After a few recent attacks involving machetes, a state senator wants to add the large blade to the list of knives banned in New York.
If Tony Avella gets his way, New Yorkers caught with machetes could be put in jail for a year. It’s a penalty more severe penalty than the one in place, reports the New York Daily News:
Smaller knives such as switchblades and gravity knives are already banned and listed as deadly weapons under state law, but machetes are considered the same as butcher knives.
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.
“The fact that anyone can easily purchase this potentially lethal tool is just crazy,” said Avella.