Having lived in Arizona for several years, I feel some sense of entitlement to point out the state's stupider shenanigans - of which there is always an ample supply. Today my friend Murphy rode with me to the post office where he picked up his irregular shipment of Sunday New York Times that a friend of his boxes up and sends out to our island every so often. As we were driving back toward our office he dug into his new reading material and suddenly exclaimed, "You're not going to believe this. It's about Arizona!"
Wanna bet I won't believe it?
Murphy went on to quote from a front page article saying that the Arizona Legislature had taken over the authority of determining what types of knives people could carry in the Scorpion State - and now - anything goes! From cuticle clippers to broad swords, Arizonans can carry any type of blade that they damned well please!
The legislation (Senate Bill 1153) is known as the Knife Preemption Act, and it states that only the state legislature can make knife laws, and that political subdivisions of the state specifically do not have the legal authority to create knife laws or restrictions. The law went on to declare that any existing laws that political subdivisions had already enacted regarding knives were now null and void.
The little gem of a law was drafted and promoted by a group calling itself Knife Rights. They hope to be able to take this addle-brained notion nationwide.
The Knife Preemption Act is a fitting counterpart to Arizona's gun laws which are also nuts. In Arizona there is no permit required to carry a concealed weapon - nor is there any training required to tote a gun! A goodly number of Arizonans may be lunatics, especially the ones serving in the legislature, but that does not prohibit them from being lethal lunatics!
It's a great thing to be able to carry a weapon with no hassle - just ask Jarred Loughner. Nobody fucked with his God-given rights to be armed to the teeth! You betcha, they didn't!
Boycott Arizona - for the state's own good!