Still trying to reform New York knife law

Over opposition from some powerful elected officials, efforts continue in New York City to reform knife laws “that effectively criminalize tools that vast numbers of Americans carry with them to work as electricians, stagehands and other tradesmen – a fact that helps explain why the reforms usually enjoy union support.” [James Varney, Real Clear Investigations; Jon Campbell, Village Voice] I wrote about this crazy law for Cato in 2014, and see these related posts.


  • But criminalizing everything, coupled with a “trust us” attitude toward selective enforcement, equals absolute power!

  • What about fixed-bladed knives like hunting knives and kitchen knives? Those are not gravity knives but are also quite lethal if one wants to use them as weapons. What is their legal status in New York?