ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday prohibiting the manufacture, transport, shipment, and possession of knives that are undetectable by a metal detector. Possession of such weapons will now be considered a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail.

Recent technological developments, such as laser cutting machines, have led to the fabrication of knives using materials that are undetectable by metal detectors.

The measure is aimed to help protect New Yorkers by making it illegal for anyone to knowingly possess, manufacture and sell such weapons in the state.

Governor Cuomo Says, “"Undetectable knives are meant to be used by trained members of our police and military forces for covert operations...By signing this measure into law, we will keep these deadly knives out of dangerous hands and help ensure our airports, courtrooms and other public buildings are safe."

The law goes into effect on November 1, 2019.