2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
March 27, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Moulton,
Wanggaard and Harsdorf,
cosponsored by Representatives
Bernier, Kleefisch, Horlacher, Kremer,
Gannon, T. Larson, Mursau, Edming, Ripp, Murtha, Thiesfeldt, Kapenga,
Tittl and Krug. Referred to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
1An Act to repeal
941.24 (2); to renumber and amend
941.24 (1); to amend
175.60 (1) (j); and to create
941.24 (1g) and 941.24 (2m) of the statutes; 3relating to: going armed with a switchblade.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law generally prohibits a person from manufacturing, selling,
transporting, purchasing, or possessing a switchblade knife. This bill excludes from
the definition of switchblade knife a knife with closure-biased springs that require
physical force to be applied to the blade in order to open the knife. This bill exempts
from the prohibition qualified law enforcement officers, qualified former law
enforcement officers, and persons who have a license to carry a concealed weapon,
including certain out-of-state licenses.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
175.60 (1) (j) of the statutes is amended to read:
(j) "Weapon" means a handgun, an electric weapon, as defined in s. 6
941.295 (1c) (a), a knife other than, including
a switchblade knife under, as defined
s. 941.24 (1g) (c)
, or a billy club.
941.24 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 941.24 (1m) and amended 2
Whoever manufactures, sells or offers to sell, transports, 4
purchases, possesses or goes armed with any a switchblade is guilty of a Class A
6(1g) (c) "Switchblade" means any
knife having a blade which opens by pressing 7
a button, spring, or other device in the handle or by gravity or by a thrust or 8
movement is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and does not include a knife that has
9a closure-biased spring or other mechanism designed to keep the blade closed and
10that requires exertion applied to the blade by a hand, wrist, or arm to assist in
11opening the knife
941.24 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:
In this section:
(a) "Licensee" has the meaning given in s. 175.60 (1) (d).
(b) "Out-of-state licensee" has the meaning given in s. 175.60 (1) (g).
941.24 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
941.24 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) The prohibition under sub. (1m) does not apply to any of the 19
1. A law enforcement officer; a qualified out-of-state law enforcement officer, 21
as defined in s. 941.23 (1) (g); or a former officer, as defined in s. 941.23 (1) (c).
2. Any manufacturer or seller of a switchblade unless the manufacturer or 23
seller engages in the conduct described in sub. (1m) with the intent to provide the 24
switchblade to someone other than a person specified in subd. 1., another 25
manufacturer or seller, or a licensee or an out-of-state licensee.
(b) The prohibition under sub. (1m) against transporting, purchasing, 2
possessing, or going armed with a switchblade does not apply to a licensee or an 3
(c) The prohibition under sub. (1m) against transporting a switchblade does not 5
apply to a common carrier.