Unfortunately, approximately one third of the knives seized by the police remain unaccounted for, having disappeared from the evidence room. An internal investigation has been launched by the County Prosecutor. Knife Rights attorney Evan Nappen got the court order for the knives return."
Chief Merritt Salmon has filed a motion in Laconia District Court telling defense Attorney Evan Nappen of Concord that he has notified both the Belknap County Attorney and Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin of the need for an investigation in reference to the knives that were seized from Abe's Awesome Armaments in New Hampton in June 2002, well before Salmon was named to head the department. According to Salmon's court filings, Wiggin indicated he in turn would be contacting the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office. On Friday, Wiggin confirmed he has talked to the AG's Office about the case.
Nappen represents Abram W. Foote, 50, of Tilton who is a federally licensed firearms dealer and who owns the Route 104 sporting goods store. Police seized the collection of knives after Laconia Police notified New Hampton Police that Foote had sold a switchblade style knife to one of its officers.
Nappen said his client believed that law enforcement was among those exempted from the ban that then made such knives illegal to possess or carry. That law has since been repealed.