By Dean Weingarten
(c) Defense.–It shall be a defense that the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose.
The words are clear. The meaning is plain. As a father, Andrew Goslin brought a pocketknife to school and showed it to school administrators to demonstrate the silliness of their no pocketknives policy.
The police were called, Goslin was arrested. The case went all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (called the Superior Court in Pennsylvania).
On 16 February, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania correctly decided to uphold the plain language of the law. From Commonwealth v. Goslin (pdf):
We conclude that the language of Section 912(c), though broad, is unambiguous, and that Appellant possessed his pocketknife on school grounds for “other lawful purpose.” Therefore, we vacate Appellant’s Judgment of Sentence and order a new trial.4
It did not take long for another law abiding citizen to be saved from the clutches of overzealous bureaucrats: From delcotimes.com:
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