The Village Voice writer Jon Campbell won the 2015 Knife Rights “Freedom’s Voice” award for his coverage of New York’s gravity knife statute. This ambiguous law used to unjustly harass and prosecute people who are carrying common folding knives.
From the Village Voice:
As a broad movement for reform has coalesced — involving, weirdly, both progressive groups and conservative Second Amendment advocates — virtually the only opposition has come from law enforcement organizations and mayor Bill de Blasio, who worked against the measure in the legislature.
Now the NAACP Legal and Education Fund has joined the effort which has stalled awaiting Governor Cuomo’s signature.
Village Voice continues:
The bill, introduced by downstate Democrats Dan Quart in the Assembly and Dianne Savino in the Senate, has yet to be presented to Governor Cuomo for a signature. But some officials, including former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, and other DAs in the state, are doing their best to scuttle the bill, urging Cuomo to veto it when it does come across his desk.
The latest endorsement means de Blasio, who rode into office on a criminal justice reform platform, is now at odds with the public positions of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; theLegal Aid Society, New York City’s largest public defender organization;Brooklyn Defender Services; the Office of Court Administration, the official body of the state judiciary; the New York Times Editorial Board; every member of the New York State Senate; and all but twelve members of the New York State Assembly. That’s not to mention conservative groups like Arizona-based Knife Rights and the NRA. (That groups like this agree on anything suggests just how ridiculous the situation in New York City has become.)
A separate legal effort is awaiting a decision in U.S. District Court. It is my opinion, based on no actual legal knowledge or evidence, that Judge Forrest is waiting for the legislative effort to resolve, rendering her decision moot. As was the case in the Supreme Court Obamacare ruling, the judiciary is punting to the legislature.