Senate passes bill to legalize switchblade knives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state Senate has passed a bill to legalize switchblades and other knives with blades longer than 4 inches in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 24-1 on Monday to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville.

The measure would make it a felony to use a switchblade knife during the commission of a crime and would increase the maximum fine from $3,000 to $6,000.

Legislative analysts project that the measure would lead to one incarceration every 10 years.

Under current law, switchblades are included on a state list of weapons that are illegal to knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell.

The companion bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah is awaiting a vote in a subcommittee of the House Finance Committee.


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