Sunday, July 12, 2009

Update: Picking our pockets

Thirty-five million law-abiding Americans are one step closer to being able to keep their pocketknives.

As I
said last month, U.S. Customs & Border Protection had proposed changing the definition of a "switchblade" to include all knives that open with one hand.

Thousands of outraged Americans wrote to USCBP and Congress, and it paid off -- late Thursday, the U.S. Senate, by unanimous consent, passed an amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act, blocking Customs' patently idiotic move.

The amendment, which is part of an appropriations measure funding the Department of Homeland Security, still must get through a House-Senate Conference Committee, so we're not out of the woods just yet. We need to keep well-reasoned pressure on our elected representatives to make sure that happens.

Keep an eye on Knife Rights and the American Knife & Tool Institute for their professional guidance on the best ways to do that.