Alaska House passes knife deregulation bill

Mar 27, 2013 -- 9:30am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House has passed a bill that would legalize certain types of knives. HB33, by Rep. Mark Neuman, would allow for knives to be regulated in the same way as firearms. The bill passed unanimously on Tuesday, but notice of reconsideration was issued, meaning the measure could be voted on again before going to the Senate. Neuman, in his sponsor statement, said the practical effect of the bill would be to deregulate one-handed hunting and utility knives. Neuman said some places have tried to restrict the types of knives people can carry by classifying a broad range of them as "switchblades" or "gravity knives." His bill would make the definitions of these types of knives more stringent in law.

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