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Support proposed changes to the current knife laws
The May 1, 2012, front page article on proposed changes in MCL 750.226 and 227 dwells on switchblades, and has a 4 inch picture of a switchblade knife beside the article.
The article states "A new law introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives would repeal standing law making switchblades illegal." In fact, the proposed amendments introduced by Representative Frank Foster do much more. They eliminate antiquated language and update the law to fit today's society. The current law now makes it a felony to ... go armed with ... a "dagger, dirk, or stiletto" ... These terms come from prior centuries and are not understood or defined in any Michigan law. Confusion and miscarriages of justice have occurred as a result. The time is past for amendment!
The proposed amendments also allows folks like me, who daily carry and use a pocket knife, to cut hay bales or twine, open packages, use it for hunting or fishing, and other hobbies, to be free from concern that I am committing a felony -- just for having the knife in my pocket!
Many trade-workers, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, as well as postal carries, hunters, fishermen, contractors, sailors, artists, cobblers, foresters, woodsmen, horsemen and women, and others, carry knifes and use then as necessary tools. The non-harmful possession of a knife should be considered to be a fundamental right.
The proposed changes are a vast improvement over the current law and need support of the good citizens in Northern Michigan.
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