BREAKING NEWS: Customs attempt to redefine a switchblade is now dead

Word just in via instant message from KnifeRights– “Senate passed Homeland Appropriations Bill with our amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act intact!”

Historic victory for the Sports Knife Industry and Knife Enthusiasts!

Here at the details as provided by KnifeRights’ Doug Ritter-

Knife Rights News Slice eBLAST – October 20, 2009
WE STOPPED CUSTOMS Pocket Knife Grab! The Senate has passed the conference report for the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill with our amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act intact. The bill will now be sent to the President for signature. There is no indication that he will veto the bill. (more…)

Citywide knife ban considered by mayor

alberta-skyline2Edmonton, Canada: Mayor Steven Mandel last week publicly discussed a total ban on all knife sales. 

In the last two months there have been six homicides- half involved knives. 

Bill Clark, a 30-year veteran of the police force there, said, “There’s no way you can get rid of every knife that we have in this city. Butter knives can kill people. Steak knives can kill people.”

The Mayor is reconsidering his new law proposal today. “Logistically, we might not be able to ban knives,” he said, “but we can give the police…greater search rights when it comes to knives.”

(Editor’s note: This is the same city proposing an anti-idling law for cars idling over 3 minutes. Also, population in the metro area is about a million people.)

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 6:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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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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