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Council corrects mistake made in knife ban

April 24, 2014

In an effort to relax certain laws, an ordinance was passed during the April Antlers City Council meeting to remove a city code that has been in place since 2009 (or possibly long before then) that banned pocket knives within City limits. However, an important subsection was left out by the Council which kept pocket knives illegal and had residents of Antlers up in arms.
During a special meeting that was held on Wednesday, April 16th, the subsection was added to the ordinance and refilled. The law has been remanded.
"We messed up when we filed it originally. We left out an important subsection which would allow pocket knives. We had a meeting yesterday(Wednesday, April 15th) and corrected this issue making it legal to carry pocket knives in the City of Antlers" said City of Antlers Mayor Mike Burrage.
A Second Amendment rights activist group was the first to point out the mix-up to Antlers officials after it was published, verbatim, in The Antlers American's legal section April 10th.
According tot the original ordinance that was filed and published in The Antlers American, verbatim, it stated that, “ It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed upon or about his person, or in his portfolio or purse, any knife, dagger, metal knuckle, blackjack or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument.”
The amended version reads, “It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed upon or about his person, or in his portfolio or purse, any dagger, metal knuckle, blackjack or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument. The provisions of subsection "A” shall not prohibit the proper use of pocket knives, knives for hunting, fishing or recreational purposes, nor shall subsection “A” be construed to prohibit any use of weapons in a manner otherwise permitted by City Ordinance or State Statute, and shall specifically no apply to firearms.”

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