“Carry a knife—save a life!” That’s one of Knife Right’s catchy mottos, and NRA chief Wayne LaPierre is right there on the outfit’s website giving his stamp of approval to this movement, which is gaining steam around the country.
"Knife Rights is the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment,” LaPierre says. “They are the premier grassroots organization protecting our right to own knives. Those who love freedom need Knife Rights, so please join me in supporting their mission."
Knife Rights says it asked state Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, to introduce his bill, which zipped out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on a 7-1 vote. Senators asked few questions at that time, and the public was left to ponder the bill's implications.
Daggers, switchblades, stilettos, Bowie knives, and ham slicers—absolutely, they're legal. But what about meat cleavers, cutlasses, machetes and Samurai swords? Could someone carrying his favorite pig sticker sit down at a bar and enjoy a few drinks? It turns out people are right to wonder. Bell is wondering himself. He admits he's not sure what his bill actually might do. That's not to say he's against making it legal to carry swords.
"My bill specifically references knives," Bell says, thinking out loud. "A sword is not defined in the code. It is not my intention. Now, if somebody brought a bill to allow people to carry swords, at that time I would look at that bill. But my bill specifically covers knives and removes the length prohibition on a knife."
Maybe before the legislature enacts this bill into law, someone will figure out exactly which dangerous weapons suddenly will become legal to carry.