Ban on wide range of knives, weapons, and firearms comes into force today
From today, July 14, a ban comes into force on a wide range of weapons including cyclone knives, spiral knives and ‘rapid-fire’ rifles.
A new legal definition of flick knives, banned since 1959, also takes effect, resulting in more of these bladed weapons being outlawed.
All weapons banned in public by the Criminal Justice Act 1988, including zombie knives, shuriken or death stars and knuckledusters, will now also be banned in private, meaning people can no longer keep them at home.
Anyone unlawfully possessing a firearm covered by the ban will face up to 10 years in prison and those possessing one of the other weapons can be sentenced to up to six months’ imprisonment or a fine or both.
Police and relevant partners will be working to educate the public and the business community regarding the changes in legislation.
The introduction of the new measures will provide police with further means to help deter young people from becoming involved in knife possession and knife crime.
North Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Sacha Hatchett said: “The harm caused to families and communities through the tragic loss of life relating to knife crime is devastating and that is why focusing on this issue remains a top priority for policing.”
“We welcome the changes to legislation being introduced by the Offensive Weapons Act.”
“These measures will help officers to seize more dangerous weapons, deal with that intent on using them to cause harm and suffering, and crucially, make it more difficult for young people to get hold of knives and other dangerous items in the first place.”
“Knife crime is not something that can be solved by policing alone.”
“We are working closely with partners and with groups, such schools and businesses to educate young people and explain why carrying a knife is never the right choice.”
“This early intervention plays a vitally important role in stopping young people from turning to a life of crime.”
The UK government is also reminding members of the public about forthcoming changes to the law around antique firearms.
The Antique Firearms Regulations 2021, introduced in March this year, provides for the first time a legal definition of ‘antique firearm’ to prevent criminals exploiting a lack of clarity in law to gain possession of such a weapon for use in crime.
Owners of firearms that have ceased to be antiques as a result of the 2021 Regulations have until 22 September this year to apply to the police for a firearms certificate, which allows them to own these weapons legally. Alternatively, they can surrender, sell or otherwise dispose of the firearm before 22 September.
North Wales Polic is urging people to contact them should they know of anybody involved with illegal weapons to contact them via the website or by calling 101.
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