Before this discussion goes completely off the Richter, let's take a moment to read
the press release.
1. This is neither law nor proposed law in any state in the Commonwealth. It is a proposal for discussion at a conference of attorneys-general and may well go no further if wiser heads prevail.
2. The proposal does not ban the advertisement of all
knives, only "offensive weapons" and "collectibles". "Offensive weapons" includes automatics, balisongs, daggers etc. I can post the full list if anybody is interested. "Collectibles" I take to refer either to "fantasy" knives or the Franklin Mint rubbish, it certainly does not mean the knives from custom makers, not that there are many of them in this country anyway. Note that in NSW lock-backs, liner-locks and one-hand openers are all legal and there is no limit on blade length.
3. Previous references to this proposal in NSW have not refered to banning all advertising, but only advertising for sale by mail order of those items banned as "offensive weapons".
4. Whilst NSW is supposed to have the toughest knife laws in the country, I carry a knife (or 2) daily without any fear of running foul of the law. The law prevents the carry of any knife without a lawful excuse
. If I was ever aprehended I trust the impartiality of the judicial system to determine my uses are lawful (unless it is against the law to open a letter
). In reality the law is being used to target muggers and gang members not ageing school teachers.
Even if this proposal did become law I would still expect to see my favourite Spyderco adds in "Wild" magazine. Let the flames begin
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