Gilbert, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously ruled today that Knife Rights’ Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. will proceed, reversing a District Court’s erroneous dismissal of the case on procedural “standing” grounds.
You can review the Second Circuit’s decision below and at: http://www.kniferights.org/KRvNYC_Second_Circuit_Opinion.pdf
The Second Circuit ruled that Knife Rights’ plaintiffs John Copeland, Pedro Perez, and Native Leather have the right to pursue their claims to end the unconstitutional manner in which the City and the DA have enforced state gravity knife law against honest individuals and businesses with regard to common folding knives.
The reversed lower court previously found that the claims were not specific enough to proceed because they did not identify specific makes and models of folding knives at issue —
— even though the very inability to determine which knives would be arbitrarily deemed “illegal” is the basis of the lawsuit itself!
The Second Circuit agreed that specific knives need not be identified for the case to proceed.
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “we are very pleased that …read more