Sunday, December 5, 2010

Interesting & Important Knife Rights Article in the NY Times, Please follow link...

blogger is being finicky and refusing to let me print this link as text so...

Reposted blatantly and without permission from the NY Times, why should they care? credit is given.  Sharp Bright & Tactical is in no way responsible for the below article, it is simply a REPRINT from yesterday's NY Times.  Article by Marc Lacey of the NY Times.
New Hampshire State Rep. Jenn Coffey RULES!!!

If contacted by the paper, I'll take this down, but in the meantime, share the actual link with everybody you can.

Pushing a Right to Bear Arms, the Sharp Kind

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In Arizona, however, police groups were more circumspect about lifting all of the local knife laws. The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police opposed the move, saying local jurisdictions ought to set their own knife restrictions. The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association remained neutral.
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Todd Rathner, the lobbyist for Knife Rights Inc., was mugged twice before moving to Tucson, once at knifepoint.
Joshua Lott for The New York Times
A knife made by Mr. Holder.
In much of the country, especially in urban areas, knives are still viewed as weapons in need of tight control.
District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. of Manhattan announced in June that his office had pressured retail stores that were selling illegal knives to remove them from their shelves, forfeit profits from the knives made over the last four years and help finance a campaign to educate people against illegal knives.
“What makes these knives so dangerous is the ease with which they can be concealed and brandished,” Mr. Vance said of the illegal switchblades and gravity knives, which require a wrist flip to open instead of a switchblade’s spring, that were bought by undercover agents.
Mr. Vance’s offensive drew the ire of the American Knife and Tool Institute, which issued an “action alert” and offered to assist New York retailers and individuals charged with knife violations with their legal defenses.
The knife lobby similarly rose up in 2009 when the federal Customs and Border Protection agency issued a proposal that would have reclassified many pocketknives and pocket tools as switchblades and thus made them illegal for import or sale across state lines under the 1958 federal Switchblade Act. In the end, Congress intervened and blocked the change.
A case now unfolding in Seattle shows how volatile knives continue to be. A police officer there fatally shot a man in August after, the officer said, he ordered the man several times to drop a knife that he was carrying. But the legitimacy of the shooting has been questioned by the Police Department, partly because the knife, which had a three-inch blade, was found in a closed position near the body of the dead man, who had been using it to carve a piece of wood.
Knife advocates are hoping that, just as Arizona’s immigration law has led to a national debate on that topic, its move to end knife restrictions will lead more states to take up the cause.
“Arizona is now the model when it comes to knives,” said Mr. Rathner, who was aNational Rifle Association lobbyist before he switched to knives. “We’re now going to be moving to other states, probably in the Rocky Mountains and the Southeast. There’s probably half a dozen or more places that are ripe for this.”


Jes said...

I donated to the cause early on in NH when she was pushing for the legislation. She even participated in our forum to tell us personally about what her goals were, great woman. Here's to hoping it spreads!

Aaron said...

Thanks for your interest and continued readership Jes. I plan on leaving this copy up until somebody with legal weight representing the NY Times asks me to take it down, and if I have to take it down, I'll at least leave the link. Yeah, I would like to meet Representative Coffey in person, and should my financial situation improve, I'd like to donate to knife & gun rights organizations, and people in the future. Thanks for reading!