Knife Regulation Arrives: This Is The US Government, Hard At Work

Tyler Durden's picture

When it comes to the contents of the TPP, the most important law of Obama's second term, merely leaking its contents to the press can have result in imprisonment or treason charges, which, considering recent revelations that a substantial portion of the bill was drafted by and for the express benefit of pharmaceutical companies, was to be expected:  when the US population learns that their elected legislators not only don't read the laws they "pass", but are merely bribed figureheads that don't even write them, the resultant collapse of the "democratic" process would be unpleasant.

And yet, other laws such as S.1315, are perfectly transparent and open. So, with nobody in Congress drafting the TPP (and apparently not even able to pass it, despite corporate backers' demands), here is a vivid example of the US government, hard at work.

presenting: S. 1315, Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2015

S. 1315 would allow people to possess knives in states where they are illegal if the person is travelling to and from states where the knife is legal, if the knife is secured, or if the knife is a safety blade designed for cutting seatbelts. Based on information provided by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, CBO estimates that implementing S. 1315 would have no effect on the federal budget. Because enacting S. 1315 would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.


S. 1315 would impose an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) by preempting some state and local laws related to possessing and transporting knives. Laws regulating knives vary from state to state. The costs for state and local governments to comply with that mandate would include the cost to change protocols and train law enforcement officers. CBO estimates the total costs for state and local governments would be small and would not exceed the threshold established in UMRA ($77 million in 2015, adjusted annually for inflation).

Yes, it would cost US taxpayers $77 million to "protect" knife owners, and yes if you own a knife, you too may be considered a threat.

h/t Bruce Krasting

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3.7.77's picture

Just a small cost for the states, that are already broke.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I don't own knives. I own NMS (narrow metal structure) devices. Are they covered by law?

Crawdaddy's picture

NMS is against a code. Their sister enforcer group is NSS who pass out code violations involving narrow sharp sticks

NoDebt's picture

Well, I guess my Hattori Hanzo sword goes to the pawn shop tomorrow.  Unless I can justify owning it for "cutting seat belts".

Side note- anyone ever try to actually use one of those cheap eBay "seatbelt cutter" devices?  I bought one and tried to use it while seated in a car at the junkyard a few years back (yes, I love junkyards and go to them as often).  Damned thing didn't work for shit.  If I was trapped in a burning car and depended on one of those things I'd be cooked alive before I got through the seatbelt.  I thought it would be a quick "zzzzzzzip!" cut through the seatbelt and it was anything but.


Janice's picture

I was in the junk yard looking for a seat belt to install in my fix-er-upper and some jackass had cut halfway through it.

mkhs's picture


What the hell are you doing looking for parts in old AMCs?


Billy the Poet's picture

How to defend yourself against anyone who attacks you with a piece of fresh fruit.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Cutting politican's seatbelts is a sporting purpose, right?

TwoShortPlanks's picture

Off Topic Post
TSP has formed a second company, merging older communications with modern. For those who are interested in diversifying into one of the next boom technologies, here's a chance.

Amish FinEng's picture

The Amish are sovereign citizens! You will not impose your idiocracy upon us!

Murf_DaSurf's picture



I thought the Elders said "No Internet", so get back to that Barn raising, now!

Oh regional Indian's picture

The totalitarian tip-toe!

The Absolute waltz (danced to Waaaagner of course)....

It's for the children.

Ward's of the state...

Water's getting hot people. I keep getting asked to come to the USSA (for work/family etc.) and I feel trapped.

Inside are all these great people I want to meet again, things I want to do, places I want to see (I missed the grand canyon)....

But those people at the border and a rebel like me! Trouble.....

Song: Zero One:

A Nanny Moose's picture

Oh fuck. Just what we need are more fucking laws. Bend the fuck over everyone, cuz here it comes....a scrap of meat for an ass fucking.

Sophist Economicus's picture

Uhmmm, I'm not sure, but I think this law is PROTECTING knife owners that travel into ass-hat states that try to ban certain kinds of knives.   This is the same as Federal laws that protect gunowners travelling through ass-hat states like NJ or WA.   Gun must be secured, etc.    If a LEO confiscates your gun, you can get it back and not go to jail if you followed the Fed procedures.


