Knife Rights’ New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill Passes

Demonstration knives from Knife Rights' Federal Civil Rights Trial to stop bogus New York City gravity knife arrests.
Demonstration knives from Knife Rights' Federal Civil Rights Trial to stop bogus New York City gravity knife arrests.

Knife RightsU.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Knife Rights' New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill passed the Senate by a unanimous 62-0 vote. The identical Assembly version, A 5667A, was substituted for S.4769A and was the version passed.

We'd like to express our sincere appreciation to Senator Diane Savino for her extraordinary efforts and perseverance as the Senate sponsor that finally resulted in this bill being brought to the floor for a vote. Our Assembly sponsor, Assemblyman Dan Quart worked very hard to get this done. Thanks also to everyone who called and emailed Leader Flanagan. That was a huge help to Todd Rathner, Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, who spent this week in Albany lobbying to get the vote done before the deadline. Finally a shout out to our good friends at the the Legal Aid Society and the NRA, whose lobbyists also worked very hard on this effort.

The bill previously passed in the Assembly by a vote of 128-1. The bill is now ready to be transmitted to Governor Cuomo. We will advise when the bill is transmitted, which may take some time. Only at that point will it be time to again call and email the Governor.

In response to the Governor's objections to last year's bill, this year's bill removes “centrifugal force” from the definition of a gravity knife and adds “solely” to create a bright-line definition that even overzealous New York City law enforcement and prosecutors can understand, as desired by the Governor. It would preclude the unconstitutionally vague “wrist flick” test that has resulted in over 60,000 arrests and prosecutions in New York City which the Governor himself described as “absurd” in vetoing last year's bill on New Year's Eve.

Any true gravity knife, as the term is understood everywhere but in New York City, will still be prohibited by the “released from the handle or sheath thereof solely by the force of gravity” portion of the definition, but common folding knives could no longer be considered gravity knives.

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Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America. Knife Rights passed the nation's first repeal of a switchblade (automatic) knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of switchblade bans (and repealed other knife restrictions) in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

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Giles Lovejoy
Giles Lovejoy
2 years ago

Several years back my wife and I came to NYC to see the sights , enjoy great food, and take in some theater. In one location my pocket sized Leatherman was a no no. The federal officers at that site offered me of option of leaving the site and returning without it or it would have to be confiscated. I secured it off site and returned. Inconvenienced and frustrated but grateful for some small common sense. Another venue however where I was carrying a small (<3" blade) thinking it would avoid hassle re multitool I encountered a less than splendid… Read more »

Giles
Giles
2 years ago

Several years back my wife and I came to NYC to see the sights , enjoy great food, and take in some theater. In one location my pocket sized Leatherman was a no no. The federal officers at that site offered me of option of leaving the site and returning without it or it would have to be confiscated. I secured it off site and returned. Inconvenienced and frustrated but grateful for some small common sense. Another venue however where I was carrying a small (<3" blade) thinking it would avoid hassle re multitool I encountered a less than splendid… Read more »

Craig A
Craig A
3 years ago

I choose to carry a pocketknife pretty much everywhere I go – it’s nothing more than a tool.
These idiots worried about a knife are insane as you can do more damage with a screwdriver than any folding knife

Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove
3 years ago

I have a spring assist knife, I probably shouldn’t carry it in NY. While it is technically legal outside of NYC you never know if an overzealous police might decide otherwise.