Massachusetts index finger opening asst opening knives illegal?


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Border
June 7, 2009, 09:07 AM
Someone on another site (Northeastshooters.com) said that a case was ruled on stating that assisted opening knives, if they can be opened with an index finger (a portion of the knife sticks through the handle) were considered switchblades and the case even lost on appeal. I can't seem to find it if this is actually true anywhere. Are the Kershaw Scallions, Leeks etc. illegal? The poster said that thumb studs were OK. So maybe I should get a Benchmade mini-barrage instead of a Buck Tempest just in case?

Thanks

Steve

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hockea
June 7, 2009, 09:54 AM
This may be what you're looking for:

http://www.pgnh.org/obama_now_wants_your_pocket_knife

Border
June 7, 2009, 02:03 PM
Thanks hockea,

Yeah, our own state AG went around the legislators under "Consumer Protection Laws" and really screwed us by eliminating a lot of guns we could previously buy. The end result? Crime went up, not down-what a shock! When will these talking monkeys learn?!:fire:

I've been trying quite awhile to look up this case law. I really like this Buck "Tempest" but who can understand why an Appellate court judge in this state would say a flipper sticking out of the handle that's part of the blade makes it a switchblade and a thumb stud that's also part of the blade, does not. Any lawyers can point me to the right site that might have it?

Thanks!

Steve

Dokkalfar
June 7, 2009, 06:42 PM
Wow... I wonder if they'll be looking at butterflies next? those are designed to be opened with one hand. And originally designed for use by Army Medics....

Funny, SMU just hosted a Dallas FBI training seminar this past week, and one o the higher-ups in SMU PD stopped me to talk about my knives. Apparently, my 3" knife is technically illegal under SMU's student conduct cause its a "dangerous weapon", despite the fact that I use it at work (at SMU) and half the guys I know carry pocketknives. After talking he said to just keep it concealed, though its kinda bulky and not comfortable in my pocket (I usually carry it clipped on the outside). However, going by the whole "dangerous weapon" clause in the handbook, (doesnt give definitions) you cant carry anything... screwdrivers can cause harm... your shoelaces can strangle... your pens could stab... anything could be construed as a 'dangerous weapon'...

Hush
June 7, 2009, 06:55 PM
"Wow... I wonder if they'll be looking at butterflies next? those are designed to be opened with one hand. And originally designed for use by Army Medics.... "

Umm, where do you get your info??
Typical internet.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balisong_(knife)

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