[SCA-AE] question regarding knife laws in NY
BaronDevon at rochester.rr.com
Thu Oct 19 00:37:56 EDT 2006
>From numerous discussions with police officers over a 15 year span, while
working on a commercial ambulance in Rochester NY, the summation is; it's
all about "intent" rather than the actual blade. If you're walking down the
block carrying a 3 foot broadsword, and tell the nice officer that you're on
the way to a history club meeting, things are cool. If you're carrying a 3
inch penknife, sneaking down an alley at midnight, you're in trouble.
My two cents,
Baron Devon (Ret.) Thescorre
----- Original Message -----
From: "F. Page Steinhardt (rr)" <sunshadow at twcny.rr.com>
To: <discussion at aethelmearc.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 12:00 AM
Subject: Re: [SCA-AE] question regarding knife laws in NY
>I am a bladesmith in upstate NY. I periodically ask police officers that I
>know, and people who work in the legal profession what the laws are (and to
>provide me copies of the laws) From what I have gathered from these sources
>over the years double edged blades of any length are not illegal to
>manufacture, own, sell, or carry in a lawful manner. You don't want to get
>caught doing some sort of crime while carrying any sort of blade because
>then it is considered a dangerous weapon and becomes an
> accessory charge. Switchblades, gravity knives, sword canes, shiriken,
> etc. are illegal, period. Swords, daggers, dirks etc. are only illegal in
> the context of use in committing a crime. If I could find my latest xerox
> of the weapons laws in the "loose Leaf Law Book" (the one the cops carry
> so that they know what to charge you with if they arrest you) I would
> quote it to you, but I can't put my hands on it at the moment. It is
> always a good idea to actually confirm with a lawyer, I am not one,
> and have never played one on TV, but in 15 years of keeping track of the
> knife laws in NY I have yet to find a prohibition on long blades, double
> edged blades, or any combination therof.
> Where in NY are you potentially moving to? BTW I have recently started a
> metalsmiths guild in AEthelmearc, email me privately if you would like an
> invite to our yahoogroup.
> In Service,
> John Michael Thorpe
> MKA F. Page Steinhardt,
> Member New England Bladesmiths Guild, Northeast Blacksmiths Association.
> Sandra Jaqua wrote:
>> Good day,
>> My husband and I are considering relocating to New York, however, he
>> would like to know what is and is not legal to own or make in the state
>> of New York in regards to knives. He is a custom bladesmith, and has been
>> reading the various laws pertaining to the ownership and carrying of
>> double bladed weapons, and is very distressed to read that all are
>> outlawed. Since 99% of his work is quality reproduction of period blades,
>> this would essentially mean he would not be able to ply his trade.
>> Would anyone be so kind as to let us know what is the truth? Before
>> we move lock stock and dogs (I'm a dog breeder, and there's this really
>> lovely kennel available in NY) we need to know. It would prevent our
>> moving to your fair Kingdom.
>> In Service,
>> THL Allesaundra de Crosthwaite, in Caid
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