The police state that it is illegal to use any knife, legal or banned, in a threatening manner.
It is a criminal offence to sell a knife of any kind to persons under 18 or carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a 3-inch folding blade, such as a Swiss Army Knife.
The possession, sale or purchase of any kind of banned knife is illegal. This includes swords, disguised knives, zombie knives and stealth knives.
If you are charged with carrying a knife, even if it is not used, you could face up to 4 years’ imprisonment.
Acceptable ‘good reasons’ to carry a knife in public can include the transportation of knives you use at work; taking knives to be exhibited at a gallery or museum; or if it will be used for religious purposes, theatre, film or television.
The courts will decide if you have good reason to carry a knife in public.
Guns and Imitation Guns
To possess, purchase or acquire a firearm of any kind, you will need a firearms certificate issued by the police, which you should be able to present if questioned. You also must have a certificate to buy ammunition.
Possession of an offensive weapon such as a firearm, shotgun or any other dangerous air-weapons can lead to arrest and prosecution.
There is a minimum 5-year prison sentence for anybody over 18 found in illegal possession of a gun.
Some firearms are completely prohibited, and only with authority of the Home Secretary can certain people possess these.
It is against the law for persons under 18 to buy an imitation firearm, just as it is an offence to sell one to somebody under 18.
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