KnifeRight.org has released a new app designed to help those with knives to navigate the legal quagmire of knife laws that are out there. But there are two problems that I have with the app. First and foremost, its a $1.99 app in the Google Play store. Not all that much in terms of what apps can cost, but definitely something that will keep some people for buying the app. While I understand that it costs money to maintain a database and build an app, there are those out there that refuse to pay anything for apps.
The second is that the information is severely lacking in it’s current version. While I get that researching every law out there is an impossibility, I would have expected a larger database of state and local laws prior to an app launch. The flip side of that is using the app to build a user base and popularity to then get users to submit local information. Either way, for a $1.99 app, I would have expected more information. While there are probably states that are almost complete, my home state of Washington is just state law right now, and lacks any local laws.
While the idea behind the app is sound, and would be a great tool, the implementation seems clunky and hard to navigate and lacks many large cities right now. I would hope that in the future the app is much more comprehensive and helpful to users. Building out the databases will be a tremendous help to those that are looking to use the app. Another addition that would be nice to see is the ability to use the GPS in your device to locate local cities around you could also be a great benefit to the end user.
Knife Rights Foundation is pleased to announce its groundbreaking LegalBlade™ App – Knife Laws in America™. LegalBlade™ is the world’s first knife law app! LegalBlade™ provides guidance at your fingertips to the knife laws of all 50 states as well as cities and local jurisdictions in the United States.
Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter said, “While Knife Rights will continue to aggressively work to repeal bad knife laws, knowledge of the law is the first step in avoiding an unfortunate arrest, loss of your knife or other legal complications. Knife Rights’ LegalBlade app was originally conceived back when I saw the first iPhone in 2007, shortly after Knife Rights was organized. I am pleased that we can finally offer knife owners a comprehensive, up-to-date and readily accessible compendium of knife laws that’s been sorely needed.”
Knife Rights LegalBlade™ App Features:
Includes the knife laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, plus cities
Results presented incorporate judicial decisions that affect how the law is actually enforced
Easy to understand, color-coded tables
Comprehensive information on the legality of Possession, Open Carry and Concealed Carry for all common knife types, including those most often restricted
Includes length restrictions, age restrictions and other restrictions in the law
Includes the text of the state law, plus applicable portions of court decisions that further define what is legal and what is not
“What To Do If Stopped or Arrested,” by Evan Nappen, noted knife law expert and attorney, provides clear, concise information to protect your rights if you are ever stopped for carrying a knife or arrested for a knife law violation
All legal data is maintained on the server for instant law updates and the addition of more cities going forward
The LegalBlade™ App.includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Citiy ordinances are in the process of being added and more will be added continuously going forward.
All data is maintained on the server to ensure users always have the most current information that is available to Knife Rights. As more cities are added to the database, they automatically become available to the LegalBlade™ App.
Ritter explained, “Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America. With 14 bills passed in just the last five years in the states, our aggressive legislative activity has obsoleted all available knife law resources, many of which were not accurate to begin with. It only makes sense for Knife Rights to lead the way by providing knife owners with the best available knife law information, instantly accessible.”
This app was created courtesy of a donation to Knife Rights Foundation. Once out of PUBLIC BETA there will be a nominal charge to ensure Knife Rights can update the LegalBlade™ App with any changes in the law, add more cities and improve the app with additional features going forward.
The Knife Rights LegalBlade™ App IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. Users are cautioned not to rely on the information provided by the LegalBlade™ App as an alternative to legal advice from a competent attorney.
The LegalBlade™ App is available now in the Google Play Store.
It is expected to be available in the Apple App Store within two weeks; it is currently awaiting App Store approval.
About Knife Rights
Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners organization, aggressively fighting for a Sharper Future™ for all knife owners. Knife Rights is dedicated to providing knife owners an effective voice to influence public policy. Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America™. In the past five years, Knife Rights has passed pro-knife legislation in 11 states and prevented anti-knife legislation in four states. Knife Rights is also the lead plaintiff in a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and the Manhattan District Attorney over their persecution of knife owners.