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Old 03-09-2011, 04:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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What kind of activity are you doing such that would alert a cop to make you a "person of interest?" How many fillet and hunting knives have 6" fixed blades? Several! So yeah, if your riding your Harley with the obnoxious loud pipes, wearing your Son's of Anarchy leather, displaying an attitude when pulled over, I'm sure you are in for some thorough questioning.......if a cop thinks you are wanting to act like a bad ass, he's gonna make certain that you aren't going to give him trouble.....and he's gonna judge your book by the cover he sees.....
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:09 AM   #22 (permalink)
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(720 ILCS 5/Art. 24 heading)

(720 ILCS 5/24?1) (from Ch. 38, par. 24?1)
Sec. 24?1. Unlawful Use of Weapons.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
(1) Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or
carries a
ny bludgeon, black?jack, slung?shot, sand?club, sand?bag, metal knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, throwing star, or any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or a ballistic knife, which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as a projectile by means of a coil spring, elastic material or compressed gas; or

(2) Carries or possesses with intent to use the same
unlawfully against another
, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, stun gun or taser or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character;

***The way I read this is if the blade can deploy fully by the use/push of a buton/spring in the handle without additional manual manipulation of the blade, its a switch blade.

*** The way I read this one and I know Im not alone, any knife regardless of length can qualify for the unlawful use of weapon. The stipulation which an officer/states atty. needs to prove is "intent". This would qualify any size knife under unlawful use of weapon.

There are though instances where possesion of a knife during the commission of another crime elevates the charges from a misdemeanor to a felony without being required to articulate the intended use of the knife.
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