NOTE: Scroll to the very bottom for the main part of America's Law against switchblade/Ballistic knife posession.What follows immediately below is a small portion that illustrates most effectively the insane tyranny of such laws.

Sec. 1245. Ballistic knives

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(a) Prohibition and penalties for possession, manufacture, sale, or

importation

Whoever in or affecting interstate commerce, within any Territory

or possession of the United States, within Indian country (as

defined in section 1151 of title 18), or within the special

maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States (as

defined in section 7 of title 18), knowingly possesses,

manufactures, sells, or imports a ballistic knife shall be fined as

provided in title 18, or imprisoned not more than ten years, or

both.

READ BELOW FOR MORE ON THE EVOLUTION OF ANTI KNIFE LEGISLATION

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18 USC Sec. 1716 01/06/97

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TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

PART I - CRIMES

CHAPTER 83 - POSTAL SERVICE

-HEAD-

Sec. 1716. Injurious articles as nonmailable

-STATUTE-

(a) All kinds of poison, and all articles and compositions

containing poison, and all poisonous animals, insects, reptiles,

and all explosives, inflammable materials, infernal machines, and

mechanical, chemical, or other devices or compositions which may

ignite or explode, and all disease germs or scabs, and all other

natural or artificial articles, compositions, or material which may

kill or injure another, or injure the mails or other property,

whether or not sealed as first-class matter, are nonmailable matter

and shall not be conveyed in the mails or delivered from any post

office or station thereof, nor by any officer or employee of the

Postal Service.

(b) The Postal Service may permit the transmission in the mails,

under such rules and regulations as it shall prescribe as to

preparation and packing, of any such articles which are not

outwardly or of their own force dangerous or injurious to life,

health, or property.

(c) The Postal Service is authorized and directed to permit the

transmission in the mails, under regulations to be prescribed by

it, of live scorpions which are to be used for purposes of medical

research or for the manufacture of antivenom. Such regulations

shall include such provisions with respect to the packaging of such

live scorpions for transmission in the mails as the Postal Service

deems necessary or desirable for the protection of Postal Service

personnel and of the public generally and for ease of handling by

such personnel and by any individual connected with such research

or manufacture. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be

construed to authorize the transmission in the mails of live

scorpions by means of aircraft engaged in the carriage of

passengers for compensation or hire.

(d) The transmission in the mails of poisonous drugs and

medicines may be limited by the Postal Service to shipments of such

articles from the manufacturer thereof or dealer therein to

licensed physicians, surgeons, dentists, pharmacists, druggists,

cosmetologists, barbers, and veterinarians under such rules and

regulations as it shall prescribe.

(e) The transmission in the mails of poisons for scientific use,

and which are not outwardly dangerous or of their own force

dangerous or injurious to life, health, or property, may be limited

by the Postal Service to shipments of such articles between the

manufacturers thereof, dealers therein, bona fide research or

experimental scientific laboratories, and such other persons who

are employees of the Federal, a State, or local government, whose

official duties are comprised, in whole or in part, of the use of

such poisons, and who are designated by the head of the agency in

which they are employed to receive or send such articles, under

such rules and regulations as the Postal Service shall prescribe.

(f) All spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented, or other

intoxicating liquors of any kind are nonmailable and shall not be

deposited in or carried through the mails.

(g) All knives having a blade which opens automatically (1) by

hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of

the knife, or (2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both, are

nonmailable and shall not be deposited in or carried by the mails

or delivered by any officer or employee of the Postal Service. Such

knives may be conveyed in the mails, under such regulations as the

Postal Service shall prescribe -

(1) to civilian or Armed Forces supply or procurement officers

and employees of the Federal Government ordering, procuring, or

purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of the

Federal Government;

(2) to supply or procurement officers of the National Guard,

the Air National Guard, or militia of a State ordering,

procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with the

activities of such organizations;

(3) to supply or procurement officers or employees of any

State, or any political subdivision of a State or Territory,

ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with

the activities of such government; and

(4) to manufacturers of such knives or bona fide dealers

therein in connection with any shipment made pursuant to an order

from any person designated in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3).

