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Gilbert, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Knife Rights has a filed a Notice of Appeal in its federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City, following a judge's refusal to allow supposed “defects” in the case documents to be corrected.
The judge previously used those “defects” to try to throw out the case.
U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest previously held that the plaintiffs don't have standing to sue, because the complaint didn't identify specific knives that would be illegal under New York City's misinterpretation of state law.
Ironically, the whole point of the case is that it's nearly impossible to figure out what is legal or illegal under New York City's haphazard and inconsistent approach – even the DA has admitted that different specimens of the exact same make and model knife could be simultaneously found to be both legal and illegal!
Following the Judge's decision, Knife Rights sought permission to amend its complaint to address the supposed defects in it–a basic courtesy that is supposed to be freely given. Instead, the judge found that allowing Knife Rights to fix the defects she herself had identified would somehow prejudice NYC, ignoring that ending the case is the ultimate prejudice to those being wrongly arrested under the city's misinterpretation of state law!
So, Judge Forrest has identified supposed defects in the case, while simultaneously denying Knife Rights the chance to fix those defects. That outrageous decision cannot stand. Knife Rights has filed notice that it intends to appeal the ruling, and briefs in the case will be filed with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals within several months.
Knife Rights (www.KnifeRights.org) is America's Grassroots Knife Owners Organization, working towards a Sharper Future for all knife owners. Knife Rights is dedicated to providing knife owners an effective voice in public policy. Become a Knife Rights member and make a contribution to support the fight for your knife rights. Visit www.kniferights.org