NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Senate has
passed a bill to legalize switchblades and other knives with blades longer than
4 inches in Tennessee.
The chamber voted 24-1 on Monday to approve the
bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville.
The measure would make it a felony to use a
switchblade knife during the commission of a crime and would increase the
maximum fine from $3,000 to $6,000.
Legislative analysts project that the measure
would lead to one incarceration every 10 years.
Under current law, switchblades are included on
a state list of weapons that are illegal to knowingly possess, manufacture,
transport, repair or sell.
The companion bill sponsored by Republican Rep.
Vance Dennis of Savannah is awaiting a vote in a subcommittee of the House
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