Florida HB 179 and companion bill SB 356, which would have made it illegal to carry a “common pocketknife” on school grounds in Florida, have been “withdrawn,” according to the Knife Rights e-mail newsletter.

“Knife Rights, along with our good friends at Florida Carry, shined a bright light on this unnecessary legislation and helped to derail it,” the Knife Rights e-mail newsletter reported.

According to the Florida Senate website (www.flsenate.gove/Session/Bill/2012/0179), the general bill, if passed, would have prohibited “possession of [a] common pocketknife, except as authorized, at [a] school-sponsored event or on [the] property of any school, school bus, or school bus stop.” Also according to the website, on Oct. 24, the bill was “withdrawn prior to introduction” in the Florida House.

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