Jones bill allowing ‘spring-assisted knives’ headed to the governor

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature has approved Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation that would repeal the state’s ban on spring-assisted knives.

“Michigan’s law on these types of knives is outdated and was written at a time when popular films portrayed spring-assisted knives as extremely dangerous weapons,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “We are not talking about double-edged stiletto knives. These are spring-assisted knives, such as utility knives commonly carried by police officers and members of the National Guard.”

Senate Bill 245 would repeal 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. I sponsored the repeal of the law in an effort to prevent young people from going to jail for carrying a utility knife.”

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, which now heads to the governor to be signed.