A new state law signed by Gov. John Lynch on Tuesday removes the penalty for carrying or selling switchblades -- along with stilettos, dirk and dagger knives.
"All we did was get rid of an old, antiquated law that was enacted in the 1950s," said Rep. Jennifer Coffey, R-Andover, prime sponsor of the legislation. "We need laws on criminal activities, not on objects."
One dealer charged under the old law was able to ask for his old inventory back. Well, most of it, anyway:
Unfortunately, approximately one third of the knives seized by the police remain unaccounted for, having disappeared from the evidence room.