Knife Rights helped to bring about another victory yesterday as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill repealing Colorado’s total switchblade and gravity knife ban. Bill 17-008, which is projected to go into effect later this year, removes all bans on automatic and gravity knives, including ownership, carry, and manufacturing in Colorado.

“Colorado had a total prohibition on autos,” explains Doug Ritter, Chairman and Executive Director of Knife Rights. “You couldn’t manufacture them, you couldn’t own them, you couldn’t do anything.” After the repeal, it will be legal to possess and carry automatic and gravity knives, but they will still be subject to Colorado’s blade length limitation of 3.5” when carried in a concealed fashion.

The repeal will also benefit Colorado knife makers and manufacturers including Spyderco. The company will soon be able to develop and manufacture automatic knives out of their Golden facility without breaking the law. Although it’s still unclear how the repeal will affect future plans, the company tells us they were happy to see Governor Hickenlooper sign the bill.


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