Jurist and gun-rights guru David Kopel, shown here, has co-authored a law review article about knives and the 2nd Amendment in which he argues that knives, just like guns, are among the ‘arms’ protected by the United States Constitution. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Okay, maybe somebody has, but they probably weren’t as erudite or as persuasive as Kopel is . . .
My research for ‘Know Your Knife Laws’ has turned up some Kafka-esque restrictions on edged weapons. Many states can lock you up for carrying an automatic knife while allowing you to carry a concealed automatic pistol with 18 rounds in the magazine.
I’ve emailed Kopel and begged for permission to excerpt sections for publication here. It will be awesome if he’s cool with it, but even if he doesn’t, he’s still a regular contributor to The Volokh Conspiracy (a great blog if you don’t already read it) and I’ll be happy to share the link to whatever excerpts he publishes there.