April 20, Chicago, IL
Cook County officials introduced an ordinance today to ban manufacturing, selling or possessing hardened plastic knives that go under the radar of metal detectors.Unlike metal knives and guns, I earnestly can’t see a strong legal argument in opposition to the ban.
The proposal comes a month after authorities found a cache of weapons — including several sharp plastic knives designed to elude metal detectors — in the Northwest Side home of a known felon.
According to the ordinance, weapons made of hardened plastic, polymer resin or graphite, “pose the risk of individuals evading metal detectors in order to carry dangerous weapons into government buildings such as courthouses, thereby threatening the safety of the judiciary and others.”
The ordinance, referred to committee, was sponsored by Commissioners Bridget Gainer and Edwin Reyes, both Democrats.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, whose officers oversee security at the courthouse complexes, supports the ban.
In April, Chicago City Council proposed a similar ban within the city limits.