Senator Jerome Delvin Proposes Switchblade Bill for Police Officers
OLYMPIA, WA. -- Richland state senator Jerome Delvin is pushing a bill that would allow police officers to carry spring-blade knives in the line of duty. Tuesday the senate unanimously passed Delvin's bill. Right now it's a gross misdemeanor to carry a spring-blade or switch-blade knife, but the bill makes police officers exempt. Delvin, who's a retired Richland police officer says these types of knives are invaluable tools for officers. "A SWAT team member having to cut a rope or something like that or maybe another kind of rescue or a bomb squad having to cut a cable or wire with one hand while doing something with the other hand. There are just multi uses for that type of a tool," said Senator Delvin. Delvin will now meet with house leaders to help them come up with a version. He's optimistic the bill will also pass the house before the session concludes.