Yesterday I couldn’t find a working link to David Kopel’s constitutional law article about knives and the 2nd Amendment, so I emailed him for permission to excerpt some of it at The Truth About Knives…
Mr. Kopel replied quickly and graciously to my request, and rather than try to steal all his web traffic I’ll just post the working link to his full article here.
Click on it. Read it. Send it to your friends. Forward it to your lawyers. In scholarly legal terms, it’s awesome. Here’s a paragraph to pique your interest; as a former prosecutor and practicing criminal defense lawyer, I can tell you that it’s some damn good stuff.
II. Some Knife Laws That May Be Unconstitutional
State and local knife laws are often bewilderingly complex, and as a result, it is very easy for a person with no criminal intent to break these laws. Prosecutors and police do not treat the severe state and local laws as relics of the nineteenth century. Instead, the laws are often vigorously enforced today against persons who are not engaged in malum in se behavior.