Offensive Weapons Bill

Written evidence submitted by Christopher Walker Antiques (OWB188)

Executive summary

· This submission covers solely the elements of the Bill referring to posting and receiving bladed weapons to private addresses in Article 15.

· I am a sole trader of Antiques and have been in the business for over 40 years. The vast majority of my sales are via the internet to private collectors.

· As the largest Antique Dealer on Antique Atlas of Bladed antique weapons my business would be seriously affected by this Bill

· This Bill in its current form would seriously private collectors from purchasing and owning their own historic artefacts.

· All of the bladed items I sell are for ornamental use only. Many are sold to collectors outside of the UK.

· The Act in its current form will have a seriously detrimental effect on many other sole Trader businesses, Auction rooms and Antique shops but doesn’t really serve any purposes as controls do nothing to prevent criminal use.

· Statistics show that the majority of knife crime is carried out using cheap kitchen knives which are readily available in household kitchens. Therefore it make no sense to ban the delivery to residential addresses of antique bladed weapons which costs hundreds of pounds.

· Antique, vintage and ceremonial swords should not be afflicted by this new law as they are not and never have been part of the problem. Kitchen knives are more dangerous.

Defences

Antiques need to be listed in the ‘defences’ section for Article 15 of the Bill, for postage to private residential addresses. Antiques are specifically exempted from the Offensive Weapons Act and Amendments, since 1988 so can the Bill be amended so they are exempt from this new Bill .

September 2018

 

Prepared 12th September 2018