December 17, 2018

Senate Passes Important Knife Transport Legislation

On December 11, the Interstate Transport Act of 2018 (S.1092) passed the Senate on unanimous consent. This bipartisan bill is a priority for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Senator Mike Enzi (WY).

S. 1092 would protect individuals with a knife who are traveling across state lines from state and local laws as long as possession of the knife is legally permitted at the point of the origin and the end destination. This legislation would require the tool is not directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle.

Currently, the Firearm Owners Protection Act states that individuals traveling with firearms across state lines are safe from legal prosecution as long as the firearm is legal at the point of origin and the final destination. Similar in concept, if enacted, S. 1092 would establish parity for knife owners to transport knives across state lines similar to how firearm owners can transport their tools across state lines without the fear of prosecution. This important legislation will ensure that America’s sportsmen and women are not prosecuted for carrying a commonly used tool in their outdoor pursuits.

S. 1092 now heads to the House of Representatives where it awaits further action.

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