Knives and the Second Amendment
Clayton E. Cramer
College of Western Idaho
Joseph Edward Olson
Hamline University - School of Law
May 29, 2012
Recent scholarship and decisions have recognized that firearms are protected by the Second Amendment, both from infringement by the federal government, as well as state and local governments. There has been little recent attention paid to the question of whether knives and other edged weapons are appropriately classified as “arms” that enjoy similar Second Amendment protection. This paper reopens the question in light of recent developments in Second Amendment jurisprudence.
Date posted: June 30, 2012 ; Last revised: August 16, 2012
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