Text: S.1437 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (07/09/2009)

1st Session
S. 1437

To clarify the definition of switchblade knives.


July 9, 2009

Mr. Hatch introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


To clarify the definition of switchblade knives.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Definition of switchblade knives.

(a) In general.—Section 4 of the Act entitled “An Act to prohibit the introduction, or manufacture for introduction, into interstate commerce of switchblade knives, and for other purposes” (commonly known as the Federal Switchblade Act) (15 U.S.C. 1244) is amended—

(1) by striking “or” at the end of paragraph (3);

(2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (4) and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(5) a knife that contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife.”.

(b) Effective Date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.