"Rep. Coffey's bill removes the prohibition on these knives and focuses the law on CRIMINAL USE of the knives. Knife Rights supports efforts that remove restrictions on ownership, carry and legitimate use of knives as tools and arms and recognizes that it is the criminal use of knives that should garner the law's attention."
Suzanna Hupp, says:
"Knives, like guns, are important to women. Representative Jenn Coffey's knife rights bill sends a strong message giving freedom to honest citizens, yet opposing the criminal misuse of a useful tool."
Sandra Froman, says:
"I own, collect, carry and use knives. In my home State of Arizona, law-abiding adults may possess, sell and openly carry switchblades, daggers, dirks and stilettos for utilitarian and defensive purposes. There is no valid reason why New Hampshire citizens should not be trusted with the same knife rights as Arizona citizens."
Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep and Bear Arms
Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the CCRKBA, says:
"Over the years, there have been many instances of women and men using knives to protect themselves. There is no doubt in my mind that the right to keep and bear arms includes knives. CCRKBA supports this bill."
The Firearms Coalition
Jeff Knox, Director of Operations for The Firearms Coalition, says:
"I think that the people of New Hampshire can safely lower their guard now that the youngest members of the Sharks and the Jets are in their 80's."
Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Aaron Zelman, Executive Director of JPFO, says:
"Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership opposes laws that make it difficult for people to exercise their G-d given right to protect their life and that of others. JPFO supports this bill."
Second Amendment Sisters
Mari Thompson, President of SAS , says:
"Second Amendment Sisters is very proud of our National Coordinator Rep. Jenn Coffey and her Knife Rights Bill. Her bill distinguishes between lawful use of a knife by honest citizens and unlawful use by criminals. By supporting this bill you are on the side of women everywhere who need a knife for daily tasks and who refuse to be a victim. Anyone who would oppose this bill demonstrates their ignorance of women's rights and wants to coddle criminals at the expense of the law abiding."
Pro-Gun New Hampshire
Sam Cohen, Executive Vice President and CEO of PGNH , says:
"Representative Jennifer Coffey, a senior advisor to Pro-Gun New Hampshire, clearly understands the need to keep government out of people's business, especially when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms. She is a forceful presence in the New Hampshire legislature, and we're proud to have helped her with the Knife Rights bill."
New Hampshire Wildlife Federation
Alan E. Lutz, President of NHWF , says: "NHWF represents more than 7000 New Hampshire sportsmen and sportswomen. Passage of HB1665 will help hunters and fishers to lawfully carry knives necessary and beneficial for the safe enjoyment of their outdoor heritage. The current law is absurd and cries out for reform. HB1665 gives honest citizens the freedom to purchase and carry knives, yet provides a strong penalty against their criminal misuse. "
New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
Mark Warden, Chairman of the NHLA, says:
"The board of directors of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance salutes the efforts of Rep. Jenn Coffey and 2A advocate Evan Nappen in their tireless work for protection of citizens’ right to self defense in the state of New Hampshire. Residents in the Granite State have more to fear from the double-edged, careless use of government violence than they do from any blade. Thanks for fighting the good fight!"
Bloomfield Press & GunLaws.com
Alan Korwin, Publisher, says:
"This isn't a weapons issue, it's about property rights. Possession of private property -- even dangerous things like salt, knives, gasoline or whatever -- is and should be perfectly legal for people doing no harm. This law respects that fundamental freedom principle, while holding criminals accountable for bad acts. Bravo! We need more Rep. Coffeys and more bills like this."
Benchmade Knife Company
Les De Asis, Chief Executive Officer of Benchmade, says:
"Benchmade Knife Company supports Rep Coffey's efforts. Professionals and sportsmen alike rely on edged tools, no matter the size or opening mechanism, to get the job done day in and day out. We recognize and support their need to own and use these products."
American Knife & Tool Institute
CJ Buck of Buck Knives and Board of Regent Member of AKTI, says:
"One of the premiere goals of the American Knife and Tool Institute, "AKTI", is the clarification and/or removal of vague and ambiguous languageinvolving knives from both state and federal statutes. AKTI is in full support of Rep Coffey's bill as it is removing terminology from New Hampshire statute that was far too open to misinterpretation."
