- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A recent arrest is shining a light on a little-known Sioux Falls ordinance that bans carrying weapons such as daggers and brass knuckles in a pocket.

The ordinance doesn’t apply to firearms, which are covered by state law, the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1NT71wI ) reported. Sioux Falls authorities have made nearly 70 arrests, many for knives, under the ordinance this year.

A 25-year-old man recently was arrested when police found a knife in his pocket after he was picked up for sleeping in a boarded-up section of a building. Sioux Falls police Spokesman Sam Clemens said authorities often discover concealed weapon violations when someone is arrested for a separate crime.

“We’re not just stopping people on the street and checking their pockets,” Clemens said.

The city council created the ordinance in 1957, and it was overhauled in 2012 over concerns people would be arrested for carrying box cutters. That update also made pocket knives legal as long as the blade is enclosed.



In addition to applying to unusual weapons such as slingshots and brass knuckles, it also includes a “catch-all” line that bans concealing anything that would likely cause death or significant bodily harm.

“We have to have a catch-all in there,” Assistant City Attorney Keith Allenstein said. “People use their imagination. You could stab somebody with a screwdriver. We certainly want to cover a situation where people use objects that we wouldn’t think of as weapons.”

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