Comments on Reclassification of Switchblades


On behalf of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), I am writing to express our urgent concern with a recent notice1 by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of its intention to revoke previous rulings to reclassify legal assisted-opening knives as “switchblades.” Reclassifying assisted-opening knives would have a serious negative impact on an industry that annually generates billions of dollars for the U.S. economy, and also on over 35 million Americans who currently own and rely on these knives as convenient tools for such ordinary activities as camping, fishing, sports, handy-work, and gardening. The proposed action would expose major U.S. retailers and millions of consumers to possible federal felony charges. RILA urges CBP to take immediate action to withdraw the notice of proposed revocation of ruling letters.


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