Knife Rights was organized in 2006 to ensure a Sharper Future™ for owners of one of mankind's oldest and most commonly used tools. Elsewhere in the world, many of the knives sold and used daily in the United States are illegal or severely restricted and the restrictions are growing every day. Even in the U.S., efforts to demonize knives and to place more restrictions on knives are becoming more commonplace. Without a dedicated grassroots organization to protect our knives, they are an easy target for those who seek restrictions on our freedoms. Knife Rights is that dedicated grassroots organization.
Knife Rights has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are building that Sharper Future™ as we Rewrite Knife Law in America™. We can count 30 legislative victories in 22 states, plus Congress. We are standing up to the largest city in America in our Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City. Our Knife Owners' Protection Act including repeal of the archaic 1958 Federal Switchblade Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress.
While our knives are primarily tools, ultimately our right to own and carry these tools is enshrined in the Second Amendment. The fight to protect our knives is the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment™. The two pillars upon which Knife Rights stands are "Essential Tools - Essential Rights™." We cannot retain the former without the latter.
Knife Rights is really two organizations. Knife Rights, Inc. is the 501(c)(4) member advocacy organization which promotes pro-knife legislation and opposes anti-knife legislation. The Knife Rights Foundation, Inc., is the 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization that also pursues litigation in support of knife owner civil rights.