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Bill to repeal Michigan’s switchblade ban going to Snyder

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would no longer ban switchblades under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Senate on Thursday voted 36-1 to finalize legislation to repeal a prohibition against selling or possessing a knife with blades that can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on the handle or “other mechanical contrivance.”

A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $300 fine.

Lawmakers say the switchblade ban is unnecessary and is being enforced unevenly across the state.

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2 comments

  • steve

    Another example of the courts being either unable or unwilling to do what they’re supposed to. They should be illegal with absolute uniformity statewide. Nobody needs a switchblade, and this is another case of the bad guys winning because the good guys won’t do their job.

    • Push To Talk

      I have a very different opinion. I am all in on legalizing spring assisted knives.
      My first and foremost reason is, I own one and keep in my ‘truck bag” ( along with spare pistol mags, para cord, flash light, fire starter and first aid) for cutting seat belts. Picture yourself injured and pinned in your vehicle ( or someone else). Being able a standard knife one handed is almost impossible. The ability to open a blade with either hand and cutting a stuck seat belt could save a life. In a self defense situation the same advantage holds true, if your attacker has injured your strong side hand and you can no longer use both hands.
      Or in yet another situation, legally carried hand gun in your strong hand, with the push of a switch you now have the option to use a blade as a defensive weapon with your weak side hand.

      Remember, criminals don’t care, they already carry so called “switch blades” and they carry them concealed.
      As a CPL holder I can NOT carry a concealed blade, that’s why you see blades clipped onto pockets. It’s not concealed if it can be seen. This bill doesn’t change that. A concealed weapon is still a concealed weapon. There is a blade length requirement before a knife is considered a deadly weapon. I think it’s 3 1/2 inches or longer but i’m not sure.
      Nope this is a good thing for lawful citizens. It changes nothing for criminals. that’s why we call them “criminals”, they don’t obey the law anyway and prey on us. Or at lease, they try.