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Ocean City Goes Off on Assisted Openers, Why Knife Law Preemption is a Priority

Gilbert, AZ --( On May, 19th 2014, the Ocean City, Maryland, City Council unanimously passed an “emergency” ordinance banning assisted openers at the request of Police Chief, Ross Buzzuro, who said, “in the best interest of public safety…we believe it will better serve not having them available in town.”

The ordinance makes it “unlawful for any person to display, possess, sell, barter, offer to sell, distribute, manufacture, give away, transfer or dispose of an assisted opening knife…” adding the assisted openers to the beginning of a long list of outlawed items, including “fighting knives” and butterfly knives. All of which, by the way, are legal for possession and open carry under Maryland law.

And, just to make this ordinance all the more irrational and ridiculous, take note that it is both illegal to possess and illegal to sell, barter, offer to sell, give away, transfer or dispose of the named prohibited items. So, anyone in Ocean City who already owns an assisted-opening folder, and there are no doubt many who do as they are one of the most popular folders types on the market, cannot now avoid breaking the law in Ocean City. (Read the full article here.)

This situation in Ocean City is exactly why Knife Rights’ priority legislative goal is passage of Knife Law Preemption.

Knife Law Preemption prevents local jurisdictions from enacting any law or ordinance more restrictive than state law. It eliminates and prevents a patchwork of local restrictions that serve only to trap unwary citizens.

Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010. Since then we have passed Knife law Preemption in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah. Knife Rights currently has Knife Law Preemption bills running in South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. In Oklahoma, Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill was vetoed recently by Governor Mary Fallin after passing by overwhelming majorities in the House, 88-3, and in the Senate, 45-1, having been caught in a spat between the Governor and the Speaker of the House unrelated to our legislation. We’ll be back next year to finish the job.

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  • 5 User comments to “Ocean City Goes Off on Assisted Openers, Why Knife Law Preemption is a Priority”

    1. Craig Ciurca on June 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM said:

      I’m all for knife and gun rights. This is about foreign owned t shirt shops on the boardwalk selling them to minors and drunken grads in June. It’s justified if you know the town.

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    3. Janek on June 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM said:

      Shore towns, for the most part, are carnivals by the sea where ‘assisted openers’ are often given away as prizes. What’s this Police Chief trying to do? LOL

    4. Rob Davis on June 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM said:

      That Police Chief should be arrested for violating the 2nd Amendment. What the hell is wrong with some people?!

    5. Rob Davis on June 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM said:

      Craig Circa,

      Infringing upon everyone’s rights is NEVER JUSTIFIED, especially if the situation is as you described… arrest the shop owners for breaking the law.

      Do your job, Police Chief, and enforce the laws already in place instead of criminalizing innocent people, you lazy jackass.

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