POINTS OF IN­TER­EST

TYP­I­CAL DAY, TYP­I­CAL QUES­TIONS AT KNIFE RIGHTS

Knives Illustrated - - News - BY KNIVES IL­LUS­TRATED STAFF

Did you ever won­der what a day in the life is like for Knife Rights’ founder and Chair­man Doug Rit­ter? We cer­tainly did, which is why we ap­proached the topic.

We asked him what is the most com­mon call or email he gets from knife own­ers, and he didn’t have to think long about the ques­tion.

“It’s usu­ally be­cause of an ar­rest for car­ry­ing a knife,” he says. “Hardly a week goes by with­out such a con­tact and most weeks there are more than one.”

While those call­ers are gen­er­ally very un­happy over their ar­rest, Rit­ter notes, “all too of­ten they have con­trib­uted to their prob­lems by their state­ments to law en­force­ment.” He of­fered some thoughts on the sub­ject.

What’s Typ­i­cal

Rit­ter ex­plained that it’s not un­usual that they claim to carry for self-de­fense with the ex­pec­ta­tion that it is a le­gal de­fense. In too many cases, how­ever, that’s an in­vi­ta­tion to ar­rest, he says. Many state and lo­cal reg­u­la­tions pro­hibit carry of a knife, or any weapon, with “in­tent to do harm,” or some sim­i­lar re­stric­tion.

Rit­ter says some of­fi­cials may in­ter­pret the law to term the ad­mis­sion of car­ry­ing for self-de­fense equates to carry with in­tent to do harm, and thereby il­le­gal.

While you may find that of­fen­sive, par­tic­u­larly in larger met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas, it is a pretty sure way to get ar­rested, ac­cord­ing to Rit­ter. While Knife Rights may be able to re­fer you to a good at­tor­ney, the not-in­sub­stan­tial le­gal bill is go­ing to be on you. Worse, if it goes bad, it can be a life-chang­ing event that can dog you for the rest of your life.

When ques­tioned by law en­force­ment, Rit­ter sug­gests that you say that you carry your knife as a tool, rather than for self-de­fense. If oth­er­wise le­gal to carry, as­sert­ing that it is just a tool might be a way to avoid ad­di­tional trou­ble. How­ever, Rit­ter added that you can al­ways re­main silent. KI

“… IT CAN BE A LIFE-CHANG­ING EVENT THAT CAN DOG YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.”

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