Knife Rights group thanks lawmakers, celebrates as Colorado lifts ban on switchblades

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.

It's now legal to carry a switchblade in Colorado

GOLDEN - Inside the Spyderco factory that pumps out up to 15,000 knives a month, there’s one type of blade that’s been blacklisted for years.

“I didn’t know it was illegal until a couple years ago,” admitted Colorado State Sen. Owen Hill.

In 1963, Colorado lawmakers banned switchblades and gravity knives. Hill, a Republican from Colorado Springs, was not the only lawmaker unfamiliar with the law.

Republican Owen Hill shatters fundraising record in primary race against U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn

State Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican, plans to report he's raised $225,000 for his primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a six-term incumbent, eclipsing previous fundraising records in Colorado's 5th Congressional District in the decade since Lamborn has been in office.

The 35-year-old lawmaker will report he has $195,000 cash on hand at the end of the 2nd fundraising quarter, which wrapped up last Friday, Colorado Politics has learned. Of his 359 donors, his campaign said 85 percent are from Colorado, and the rest are mostly members of Hill's extended family.

Congressional candidates are required to file campaign finance reports for the just-concluded quarter with the Federal Election Commission by July 17.

There’s another Emily’s List, and it’s endorsing Republican Owen Hill in the 5th Congressional District

It turns out there’s another Emily’s List endorsing candidates in Colorado this summer, and this one is getting behind state Sen. Owen Hill, the Colorado Springs Republican who’s running for Congress.

That shouldn’t be a surprise, since the list is compiled by Emily Hill, his wife.