Is a knife a deadly weapon? That depends on the intent of the user, the state legislature said Thursday.Currently, Nebraska statute considers possession of any knife with a blade longer than 3.5 inches to be a deadly weapon, regardless of the owner’s intent.
But the Legislature has clarified that intent matters.
LB 558, sponsored by Columbus Sen. Paul Schumacher, clarifies that the intended use of the knife should be considered when charging a person with a crime.
The bill passed on a 46-0 vote.
Also, felons can now legally hunt with archery equipment and process game with a knife without breaking the law.
In related action, a felony conviction will no longer preclude a person from owning archery equipment under a bill passed Wednesday.
LB 478, introduced by North Platte Sen. Mike Groene, excludes possession of archery equipment, as well as knives, that are used for butchering, harvesting or otherwise processing game, fish or furs from the list of deadly weapons currently prohibited for convicted felons.
Possession of such a knife requires that a person hold a state-issued recreational license.
The bill passed on a 46-0 vote and goes into effect immediately.