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NY Times Calls for Passage of Bill to Stop Bogus NYC Gravity Knife Arrests
The New York Times editorial board has called for passage of the fix to NY’s gravity knife law which has resulted in the unjust arrest of thousands of people in New York City for carrying simple everyday pocket knives. Knife Rights has been working on this fix for 5 years and we agree 100% with the Times. The time has come to fix this law and prevent the ongoing arrest of thousands of citizens for simply possessing a common tool millions use every day.
Today’s NY Times Editorial, “New York’s Outdated Knife Law” concludes: “The state’s Office of Court Administration has called for a change in the law, and a bill in Albany would exempt from the ban the sorts of knives that are widely available for sale and that the average person would need both hands to open. This would help to reduce the number of unwarranted arrests without endangering public safety. A similar bill passed the Assembly last year but failed in the Senate. There is no reason not to pass it this time.”
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S6483A adds clarifying bias-towards closure exclusions to the state switchblade and gravity knife definitions, similar to that included in the revision to the Federal Switchblade Act that Knife Rights helped pass in 2009. This clarifying exclusion should prevent the bogus Gravity Knife arrests and prosecutions of honest law-abiding individuals in New York City who are carrying common folding knives, tools that are legal to carry everywhere else in the U.S.
Neither Gravity Knives nor Switchblades have a bias towards closure found in common folding knives to keep the blade safely closed in the pocket. Only in New York City has the NYPD and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. abused the state’s gravity knife law to prosecute those carrying simple pocket knives by claiming they are illegal Gravity Knives.
Hundreds of innocent pocket knife carriers are being arrested every week!
Meanwhile, our Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. continues with a trial date now scheduled for June 16, which will be just over five years since the lawsuit was filed.