By David Draper
The White House and the Department of the Interior recently put an Executive Order in place that essentially bans all sales of elephant ivory in the U.S., according to a press release from Knife Rights, a knife-owners advocacy group.
The group says depending on how the order is interpreted, this could make all items with ivory handles or fittings — this could include all ivory-handle knives, ivory-adorned firearms, or any other legally owned ivory — “essentially worthless."
“[M]any knowledgeable observers are concerned that language in the anticipated final rules could effectively prohibit many or most non-commercial transfers, such that you would not even be able to pass a piece of ivory, or any other object that was comprised in part of ivory, such as an ivory handled knife, to your heirs. Or, that simply sending your ivory handled knife to a scrimshaw artist to be scrimmed could land you in jail.