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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 10, 20177min668

After 54 years of “silliness,” switchblades are again legal in Colorado, and knife rights activists are cheering. “Today we celebrate a sharper future in Colorado,” said Doug Ritter, chairman of Knife Rights — motto: “A Sharper Future” — at a press conference Wednesday at a knife factory in Golden. Ritter, whose organization is dedicated to repealing bans on switchblades and other automatic knives, was on hand to thank state Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, and state Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, for sponsoring legislation that overturned Colorado’s ban, in effect since 1963. The law passed by wide margins in the Legislature and took effect Wednesday.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 1, 201712min897

State Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican, plans to announce on Monday that he’s running for the 5th Congressional District seat held by six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, The Colorado Statesman has learned. Long rumored as a potential candidate for state treasurer in next year’s election, Hill confirmed Saturday that he intends to notify supporters on Monday he’s jumping in the congressional race with an email announcement.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMarch 5, 20175min390

If you ride your bike along busy streets or even highways, you're probably aware of what "rolling coal" means. For those who don't, a bill before state lawmakers may not matter, but those who do are pretty excited. The Colorado Independent reported the legislation would impose a $100 traffic fine on motorists who change their vehicles, usually either with an alternate tailpipe or smokestack, to blast exhaust smoke at another driver, bicyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or other human target as they pass by.



Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 3, 20174min259
Switchblade legalization is cutting the muster at the Colorado statehouse. Senate Bill 8 passed the House Judiciary Committee, 11-1, Thursday afternoon. The bill goes next to the House floor where, if it’s unamended, it’s a voice vote then a recorded vote away from the governor’s desk. The bill’s sponsor, Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, wielded a huge […]

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James AndersonJames AndersonJanuary 29, 20178min468

The switchblade knives wielded six decades ago by the fictional Jets and Sharks street gangs in the legendary Broadway musical "West Side Story" and in Hollywood films spooked lawmakers across the U.S. and helped usher in state bans. But 54 years after Colorado enacted its prohibition of the folding knives with blades that pop out from their handles with the push of a button or a lever, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is trying to repeal it. They are citing arguments from knife rights activists and others who say switchblades have become everyday work tools that also can save lives because they can be opened with one hand instead of two.