A state preemption bill for knives

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State Senator Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, has introduced a preemption bill for knives that is very similar to the state’s firearms preemption laws.

If passed, Altman’s bill would safeguard the right to carry a pocket knife across Florida.

Sen. Thad Altman

Sen. Thad Altman

The “Uniform Knife and Weapons Act” would eliminate local knife ordinances, which differ across the state.

SB 458 would invest only the state legislature with the power to enact knife laws, and allows for civil penalties against public officials or municipalities that fail to repeal their current knife regulations or seek to pass more.

Here’s more information:

SB 458: Regulation of Knives and Weapons

GENERAL BILL by Altman

Regulation of Knives and Weapons; Creating the “Uniform Knife and Weapons Act”; prohibiting state agencies and political subdivisions from regulating knives and weapons; providing that certain rules or ordinances of a state agency or political subdivision regulating knives or weapons are void; authorizing civil actions against a state agency or political subdivision that enacts or fails to repeal a prohibited rule or ordinance; providing for the termination of employment or removal from office of a person in violation of the act, etc.

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