Intent to be considered for knife possession charge

A bill that clarifies the intent of Nebraska’s deadly weapon statute was passed by the Legislature May 4.

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, clarifies that the intended use of the knife should be considered when charging a person with a crime.

The bill passed on a 46-0 vote.

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