City Officials now backing up on proposed knife ban

Breaking News

Word just in- it appears the people, and common sense, have prevailed. For the last several weeks CNJ has been following the Worcester, Mass. City Council’s attempt to ban knives over 1.5.” 

Today’s Worcester Telegram & Gazette News reports the changes proposed by City Manager Michael O’Brien no longer makes it a criminal offense to carry a knife. He has also changed the length to 2.5″ in order to be governed.

Another interesting note- it appears if you have a firearm license you are exempt from the law all together (sounds to me like the City will end up with a “knife” license law before it is over). Kind of makes you wonder if the intent behind this law was to bring in new revenue anyway.

The original proposal would have made it illegal to carry a knife with a blade longer than 1.5 inches and carried a $300 fine.

We’ll continue to follow the saga here and report back on any new developments.

Published in: on December 1, 2008 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Local Man’s Weapon Stockpile Discovered

Weekend Edition

Yesterday a man was arrested for simply having a knife in his car (in the driver’s door pocket). The story is in Skegness, England’s Skegness Standard.  He was charged with “possessing a bladed article in a public place.” Is that not unbelievable?

I don’t know about you, but my car sure isn’t a “public place.” In fact I lock it to keep people out- and you know it would be against the law to lock-up a public place, now wouldn’t it?  

The next thing you’ll know they will be raiding our houses and finding hundreds of “bladed weapons.” I can just see the next day’s write-up now. “Local man stockpiling weapons”

The police chief’s interview would read like this- “From all appearances Mr. King seemed like an average citizen, but, it is obvious we had a crime waiting to happen here. You can’t tell me someone who owns hundreds of bladed instruments isn’t planning on using them sometime…..” OUCH!

…Yeah right- As you may know I collect antique pocketknives. Heck, I won’t even open them, much less use them, but can’t you see me out there waving around my Case Brothers pearly, or my C. Platts Jumbo SwellCenter? 

If they confiscated your collection how would the next day’s write up read??

Published in: on November 8, 2008 at 8:51 am  Comments (1)  
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