As we noted yesterday, you can’t always tell whose side a politicritter is on — whatever the issue — by the letter after his or her name. To wit, the current effort to decriminalize common pocket knives in the Empire State. Do you like to tote a Benchmade Mini Grip? Under current law, if you’re caught with one in the City that Never Sleeps, you’ll find yourself cuddling up with a flatulent guy with a cauliflower ear affectionately named Knuckles in a cell on Rikers Island. And a lot of the opposition to turning that state of affairs around is a gaggle of upstate ostensibly pro-2A GOPers. Which only makes you wonder what will happen if and when someone in New York gets the “oomph” to take on the SAFE Act . . .
You can read more about what’s going on there at The Truth About Knives. And you should. And if you want to help, check out what TTAK’s managing editor Clay Aalders has to say on the sorry subject:
If you are not familiar with the giant mess that is New York City’s ridiculous interpretation of the New York State “gravity knife” law, all you really need to know is that possession of illegal knives, the overwhelming majority of which are extremely common EDC folders, accounted for 60,000 prosecutions in the past 10 years. This makes it among the top 10 most prosecuted “crimes” in the city. The situation is so unjust that even the Village Voice (of all people) is calling for a change and supporting this legislation.
This can change, but KnifeRights.org needs your help TODAY! A bill which would make prosecutors prove “unlawful intent” is being stalled by New York State Republicans but still has a chance to make it onto the legislative calendar before the session adjourns.
If you live, work, or travel through New York State, KnifeRights needs you to call and/or email Rules Committee Chairman John Flanagan and politely ask that he move A.4821/S.3675 to the floor for a final vote.
You can read more background on the situation at TTAK. You can find the entire KnifeRights.org press release/call to action with Chairman Flanagan’s contact information below the jump. If you are a TTAG Reader in New York, now is the time to act. Please call or email. Here’s the kniferights.org press release:
June 19, 2015: URGENT ACTION ALERT New York Bill to “Fix” Gravity Knife Law & Stop Thousands of NYC Arrests Needs Your CALLs and EMAILs TODAY! Time is running out, but we are still in the fight after the NY Legislature extended its session into next week. After a major behind-the-scenes lobbying effort, the bill to “fix” New York State’s gravity knife law in an effort to protect New York City knife owners, A.4821/S.3675, has finally been released by the Senate Codes Committee and has now been assigned to the Senate Rules Committee. This bill has already passed the Assembly.
A.4821/S.3675 would require that prosecutors prove “intent to use the [gravity knife] unlawfully against another” in order for someone to be prosecuted for possession of a “gravity knife.” There have been over 60,000 gravity knife prosecutions in NYC in the past 10 years with the rate doubling in recent years.
If you live, work or travel in New York, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW and EMAIL and CALL Rules Committee Chairman Senator John Flanagan RIGHT NOW and politely request that he move A.4821/S.3675 to the floor for a final vote.
CALL and EMAIL Chairman Flanagan NOW!