» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 128 | NO. 47 | Friday, March 08, 2013

Bill to Lift Switchblade Ban Passes Senate

AP

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Comments ()

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate has approved legislation that seeks to lift Tennessee's ban on switchblades.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville was approved 27-3 on Thursday. The companion bill is scheduled to be heard next week in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

The measure would also end restrictions on carrying blades longer than 4 inches.

"If a citizen wants to carry that type of knife with them for self-defense, they should have that right," Bell said.

The bill would set statewide rules for knives, meaning that local governments would no longer be able to set their own restrictions.

He noted that some cities have antiquated language in their current code. For instance, he said in one city it states, "if you're a conductor on a steam freight train you can carry a switchblade knife."

Under the proposal, it would be against the law to carry a switchblade on school property.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 84 84 5,157
MORTGAGES 103 103 6,812
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 37 1,593
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 60 105 5,405
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 28 2,089
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 97 97 7,155
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 24 1,482

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.