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Old June 12, 2009, 12:25 PM   #1
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U.S. Customs Wants To Ban Your Pocket Knife

just got this directly from Benchmade:

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U.S. Customs Wants To Ban Your Pocket Knife

Dear Joseph,

Benchmade Knife Company, in support with The American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI) opposes U.S. Customs' attempt to classify assisted-opening knives and all one-hand-opening knives as switchblades.

U.S. Customs proposes to bypass Congress and expand the switchblade definition to include all knives that open with one hand. These include multi-tools, traditional pocket knives, one-hand openers, and assisted-openers.

More than 35 million law-abiding Americans now own one-hand-opening knives in one of the above four categories.

The majority of Americans who carry and use one-hand-openers every day need them for their jobs. They use them to save lives as well as for scores of recreational activities.

If U.S. Customs succeeds, it could lead to effectively banning all folding knives from interstate commerce.

We're asking you to register your opposition to the U.S. Customs' plan (19 CFR Part 177) to re-classify assisted openers and all folding knives.

Please address your comments to arrive at Customs by June 21, 2009.

19 CFR Part 177
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of International Trade, Regulations and Rulings
Attention: Intellectual Property and Restricted Merchandise Branch
Mint Annex, 799 Ninth St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20229

Please also express your concerns to your state Senators and representatives.

For more information on this issue, visit: <> and <>

Click here for model letters that can be downloaded and personalized with your story: <>

or <>


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Old June 12, 2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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Already under discussion HERE, right in this very forum.

Please at least make a cursory search to make sure your hot topic isn't already under discussion by someone who beat you to the news.

Closed as a duplicate.
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