By Jillian Andrews SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that prohibits the manufacture, transport and possession of undetectable knives. Undetectable knives do not contain metal and can pass through metal detectors.
Security expert Joseph Nitti says the law will be difficult to enforce because undetectable knives are so easy to make.
“You can make a knife out of a toothbrush,” says Nitti.
Nitti is a retired New York State Trooper and a former New York State SWAT Team member. He says this is a law without much bite. Legislation will not stop the individuals using these knives as weapons, says Nitti.
“So the individuals that are law abiding, that would use these in maybe some everyday operations of their work or responsibilities, those are the people that it’s hurting,” he says.
Police officers and military officals will still be allowed to carry these weapons.
According to Nitti, the government is focusing on external issues, and taking away these tools will not solve the problems.
“Why don’t we put together groups or organizations or departments just like we have the terrorist watch group, to watch these individuals,” says Nitti.
The law goes into effect November 1st, 2019. Possession of these knives after that date will be considered a Class A misdameonor and punishable for up to one year in jail.