Steve Shackleford, BLADE Magazine Editor, says:
"Rep. Jenn Coffey’s proposed bill to take the blame off the knife and put it where it belongs—on a person who commits a crime with the knife—is exactly the kind of legislation that needs to be passed not only on the state level, but on the local and federal levels as well."
Roy Huntington, Publisher of American Handgunner, American COP, & GUNS Magazine, says:
"As we've all said many times before — It's the criminals, stupid! We at American Handgunner,GUNS and American COP support this kind of legislation that return common sense to our laws. Law abiding citizens don't mis-use knives of any type ... can we please concentrate on the problem — and stop the feel-good legislation?"
Americans for Tax Reform
Grover Norquist of ATR, says:
"Criminals commit crimes. Guns, knives and lead pipes sit on the table and rust unless used by someone. The judicial system recognizes that only people have free will and are responsible for their acts. They don't put a gun or knife in prison after a crime. Just the criminal."
Blade Magazine Online
Ben Sobieck, Online Editor, says:
"New Hampshire State Representative Jennifer Coffey recently introduced a pro-knife bill that would focus knife restrictions on their USE by criminals. That's a refreshing change of pace from the typical "ban possession of knives" mentality."
Mark McMorrow, VP/Executive Editor of Sword Forum, says:
"Anti-knife legislation simply means anti-sword legislation isn't far behind. So when a state moves in the direction of affirming knife rights, we take notice. Sword Forum International wholeheartedly supports Representative Jenn Coffey's Knife Rights Bill."
Frank Trzaska of usmilitaryknives.com, says:
"Kudos to Rep Jennifer Coffey for taking a common sense approach to placing personal responsibility on the criminal action not on the object, it's a long overdue breath of fresh air."
Knife World Magazine
Mark Zalesky, Editor of Knife World, says:
"Hats off to Rep. Coffey, Mr. Nappen, and the "Live Free or Die" state!"
Hannah Dustin Defense League
A statement from the Full Membership of the Hannah Dustin Defense League:
"The Hannah Dustin Defense League Coalition supports Rep. Coffey's knife rights bill. We recognize that the New Hampshire State House's repeated attempts to ban honest citizens from the tools of self-defense must be stopped. Knives are an important choice for woman to have, no legislature should be allowed to inhibit the liberty of New Hampshire Women!"
WKBK Radio's Al Kulas
Al Kulas, radio personality, says:
"It is extremely gratifying to see a truly nonpartisan effort to correct such an egregious situation. There are instances of a Baseball Bat, a Golf Club, or a Hammer being used as a weapon: Yet children carry these without a license. This legislation will finally make legal, the myriad of workers: Emergency Service, Farmers, And Active, Reserve, and Guard Military who have always surreptitiously carried these knives as a necessary, "Tool". New Hampshire will be proud of it's Legislature for passing a Statute that is both Logical and Just ... "Punishing the criminal ... Not the tool". Thank you."
Ed Fowler, Knifemaker and Field Editor for Blade Magazine
Ed Fowler says:
The present Bill making the mere possession or sale of various knives or instruments without considering the intent of or use by the individual is best addressed by one who understood the basics of freedom well.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt Nov. 1873
That the mere possession of any instrument can be a crime without considering the intent of the individual opens the door for oppression by those that serve under the color of law enforcement, an unnecessary and costly enterprise for government, the courts and the individuals charged.
Every law has its social and financial costs, your present law is without benefit and very costly to both government and the people.
The August 2005 issue of Forbes Magazine listed the 20 most important tools of man. Number one was the knife.
It is very easy for law enforcement to predate on the innocent citizen for he is honest and easy to catch for without unlawful intent he is a sitting duck for the over zealous law enforcement officer and prosecutor who pretend to fight crime.
I strongly encourage you to consider the present modification of the bill to include criminal intent as the essential aspect of enforcement.