“The fact that anyone can easily purchase this potentially lethal tool is just crazy.” Thus spake New York state Senator Tony Avella on the open availability of machetes in the Empire State. New Yorkers already face a blade length limit of four inches on pocket knives (as long as they’re not switchblades, assisted openers or “gravity” knives). But machetes have slipped though the regulatory cracks as they qualify as butcher knives under the state’s overweening laws that govern almost every aspect of daily life . . .
But why stop at machetes? Apparently, Senator Avella hasn’t visited a hardware store recently. If he had, he’d be terrified at the prospect of any Tom, Dick or Julio strolling in and buying a brush axe just as easy as you please. Or a cropping knife. Can you imagine his horror at the ready availability of, say, a hatchet?
Does he have any idea that upper west siders can walk out of Zabar’s with a pound of prosciutto, some hand sliced nova salmon and something as deadly as a 6″ utility knife?
The mind boggles.