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Knife Rights To Appeal Outrageous Ruling in NYC Case
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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 will never stop fighting for your rights, and neither should you. Please help us win this critical battle by contributing to the Knife Rights Foundation today as generously as you can. We've led the fight to defend knife rights in the legislative arena and we are pioneering it in the courts. Please help us defend freedom!
South Carolina Knife Law Preemption Bill Pre-Filed for 2014
South Carolina state Senator Kevin L. Bryant has introduced a Knife Law Preemption bill, S.885, for the 2014 session. S.885 simply adds "knives" to the state's existing Firearms Preemption Law. It would make state knife law supreme over the entire state, repealing existing local knife regulations and prohibiting any future knife regulations. This is the fifth Knife Rights backed bill pre-filed for the 2014 legislative session!
If you live, work or travel in South Carolina, please contact your state Senator and ask them to please support S.885. If Sen. Bryant is your Senator, please thank him for sponsoring S.885. You can find your South Carolina state Senator here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php
Knife Law Preemption is Knife Rights' signature legislative initiative and is the essential foundation for improving knife laws and protecting knife owners. Beginning with the nation's first Knife Law Preemption bill passed in 2010 in Arizona, Knife Rights has passed Knife Law Preemption in seven states to date. Knife Law Preemption prevents a patchwork of local ordinances which can entrap honest citizens traveling within or through a state. This is the fourth Knife Rights' Knife Law Preemption bill filed so far for next year.
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