spark]

    We are not yet done with 2020! Knife Rights' Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 140, passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 59-24. SB140 previously passed the Senate 32-1. SB140 now heads to Governor Mike DeWine for his consideration. We need your help to push SB 140 over the line!

    If you live, work or travel in OHIO, please use Knife Rights' Legislative Action Center to ask Gov. DeWine to sign SB 140: https://kniferights.org/resources/congressweb/#/38


    Knife Rights was honored to work closely with a number of Ohio legislators over the past six years to get this bill introduced and passed.

    Former Senator Joe Uecker, SB 140's original sponsor, said, "When Knife Rights approached me about this bill, it made perfect sense to me. A completely legal item to possess should be completely legal to manufacture in Ohio. A knife should not be considered a deadly weapon unless it's used as one. That's just common sense."

    Uecker continued: "After four years of effort, it is clear that we'd never have gotten this done but for the simple fact that Knife Rights showed up, every time! As anyone successful in getting legislation done knows, being there, in the Capitol, at critical moments, is what makes the difference. Todd Rathner from Knife Rights did that. I sincerely appreciate that he and Knife Rights showed up every single time we needed him at each critical juncture."

    Uecker concluded, "I would also like to thank my fellow legislators who kept this bill moving and especially Chairman Lang for getting SB 140 to the House floor."

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    Representative George Lang, Chairman of the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee, said, "SB140 is just good policy. It is good for Ohio businesses and will create jobs and it is good for Ohio citizens. Decriminalizing simple possession of a knife is much needed criminal justice reform. I was proud to work with Todd from Knife Rights. He was here every step of the way, there's no substitute for that."

    Co-Sponsor Senator Kristina Roegner, said, "Manufacturing jobs are the lifeblood of Ohio. The fact that you cannot legally manufacture an otherwise legal product in Ohio makes no sense. This is why I co-sponsored SB140; it's just good policy for Ohio. I'd like to thank Knife Rights for their support and hard work on SB140."
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    Rick Hinderer of Hinderer Knives, said, "I was fully prepared to take our manufacturing of automatic knives to a neighboring state. Then Knife Rights stepped up to fix the law here in Ohio. I worked closely with Todd Rathner from Knife Rights and saw him in action in the Capitol. He easily worked with members from both sides of the aisle. There is no question that without his efforts at the Capitol SB140 would never have been passed. Decriminalizing knife carry was frosting on the cake that I was proud to help make happen. By showing up and doing the hard work, Todd and Knife Rights got the job done for us and all Ohioans."

    Representative Scott Wiggam, Rick Hinderer's Representative, said, "When I was approached by a constituent who wanted to manufacture automatic knives under contract to the U.S. Government and he told me he couldn't because of an outdated Ohio statute, I knew we had to fix it. SB140 is the right policy for Ohio and Ohioans. Thanks to Knife Rights and Todd Rathner for being here in the Capitol to make it happen."

    SB 140 would change Ohio knife law by making two separate substantive changes:

    1. Repealing the ban on manufacture and sale of "switchblade," "spring blade" and "gravity" knives;

    2. Clearing up the confusion in Ohio law regarding carry of ANY knife by defining a knife, razor or cutting instrument as a "deadly weapon" or "weapon" ONLY if it is used as a weapon. This would allow carrying any knife concealed in Ohio.

    Knife Rights is America's grassroots knife owners' organization; leading the fight to Rewrite Knife Law in America™ and forging a Sharper Future for all Americans™. Knife Rights efforts have resulted in 32 bills enacted repealing knife bans in 22 states and over 100 cities and towns since 2010.
     
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  2. onionfan

    onionfan

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    Nov 29, 2008
    Sent. Awesome! Hope he signs this into law. I've been wanting to see this change since I was old enough to be told "switchblades are illegal". Very grateful to Mr. Ritter, Mr. Hinderer and everyone else that has supported this legislation. It only makes sense. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  3. Bluearcflash

    Bluearcflash Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 10, 2014
    In again and Thanks again
     
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  4. DaveReb

    DaveReb Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 15, 2007
    Sent
     
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  5. onionfan

    onionfan

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    Nov 29, 2008
    I was trying to do a little internet research...
    Is it true that if the governor doesn't sign the bill within 10 days, it becomes law anyway? Hate to be impatient but just really wanting this to become law.:D
     
  6. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    The Governor has 10 days from the day it is transmitted to him from the Senate (originating house) which will hopefully be today or tomorrow, but no guarantee, excluding Sunday (not excluding Holidays) to sign, veto or allow the bill to become law without his signature at the end of 10 days. Assuming he signs it or allows it to become law without has signature, it is enacted 90 days later.
     
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  7. onionfan

    onionfan

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    Nov 29, 2008
    Thank you for the information. I'm sure it is something we went over in school, but that was a long time ago.
     
  8. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    Done. What can we do to reform knife laws in Pennsylvania? I would like to carry an automatic.
     
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  9. Hal

    Hal

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    Feb 26, 1999
    Done! And - thank you for your efforts to make this happen!
     
  10. McFeeli

    McFeeli

    Feb 13, 2017
    This ^. I appreciate Pennsylvania’s knife laws overall, mostly because they don’t set any weird length limits on what you can carry, though they are a bit ambiguous when it comes to “prohibited offensive weapons”. If we could get that cleared up and repeal the automatic ban, I’d be one happy Pennsylvanian.
     
  11. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    We have worked in the legislature in PA before, but then the current governor was elected. He will not sign any knife law reform bill and there are not enough votes to override. So, until you get a governor more accommodating, not much can happen in the legislature. Meanwhile, our success elsewhere help make it easier to come back and do PA when the opportunity arises. Got to play the long game when it comes to legislation.
     
  12. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    I understand. I will bug you again when we vote the bum out.
     
  13. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    No need "bug" me, or vote him out. He is term limited, so you will have a new governor come 2023. Hopefully, you will elect someone that will good from our perspective and then we'll be back to PA.
     
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