BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana would remove its little-known ban on switchblade knives from the books, if the Senate agrees to a repeal a measure that has won overwhelming support in the House.

House lawmakers voted 83-0 Friday for the proposal by Rep. Mark Wright, a Covington Republican.

Current law prohibits the ownership, possession or use of a switchblade in Louisiana or a similar spring-loaded knife, except for law enforcement officers.

Wright says Louisiana is one of only a handful of states that has such a 1950s-era ban on switchblades still in law. He says most states that once had the bans have scrapped their similar laws.

The bill heads next to the Senate for debate.


House Bill 892: www.legis.la.gov