WASHINGTON (AP) — A few miles off in any direction, and the debate about the knife involved in Freddie Gray's arrest by Baltimore police may have been completely different.

Maryland has one set of laws governing knives. Baltimore has its own rules.

Caught in the middle are people like Gray, who probably have no idea whether carrying a legally purchased knife can lead to criminal charges.

Nationwide, knife laws vary in neighboring towns, counties, cities and states. This mishmash makes it difficult for citizens to comply.

Six Baltimore officers have been charged in Gray's death. He died of a spinal cord injury after he was handcuffed and put in a police van.

What was described as "a spring assisted, one hand-operated knife" was found on Gray during a search.

(Story by: Jesse J. Holland, The Associated Press)



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