Virginia’s General Assembly has finally purged the remnants of gun control from its books. The meaningless one-gun-a-month purchase restriction was repealed last session, and two years ago, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a law granting concealed-carry permit holders permission to eat in restaurants that serve alcohol. Now it’s time for lawmakers to fix the state’s knife laws that are so irrational, they make walking around with a box cutter in one’s pocket a crime punishable by a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
The need for change is real. In the late 1990s, a man was convicted in Richmond for driving with a common steak knife under his car seat. He wasn’t a thief; he threatened no one.