Albany, New York Assemblyman David Weprin announced passage of A8214B, which would include the possession of a machete within the class A misdemeanor of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree in New York State. The Weprin sponsored legislation would increase penalties for perpetrators who use a machete as a weapon in New York.
Despite the obvious serious injury that can be caused by the use of a machete, such weapons have not been included in the penal law's definition of a weapon in the fourth degree. A8214B will not prohibit the possession of a machete, but does make the appropriate corrections to penal law so perpetrators who use a machete as a weapon will be charged accordingly.
Speaking after passage of A8214B, Assemblyman David Weprin said Following a rash of slashing incidents and assaults across New York City, it only makes sense that we enact this common sense legislation. Violent criminals who use machetes in vicious assaults shouldnt be let off the hook and this bill ensures those criminals are charged accordingly.