Appeal Hearing in Knife Right’s NYC Civil Rights Case Set for January 13, 2015

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse
Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse

Gilbert, AZ –-( Oral argument in Knife Rights’ appeal of a U.S. District Court Judge’s dismissal of its federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., will be held at 10:00 AM on January 13, 2015, in Courtroom 1703 at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, New York City. (Click here for map and directions).

Knife Rights members and supporters in the area are welcome to attend this hearing. Please note that this is not a trial court and the format of the hearing may be very unfamiliar to you. This is a very formal proceeding in front of a Federal Appeals Court, just one step below the U.S. Supreme Court.

The attorneys from each side present their arguments and then they will be grilled by the three Appeals Court Judges on the panel as to the fine points of their legal arguments and the law. The actual hearing can be expected to last as few as 30 minutes up to an hour at the most.

Although the calendar has our case scheduled for 10:00 AM, there are two other cases on the 10:00 AM calendar as well, so there is no way to predict exactly when our case will be heard that morning.

You can review the briefs in the appeal here:

If you come to watch, it should come as no surprise that you will have to leave your pocketknife at home and you will have to pass through a metal detector and screening area. You may not be allowed to bring a cell phone, tape recorder or photographic equipment into the court house, so be prepared for that. Allow extra time to get through security.

While it isn’t required that you “dress up” in a suit and tie, please do respect the Court and dress appropriately. While in attendance, please remember that your actions will reflect on Knife Rights–you are there only to respectfully and courteously witness the proceedings.

Help Fight New York City’s Persecution of Knife Owners

You can support Knife Rights’ federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., with a year-end TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation to the Knife Rights Foundation which a generous donor will MATCH DOLLAR for DOLLAR, DOUBLING the VALUE of YOUR DONATION.

Knife Rights ( 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

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It’s a fishing knife, forgot my pole.