Offensive Weapons Bill

Written evidence submitted by Roger Sinden (OWB67)

I write in the capacity of a private individual.

Executive Summary

Amendment to exclude all woodworking tools from the definition of bladed instrument

OR

Amendment to remove the restriction of sale of bladed instruments to residential properties

OR

Amendment to remove the restriction of sale of bladed instruments to businesses, self-employed, traders etc who work from their residential property

I am a retired 70 year old cabinet maker and who now carries to woodworking as a hobby. Many of the tools that we use come from specialist suppliers. These suppliers are predominantly mail-order based. The tools are not the sort that you can simply pop down to your local Homebase to buy. So to include woodworking tools under the very broad definition of bladed instruments that are restricted for sale to residential properties will preclude the majority of woodworkers from continuing with their hobby and spare-time interest.

If it is too difficult to redraft the Bill to exclude woodworking tools from the category of bladed instrument then the Bill should be amended to remove the restriction of sale of bladed instruments to residential properties. The belief that this will reduce ‘knife’ crime is naive at best. The majority of homes the country already have knives in their kitchens for the preparation of food. So restricting the sales to residential properties will achieve precisely nothing. It is pointless.

Many self-employed woodworkers operate from a workshop located at their residential property. By restricting the sale of bladed woodworking tools to residential properties will make it almost impossible for them to continue. The concept of a six hour round trip, say, to purchase a new but essential specialist chisel is out of the question and ludicrous to even suggest that such is a viable option.

12 July 2018

 

Prepared 17th July 2018