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U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today for passing their legislation, which would ensure that those traveling with a properly secured knife are not prosecuted under local or state laws which ban certain knives.

“In Wyoming, we understand that knives are an essential tool for folks, whether they are for hunting, ranching or for everyday use,” Enzi said. “I am glad the committee passed this legislation, which would allow law-abiding knife owners to finally be able to travel across the country without fear of breaking the law. I am hopeful that the Senate will act quickly to pass this common-sense legislation.”

“Our bipartisan bill recognizes that law-abiding knife owners shouldn’t risk going to jail for traveling between two places where it’s legal to have knives,” Wyden said. “I’m glad the Commerce Committee has taken this important step toward respecting state laws and restoring some common sense to our nation’s laws regarding knife ownership.”

The Interstate Transport Act would provide legal protections for individuals traveling with a knife where it is lawful for the knife to be possessed at both the point of origin and destination, so long as the individual satisfies the requirements in the law for storing the knife. This legislation is based on the Firearms Owner Protection Act of 1986, which provides the same protection to law?abiding gun owners.

Other cosponsors of the legislation include U.S. Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., James Risch, R-Idaho, Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Mike Lee, R-Utah., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Tom Udall, D-N.M.