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    Just got this via email and thought I'd share:

    Knife Rights News Slice Vol. 2 Number 5

    This newsletter is emailed to Knife Rights members, those who have notified Knife Rights of their interest in the issues discussed and the news media. If you prefer not to receive these emails from Knife Rights, please email: [email protected] and ask to be removed.

    A digital copy of this News Slice can be found online at: http://www.kniferights.org/index.php...id=84&Itemid=1

    Customs Says "NO EXTENSION!" - They Want Your Pocket Knives NOW!

    Breaking News: We have received word that U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has DENIED the numerous requests for extension that it had received from Knife Rights, AKTI, manufacturers and citizens like you, and is planning to stick with the June 21 deadline for comments.

    CBP's denial of an extension seems to be a clear indication that they do not intend to act in a fair and reasonable manner on this issue and have already made their decision to go ahead. That may be a somewhat cynical viewpoint, but given the history of CBP, it seems like a good bet. That means we have to set the stage for the next act, which will likely be conducted both in court and in Congress. The battle is far from over; your comments will play a key role in both efforts. If you haven't yet submitted comments, you need to do it NOW! Your comments on the record will make a difference and the more the better.

    In light of the denial, Knife Rights has re-written our Model Comments letter for concerned knife owners to send to CBP. If you have not already sent your letter to CPB, please do so TODAY! If you want to send another letter, it couldn't hurt. The comments cannot be emailed, they must be mailed or sent by FedEx/UPS, etc. and they must be received in Washington, DC, no later than June 20, 2009. (The deadline is Sunday, June 21, but there's no mail delivery on Sunday).

    To all of the hundreds of you who have already sent letters, thank you very much. It will make a difference in the end.

    A number of emails have asked where it explicitly says in the CBP's document that they are going after almost all pocket knives. If you are looking for explicit language to that effect, you won't find it. That would be too easy, and CBP had no interest in a direct confrontation of that magnitude. They were, after all, trying to slip this one through in the first place as just a minor ruling change. One has to take the logical next step based on the rationales provided by Customs in expanding the interpretation of a switchblade to assisted openers to see where that is headed. It is not even a small leap from assisted openers to one-hand openers, if they succeed. From there to slipjoint folders that can be opened using various tricks one-handed is only another very small step.

    If their new ruling is accepted and put in place, the next step will be seizing a warehouse full of imported one-hand openers, which they can legally do, declaring them to also meet their now very broadly defined interpretation of what a switchblade is. They came very close to doing that a few years back in a seizure involving Columbia River Knife & Tool. With this ruling in place, they would succeed. Then the definition of what is a switchblade is expanded even further. It is this that has knife owners and the knifemaking industry up in arms, because our lawyers understand how these bureaucrats use these rulings and language games to get well beyond what it appears at first glance they are reaching for.

    For those who are just now hearing of this, you can find our original News Slice with an expanded explanation of the issues and links to the original CBP document, etc., at:

    http://www.kniferights.org/index.php...id=81&Itemid=1
    or
    http://tinyurl.com/lbcz4q

    We need you to write CBP NOW! Their 30 day deadline is fast approaching and these letters must go via postal mail (or Fedex/UPS). Click below for a Model Letter you can send to CBP. You MUST write TODAY!

    http://www.kniferights.org/index.php...d=79&Itemid=29
    or
    http://tinyurl.com/q7w8tm

    We also want to continue efforts to bring this absurd proposal and CBP's efforts to take our pocket knives away to the attention of Congress. Based on feedback already received from some more gullible Members who have swallowed CBP's story hook, line and sinker, we have revised our Model Letter to Congress to emphasize the far reaching effects that this ruling will have, both on millions of law-abiding citizens and by destroying the vibrant knifemaking industry. This is clearly NOT just about imported assisted openers, no matter how much CBP wants us to believe that.

    We must flood Congress with letters so they understand the gravity of the situation. This will be a huge help going forward, so please get your emails out today. Click below for a Model Letter you can send to Members of Congress. Only your efforts will stop this and save our Knife Rights!

    http://www.kniferights.org/index.php...d=78&Itemid=29
    or
    http://tinyurl.com/qqvmns

    We are not about to roll over for this clearly out-of-control government agency. But, we need your help to stop them. Your letters and emails will make a difference!

    Knife Rights Retains Nappen Law Firm

    With the denial of an extension, our primary attention now shifts to submitting comments on the proposal by the deadline. Towards that end, Knife Rights has retained the law firm of E.F. Nappen Attorney at Law, PC. Evan and his associates specialize in gun and knife criminal cases. Evan is a leading authority on the Federal Switchblade Act and has authored numerous articles on the subject.

    As you might suspect, such expertise does not come free. The good news, such as it is, is that with such a tight deadline, the cost is limited, if not insignificant. We need your support to do this; we don't have a large cash horde or the financial resources of some larger organizations. Please consider becoming a member at the Benefactor level to help pay for this defense of our knife rights.

    We're also setting up a contributions page, but it has been delayed due to technical issues and it will be a day or so before it is up and running.

    SAF and CCRKBA Joins with Knife Rights

    The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have joined with Knife Rights to help fight this unwarranted knife grab by Customs. They are supporting us with Email Alerts to their membership and additional resources. SAF founder, Alan Gottlieb, noted, "we stand with Knife Rights in their support of Americans' right to own and carry the knives of their choice."

    And, just a reminder, the Second Amendment doesn't say "Firearms," it says "Arms." Knives are clearly covered. Clearly the founding fathers expected that knives would be included.

    NRA Joins the Fight

    We have also been working with the National Rifle Association in recent days and they have officially taken this issue up and you should soon be seeing evidence of their involvement if you are an NRA member. NRA recognizes that this ruling will not only affect virtually every NRA member, but that the precedent it would set would not be good for supporters of the Second Amendment.

    Again, the Second Amendment doesn't say "Firearms," it says "Arms." While we primarily focus on our knives as essential tools, mankind's oldest, our essential rights to own and carry knives are enshrined in the Second Amendment.

    Spread the Word!

    Please, forward on this email to all your friends, email list servers, post it on forums and encourage everyone you know to get on board. Remember, regardless of where you are active online, a significant proportion of your fellow online participants and contacts use and carry a pocket knife. They will be impacted. They need to know. And, that's the point. It's not just a few knife enthusiasts.

    You can also add a sig line or button to your email or forum signatures or a banner to your web site to help spread the word about Customs' rulemaking:

    http://www.kniferights.org/index.php...id=83&Itemid=1
    or
    http://tinyurl.com/lpglwf

    Knife Rights on Twitter

    Knife Rights is now on Twitter and we'll issue critical updates and notices on Twitter as this issue evolves: http://www.twitter.com/KnifeRights

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    http://www.kniferights.org/index.php...d=52&Itemid=39
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    http://tinyurl.com/qnu988

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    Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

    The federal goverment is out of control. They obviously plan to criminalize everything and to leave Americans stripped of every known civil liberty. This just being another example in a long list of usurpations.
    |TG-X| mp40x



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    • #3
      Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

      I figure we'll see Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil implemented in my lifetime.
      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

      snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

      Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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      • #4
        Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

        Update:
        Knife Rights News Slice Vol. 2 Number 8

        This newsletter is emailed to Knife Rights members, those who have notified Knife Rights of their interest in the issues discussed and the news media. If you prefer not to receive these emails from Knife Rights, please email: [email protected] and ask to be removed.

        Breaking News: We have been working closely with Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) and are pleased to announce that Reps. Latta and Walt Minnick (D-ID) have co-sponsored an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to Restrict Funds to Implement the proposed CBP rule.

        Our thanks to Reps. Latta and Minnick for taking a leadership role in this fight. This is just the first step in a complicated process, but it is important. We will post more information as soon as we get it.

        As reported in an earlier News Slice, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus has urged U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to withdraw CBP Proposal. We have now posted the Congressional letter with 80 signatures here: http://bit.ly/8mU3w

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        • #5
          Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

          Do you suppose it is time to take action about this? I think the government has more important things to worry about than knife and gun rights. Maybe they need something else to occupy their time rather than making new laws restricting our rights.




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            Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

            Originally posted by Mech__Warrior View Post
            Do you suppose it is time to take action about this? I think the government has more important things to worry about than knife and gun rights. Maybe they need something else to occupy their time rather than making new laws restricting our rights.
            That depends on your view of government. I see it as a system to protect rights. But many see it as a way to force one's neighbor to pay for one's own interests. If your view is the latter, then protecting rights is a waste of precious resources better spent doing more plundering.
            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

            snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

            Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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            • #7
              Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

              Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
              That depends on your view of government. I see it as a system to protect rights. But many see it as a way to force one's neighbor to pay for one's own interests. If your view is the latter, then protecting rights is a waste of precious resources better spent doing more plundering.
              A third view is that it is a social system designed to allow the majority to force it's will upon the minority and at the same time allows the majority to be changed and influenced by the minority.
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              - If software were as unreliable as economic theory, there wouldn't be a plane made of anything other than paper that could get off the ground. Jim Fawcette
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              • #8
                Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

                Originally posted by El_Gringo_Grande View Post
                A third view is that it is a social system designed to allow the majority to force it's will upon the minority and at the same time allows the majority to be changed and influenced by the minority.
                Must... avoid... triggering... Godwin's Law. :p
                Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                • #9
                  Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

                  Update:
                  Knife Rights News Slice Vol. 2 Number 14

                  This newsletter is emailed to Knife Rights members, those who have notified Knife Rights of their interest in the issues discussed and the news media. If you prefer not to receive these emails from Knife Rights, please email: [email protected] and ask to be removed.

