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Knife Rights News Slice™ - November 6, 2018


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Attention Current or Former Knife Retailers, Manufacturers and Makers: Have You Been Blocked from Using Google AdWords/AdSense?  
Class Action Lawsuit Pending - Sign Up NOW!

I f you or your business was prevented from using Google AdWords/AdSense because you violated Goggle's "dangerous products or services policy" by selling knives or knife parts (or guns, gun parts, etc), you are being invited to join a class action lawsuit that is now pending in federal court in California.

You or your business does not need to be based in California, it can be located anywhere in the United States. You or your business do not have to be a going concern or in business today, so long as you were back when they blocked you. So, if you have since closed down your business, that's okay, you can still be a member of the class and can be compensated if the lawsuit is won.

To qualify, a person or company must have had its AdWords/AdSense account suspended or terminated by Google LLC between March 2014 and September 2017 based on the fact their websites advertised "any products that (i) were designed to injure an opponent in sport, self-defense or combat such as knives, crossbows and guns" in violation of Google's " dangerous products or services policy."

No attorney fees or costs will be charged to join this federal class action lawsuit. Rather, plaintiff's counsel will be paid by court order on a contingent basis.

If you are interested in learning more or in participating in the case you should directly contact William McGrane, Esq., who is acting as class action counsel in the pending  lawsuit, by emailing him at Mr. McGrane's contact information and biography may be viewed at

Class action lawsuits are lawsuits in which a group of people "with the same or similar injuries caused by the same product or action sue the defendant as a group." The key is that people seek justice in class action lawsuits because they've been damaged, in this case by corporate misconduct such as discrimination.

A class action is frequently used when a number of people have suffered the same or similar damage. Individually, the damage may have been relatively minor, to the point they might not have sought "legal redress" or cannot expect the cost of litigation to be affordable. Collectively, however, the value of the claims add up and suing as a class means consolidating attorneys, defendants, evidence, witnesses and most other aspects of the litigation. Class action lawsuits are virtually always done on a contingent basis, as is the case here, so that it is the attorneys who bear the costs, take the risks and assume the losses if not successful.

In this case, the potential biggest benefit may not be direct financial gain for the class action members, which could still be thousands of dollars per violation, but rather that Google is forced to change their discriminatory policy to enable you to use their AdWords/AdSense products to advertise your wares.  If you think you or your business could qualify, please contact Mr. McGran as soon as possible.
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Knife Rights' NYC Gravity Knife Case Appeal Headed To U.S. Supreme Court - Please Support with a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION! 
Knife Rights is going forward with an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States of the Second Circuit's decision in favor of New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in our long running civil rights lawsuit over their persecution of pocket knife owners.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg last week granted us a 60-day extension until January 13th, 2019, for submission of our petition for a writ of certiorari asking the Court to hear our appeal.

Please consider a year-end TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to Knife Rights to support our efforts at the Supreme Court.  Donate at:

While our lawsuit against New York City and DA Vance centers on their abusive enforcement of New York State's gravity knife ban against owners of common pocket knives, the focus changes somewhat as it moves to the Supreme Court. Keep in mind that the Supreme Court does not generally agree to hear a case just because any particular decision in a case is unjust, irrational or just plain terrible, all of which describe this ruling in spades.

Beyond settling major constitutional issues, the Court will sometimes choose to resolve differences in the application of Federal law among different Federal circuit courts when its decisions are not applied the same throughout the U.S. The Second Circuit panel's ruling regarding our constitutional vagueness claim in this case opens up that possibility with starkly split decisions between it and other circuits, as well as splits between a number of state courts. The writ explains why this case is important and worthy of the Court's limited time.

A Supreme Court decision to hear the case could affect the implementation and enforcement of a wide spectrum of laws to persons throughout the U.S. It is no longer just about these common folding knives. New York City's enforcement of the state's gravity knife law against common folding knives is now the vehicle to answer the bigger constitutional question at issue. Only if the Supreme Court accepts the case do we get to argue the merits of our particular case as it reflects this bigger issue.

It's always long odds for any case to be accepted by the Supreme Court. However, not making the attempt ensures we lose. And, that would allow very bad precedent to be set in stone.

Taking a case to Supreme Court is an expensive proposition, more so for a small organization like Knife Rights. We still need to raise significant funds for this effort if we don't want to hand a victory to New York Governor Cuomo, DA Vance andr New York City Mayor de Blasio

Please consider a year-end TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to Knife Rights to support our efforts at the Supreme Court.  Donate at:

Please also read below about how your holiday purchases can help us to continue to forge a Sharper Future for all Americans™.
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Join Knife Rights at the New York Custom Knife Show
November 16th & 17th in Jersey City, NJ   - SAVE $5!  
Once again the New York Custom Knife Show will be held in Jersey City, New Jersey,  because of New York City's persecution of knife owners and retailers. The show will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 16 & 17.

SAVE $5 off a Collector Pass with this coupon. Details and more information at:
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Support Knife Rights This Holiday Season
Whether you are holiday shopping or otherwise before or during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can support Knife Rights Foundation when you shop at Amazon Smile with Knife Rights Foundation as your supported charity or you shop via Good Shop.  If you bookmark these pages, you can continue to support Knife Rights throughout the year when you shop.

Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Knife Rights Foundation when you shop via Amazon Smile. As long as it says "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation," then a donation will be made upon purchase. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know; same products, same prices, same service - with the added benefit of supporting Knife Rights Foundation.

Good Shop works with more than 5,000 stores to provide coupons and promo codes with special deals and discounts. Stores also donate up to 20% of your purchase to Knife Rights Foundation.  Each coupon and promo code indicates how much Knife Rights Foundation receives.
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CALL or EMAIL TODAY! Knife Owners' Protection Act Including Federal Switchblade Act Repeal Introduced in Senate!  

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has introduced S.3264, the Knife Owners' Protection Act of 2018 (KOPA) including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act. This is a companion to the House KOPA bill, H.R.84, introduced last year. Originally conceived and authored by Knife Rights in 2010 and first introduced in 2013, KOPA will remove the irrational restrictions on interstate trade in automatic knives that are legal to one degree or another in 44 states, while also protecting the right of knife owners to travel throughout the U.S. without fear of prosecution under the myriad patchwork of state and local knife laws.  CLICK for more information
We need your help to gain additional co-sponsors. Please call or email your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation.  PLEASE use the EMAIL A FRIEND option after you email or call to ask your friends to support this effort! 
You can use Knife Rights Legislative Action Center to easily email Congress:  CLICK HERE to email your Senators and Representative.
Or,  CLICK HERE to locate your Senators' and Representative' phone numbers. We have included a call script to make it easy.
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Knife Rights Legal Blade - World's First Knife Law App!
Available Now for Android, iPhone & iPad 

Knife Rights Foundation" groundbreaking LegalBlade™ App - Knife Laws in America™ provides guidance at your fingertips to the knife laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 42 cities in the U.S. with restrictive knife laws.

Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter notes, "While Knife Rights will continue to aggressively work to repeal bad knife laws, knowledge of the law is the first step in avoiding an unfortunate arrest, loss of your knife or other legal complications."


The LegalBlade™ App is available now in the App Store and on Google Play 


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