Mississippi To Get Some Knife Sense?

HOUSE BILL NO. 451, introduced by Rep. Zuber, might bring some needed sanity to Mississippi’s knife laws. Currently a person may carry a concealed firearm without a license but no one, including enhanced licensees who have gone through a background check and training course, can carry “any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, switchblade knife” in a concealed fashion.

No one really knows what any of these terms describe so the law is ripe for inconsistent enforcement.

This law is wise for the following reasons:

  1. The carry of knives, like firearms, are protected under the Mississippi and federal constitution (Second Amendment) as both are “arms.”
  2. Knives are, relatively, less lethal than firearms so there is no legitimate reason that knives are more highly regulated as to carry.
  3. The existing laws are widely ignored and rarely enforced which means that there is the potential for abuse against disfavored individuals (selective enforcement).
  4. Many others states have repealed their knife laws entirely without any adverse effects.

Let’s all hope this bill quicklys passes the Legislature.

Read the whole bill here: