As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Last week Governor Wolf signed HB 1929 amending 18 Pa.C.S. § 908, concerning Prohibited Offensive Weapons, to remove “dagger knife, razor, or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mechanism, or otherwise” from the definition of “offensive weapons.”
As a result, those types of daggers, knives, razors, and cutting instruments will be lawful to purchase, sell, repair, possess, and use in the Commonwealth once the bill becomes effective on January 2, 2023, however, it will still generally be a criminal offense to possess or employ these items in the commission of a crime. Additionally, knives lack the statewide preemption protection that firearms enjoy and local municipalities may implement their own restrictions on knives (like Philadelphia). It seems to me this type of restriction likely violates the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, but that’s never stopped Philadelphia before.
The possibility of local restrictions aside, this is a long overdue breath of fresh air for one of the few states where automatic knives are still unlawful to possess.