Lev-R-Lock bust in Los Angeles

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by James Mattis, Feb 28, 1999.

  1. James Mattis

    James Mattis

    Oct 3, 1998
    I just exchanged e-mails with a Los Angeles deputy public defender who is representing a guy who got pulled over in a traffic stop, and the cop asked if he had any knives on him, and he was nice enough to say that he had a pocket knife - a Camillus Lev-R-Lock.

    Busted!

    The city attorney thinks it's a switchblade under Section 653K of the CA Penal Code, though it is openly sold by retailers in California, as well as the rest of the country, as a non-switchblade.

    The California statute now specifically exempts one-hand knives that open with one hand by pushing with the thumb against the blade or a stud attached to the blade. Whether a stud attached to the tang counts will be determined if somebody ever gets busted over a CUDA.

    The definition of "switchblade" in California is not the same as it is for federal purposes. Here is the definition in Section 653k of the Penal Code:

    The "other" and "any" in that sentence could be stretched to outlaw any pocket knife that can be opened.

    Biologically improbable expletive deleted!


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  2. Frank

    Frank

    Oct 3, 1998
  3. Phil Gibbs

    Phil Gibbs Cutlery Student Platinum Member

    Nov 11, 1998
    James,
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have advised our legal dept. & will advise you directly of their response.
     

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