Varying Knife Laws Can Confuse Across State, Local Lines | The Seattle Times

Hows a person supposed to know what the law is, and how are they supposed to know that theres a difference in the law between jurisdictions, said Jan Billeb, executive director of the American Knife & Tool Institute, which advocates for greater knife rights in the United States. Most Read Stories Living where you work isn’t easy for Eastside teachers Between 2012 and 2014, Baltimore averaged four homicides and 183 aggravated assaults with edged weapons, which would include knives, compared with 23 homicides and 109 aggravated assaults with firearms, according to data posted by the city on its website. During encounters with police, civil rights activists say, black men tend to fall victim to confusion over knife laws. In fact, Gray is among a handful of African-Americans to die in Baltimore in recent years after a police encounter that involved a knife or an edged weapon. Others are: Sheron Carter Jackson, 21, who wielded a folding knife during a March 2012 domestic disturbance and was shot by the police officer who responded to a 911 call.
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Freddie Gray’s death highlights varying knife laws that can confuse across state, local lines | Fox News

Between 2012 and 2014, Baltimore averaged four homicides and 183 aggravated assaults “with edged weapons,” which would include knives, compared with 23 homicides and 109 aggravated assaults with firearms, according to data posted by the city on its website. During encounters with police, civil rights activists say, black men tend to fall victim to confusion over knife laws. In fact, Gray is among a handful of African-Americans to die in Baltimore in recent years after a police encounter that involved a knife or an edged weapon. Others are: Sheron Carter Jackson, 21, who wielded a folding knife during a March 2012 domestic disturbance and was shot by the police officer who responded to a 911 call.
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Across US, knife laws can differ by state, city, even town | Boston Herald

That case is supposed to go to trial in September. Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said knife possession charges often amount to “packing the case” against a suspect. “We see it all the time,” Arnwine said. “I’ve had all kinds of people being accused of having a dangerous weapon, and you go, ‘What weapon?’ And you look at what was classified as the weapon and you have to laugh.” Former federal prosecutor and defense attorney Bill Thomas in Atlanta said it’s common for police to stop people first and then attempt to develop probable cause for crimes. Thomas said Gray probably was in the wrong place at the wrong time. “He ran. Cops chased him and when they caught him he had to take a charge on the knife.
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