Judge tries flicking open pocketknife in test at NYC hearing


NEW YORK (AP) — Even a federal judge tried her hand at flicking open a pocketknife as a New York City law banning gravity knives was tested in open court.

Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan used her wrist to flick open a decades-old knife Thursday, and it popped out with ease. Two people and a retail store are challenging the law as too vague to enforce.

Forrest let lawyers for an artist, an art dealer and a business try to show flaws in the city’s wrist-flick test for determining if a knife is illegal. The lawyers used over a dozen knives, trying to show that a knife might open easily for one person and not for another.

A city lawyer argued that the law has survived decades of court scrutiny and should be upheld.