View Full Version : Knives and 2A (Univ of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 167-215 (2013))

11-27-2013, 7:56 PM

Clayton Cramer, David Kopel, Joseph Olson
This Article is the first scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment.
Under the Supreme Court’s standard in District of Columbia v. Heller, knives
are Second Amendment “arms” because they are “typically possessed by law-abiding
citizens for lawful purposes,” including self-defense.

There is no knife that is more dangerous than a modern handgun; to the contrary,
knives are much less dangerous. Therefore, restrictions on carrying handguns set
the upper limit for restrictions on carrying knives.

Prohibitions on carrying knives in general, or of particular knives, are unconstitutional.
For example, bans of knives that open in a convenient way (e.g.,
switchblades, gravity knives, and butterfly knives) are unconstitutional. Likewise
unconstitutional are bans on folding knives that, after being opened, have a safety
lock to prevent inadvertent closure.

11-29-2013, 2:28 PM
Thanks Librarian!

So does CA Courts still hold to thier belief of nanchucks being the most deadly of weapons?