Last Thursday, Avella announced what he considers “common sense” legislation, to add machetes to the penal code’s definition of a deadly weapon.
“I was stunned to learn that machetes have never been considered a ‘deadly weapon’ under the New York Penal Code,” Avella said in a statement. “Anyone who has held one knows just how lethal a machete can be.”
The retroactive legislation follows an incident that occurred last summer, when a Long Island man was able to purchase a machete online that he later used to stab a local teenager, which ultimately led to his death.
“After the horrific accident on Long Island, this bill is common sense, plain and simple – machetes must be added to the definition of a ‘deadly weapon,’” Avella concluded.
Here at QConf, we are still awaiting a comment from Danny Trejo, star of the 2010 film, “Machete.” We doubt he’d be in favor of the legislation, though.