AKTI Says New York Initiative Aimed at Illegal Weapons Hits Legal Knives

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The American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI) has expressed concern that several categories of knives previously deemed both legal and protected have been confiscated in an attempt to stop the distribution of illegal knives in New York. The non-profit organization has posted an explanation of its stance at http://www.AKTI.org.

A major initiative to reduce the number of illegal weapons on the streets of New York has resulted in the confiscation of many knives that are both legal and protected, according to the American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI), whose mission is to "ensure that Americans will always be able to buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools."
(PRWEB) July 6, 2010 -- The initiative followed a large-scale investigation into the sale of illegal knives by local and national retailers doing business in New York, according to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Details of the initiative can be found at http://www.ManhattanDA.org/whatsnew/press/2010-06-17.shtml.

According Vance's office, "The DA's investigation found the widespread sale of knives which, with very limited exception, are illegal to sell, own or carry in the state, such as gravity knives and switchblades."

AKTI officials dispute that allegation, maintaining that the interpretation of the law has been excessively broadened to include knives that are fully legal to own and carry.

"The DA is applying the gravity knife prohibition to a wide variety of knives that can be opened with one hand," said AKTI President Goldie Russell. "Even the federal government amended the 1958 Switchblade Act last year to confine the gravity knife prohibition to the lawmakers' original intent."

AKTI came across the DA's initiative as part of its routine monitoring of knife laws, legislation and enforcement. Regarding its response to the situation, Russell said, "The American Knife and Tool Institute will be seeking sponsors for a legislative solution along the lines of other states and the 2009 Amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act." She added her concern that, "government resources are being used against legitimate businesses selling knives available across the U.S. and denying law-abiding citizens tools that are important in their daily lives."

A detailed explanation of AKTI's stance on the New York initiative has been posted at http://www.AKTI.org, she said.

For more information, contact Jan Billeb, Executive Director, American Knife & Tool Institute, 22 Vista View Lane, Cody, WY 82414-9606. The phone number is (307) 587-8296.

ABOUT AKTI: The American Knife and Tool Institute is a non-profit organization (501(c)6) representing the combined efforts of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, custom knife artisans, journalists, and concerned citizens united to educate, promote, and inform Americans about various types of knives and folding multi-tools. It was formed in 1997 after discussion among industry leaders about the need for a unifying organization to represent the knife-using and knife-making community.

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