jerg_064 wrote:First, remember the police are civilians. There are, last I heard, seven states do not outlaw switchblade knives. These stupid laws come from the play/movie "West Side Story", which showed gangs using switchblade knives. Very stupid to make legislation based on fiction, but after that we had bans on nunchucks based on Bruce Lee movies, then the "assault weapon" ban , some say based on Miami Vice.I was looking into getting an ACOG for my issued M16A2 since I'm over here in the desert and was looking for good deals. I found some great deals with alot extra off for Mil/LE on Militarywarfighter.com, but I also found another interesting thing about knifes.
They have "Benchmade knives" on their site that are switch blades, or just spring loaded. These are restricted to Mil/LE only in all states.......Except one, Oregon! I went to the actual "Benchmade" site to read up more on this, and though it doesn't state a reason 'why'. You can buy one of these with an Oregon DL or other form of Oregon ID.... Why is Oregon the only state that allows switchblade knives to civilians???
These laws are what I call "trendy laws". A legislator in some nanny state manages to pass a stupid law, and other legilators think they can get some credit for doing the same. It is kind of like a feeding frenzy.
The Feds put a ban on importation of switchblades, and even on shipping them interstate, I think. All this is subject to change with the Heller decision, given enough time.
Here in Arizona we can legally own and carry switchblaces, but some localities may have laws against carrying them.