Governor signs Jones bill allowing ‘spring-assisted knives’

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to repeal the state’s ban on spring-assisted knives was signed into law on Thursday.

“This reform is not about double-edged stiletto knives commonly portrayed in old Hollywood movies,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This is about updating the law concerning spring-assisted knives, such as utility knives commonly carried by police officers and members of the National Guard.

“I sponsored this repeal to help prevent young people from going to jail for carrying a utility knife.”

Senate Bill 245, now Public Act 96 of 2017, repeals the section of Michigan law that makes the selling or possession of “spring-assisted knives” a misdemeanor in the state.

“Spring-assisted knives are not defined in the law. The section refers to a pocket knife opened by the flick of a button, but there are now many different knives that may or may not fall into this category,” Jones said. “Knives of this type are sold at major retailers throughout the state and are carried by many citizens.”

Jones said that many prosecutors and law enforcement officers in Michigan are not charging individuals with a crime for carrying these common knives, creating a patchwork of enforcement across the state.

The Michigan State Police supported the bill.