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Activists take a page from NRA to quietly overturn knife restrictions across U.S.

Activists take a page from NRA to quietly overturn knife restrictions across U.S.

He ordered the 20-ounce rib-eye, and so the waitress at the upscale restaurant dropped off a wood-handled serrated steak knife. Doug Ritter ignored it. Instead he pulled out a folding knife, its 3.4-inch blade illegal to carry concealed here in Clark County. He flicked it open with one hand. When the steak arrived, medium-rare, he started cutting.

The steak dinner came as Ritter was savoring his many successful attempts at repealing the nation's knife laws. Decades-old restrictions on switchblades, daggers and stilettos have fallen away in state after state in recent years. Much of this is because of Ritter and his little-known Arizona-based advocacy group Knife Rights, which has...

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