State Senator Tony Avella of Queens, NY is looking to ban machete possession in New York after recent machete attacks and plans to introduce a bill to do so.
“The fact that anyone can easily purchase this potentially lethal tool is just crazy,” he said.
In NY, smaller knives and switchblades are already banned, but machetes are classified along the lines of butcher knives. Butcher knives are probably next.
Carrying a switchblade or a smaller knife can face jail time or fines. “New Yorkers carrying those knives can be ticketed for a blade longer than 4 inches, an administrative code violation. They face up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine.”
Under Avella’s proposed legislation, possession of a machete would get you up to one year in jail.
Two recent incidents kicked-off the obsession with get machetes off the streets. Last summer, a man hacked up a teenager to death. He purchased the weapon on Craigslist. Another incident in the Bronx involving a man who pulled a machete out of his umbrella.