Buck knife dating
It is the position of AKTI that statutory restrictions based on the possession or carrying of “Bowie knife” are defective under the US Constitution.
“Bowie” knives are the subject of statutory restrictions in several states, none offer a definition as to what constitutes a “Bowie” knife.
The California definition of dagger, which is essentially an instrument capable of ready use as a stabbing weapon, is very non-specific, and for that matter, overboard.
The answer to the question of whether an item is or is not a dagger should not be determined on the basis of the identity of the person possessing the object nor, for that matter, the whim of a law enforcement officer.
It should not turn on whether the person is wearing a biker vest or a vested suit. “Offensive Weapon” means any bomb, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun, firearm specially made or specially adapted for concealment or silent discharge, a blackjack, sandbag, metal knuckles,dagger, or other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury that serves no common lawful purpose (Model Penal Code Section 5.07 – emphasis supplied).
Various laws concerning knives involve a blade length.AKTI encourages law enforcement and the administration of criminal justice to be guided by these definitions.It must be noted, however, that these are recommendations, and AKTI cannot require any particular officer or court to observe them.The distinguishing feature of a ballistic knife is that the blade can be launched or propelled as a projectile or missile separate from the handle.It is not inconceivable, however, that prohibitions as to ballistic knives might inappropriately be applied to a knife designed to be thrown.