Balisong Question......


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vermont88993
July 19, 2010, 09:13 PM
So the other day i found out that in a local knife/key/zippo/random stuff store had a mini balisong (like one for a keychain) that i purchased a wile ago in another state. i live in NY and i thought that balisongs were completely Illegal in NY state :confused:... so what is the law exactly in NY for balisongs. can i buy a "real Balisong" in NY or was this shop selling them illegally???

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hso
July 19, 2010, 10:54 PM
The first place you should check is Bernard Levine's website (http://home.netcom.com/~brlevine/sta-law.htm).

Then the state law itself http://law.justia.com/newyork/codes/penal/idx_pen0p3tpa265.html

Then search for case law http://www.mcacp.org/issue53.htm

vermont88993
July 19, 2010, 11:31 PM
Thank you Hso.... The last one was the most informative but does that mean that "butterfly knives" are illegal or legal in NY or does anyone even know? sounds like they are legal but not so sure...

hso
July 20, 2010, 09:01 AM
Case law is that they don't fall under the gravity knife prohibition. Legal or not then depends upon the other prohibitions, but as a class they shouldn't be prohibited.

If you want something other than the unqualified opinion of some guy on the internet you should craft a short letter to the DA/AG citing case law and relevant penal code and asking for their interpretation.

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