Group fights proposal to call rigging knives switchblades

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The American Knife & Tool Institute is fighting a U.S. Customs proposal that would characterize assisted-open knives as switchblades, and could jeopardize all pocket knives such as rigging knives and multitools.

The group is lobbying for passage of the Wyden-Cornyn amendment to the Senate appropriations bill.

The amendment would restrict U.S. Customs from using any funds to ... "amend, interpret, enforce and promulgate any administrative rule or action which regulates, restricts, or bars from importation any knife under the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958 … if the knife contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife."

The bill is expected to be reviewed today in committee.

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