Met detectives have proposed introducing licences for...Dogs? Cyclists?
...“Rambo knives” amid concerns that a growing number are being used in stabbings.But most stabbings are ordinary kitchen knives.
The Offensive Weapons Bill, expected to come into law later this year, will make retailers check the age of anyone purchasing a knife before handing over an online order at a residential address. It will also ban possession of weapons such as zombie knives and knuckledusters.Wait, so one named type of knife will be banned, and another licenced? Won't they just rename them to get around the licensing?
But officers said there are legitimate reasons for buying a hunting knife and more could be done to stop dangerous blades getting onto the street.
They have discussed the possibility of licences with the Home Office to make them less easy to get hold of.Like guns.
Hang on. I've detected a flaw.
Detective Inspector Nathan Munson, of the Community Safety Unit based in Newham, said: “The Offensive Weapons Bill will prohibit zombie knives, but they are not the main problem. It is the survival knives.”Oh, Nathan, ten seconds after this scheme launches, they'll all be 'hunting knives' anyway!
He added that although kitchen knives may be easier to obtain, they are not made to kill — survival knives will cause more damage.They might not be made to kill, but they are doing pretty well at it.
Here's a thought - rather than wrestle over definitions of the weapons used, why not concentrate on the person wielding that weapon?
H/T: StateControl via Twitter