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Apparently there is a proposed change in the law that will mean you will only be able to buy bladed tools OTC (over the counter) in stores and at dealers.

I am not sure how this will affect purchasing gardening and horticultural hand tools, but presumably will affect the sales of chisels and screwdrivers etc.

There is an online Parliamentary petition that I have signed, whether it will make any difference is another matter.

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    I have created this post, however I cannot find it on the forum homepage as I was expecting to.

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      New forum topics do not currently show up on the activity feed on LJNs landing page, subsequent posts do, but take time to synchronise.

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    Summary of consultation.

    Problems are easily created by laws and regulations that are all encompassing.

    One such problem is extending the ban on knives from schools to all educational establishments, such as further education colleges teaching vocational courses requiring students to use bladed tools.

    ”A number of responses, particularly from catering colleges and manufactures of knives, although recognising that it would be within the public interest to extend the offence, did question how this would impact on those who had legitimate purpose for having such items. This included those students attending courses such as catering, carpentry and joinery, agricultural and other apprentices who require similar tools for their studies. It was regarded that provisions should be put in place to ensure these students would not be committing an offence due to legitimate reasons for having these items.”


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    Surely that is forcing retailers to use EBay? 

    Signed for home delivery would seem logical, but I don’t know if that is permissible.

    At face value it appears to be a UK wide rollout of the Stihl selling sharp things policy.

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      I had to sign for a new leatherman multitool last week from amazon. Don’t know if it was the value or the knife part though thinking knife part as it said I needed someone 18 or over to sign for it.

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    To be honest i welcome anything that could cut down on knife crime even if its just 1 more life saved.

    you will still be able to collect in person anything you might purchase exactly the same as air rifles are now, this just means that its more difficult for a teen to get hold of but will not fully prevent,

    i am working for my wifes friend at weekends build a dog kennel and few other bits in cov and the other week she was coming home from work to see her nabour 3 doors up stabbed once and it was a deadly wound, victim was mid 20's which is such a waste of a life.

     i don't think regulation alone is going to halt the situation but its a good starting point and it might make things harder to start with however we will all adjust to things and it will become day to day in no time

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    It is only to stop the under eighteens ordering bladed tools and knives by mail order, so anyone over eighteen will still be able to place orders.

    The biggest danger in most peoples lives is a knife block on the kitchen worktop within their own homes, once people have bought knives they leave them on display in blocks on the kitchen wortop, where they can be grabbed in the heat of the moment during a domestic arguement. As happened in a house I can see from my desk, on a Sunday morning a few years ago.

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      Do people still have knife blocks on display? Thought that was a bit 80s!

      besides that and the fact that knife crime is terrible and shouldn’t happen and should have far greater punishment (not 6 months in prison and let out to so it again until they actually kill someone).

      i think we as a country need to stop getting behind consecutive governments who think that banning things is the way forward!

      how about teaching kids that being nice is a good idea?

      if it keeps on the way it is we will all becoming little more than robots doing the governments bidding!

      it makes me want to move to Greenland or somewhere like it so I can be left alone!

      since that won’t happen I suggest we ban hedgecutters as they could easily kill someone and it’s horrible job anyway:)

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