A Breach of the Peace Crime- Knife Laws

As a follow up on the story reported last week here on CNJ’s Knife Law Beat, the new law for Worcester, Mass is written and now in motion to be voted on by the City Council tomorrow.

Today’s story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette News reports officials refer to this new knife law offense as a “breach of the peace crime.”

So, how does that jive with Teddy Roosevelt’s motto of “Speak softly and carry a big stick?” I guess Teddy would cause a new law to be written in that city too- No big sticks either.

It calls for a $300 fine if caught carrying a knife with a blade of 3 1/2” 1 1/2″ or more. Yes, there are some exceptions, but “they” will be the ones to determine the “criminal’s” motive for carrying the knife to begin with. 

The problem here is one law begets another

And just to show you how it goes and why knife laws threaten our hobby, the District Attorney Early said yesterday the statute needs to be re-examined because people are carrying knives with smaller blades or other dangerous items.

Oct 29th UPDATE The comments on this article running about 100% AGAINST the proposed law.

Published in: on October 27, 2008 at 10:00 am  Comments (1)  
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  1. Update: The City have advanced this proposed law now. The actual statue stated it would be illegal to carry a knife of 1 1/2″ or longer.
    Here’s the latest update: http://www.telegram.com/article/20081029/NEWS/810290614/1008/NEWS02

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