The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 makes it unlawful to own specific firearms, knives, and other offensive weapons.
Section 46 of the act makes it unlawful to possess specific weapons, including knuckledusters, flick knives and zombie knives in private, meaning people can no longer keep them at home. The definition of a flick knife has also been updated to reflect changes in design over recent years.
Other changes will come into place later in 2021 and will bring in new rules around how goods are sold online, as well as placing responsibility onto delivery companies to conduct age verification at the point of delivery. These are important developments that will help us to address the growing issue of knives being sold online.
This is part of wider action to tackle serious violence and keep communities safe from dangerous weapons.
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