Our sister sight, The Truth About Knives, has chronicled the ludicrously restrictive knife laws that resulted in 60,000 prosecutions in New York City over the last year for carrying simple pocket folders. But a New York Senate bill that would eliminate prosecutions for carrying most knives — legal in the other 49 states — that have a ‘bias toward closure,’ a common safety measure that keeps blades from opening in pockets, may be heading towards a vote. Knife Rights, which has been pushing the reform, is sounding the call for those who support the bill — and why wouldn’t you? — to contact the chairman of the Senate rules committee to move the bill forward . . .
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://bit.ly/1MiJbvv
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!