POINTS OF INTEREST
TYPICAL DAY, TYPICAL QUESTIONS AT KNIFE RIGHTS
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.
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.”