Sunday, January 1, 2017

Statement from The Legal Aid Society on Governor Cuomo Veto of Gravity Knife Reform Legislation

   The Legal Aid Society released the below statement today following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of A9042A/S6483A - legislation that would reform New York State’s antiquated knife statute and reclassify common-folding work knives as tools not weapons: 

“With this veto, Governor Cuomo ignores the calls from defender organizations, civil rights associations, trade unions and many others to fully reform one of New York State’s most discriminatory laws. While we are disappointed with the outcome, The Legal Aid Society will continue to explore all options – including litigation – that will finally address New York’s ambiguous knife statute that has long marginalized communities of colors and working class families.” 

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