Washington : Government Printing Office
|Public Law 85-623||Switchblade knives. Prohibition. Definitions.|
|Sec. 3||Territorial jurisdiction.|
|Sec. 3||62 Stat. 757; 63 Stat. 94.|
|Sec. 3||62 Stat. 685; 66 Stat. 589.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That as used in this Act—
(a) The term "interstate commerce" means commerce between any State, Territory, possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and any place outside thereof.
(b) The term "switchblade knife" means any knife having a blade which opens automatically—
(1) by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of the knife, or
(2) by operation of inertia, gravity, or both.
Whoever, within any Territory or possession of the United States, within Indian country (as defined in section 1151 of title 18 of the United States Code), or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States (as defined in section 7 of title 18 of the United States Code), manufactures, sells, or possesses any switchblade knife, shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Approved, August 12, 1958.