Home Office Proposals to Ban Home Delivery of Knives.
Dear Valued Customer,
You may or may not have heard of the proposed ban on the sale of knives online, or more accurately the ban on delivery of knives to home addresses, which effectively will mean the end of all online knife retailers in the UK. Of course this would finish our business instantly and we will all be out of work here as will many many others in the industry. A tiny percentage of online customers buy knives with bad intentions, by forcing these new laws through I feel they are tarring all of us law abiding citizens with the same brush as the minority of criminal knife users. To make it an offense to possess knives in private is a massive infringement on our liberties (proposal B), the proposals are dramatic, will be ineffective, do not address the real issues and are an insult to everyone who uses a knife for their work, hobby or interests. If these laws are passed you will only be able to buy knives in person in the shops, with a much higher price tag and a limited selection if you can find a shop to visit. The criminals will still carry on buying cheap kitchen knives and keep committing their offenses. Bricks and Mortar store will not have any record of knife sales as online retailers have.
It is a massive knee jerk reaction to increased knife crime, which they appear to blame on online knife sales and not the loss of 20,000 police officers and Stop & Search. Their proposals are open to public consultation until the 9th December so we need to act very quickly to have our voice heard. I urge all of you to express your opinions in this consultation and write to your local MP, maybe if there are enough concerns raised they will vote in our favour. We have drafted a letter to save you time, click here to view it, of course amend it as you see fit. You can find your local MP clicking here or direct your letter/email to the Home Office : Offensive.Weapons.Consultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
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This consultation seeks views on the following proposals:
A) Creating offences to prevent knives sold online being delivered to a private residential address, and ensuring the age and identity of the purchaser are checked.
B) Making it an offence to possess certain weapons in private.
C) Introducing an offence of having an article with blade or point or offensive weapon on education institutions other than schools.
D) Amending the existing offences of threatening with an article with blade or point or offensive weapon.
E) Updating the definition of a flick knife.
It is already illegal to sell knives to under 18s, it is already illegal to carry most knives in a public place, threatening people with a knife is illegal. Can these not be enforced, why do we need additional laws for illegal activities?
As you will be aware we are extremely strict on ages checks and make great efforts not to supply knives to anyone under the age of 18. The current penalty is a fine of up to £5000 and/or a 6 month custodial sentence, deterrent enough, enforce these laws and stop the rogue traders if there is such a problem.
There are literally thousands of uses for a knife, they are tools for multiple jobs and not just weapons. To penalise the entire country for the actions of a few is not fair.
The Online Consultation Questions are heavily weighted so please read carefully before answering. In particularly the first question where the header is completely different to the question asked.
Please do take a few minutes to respond to these proposals as they are very keen to force them through and be seen to be tough on knife crime regardless if this will make a genuine difference or not.