It’s Go-Time New York. Urgent Action Alert from KnifeRights.


If you live or work in New York, please call Senator Flanagan today and politely ask him to schedule S6483A for a vote.

We have written extensively about the unjust use of New York’s Gravity-Knife Statute to prosecute more than 60,000 people over a decade for carrying common folding knives. If you live or work in New York, you have the opportunity today to right this injustice. Please call or email Senator Flanagan and politely ask him to schedule S6483A for a vote.

From KnifeRights

March 21, 2016: The next hurdle to getting Knife Rights’ New York Knife Law Reform bill (S6483A) passed to end the widespread persecution of those carrying pocket knives in New York City is to get the Senate Rules Committee to pass the bill so it can be voted on by the full Senate.

If you live, work or travel in New York and New York City, please CALL or EMAIL the Chairman of the Rules Committee, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, TODAY and simply deliver the message that you are “calling/writing to respectfully request that Leader Flanagan please schedule S6483A for a vote,” and then thank him. Please be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.

CALL Majority Leader Flanagan TODAY at:

EMAIL Majority Leader Flanagan TODAY at:

Again, please be POLITE and RESPECTFUL, just deliver the message “I am calling/writing to respectfully request that Leader Flanagan please schedule S6483A for a vote,” and then thank him. That’s it, keep it short and simple and above all BE POLITE and RESPECTFUL

If Emailing, use the Subject: Please Schedule S6483A for Senate Vote

If you call, they may ask you the city and state where you live, for their call record.  If you email, include your city and state.  In either case, if you live out-of-state, explain how you work in, or travel to, New York / New York City.

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 states’ gravity knife law to prosecute those carrying simple pocket knives by claiming they are illegal Gravity Knives.

The City’s Village Voice newspaper found two years ago that there had been as many as 60,000 gravity-knife prosecutions over the past decade! Hundreds of innocent pocket knife carriers are being arrested every week! You can read the Village Voice article at:

Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. over these unconstitutional arrests and prosecutions continues with a trial date now scheduled for June 16, which will be just over five years since the lawsuit was filed. The quicker solution is to get S6483A passed.

STOP the Bogus NYC Pocket Knife Arrests and Prosecutions!

Please CALL or EMAIL Senate Majority Leader Flanagan TODAY!

Welcome Instapundit readers. We appreciate the Good Doctor for lending his megaphone to the effort to reform New York Knife Laws, and thank you all for paying us a visit. If you live in New York, please call Senator Flanagan. After disappointments in the past, this thing really has a chance to make it this year.

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  1. Stephen Graham says:

    The correct email address for Senator Flanagan is

    1. I just fixed it here, I will let Doug know about the typo. That was pasted verbatim from KnifeRights.

      Thanks for the catch.

  2. daniel says:

    I called, but I’m curious, what actual effect will this have?
    Currently, the only knives I feel safe carrying are my Opinel and a leatherman squirt.
    Will I be able to carry a Spyderco that locks upon deployment (Manix 2) should this law be passed?
    In addition, what odds does this have of passing?

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