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Would be the only community in Eastern Mass. to adopt the ban

By Jennifer Mann
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 28, 2008 @ 06:03 AM

QUINCY -

Stores in Quincy will be banned from selling knives to minors under a proposal the city council is ready to accept.
Quincy would be the only community in the eastern part of the state to take such a stance, city solicitor James Timmins said.
Any store or person violating the ordinance - by selling or offering for sale any kind of knife to a person under age 18 - would be punished with a $300 fine. Police would enforce the ban, which covers everything from the pocket knives that Boy Scouts use, to dagger-like dirk knives.
Quincy resident Richard Turpin said he was shocked when his 13-year-old son came home with a knife, which he said he bought from the Kam Man Marketplace on Quincy Avenue.
Turpin said many other Quincy stores also sell knives. As a youth football coach, Turpin said he also knows his son is not the only youngster to buy one.
"They're right on the counter. You can buy a soda, a bag of chips and a knife," he said.
His ward councilor, Daniel Raymondi, proposed the ordinance.
The proposal gained unanimous approval from the city council ordinance committee Monday night, which all but guarantees its success when it goes before the council again for a final vote, likely at the next meeting.
The measure was also supported by John Monahan, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 42.
Monahan said the Scouts use a specific knife with a 31/2-inch blade only during special circumstances, and parents buy them for their children.
He pulled a 9-inch knife out from a sheath in his back pocket, saying, "There's no reason for kids to have this weapon."
Community Police Officer James Dentremont said he sees too many young people with knives, which they often tell him is for protection.
A person buying a knife would have to show a driver's license, just as if they were purchasing alcohol or cigarettes.

http://www.patriotledger.com/homepage/x1498978184/Quincy-to-ban-knife-sales-to-minors
 

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Any store or person violating the ordinance - by selling or offering for sale any kind of knife to a person under age 18 - would be punished with a $300 fine.
But they want to punish someone with an ounce of pot with only a $100 fine....

Community Police Officer James Dentremont said he sees too many young people with knives, which they often tell him is for protection.
Great... you see them with knives. And???? Is there some overwhelming problem in Quincy where kids are committing crimes with knives? If not, who cares.
 
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