COLUMBUS—State Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) announced today that the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 140, which would update Ohio's complex knife carry and manufacturing laws.
"I am delighted that we were able to get Senate Bill 140 across the finish line. It is a common sense piece of legislation that will allow our Ohio businesses to compete and Ohioans to do their jobs," Roegner said.
Under current Ohio law, certain types of knives that are legal to carry are illegal to manufacture in Ohio. This puts Ohio businesses at a competitive disadvantage. The bill would change this to allow knife manufacturers in Ohio to better compete with other manufacturers across the country.
"Senate Bill 140 is a critical jobs, manufacturing and criminal justice reform bill for Ohio. From the very beginning Senator Roegner recognized that and took this issue head on," said Todd Rathner, Director of Legislative Affairs for Knife Rights. "It is always great to have a sponsor who is enthusiastic about a bill but Senator Roegner went above and beyond in all regards! It was truly a pleasure to work with her at the capitol to get the job done.”
Senate Bill 140 would also clarify the definition of “deadly weapon” in Ohio law, to ensure that the possession of knives used as tools in everyday life cannot lead to criminal charges. This provision was supported by the ACLU of Ohio, as well as knife groups.