Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! So every once in a while I check up on the American Knife and Tool Institute's page to see what kind of updates they have as far as legislation and grassroots efforts relating to knives. I frequently check on their state automatic knife law page to see what kind of progress has been made on that front. It kind of puzzles me that a state like New Mexico still has a total ban on switchblades and balisongs in place when all its surrounding states have legalized them and they're now legal to one extent or another in over 40 states. They're kind of standing out like a sore thumb on that map. Wouldn't it come as no-brainer at some point to just lift the ban now that they're legal in all their neighboring states? Are their politicians just extra paranoid that stabbings might increase for some reason? What is the logic in them and other states like Washington, Delaware and Hawaii keeping these bans in place? Even states like Montana, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have exceptions for collectors and even New York and New Jersey, two of the worst states as far as penalties/enforcement go, allow balisongs and NY also has an exception for fishing/hunting license holders to use automatics (NYC is another story of course). I guess my question is, what would it take to convince these remaining states that still have these bans that automatics are no more dangerous than assisted knives and bearing flippers? From statistics I've seen, it doesn't seem like knife attacks have been an issue in any of the states that have legalized them. So what are the remaining states afraid of? Also, it seems like Washington, New Mexico and Hawaii are the only three states that don't allow balisongs and in California they have to be under 2 inches like with autos. Were there more balisong flipping accidents in these states? I'm sure enough people have played with trainers in those states long enough to become master flippers! Hehe! I just need somebody to enlighten me on this stuff and the logic behind it. Sorry if I'm beating a dead horse as I know this is a topic that's been discussed to death on these forums, but I'm fairly new and am always looking for new insights. It just seems to me like the stigma from the 50's should have totally gone to the wayside by now.