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Offensive weapons act - have your say

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

As some of you may be aware there is currently discussions around implementing new legislation with regards to offensive weapons - this has some implications to the carving community as it has not been clarified as to the definition of 'bladed product'. In addition it is looking to restrict the online sales of these items which will have an impact on the way we are able to buy and sell the tools of our trade.





As a national association were are keen to understand how this will impact our members and are discussing a course of action which will involve writing to relevant parties.


In case you haven’t had the opportunity to read it, here is the link to the full document:




and here is Section 15 below in full:

15       Delivery of bladed products to residential premises etc

(1)          This section applies if –

(a) a person (“the seller”) sells a bladed product to another person (“the buyer”), and

(b) the seller and the buyer are not in each other’s presence at the time of the sale.

(2)          The seller commits an offence if, for the purposes of supplying the bladed product to the buyer, the seller delivers the bladed product, or arranges for its delivery, to residential premises.

(3)          The seller commits an offence if, for the purposes of supplying the bladed product to the buyer, the seller delivers the bladed product, or arranges for its delivery, to a locker.

(4)          For the purposes of subsection (1)(b) a person (“A”) is not in the presence of another person (“B”) at any time if –

(a)   where A is an individual, A or a person acting on behalf of A is not in the presence of B at that time;

(b)   where A is not an individual, a person acting on behalf of A is not in the presence of B at that time.

(5)          In sub-section (2) “residential premises” means premises used solely for residential purposes.

(6)          The circumstances where premises are not residential premises for the purposes of that subsection include, in particular, where a person carries on a business from the premises.

(7)          In subsection (3) “locker” means a lockable container to which the bladed product is delivered with a view to its collection by the buyer, or a person acting on behalf of the buyer, in accordance with the arrangements made between the seller and the buyer.

(8)          A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable –

(a) on summary conviction in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks, to a fine or to both;

(b) on summary conviction in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to both.

(9)          In relation to an offence committed before the coming into force of section 281(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the reference in subsection (8)(a) to 51 weeks is to be read as a reference to six months.

(10)      This section is subject to section 16 (defences).



It would be great to hear your thoughts - please comment below so that we can see what are members think of the proposals



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