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calendar   Monday - April 29, 2013

Freedom In The Heartland

This ought to give the leftwing bedwetters nightmares. Loving it.


Indiana House Passes Switchblade and Silencer Bill

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[Drew, late to the party again. But it’s a big ol’ world, and I bet you hadn’t heard this one either. Come to think of it, it’s pretty hard to find news stories on it at all for some reason.]
HB1563 passed the Indiana House in February this year, and passed their Senate 77-20 on April 1, but went back for a little re-work. Now it has passed unanimously. It’s a little hodge-podge of a “natural resource” bill, covering a number of issues from precisely defining what a minnow is, to proper boat loading for recreational water skiers to well pump installer licensing to penalties for hunting on somebody else’s land without permission.

But two aspects of the bill are really eye-popping in this day and age.

The first part allows hunters to hunt using sound suppressors on their guns. While this is quite common in Europe, and is even required by law in several Scandinavian countries, the use and possession of the dreaded “silencer” is an iteration of abject fear in almost the entire United States. And it’s also something that is covered directly by the federal Gun Control Act of 1934. Yes, the same federal Act that made machines guns hard to come by, outlawed short barreled shotguns, cane guns, and firearms hidden in everyday devices like pocket watches also made “cans” a big old no-no. Unless you had the expensive Class III stamp and could jump through N+1 rings of fire to get approval for it. I do not think that the Indiana Bill makes such permitting unnecessary, but it does allow their use specifically, and that is a small miracle. One that just makes sense anyway; all a “silencer” will do for a hunting rifle using standard ammunition is to moderate the bang just enough so that you don’t need hearing protection. That’s smart legislation: who wants the woods to be full of armed hunters walking around wearing ear plugs??

The second eye-popper is that the bill removes the stigma of illegality from spring actuated and gravity actuated knives. Known to the rest of the nation as switchblades, this kind of pocket knife has had generations of irrational fears wrapped around it. In this day and age, when several other entire design classes of pocket knives exist that can be opened with one hand, and just as fast, there is no real point in keeping switchblades illegal.

Bravo Indiana. Now let’s get the governor to sign this into law. ( Given the huge majority in the State Legislature, I don’t think this is going to be a problem. [fingers crossed])

After two years of effort by Knife Rights and our sponsors, the Indiana legislature has repealed the state’s irrational ban on switchblade knives.

Senator Jim Tomes and Senator Johnny Nugent have worked tirelessly with Knife Rights to pass this repeal.

Initially passed unanimously by the Indiana Senate, passage of the bill has been thwarted two years in a row by a single House committee chairman who refused to hear the bill. Senators Tomes and Nugent were able to bypass the obstinate chairman by adding the repeal language to a Conference Committee Report on HB1563 dealing with related matters. This Report was passed by the Indiana House 78-19 on Wednesday and the Indiana Senate 50-0 today.

HB1563 with the included Switchblade Ban Repeal language now goes to Governor Mike Pence. Please contact Governor Pence and ask him to sign HB1563.


Knife Rights. We tend to forget about them because there aren’t all that many restrictions and because the guns get so much more coverage, but these are “arms” too, and they’ve got at least one group of their own working on their behalf. Well done.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/29/2013 at 03:03 PM   
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