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Watch ‘Vice News’ Report on Knife Rights & NYC Gravity Laws


The issue of gun rights and laws is becoming an increasingly hot topic with people on both sides of the aisle digging in for a long and contentious fight.

But what similar issue can get both sides of the political spectrum fighting together for a common cause? Knife rights and laws.

I’ve written about this dozens of times, but an old law banning “gravity knives” in New York City has been abused by law enforcement to apprehend and arrest thousands of New Yorkers.

This topic is intriguing and caught the interest of Vice, which shot a short video detailing the background of Doug Ritter of Knife Rights and the NYC knife laws.

Check it out:

For a six-minute clip, it does a good job capturing the story. It talks about Ritter’s interest in abolishing all knife laws, the Legal Aid Society working with Knife Rights to get the law repealed to keep innocent New Yorkers (mostly people of color) out of legal trouble, and those who have been affected.

The crazy thing about the issue is that it has bipartisan support and a repeal was passed by New York legislators twice! But Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed the bill twice.

I guess Vice didn’t really cover the police side of things, but to be honest, there’s not a compelling reason to keep the law on the books.

If you’re interested in learning more about Knife Rights or supporting them in their endeavors, visit the Knife Rights website to join or donate.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. “I guess Vice didn’t really cover the police side of things, but to be honest, there’s not a compelling reason to keep the law on the books.”

    I asked a LEO friend about this and he looked me straight in the eye and said “you’re not the guy we’re looking to put away with this…”

    To which I replied “but (a) you force me to down grade my ability to carry a self defense folder (stiff slip joints only) unless I want to risk a felony bust for simply carrying a Buck knife, and (b) it appears you guys have arrested a lot (1000’s) of people who weren’t criminals till they were caught with a flickable 4″ lock-back.”

    To which he responded “but we also arrested and later got for other charges thousands of serious criminals….”

    All I know is the laws suck as they are currently written and implemented.

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