Canadians Petition Against Border Crackdown on One-Handed Opening Pocket Knives

Canadian knife users are rallying behind the first formal effort to oppose Canada Border Services Agency’s crackdown on one-hand opening foldersA petition, sponsored by Alberta Conservative Member of Parliament Matt Jeneroux, calls on the government to repeal the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (CITT) ruling on AP-2017-012 last November, which prompted the change in CBSA’s policies. The petition has already been signed by nearly 2,000 Canadians and will be tabled in the House of Commons later in the year. Once tabled, the Liberal government will have 45-days to issue a response.

Canada Border Services stunned Canadian knife users in January when it adopted the CITT’s definition of a ‘prohibited’ weapon. In a statement issued to KnifeNews, Jeneroux says: “This week, I sponsored a petition organized by one of my constituents on this issue. One-handed opening knives are used by Canadians for a multitude of reasons, including for camping, hiking, and general outdoor and labouring activities. This is something a lot of Canadians are clearly concerned about, and I’m happy to have sponsored the petition to ensure they have a platform to express their views.”

The petition is gaining steam on social media. Warrior and Wonders, a Vancouver-based knife dealer, made their customers aware of the petition in a message posted to Facebook. “The recent notices posted by Canadian Customs have made it very difficult to import folding knives into the country, causing a significant effect on our business, as well as our fellow retailers across the country and the entire knife community,” they wrote. “We have had to raise our prices for the time being as we look toward our next steps. We fully intend to carry on and are hopeful that these notices will be overturned through the proper channels.”

Knife featured in image: Kershaw Knockout