Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chicago Criminal lawyer comments on the proposed county-wide ban of plastic knives

This Chicago Criminal lawyer has posted here and here about the City of Chicago’s gun prohibition going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. I wonder if there will be as much outrage over the Cook County Commissioner’s proposed ban on plastic knives.

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.

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.
Unlike metal knives and guns, I earnestly can’t see a strong legal argument in opposition to the ban.

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