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H.R. 84 (115th): Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2017

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About the bill

Gun rights are having a huge boost recently, with Republican control of Congress and most states. What about knife rights?


At least 21 states this decade have repealed or weakened laws regarding knives. And it’s not just Republican states — it includes purple or even blue states such as Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Washington.

But the biggest restriction is the 1958 Federal Switchblade Act, a prohibition on interstate travel with automatic knives such as switchblades. There are 44 states with some such travel restriction — even though many or most of those states allow such knife possession within the state itself.

What the legislation does

The Knife Owners’ Protection Act [H.R. 84 + S. 3264] would allow interstate travel with automatic knives …

Sponsor and status

Andy Biggs

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 6 pages
Jan 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 3, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


10 Cosponsors (10 Republicans)



Jan 3, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 84 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 84. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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