Offensive Weapons Bill

Written evidence submitted by David R. Johnson (OWB78)

Regarding Section 15 of the Offensive Weapons Bill (delivery of bladed products to residential premises).

I write as a hobbyist woodturner, whose tools may fall within the 'bladed product' category.

1) The term 'bladed product' is too vague.

2) If passed into Law, it will not be effective.

In support of 1) above please consider how many 'bladed products' are available. Scissors, screwdrivers, chisels, gouges, scalpels, knives for catering, shears etc. There are also several unbladed products capable of causing injury or even death, such as sharpened pencils and knitting needles.

Many people, myself included, enjoy hobbies which use bladed products. If I am prevented from buying such items on mail order, I would have to visit a specialist dealer to get them. This would inconvenience me, and hundreds if not thousands of innocent people who have no intention of using such things in a criminal manner. The criminal will simply circumvent the legislation as they do with duplicate vehicle registration plates. It would probably have the effect of closing many small tool businesses which rely on mail order sales.

In support of 2) above, consider the number of knives in kitchen drawers at the moment. Furthermore, anyone of the required age wishing to buy a knife capable of causing injury can visit any of the hundreds of retail outlets and buy in person.

Yours Sincerely

D. R. Johnson

July 2018

 

Prepared 23rd July 2018