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.