Privately possessing knuckledusters, throwing stars, and zombie knives is now a crime. As new law takes effect, Devon and Cornwall Police are reminding the public of the hazards of carrying blades. "While we would not want people to feel threatened by their possession, we know that knives can be used for serious harm and intend to reduce the number of crimes committed with these weapons," said Chief Inspector Paul Martin.
Under the Knives Act 2009, it is illegal to possess any knife with a blade over 3 inches (7.5 cm) in length, anywhere in the country, with exceptions for farmers and hunters. The law applies to knives carried on anyone, including children, and police can seize any knife they believe falls within this definition.
People who have illegally bought knives will be asked to hand them over at their local police station or by calling police on 101. Officers will then dispose of the knives in accordance with national guidelines.
Those who fail to do so could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. It is also an offence to sell a knife within the UK without first obtaining evidence that it is being sold for legal use (such as by a butcher selling meat knives). The Knife Sales Act 2003 makes this illegal activity punishable by up to five years in prison.
These are called "dangerous weapons" and can be confiscated by police officers at any time if they believe you are going to use them to hurt someone. Knuckle dusters, also known as blackjacks or nightsticks, were once popular among gangsters and have returned as fashion accessories for hipsters and artists.
Using your knuckles as a weapon is illegal in most countries. The reason behind this law is that many people believe that punching someone in the face will cause serious injury or even kill them. However, because of the design of the human body, this cannot happen quickly or easily. A person can survive being hit in the face, but it is up to them if they want to fight back. If they do not defend themselves, then they are accepting violence against them, which is never acceptable.
Knuckle dusters are used by some street gangs as weapons. Police officers can seize these items during arrests of gang members. Using or carrying a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to five years in prison in California.
Flick knives and knuckle dusters will be outlawed shortly, even in your own house. Possession and ownership of such weapons, which also include zombie knives, curved swords, and batons, is forbidden under the new rule in all circumstances. Even if you have been given or lent a flicking knife or knuckle duster, you must return it immediately.
The government's rationale for banning these weapons is that they can be used as bombs. However, police say this is not their main purpose and so they are exempt from regulation. The main reason given for the ban is risk to public safety. It has been reported that several people have been killed with these knives over the years. Although this is a small number compared to other weapons, it does show that they can be dangerous.
Owning or having one of these weapons is very dangerous because if someone attacks you then you could use it against them. If you do choose to fight back then you should try and find another way to solve the problem instead of using a weapon. For example, you could call the police or go to a safe place like a friend's house or the library.
Carrying a knuckle duster or flick knife is illegal and you should not do so in public. This is especially true if you are not able to verify that the person who owns it is licensed to carry it.
In summary, the laws governing the carrying of knives in England, Scotland, and Wales are as follows. It is prohibited to hold any highly pointed or bladed tool in a public location unless you have a valid cause or legal authorisation to do so. Even though it is privately held, estate property with public access is a public area. Therefore, you cannot carry such a knife on these premises.
It is also an offence to possess a weapon intended for use as a Bowie knife in England, Scotland and Wales. This includes all fixed-blade knives except those by registered manufacturers which meet certain requirements. The maximum sentence for this offence is 7 years' imprisonment.
Bowie knives were originally designed for use by ranchers and farmers to cut meat quickly and efficiently. Although they can be used for other purposes such as digging holes or trenches, they are mainly used for cutting. There has been some controversy regarding the legality of Bowie knives. Some authorities consider them to be plain old knives with modified blades that are not covered by the law prohibiting the possession of "intentioanl[ly]...for use as a weapon". Other authorities believe that because they are designed to look like guns, they should be treated as weapons for criminal liability purposes.
The best argument against their being considered illegal weapons is that they were originally designed for use on cattle, which are legal to own in most parts of the world.
The Offensive Weapons Act, which goes into effect in England and Wales next year, will make it illegal to own certain types of rapid-firing guns, knives, and other objects. The list includes zombie knives, which may be up to 60 cm long, have a serrated edge, and have images or inscriptions glorifying violence. Other prohibited items include airguns, spring guns, blowpipes, billy clubs, blackjacks, and slingshots.
In Scotland, it is legal to own "offensive weapons" as long as they are kept under lock and key. The Scottish Government has not announced any plans to ban zombie knives but says it is reviewing its firearms laws with an eye toward making them "world-leading."
In Ireland, there are no specific regulations against owning zombie knives but it is illegal to carry offensive weapons without a license. Anyone found in possession of an unlicensed weapon can be fined or imprisoned for up to four years.
In the United States, state law enforcement agencies can issue civil penalties for violations of local gun control ordinances. Some cities, such as Chicago, have the authority to regulate firearm sales within their boundaries. Others, such as Baltimore, require gun dealers to conduct background checks on buyers.
Zombie knives are nothing new. In fact, they've been around since at least 1918, when the first such knife was sold by Stiletto Knives in California.
Owners of weapons like as knives, knuckle-dusters, and rifles are being paid cash in exchange for turning them in to authorities. The Offensive Weapons Act goes into effect next year, and objects prohibited by it can be surrendered in England and Wales under a three-month plan. A knuckle-duster for the PS2. Or Xbox. Is not a weapon in itself so cannot be turned in.
The act was introduced in order to reduce violence and intimidation on public streets, with reports that guns are being sold on underground markets at up to $50,000 each. Under the terms of the new scheme, owners of banned weapons will be able to hand them in to police stations or licensed dealers from January 2008. They will then be issued with special certificates allowing them to be kept as souvenirs.
Police say they receive about 100 calls per week about lost or stolen firearms. They add that while most of these items can be recovered, there are times when they are never found.
Knuckle dusters have a reputation for being able to knock out an attacker with one punch, but this is not true. Although they may appear deadly, they are actually used for protection by professional boxers and wrestling coaches. There have been cases where people have attacked others with these items, but they can't kill someone with one blow.