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Minnick makes point with pocketknife

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick is being lauded by the National Rifle Association for his work to protect spring-assisted pocketknives from being reclassified as switchblades, an issue that prompted Minnick to display his own such pocketknife at a congressional committee hearing last summer. The change has now been written into the appropriation bill for the Department of Homeland Security. “This amendment was necessary to prevent commonly-used pocketknives from being branded as illegal switchblades,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “The National Rifle Association would like to thank Congressman Minnick, whose leadership helped fix a provision that would have criminalized millions of law-abiding Americans – including many hunters and sportsmen in Idaho.”

Minnick said, “Like most Idahoans, I carry a pocketknife. That shouldn’t make me a criminal. Passage of this bill means that the kinds of knives we use while rafting Idaho rivers or fishing its streams or hunting its mountains – or even just to open a stubborn package at the office – will remain legal and free of regulation.” You can read our full story here from today’s Spokesman-Review on the legislative change and the role of Post Falls-based Buck Knives in it, and click below for Minnick’s full press release. The new language was first championed by Minnick and Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio; Minnick also thanked Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for their work on the issue.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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