State Sen. Tony Avella wants to ban machete possession in New York


EXCLUSIVE: Under Avella’s proposal, possessing a machete could lead up to a year in jail. He plans to introduce a bill to establish a ban, which is in response to an incident in July on Long Island where a man hacked a teenager to death.

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The sale of machetes should be outlawed after several recent attacks, a Queens pol said Wednesday.State Sen. Tony Avella plans to introduce a bill to ban the possession of the scary blades in New York.

“The fact that anyone can easily purchase this potentially lethal tool is just crazy,” he said.

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.

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