I think this regulation does the same thing for knives

Crawdaddy's picture

Forrest/Trees kind of thing. These regulations are designed to indoctrinate/brain wash people into thinking their rights come from codes written by pig men.

Defending life and liberty require no permissions.

Billy the Poet's picture

Yes, and as a practical matter it introduces federal regulation of knives where none existed before under the guise of protecting the individual from the vagaries of state government. So now Feds have a reason to inquire about your knives which obviously opens up a whole can of worms. That's the kind of "protection" I don't want or need.

Crawdaddy's picture

By the time they get to moops like us it will ALL be legal. Just like Hitler and that devil hobbit in NK were democratically elected. Legal.

rwe2late's picture

 with the kind of government we have,

next will be the laws making it a FEDERAL crime to transport

knives "illegally".

PTR's picture

Forrest/Trees kind of thing. These regulations are designed to indoctrinate/brain wash people into thinking their rights come from codes written by pig men.

Defending life and liberty require no permissions.


example: "Marriage license"

Abaco's picture

Not really.  This law perpetuates the fiction that any governmental entity has any authority to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms.  If tehy wanted to protect knife owners, they would make it a federal felony for anyone infringing upon the right.

TeamDepends's picture

Knife! It's either a shank or a shiv here in Police State USA.

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

My solution is I never wear a seatbelt. There, problem solved.

roadhazard's picture

I only wear them at police traffic stops.

Peak Finance's picture

Here is the knife for your paticular seat-belt problem.

I love mine!

Doug997's picture

You always have to test/use your tools. Purchasing something and putting it away till the day you need it will bring you some surprises.

chubbar's picture

So what they are basically saying is that if you pass through a state where it is illegal to own a 8" bladed knife (for instance), you can continue on to your destination with your knife as long as it is "secured" (whatever that means). However, we are going to steal all your cash because while it is still legal to carry, although we are working on that loophole, we believe you are probably a drug runner. And even if you are not a drug runner, we really need the cash and you are pretty fucking stupid to think we exist to help you in any way. Have a nice day.

nmewn's picture

Gaius, sounds like you own a Hoyt ;-)

Creepy A. Cracker's picture



Oh, they already did it...

A Nanny Moose's picture

Knaves don't kill was it knives.

Knives kill fewer people than pens in the hands of the government. Maybe we need "government control" or a "ban on government?" Yes... that is a contradiction, but....what would a black market for government look like?

A Nanny Moose's picture

Don't need no law to tell me I have the right to my life/property, and to the defense thereof.

Colonel's picture

Knowing the nanny state, next up will be scissors.

Scooby Doo's picture

Your mother already told you to not run with scissors!

Bastiat's picture

We need scissors todefend ourselves from terrorists.

Lore's picture

Re: Car control  <- Agenda 21 Greenshirts are working on that already. "We've gotta get people out of their cars.."  And always, it's "To Save the Planet."  Stupid brainwashed leaf eaters.

stant's picture

If you cross the Ohio river going north or past the miss much more tha a few hrs ride your fucking nuts. Don't go in the woods without my Kbar eva

Grinder74's picture

People forget that "arms" (right to keep and bear) doesn't refer just to guns.  

One And Only's picture

Whoever wrote this law was shit faced to have even come up with the idea.

BlackChicken's picture

No kidding, WTF..!?!

This will cost vastly more than 77 million, think of all the useless jobs to be created and departments this will create just to attempt to enforce.

This country is in such a hurry now to destroy itself.

One And Only's picture

Someone was sitting down and actually had to think of this. Cavemen made rudimentary knives out of stone and some fucking cunt in 2015 decided that it's time for knife regulation.  What in the actual fuck. more fire.

WOAR's picture

Arson is already illegal.

If a cop pulls up, and you've made a fire, try to explain to the cop why you made a fire.

Good luck, you arsonist.

TheReplacement's picture

"Hey pig!  I smell bacon!!!"

Eet ees le campfieyir

sleigher's picture

" more fire."


You do know that exhaling produces carbon dioxide right?

Scooby Doo's picture

Governments are already considering banning wood burning fireplaces & backyard fire pits. These fires release uncontrolled contaminants into the air.