Gov. Cuomo vetos Knife-Law Reform Bill

Governor Cuomo waited until the very last day to cave to pressure from Mayor DerpBlasio and Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, vetoing the knife-law reform bill. Rather than make a courageous stand explaining his veto and why the law is a bad idea (his office did issue a written statement), he chose to go against the will of a unanimous NY State Senate, and an amalgamation of Civic and Media organizations including the NAACP, NYACLU, NRA, Village Voice, New York Times, and dozens of others, in an 11th hour veto as people were distracted by the New Years holiday. He could have done this in the light of day, instead he chose a weasel’s way out.

From KnifeRights Chairman Doug Ritter:

Waiting until the last possible moment, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill, effectively giving the finger to New York’s legislature that overwhelmingly passed the bill and the large coalition of organizations, many part of his own constituency, which supported the bill. Despite the thousands who called and emailed the Governor to sign the bill, and thanks very much for those who did so, he sided with the disingenuous arguments made by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., virtually the only ones who opposed the bill. In vetoing this bill he has potentially doomed thousands more to arrest and prosecution for carrying common pocket knives that won’t get someone arrested virtually anywhere except in New York City.

Despite Cuomo’s avowed commitment to criminal justice reform in New York, this veto clearly shows the lie to that claim.

Next year’s session of the New York Legislature is almost upon us and we’ll be back again working to fix the state’s Gravity Knife law to prevent these arrests and prosecutions. This bill passed with such large majorities in both houses of the legislature that an override of a veto is theoretically possible.

Meanwhile, our five-year-old Federal civil rights lawsuit over the constitutionality of New York City’s “wrist flick” test awaits a decision which could settle the issue for certain.

According to the Village Voice, more than 60k people have been arrested for carrying common folding knives over the past decade. An overwhelming majority of those arrested are minorities, giving prohibition one of the most racially disparate enforcement results of any law anywhere.
I don’t know the intricacies of NY Legislative law, so I am not sure if a veto-override is possible or if the bill has to start from square-one in a new legislative session. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated with the latest. In the mean time, please consider making a donation to KnifeRights, who will be back in 2017 to try to right this injustice.

comments

  1. Brian says:

    Reason 4621 for me to never go to that commie city, I feel sorry for all the good people who live under that communist oppression..

  2. Hannibal says:

    It’s funny because this is EXACTLY the kind of law that liberals call ‘chickenshit’ when its enforced… i.e. Freddie Gray’s arrest.

    1. Most liberals were behind the reform. Passed by overwhelming majorities in the state legislature. It is the Cuomo-DeBlasio-Vance cabal that wanted it kept so they can pad their arrests.

      1. Hannibal says:

        I count Cuomo, Vance and Wilhelm as liberals. And those three would be the first three in line to scream bloody murder if a ‘Freddie Gray’ incident happened in NYC over a ‘gravity knife’

  3. Sabrewolfe says:

    What are the chances of a legislative override of the veto?

  4. nyglockowner says:

    F U A C

  5. Sam L. says:

    NYC motto: We can arrest you for most anything.

  6. Kevin Washington says:

    Did we expect anything else from the man who pushed through the NY Safe Act. Cuomo negotiated in secret with a few other powerful politicians to pass one of the worse pieces of anti-gun legislation in the country. This is the man wouldn’t allow public debate on the bill. He wouldn’t allow the three-day waiting period between its introduction and vote. Cuomo allotted lawmakers just minutes at the eleventh hour to read the bill before voting on it.

    How could we trust him to do the right thing and sign the reform bill into law? King Cuomo is a disgraceful, petty, childish, vindictive, corrupt SOB.

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