The Postal Service may require, as a condition of conveying any

such knife in the mails, that any person proposing to mail such

knife explain in writing to the satisfaction of the Postal Service

that the mailing of such knife will not be in violation of this

section.

(h) Any advertising, promotional, or sales matter which solicits

or induces the mailing of anything declared nonmailable by this

section is likewise nonmailable unless such matter contains

wrapping or packaging instructions which are in accord with

regulations promulgated by the Postal Service.

(i)(1) Any ballistic knife shall be subject to the same

restrictions and penalties provided under subsection (g) for knives

described in the first sentence of that subsection.

(2) As used in this subsection, the term ''ballistic knife''

means a knife with a detachable blade that is propelled by a

spring-operated mechanism.

Whoever knowingly deposits for mailing or delivery, or knowingly

causes to be delivered by mail, according to the direction thereon,

or at any place at which it is directed to be delivered by the

person to whom it is addressed, anything declared nonmailable by

this section, unless in accordance with the rules and regulations

authorized to be prescribed by the Postal Service, shall be fined

under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Whoever knowingly deposits for mailing or delivery, or knowingly

causes to be delivered by mail, according to the direction thereon

or at any place to which it is directed to be delivered by the

person to whom it is addressed, anything declared nonmailable by

this section, whether or not transmitted in accordance with the

rules and regulations authorized to be prescribed by the Postal

Service, with intent to kill or injure another, or injure the mails

or other property, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or

imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Whoever is convicted of any crime prohibited by this section,

which has resulted in the death of any person, shall be subject

also to the death penalty or to imprisonment for life.

(j) For purposes of this section, the term ''State'' includes a

State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and any

commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.

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(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 781; May 8, 1952, ch. 246, 66

Stat. 67; June 29, 1955, ch. 224, 69 Stat. 191; Sept. 2, 1957, Pub.

L. 85-268, 71 Stat. 594; Aug. 12, 1958, Pub. L. 85-623, Sec. 5, 72

Stat. 562; Aug. 12, 1970, Pub. L. 91-375, Sec. 6(j)(25), 84 Stat.

779; Dec. 15, 1971, Pub. L. 92-191, Sec. 1, 85 Stat. 647; Oct. 27,

1986, Pub. L. 99-570, title X, Sec. 10003, 100 Stat. 3207-167;

Sept. 13, 1994, Pub. L. 103-322, title VI, Sec. 60003(a)(7), title

XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(H), 108 Stat. 1969, 2147; Oct. 11, 1996,

Pub. L. 104-294, title VI, Sec. 607(g), 110 Stat. 3511.)

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HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 340 (Mar. 4, 1909. ch.

321, Sec. 217, 35 Stat. 1131; May 25, 1920, ch. 196, 41 Stat. 620;

Jan. 11, 1929, ch. 53, 45 Stat. 1072; June 19, 1934, ch. 650, 48

Stat. 1063).

Reference to persons causing or procuring was omitted as

unnecessary in view of definition of ''principal'' in section 2 of

this title.

The maximum of ''twenty years'' was reduced to ''ten years'' as

more consistent with such comparable sections as sections 111 and

1113 of this title.

Minor changes were made in phraseology.

AMENDMENTS

1996 - Subsec. (g)(2). Pub. L. 104-294, Sec. 607(g)(1),

substituted ''State'' for ''State, Territory, or the District of

Columbia''.

Subsec. (g)(3). Pub. L. 104-294, Sec. 607(g)(2), which directed

substitution of ''any State, or any political subdivision of a

State'' for ''the municipal government of the District of Columbia

or of the government of any State or territory, or any county,

city, or other political subdivision of a State'', was executed by

making the substitution in text which contained the word

''Territory'' rather than ''territory'', to reflect the probable

intent of Congress.

Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 104-294, Sec. 607(g)(3), added subsec. (j)

at end.

1994 - Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(H), substituted ''fined

under this title'' for ''fined not more than $1,000'' in first

undesignated par. after subsec. (i).

Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 60003(a)(7), in last par., struck out

before period at end '', if the jury shall in its discretion so

direct, or, in the case of a plea of guilty, or a plea of not

guilty where the defendant has waived a trial by jury, if the court

in its discretion, shall so order''.

1986 - Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 99-570 added subsec. (i).

1971 - Subsecs. (a) to (g). Pub. L. 92-191 designated existing

seven paragraphs preceding the penal provisions as subsecs. (a) to

(g), respectively.

Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 92-191 added subsec. (h).

1970 - First par. Pub. L. 91-375, Sec. 6(j)(25)(B)(ii),

substituted ''officer or employee of the Postal Service'' for

''letter carrier''.

Second par. Pub. L. 91-375, Sec. 6(j)(25)(A), substituted

''Postal Service'' and ''it shall prescribe'' for ''Postmaster

General'' and ''he shall prescribe''.

Third par. Pub. L. 91-375, Sec. 6(j)(25)(A), substituted

''Postal Service'' for ''Postmaster General'' in two places,

''prescribed by it'' for ''prescribed by him'', ''antivenom'' for

''antivenin'', ''necessary or desirable'' for ''necessary or

advisable'', and ''Postal Service personnel'' for ''Post Office

Department personnel''.

Fourth par. Pub. L. 91-375, Sec. 6(j)(25)(A), substituted

''Postal Service'' and ''it shall prescribe'' for ''Postmaster

General'' and ''he shall prescribe'', respectively, and struck out

the comma after ''veterinarians''.

Fifth par. Pub. L. 91-375 Sec. 6(j)(25)(B)(i) substituted

''Postal Service'' for ''Postmaster General'' in two places.

Seventh par. Pub. L. 91-375, Sec. 6(j)(25)(B)(i), (iii),

substituted ''Postal Service'' for ''Postmaster General'' in three

places, and ''officer or employee of the Postal Service'' for

''postmaster, letter carrier, or other person in the postal

service'', respectively.

Eighth to tenth pars. Pub. L. 91-375, Sec. 6(j)(25)(B)(i),

substituted ''Postal Service'' for ''Postmaster General''.

1958 - Pub. L. 85-623 inserted paragraph prohibiting mailing of

switchblade knives except in connection with Armed Forces or other

Government orders.

1957 - Pub. L. 85-268 reduced penalty from two to one year for

mailing nonmailable articles; increased penalty from ten to twenty

years for mailing nonmailable matter with intent to kill or injure

another or injure the mails or other property but where death does

not result; and provided death penalty or life imprisonment for

mailing nonmailable matter resulting in death.

1955 - Act June 29, 1955, inserted paragraph to permit the

transportation in the mails of live scorpions for certain purposes.

1952 - Act May 8, 1952, inserted fourth paragraph to extend the

Postmaster General's authority as it relates to the transmission of

poisonous drugs through the mails for scientific purposes.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1986 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 99-570 effective 30 days after Oct. 27,

1986, see section 10004 of Pub. L. 99-570, set out as an Effective

Date note under section 1245 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1971 AMENDMENT

Section 3 of Pub. L. 92-191 provided that: ''The amendments made

by this Act (amending this section and section 3001 of Title 39,

Postal Service) shall become effective at the beginning of the

third calendar month following the date of enactment of this Act

(Dec. 15, 1971) or on the date section 3001 of title 39, United

States Code, becomes effective (July 1, 1971) pursuant to section

15(a) of Public Law 91-375 (set out as an Effective Date note

preceding section 101 of title 39), whichever is the later.''

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1970 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 91-375 effective within 1 year after Aug.

12, 1970, on date established therefor by Board of Governors of

United States Postal Service and published by it in Federal

Register, see section 15(a) of Pub. L. 91-375, set out as an

Effective Date note preceding section 101 of Title 39, Postal

Service.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1958 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 85-623 effective on sixtieth day after Aug.

12, 1958, see Effective Date note set out under section 1241 of

Title 15, Commerce and Trade.

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

Federal Hazardous Substances Act as not modifying this section,

see Pub. L. 86-613, Sec. 17, July 12, 1960, 74 Stat. 380, set out

as a note under section 1261 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade.

