I have to admit that I don’t have my finger on the pulse of the NH State House as diligently as I should, which is why I missed the following item of interest:
In May 2010, the NH House and Senate unanimously passed Rep. Jenn Coffey’s Knife Rights Bill, which removes all restrictions on purchase, possession, carry, trade, and legal use of knives in our lovely home state. As a result, any knife is legal to buy, own, and carry in New Hampshire, regardless of blade length, opening mechanism, number of sharpened edges, or any other feature. New Hampshire folk can now legally walk around with switchblades, push daggers, balisongs, gravity knives, or whatever else they choose to stick into their pockets.
To celebrate this common sense defeat of 1950s era public panic legislation, I went through my drawer of knives, pulled out the Benchmade 2550 “Mini Reflex” automatic knife my friend Tamara gave me as a gift a few years ago, and clipped it to the corner of my jeans pocket before leaving the house.
It’s nice to live in a state where the legislators don’t just give lip service to freedom and personal responsibility. (This was passed unanimously, by the way, in a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, and signed by a Democratic governor.)