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New York loses again - Cuomo acknowledges legal defeats.

Posted by Keith G. Langer | May 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Citing a "change in legal landscape” NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation repealing New York's longstanding ban on loosely defined "gravity knives." That change was the rejection of prosecutions and a defeat in Federal court.
Cuomo's signature enacted a bill decriminalizing possession of pocket knives routinely carried by a majority of tradesmen, first responders and the general public, and removes the threat of this charge being brought against anyone with a pocket knife. This comes after his two prior vetoes of similar legislation, and removes a law the NYPD was notorious for using against the city's minority residents.
“While I remain aware of the cautious community voices, I cannot veto a bill passed by the Legislature to address a decided constitutional infirmity in existing law, as recently affirmed by a federal court,” Cuomo said. New York Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and a majority of the state legislature supported the bill; New York Mayor Bill de Blaiso still maintains the knives “present a clear danger in our city.”

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Keith G. Langer

Keith G. Langer, Attorney at Law SERVING NORFOLK COUNTY, MA, AND SURROUNDING AREAS Solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation, collections, family law and administrative law, particularly firearms licensing.Professional Qualifications: One of the longest-serving member of the Firear...


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