Knife Rights Sues New York City

Joining Knife Rights as plaintiffs are two private citizens, John Copeland, an internationally acclaimed artist, and Pedro Perez, an artist and fine art dealer, both New York City residents. The defendants are New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., the New York State Attorney General, and the City of New York. Knife Rights is represented by attorney David Jensen. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

     Click here to download the Federal Complaint as filed.

Knife Rights is supported in this lawsuit by the Knife Rights Foundation Sharper Future Legal Fundâ„¢ whose major donors include at Platinum level: Benchmade Knife Co., Blue Ridge Knives, Buck Knives, Columbia River Knife & Tool, Taylor Brands and United Cutlery; Silver level: and Wenger NA; Titanium level: Smokey Mountain Knife Works; Bronze level: Ethan Becker and KA-BAR Knives. Please support those who support your knife rights.

Read prior articles on this issue:

     Manhattan District Attorney Shakes Down Honest Knife Retailers
     Knife Rights Contests DA’s Claims, Tactics in Knife Retailer Shakedown
     NYC Outrage Latest Update
     Ironic WSJ Article Features Knives NYC Citizens Can’t Buy


Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners organization and supports legislative initiatives to eliminate irrational restrictions on one of man’s oldest and most common tools, decriminalize knife possession and advance the civil rights of America’s knife owners.

The Knife Rights Foundation works to educate, inform and protect knife owners, pursuing litigation in support of knife owners’ civil rights when necessary.

Both Knife Rights and the Knife Rights Foundation ( are dedicated to a Sharper Future for all Americans.

We need your help to fight DA Vance. Donate today to support Knife Rights Sharper Futureâ„¢ Legal Fund.