                  The amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act has passed in the Senate. After passage of the DHS Appropriations Bill, expected this evening, next stop will be Conference Committee.

                  View the amendment here: http://www.KnifeRights.org/SAmdt%201447.pdf

                  You deserve to give yourself a big pat on the back for this. It was your letters, faxes and emails that led to this success. This amendment will stop Customs' rulemaking and protect your pocket knives with a permanent solution.

                  Our thanks to Senators Cornyn, Pryor, Hatch, Vitter, Risch, Chambliss, Corker, Enzi, Barrasso, Graham, Roberts, Wyden and Crapo for co-sponsoring this amendment.

                  We only have one more hurdle, getting through the Conference Committee. Our legislative consultants are already working on that in cooperation with the other advocacy groups and the House members who have been supporting this effort from early on. We should know by early next week what, if anything, we need to do to help that process.

                  It is never a done deal in politics, until it is actually done. Having said that, we have shown ourselves to be a force to be reckoned with. Right now its time to celebrate our success so far, having overcome great odds to get to this point. We'll be in touch again once we settle on the most effective strategy for the next step.

                  Thank you again for all your efforts and for your contributions. If you haven't yet made a contribution or become a member of Knife Rights, please consider it now. This success did not come cheap, and we are still not yet done. We still need your financial support.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

                    More:
                    Knife Rights News Slice Vol. 2 Number 15

                    This newsletter is emailed to Knife Rights members, those who have notified Knife Rights of their interest in the issues discussed and the news media. If you prefer not to receive these emails from Knife Rights, please email: [email protected] and ask to be removed.

                    Many have asked how this Amendment 1447 would solve the Customs switchblade issue. We've got your answer here: http://bit.ly/Mwd5E

                    We still have one more significant hurdle to overcome, Conference Committee. We're working very hard, hand in hand with the other advocacy organizations involved and our friends in the House, to try to ensure it makes it through the Conference Committee. Expect more on that next week.

                    NEWS FLASH: Just in. Our representative who went down and hand counted the letters reports that the final count of Comments letters mailed to Customs is 5,200!!! That is incredible; more than two and half times the original Customs estimate. It is a testament to your outrage over Customs' heavy-handed actions and your dedication. That flood of letters put Customs on notice that they were not going to get away with this without a fight. Thanks to everyone who made that effort to mail their letters to Customs!

                    Review Knife Rights' original announcement: http://bit.ly/Vg6Y6

                    You can read relevant announcements from some of the involved parties here:

                    NRA-ILA: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Fe...d.aspx?id=5043

                    Sportsmen's Caucus: http://tinyurl.com/lnvahb

                    Senator John Cornyn [R-TX]: http://tinyurl.com/nbnuh9

                    Senator Mark Pryor: [D-AR] http://tinyurl.com/ldjk9v

                    Senator Orrin Hatch [R-UT] http://tinyurl.com/l4zess

                    Knife Rights on Twitter

                    Follow Knife Rights on Twitter and receive the latest updates and notices as soon as they occur: http://twitter.com/KnifeRights

                    Join or Donate to Knife Rights

                    Your membership dues help support our efforts to protect your rights. Invest a modest sum in A Sharper Future™. Join at the Benefactor level to help us even more. JOIN NOW!

                    http://tinyurl.com/qnu988

                    PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THIS FIGHT FOR YOUR KNIFE RIGHTS!

                    http://bit.ly/Scvp9

                    Copyright 2009, Knife Rights, Inc.
                    This may be reproduced. It may not be reproduced for commercial purposes.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

                      http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/when-...-write-the-law
                      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                      snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                      Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                      • #12
                        Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

                        http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/pocke...earn-a-victory

                        Congress passed the Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2892), including the outrageous detainee abuse cover-up provision.

                        But there is also a bright side. The bill clarified the definition of "switchblade." As you may recall, Customs was going to arbitrarily redefine the meaning of "switchblade" to include all pocket knives that can be opened with one hand. This could have made "criminals" of many people involved in trades or the outdoors who have used pocketknives all their lives.

                        The new bill added language to existing law preventing bureaucrats from inventing strange new definitions of "switchblade."
                        Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                        snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                        Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                        • #13
                          Re: Customs and Border Protection seeks to ban pocket knives as "switchblades"

                          Its a very small victory. But I'll take it. I'll take anything at this point.
                          |TG-X| mp40x



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