Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant Director
On November 10, the Ohio House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee discussed knife ban repeal legislation. Senate Bill 140 was previously discussed in the same committee in November 2019 after passing the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote (32-1).
Former Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Senator Joe Uecker was the primary sponsor of the legislation that would repeal the prohibition against carrying a concealed knife as a deadly weapon, if the knife is not used as a weapon. SB 140 would also remove the prohibition against the manufacture or sale of certain types of knives, many of which are legal to possess in Ohio.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation previously submitted a letter supporting the legislation and is coordinating with partners to advance the legislation this year.
The House Criminal Justice Committee is expected to vote on the bill on November 19.
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Recently, two Montana state representatives have proposed more aggressive legislation addressing the state's gray wolf population. These bills range from the addition of a wolf tag into big game combination tags, to year-round sanctioned harvest without a license, use of snare traps, and private reimbursement of wolf harvest. Currently, the wolf population in Montana sits at 850 wolves, which is 700 over the state’s minimum recovery goal of 150 wolves. Which of the below options for wolf management do you support? (Select all that apply)Vote Here
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