Bill to consider intent for knife possession charge advanced

A bill that would clarify the intent of Nebraska’s deadly weapon statute was advanced from general file April 20.

Sen. Paul Schumacher
Sen. Paul Schumacher

Currently, Nebraska statute considers possession of any knife with a blade longer than 3.5 inches to be a deadly weapon, regardless of the owner’s intent. LB558, sponsored by Columbus Sen. Paul Schumacher, would clarify that the intended use of the knife should be considered when charging a person with a crime.

He said carrying a knife in a tackle box or picnic basket could result in a felony charge for possession of a deadly weapon under current statute. LB558 would correct this by taking into consideration a person’s intended use of such a knife when determining whether or not to file criminal charges, Schumacher said.

The bill was advanced to select file on a 34-0 vote.

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