TN Senate to vote on new knife regulations

11:42 PM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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Monday in Nashville, lawmakers will vote on a bill that would make it legal for Tennesseans to carry switchblade knives and knives with blades longer than 4 inches in the state.

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, presented the senate version of the bill. It passed the Senate Judiciary committee by a vote of 7 to 1.

On the bill's fiscal note, Bell and house sponsor, Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, said the move could actually save the state $28,400 in inmate housing costs.

Knife dealer, Colin Epps, has been selling knives for 25 years. He said he likes the legislation.

"It shouldn't be there," Epps said of the old law prohibiting switchblades. "You know it probably served its purpose back when it was written."

Still security worker Shane Medley said he wasn't so sure he would support the measure.

"Anybody can go into a store and buy a knife and just have it on them," he said. "So basically, if they do make that legal, I think you should go through some classes and do the proper training."

The bill will be voted on by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday.

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