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    Sorry to post twice, but I thought I would look up Federal laws on knives. Since 1958 it has been illegal to own a switch blade, and also ballistic knives, but I am not really even sure what those are.


    Section 1243. Manufacture, sale, or possession within specific jurisdictions; penalty

          Whoever, within any Territory or possession of the United States, within Indian country (as defined in section 1151 of title 18), or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States (as defined in section 7 of title 18), manufactures, sells, or possesses any switchblade knife, shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

    The State of Oregon also outlaws double edged knives. (I live in Oregon, but I suspect similar laws exist in other states.)

    I guess my point is, if you can regulate knives with Federal law, why can't you regulate guns?

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 01:34:18 PM PST

    •  Agree again (1+ / 0-)
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      se portland

      How is a switchblade knife in the hands of a mental unstable individual more dangerous than a 9mm Glock with a 15 shot clip?  

      FYI a ballistic knife is one that has a mechanism that launches the blade, making it a projectile.

    •  A ballistic knife is just sort of a detachable (1+ / 0-)
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      se portland

      switchblade.  You take a mechanism to store energy, such as a strong spring, a mechanism to use as a trigger to release such energy, and top it with a knife.  So you trigger it, and it 'fires' the knife.  A switchblade would do much the same, except that the knife won't detach from the handle.

      I've never quite understood exactly why 'switchblades' were preferenced in being banned over other knives, unless it was simply the idea of them being more 'concealed'.

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