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CROSS REFERENCES

Mailing of packages containing any plant or plant product into a

State maintaining terminal inspection thereof, without marking the

contents of such package on the outside, prohibited, see section

166 of Title 7, Agriculture.

Seizure and disposition of nonmailable matter, see section 3001

et seq. of Title 39, Postal Service.

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in title 39 section 3001.





15 USC Sec. 1241 01/06/97

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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Sec. 1241. Definitions

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As used in this chapter -

(a) The term ''interstate commerce'' means commerce between any

State, Territory, possession of the United States, or the District

of Columbia, and any place outside thereof.

(b) The term ''switchblade knife'' means any knife having a blade

which opens automatically -

(1) by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the

handle of the knife, or

(2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both.

-SOURCE-

(Pub. L. 85-623, Sec. 1, Aug. 12, 1958, 72 Stat. 562.)

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REFERENCES IN TEXT

This chapter, referred to in text, was in the original ''this

Act'', meaning Pub. L. 85-623, which enacted sections 1241 to 1244

of this title and amended section 1716 of Title 18, Crimes and

Criminal Procedure.

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EFFECTIVE DATE

Section 6 of Pub. L. 85-623 provided that: ''This Act (enacting

this chapter and amending section 1716 of Title 18, Crimes and

Criminal Procedure) shall take effect on the sixtieth day after the

date of its enactment (Aug. 12, 1958).''

SHORT TITLE OF 1986 AMENDMENT

Pub. L. 99-570, title X, Sec. 10001, Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat.

3207-166, provided that: ''This title (enacting section 1245 of

this title, amending section 1716 of Title 18, Crimes and Criminal

Procedure, and enacting provisions set out as a note under section

1245 of this title) may be cited as the 'Ballistic Knife

Prohibition Act of 1986'.''



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15 USC Sec. 1242 01/06/97

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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Sec. 1242. Introduction, manufacture for introduction,

transportation or distribution in interstate commerce; penalty

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Whoever knowingly introduces, or manufactures for introduction,

into interstate commerce, or transports or distributes in

interstate commerce, any switchblade knife, shall be fined not more

than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

-SOURCE-

(Pub. L. 85-623, Sec. 2, Aug. 12, 1958, 72 Stat. 562.)

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CROSS REFERENCES

Exceptions from application of section, see section 1244 of this

title.

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 1244 of this title.


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15 USC Sec. 1243 01/06/97

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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Sec. 1243. Manufacture, sale, or possession within specific

jurisdictions; penalty

-STATUTE-

Whoever, within any Territory or possession of the United States,

within Indian country (as defined in section 1151 of title 18), or

within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the

United States (as defined in section 7 of title 18), manufactures,

sells, or possesses any switchblade knife, shall be fined not more

than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

-SOURCE-

(Pub. L. 85-623, Sec. 3, Aug. 12, 1958, 72 Stat. 562.)

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CROSS REFERENCES

Exceptions from application of section, see section 1244 of this

title.

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 1244 of this title.









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15 USC Sec. 1244 01/06/97

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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Sec. 1244. Exceptions

-STATUTE-

Sections 1242 and 1243 of this title shall not apply to -

(1) any common carrier or contract carrier, with respect to any

switchblade knife shipped, transported, or delivered for shipment

in interstate commerce in the ordinary course of business;

(2) the manufacture, sale, transportation, distribution,

possession, or introduction into interstate commerce, of

switchblade knives pursuant to contract with the Armed Forces;

(3) the Armed Forces or any member or employee thereof acting

in the performance of his duty; or

(4) the possession, and transportation upon his person, of any

switchblade knife with a blade three inches or less in length by

any individual who has only one arm.

-SOURCE-

(Pub. L. 85-623, Sec. 4, Aug. 12, 1958, 72 Stat. 562.)

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 1245 of this title.




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15 USC Sec. 1241 01/06/97

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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Sec. 1241. Definitions

-STATUTE-

As used in this chapter -

(a) The term ''interstate commerce'' means commerce between any

State, Territory, possession of the United States, or the District

of Columbia, and any place outside thereof.

