New York state has added machetes to a list of “dangerous or deadly” weapons that also includes daggers, razors and stilettos.
The new rules signed into law this month by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo stop short of banning the long, bladed instruments, often used by gardeners, farmers and hikers to clear undergrowth.
Instead, the new law makes it a separate misdemeanor to possess a machete with the intent of using it unlawfully against another person.
If convicted of unlawful possession of a machete, a person can face up to a year in jail as well as fines.