SB 140 reforms Ohio knife law by making two separate substantive changes:
1. The ban on manufacture and sale of "switchblade," "spring blade" and "gravity" knives is repealed;
2. It clears up the vague and confusing Ohio law regarding carry of ANY knife by defining a knife, razor or cutting instrument as a "deadly weapon" or "weapon" ONLY if it is used as a weapon. This would allow carrying any knife concealed under state law.
Knife Rights was honored to work closely with a number of Ohio legislators over the past six years to get this bill introduced and passed.
Former Senator Joe Uecker, SB 140's original sponsor, said, "When Knife Rights approached me about this bill, it made perfect sense to me. A completely legal item to possess should be completely legal to manufacture in Ohio. A knife should not be considered a deadly weapon unless it's used as one. That's just common sense."
Uecker continued: "After four years of effort, it is clear that we'd never have gotten this done but for the simple fact that Knife Rights showed up, every time! As anyone successful in getting legislation done knows, being there, in the Capitol, at critical moments, is what makes the difference. Todd Rathner from Knife Rights did that. I sincerely appreciate that he and Knife Rights showed up every single time we needed him at each critical juncture."
Uecker concluded, "I would also like to thank my fellow legislators who kept this bill moving and especially Chairman Lang for getting SB 140 to the House floor."