(b) The term ''switchblade knife'' means any knife having a blade

which opens automatically -

(1) by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the

handle of the knife, or

(2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both.

-SOURCE-

(Pub. L. 85-623, Sec. 1, Aug. 12, 1958, 72 Stat. 562.)

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REFERENCES IN TEXT

This chapter, referred to in text, was in the original ''this

Act'', meaning Pub. L. 85-623, which enacted sections 1241 to 1244

of this title and amended section 1716 of Title 18, Crimes and

Criminal Procedure.

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EFFECTIVE DATE

Section 6 of Pub. L. 85-623 provided that: ''This Act (enacting

this chapter and amending section 1716 of Title 18, Crimes and

Criminal Procedure) shall take effect on the sixtieth day after the

date of its enactment (Aug. 12, 1958).''

SHORT TITLE OF 1986 AMENDMENT

Pub. L. 99-570, title X, Sec. 10001, Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat.

3207-166, provided that: ''This title (enacting section 1245 of

this title, amending section 1716 of Title 18, Crimes and Criminal

Procedure, and enacting provisions set out as a note under section

1245 of this title) may be cited as the 'Ballistic Knife

Prohibition Act of 1986'.''

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15 USC Sec. 1245 01/06/97

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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Sec. 1245. Ballistic knives

-STATUTE-

(a) Prohibition and penalties for possession, manufacture, sale, or

importation

Whoever in or affecting interstate commerce, within any Territory

or possession of the United States, within Indian country (as

defined in section 1151 of title 18), or within the special

maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States (as

defined in section 7 of title 18), knowingly possesses,

manufactures, sells, or imports a ballistic knife shall be fined as

provided in title 18, or imprisoned not more than ten years, or

both.

(b) Prohibition and penalties for possession or use during

commission of Federal crime of violence

Whoever possesses or uses a ballistic knife in the commission of

a Federal crime of violence shall be fined as provided in title 18,

or imprisoned not less than five years and not more than ten years,

or both.

(c) Exceptions

The exceptions provided in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of

section 1244 of this title with respect to switchblade knives shall

apply to ballistic knives under subsection (a) of this section.

(d) ''Ballistic knife'' defined

As used in this section, the term ''ballistic knife'' means a

knife with a detachable blade that is propelled by a

spring-operated mechanism.

-SOURCE-

(Pub. L. 85-623, Sec. 7, as added Pub. L. 99-570, title X, Sec.

10002, Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3207-167; amended Pub. L. 100-690,

title VI, Sec. 6472, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4379.)

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AMENDMENTS

1988 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100-690, Sec. 6472(1), substituted

''in or affecting interstate commerce, within any Territory or

possession of the United States, within Indian country (as defined

in section 1151 of title 18), or within the special maritime and

territorial jurisdiction of the United States (as defined in

section 7 of title 18), knowingly possesses, manufactures, sells,

or imports'' for ''knowingly possesses, manufactures, sells, or

imports''.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 100-690, Sec. 6472(2), struck out ''or

State'' after ''Federal''.

EFFECTIVE DATE

Section 10004 of Pub. L. 99-570 provided that: ''The amendments

made by this title (enacting this section, amending section 1716 of

Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure, and enacting provisions

set out as a note under section 1241 of this title) shall take

effect 30 days after the date of enactment of this title (Oct. 27,

1986).''






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15 USC CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR

DISTRIBUTION OF SWITCHBLADE KNIVES 01/06/97

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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CHAPTER 29 - MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORTATION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF

SWITCHBLADE KNIVES

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Sec.

1241. Definitions.

1242. Introduction, manufacture for introduction, transportation or

distribution in interstate commerce; penalty.

1243. Manufacture, sale, or possession within specific

jurisdictions; penalty.

1244. Exceptions.

1245. Ballistic knives.

(a) Prohibition and penalties for possession,

manufacture, sale, or importation.

(b) Prohibition and penalties for possession or use

during commission of Federal crime of violence.

(c) Exceptions.

(d) ''Ballistic knife'' defined.