WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill Conference Report. The Conference Report included language that Congressman Latta previously worked to get amended into the bill to prevent spring-open assisted knives from being classified as switchblades under a proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security.

It is estimated that over 35.6 million Americans carry such knives that would have been affected by this regulation. Approximately 4,000 people are employed by the knife manufacturing industry, in addition to 20,000 ancillary jobs that are a direct result of knife manufacturers, who contribute $6 billion to our nation’s economy.

“I am pleased that the bill considered today includes a provision that will protect knife owners and manufactures in the United States. It is unacceptable to think that we as citizens cannot carry pocketknives for work or recreational purposes and with this language we have prevented further government intrusion into the daily lives of Americans. I want to personally thank Congressman Walt Minnick (D-ID) for his assistance during this process and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) for his work to ensure this bi-partisan language was retained in the Conference Committee report after efforts in the House Rules Committee were not made it order during consideration earlier this year.”

“Unfortunately, I could not support final passage of the Conference Report because of flawed language that leaves the door open for detainees in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to be transferred to the United States under certain circumstances. Detainees in Guantanamo Bay represent the highest threat to our nation’s security and should never set foot on United States soil for any reason.”

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