Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate has passed a bill making it legal to own switchblade knives and stilettos.

The bill is expected to go to the House for a vote Thursday, where it might face some opposition.

Rep. Jim Ward, a Democrat from Wichita and a former city prosecutor, said switchblade knives were banned decades ago because it was mostly gangs and criminals who used them. He says the potential for harm from the weapons outweighs any good from legalizing them.

Supporters say switchblades can be useful for emergency workers, farmers and others who need to open a knife with one hand while holding something with the other.

The Wichita Eagle reports ( ) switchblades and stilettos would still be banned at schools, jails and juvenile corrections facilities.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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