Thursday, March 7, 2013

Senate Votes for Right to Bear Knives—and Possibly Samurai Swords

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Samurai swords are good for fighting.
  • Samurai swords are good for fighting.
And you thought all the Second Amendment freaks in the legislature would give it a rest this session now that they’ve voted the guns-in-cars bill into law. Ha! The Senate voted today to expand the right to bear arms yet again—this time with a twist! They’re making it legal to go armed to defend yourself against the criminal element with the longest, sharpest blades you can find.

Knife Rights Inc., the NRA’s sidekick in the Second Amendment cause, is behind this bill. A Glock is great when you need to jump up from your fried chicken dinner and blaze away at bandits from across a crowded restaurant. But a different kind of weapon is required for the close-up, wet work that’s sometimes necessary in crimefighting. Our Republican supermajority recognizes this.

Sen. Mike Bell’s bill, which has yet to be heard in the House, deletes from the law the 4-inch limit on the length of knives that you can carry. It also nullifies any existing limits in cities or counties and prohibits them from imposing any new ones.

The vote was 27-3 and, amazingly, no one raised a single question about the measure or wondered aloud about the wisdom of letting people carry long sharp instruments in public.

Exactly what’s legal under this bill? Daggers, switchblades, stilettos and Bowie knives—absolutely! That’s clear. But what about meat cleavers, cutlasses and machetes? Can people parade around wherever they please with Samurai swords? Who knows?

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