“The Village Voice also suggests one possible reason why these arrests have proliferated. Officers are under significant pressure to rack up arrests. As one officer told a rookie on an online message board for law enforcement, “be on the lookout for ‘GKs’” and “make sure they have a prior conviction so you can bump it up to that felony!!!”
The above comes from a the ThinkProgress piece “New York Cops are Jailing Handymen for carrying this common knife“. It is always good to see a left-wing outlet hear the trumpets finally and join the chorus calling for repeal of New York City’s unjust gravity knife laws.
“The New York law bans “gravity knives,” which are defined as “any knife which has a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force which, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever or other device.” Luftwaffe paratroopers used to carry them because they allowed the blade to be exposed with a single hand — often with the flick of a wrist — rather than requiring an individual to reach out with their other hand and pull the blade out of its sheathing. If a paratrooper was caught in a tree, for example, this enabled them to expose the blade and cut their parachute straps even if they were too tangled to bring their hands together to open an ordinary pocketknife.
According to the plaintiffs in a recent federal appeals court case, however, New York City officials have reinterpreted this law to ban knives that the legislature never intended to ban — and that many workers carry to open boxes, cut wires or perform other basic tasks. In effect, they claim, New York City’s police and prosecutors have read the law to ban “any folding knife — even ones ‘designed to resist opening from the closed position’ . . . if it would be possible for some person to open the knife by means of a wrist-flicking motion.”
Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows. Our side brings together the likes of Wayne LaPierre and the Village Voice, while KnifeRights.orgs attempts to end this civil rights injustice was blocked by Democrat Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Republican State Senator Mike Nozollio in the last legislative session.