SWITCHBLADE KNIVES NOW LEGAL IN NH BY DAN TUOHY - UNION LEADER
May 18: New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has signed New Hampshire's Knife Rights Bill into law, removing restrictions on switchblades, dirks, daggers and stilettos in Hew Hampshire and essentially removing all restrictions on knives in New Hampshire state law. New Hampshire now has no knife laws which stop law abiding citizens from buying, selling, owning, carrying, possessing, transporting, collecting, or lawfully using any type of knife. This is the first complete repeal of a state's knife restrictions ever.
NH Union Leader Front Page Headline: "Switchblade knives now legal in NH..." This is an excerpt, to read the entire article visit: Read entire article.
Knives, seized in 2002, can’t be found
Law change: Owner is seeking to have them returned to him, but many are missing.
By ROGER AMSDEN Union Leader Correspondent Union Leader State Edition 06/15/2010, Page B03
This is an excerpt, to read the entire article visit: http://www.unionleader.com/ NEW HAMPTON — Police here are working with the Belknap County Attorney’s office and Belknap County Sheriff’s Department on an investigation into what happened to knives that were seized eight years ago, many of which now appear to be missing. The internal investigation was sought by New Hampton Police Chief Merritt Salmon after a motion for the return of property was filed last month in Laconia District Court by Abram Foote, owner of Abe’s Awesome Armaments. According to Foote’s attorney, Evan Nappen of Concord, police seized between 30 and 50 knives on July 24, 2002, after Foote was arrested on three counts of selling illegal knives. The law in effect at that time, a portion of which was unanimously repealed last year by the state Legislature, prohibited the possession or sale of “any stiletto, switch knife, blackjack, dagger, dirk-knife, slung shot or metallic bare knuckles,’’ according to Nappen... Nappen said the knives should never have been confiscated in the first place, noting that the law provided only that weapons which were carried by a person were subject to confiscation. “He was charged with selling one of the knives to a law enforcement officer, whom he knew,’’ said Nappen said the law specifically pro vided exceptions for sales of knives to law enforcement, hunters and fishermen... Nappen said Foote isn’t trying to seek restitution and has no intention of attempting to hold the department liable if all of the knives aren’t accounted for. “He’s cooperating with them and trying to help them. But it does raise questions about the need for vigilance in making sure that seized evidence is properly stored and good records maintained,’’ said Nappen.
Abe Foote of Abe’s Awesome Armaments in New Hampton, NH, who was an unfairly prosecuted victim of New Hampshire’s former restrictions on switchblade sales, was reunited on Wednesday with some of the knives the police had seized.
Unfortunately, approximately one third of the knives seized by the police remain unaccounted for, having disappeared from the evidence room. An internal investigation has been launched by the County Prosecutor. Knife Rights attorney and Freedom’s Point award winner Evan Nappen got the court order for the knives’ return.
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