Cuomo signs bill to ban undetectable knives

Anyone in possession of one could face a year in prison

August 06, 2019 - 10:07 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - It is now illegal in New York to possess an undetectable knife.

Governor Cuomo signed the legislation into law on Tuesday. It prohibits the manufacture, transport, shipment, and possession of knives and other weapons that are undetectable by a metal detector.

 "Undetectable knives are meant to be used by trained members of our police and military forces for covert operations — not regular civilians attempting to sneak weapons past metal detectors," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "By signing this measure into law, we will keep these deadly knives out of dangerous hands and help ensure our airports, courtrooms and other public buildings are safe."  

Cuomo's office cites technological developments like laser cutting machines in the creation of knives that are undetectable by the metal detectors.

Possession of a undetectable knife is a misdemeanor that could result in a year of prison time for anyone who violates the law.

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