The Shooting Party Ltd
KNIVES & MULTI-TOOLS
JIM BOWIE – 1827TM The Cutting EdgeTM
WE DO NOT SELL ANY KNIVES OR MULTI-TOOLS TO UNDER 18 YEAR OLDS – PROOF OF AGE WILL BE REQUIRED
YOUR KNIFE AND YOU
Despite what you may have been led to believe, our knife laws are amongst the most sensible in the modern World.
In Great Britain we benefit from laws which promote the sensible use and collecting of fine knives, yet discourage those who seek to abuse what are, in effect, artistic, well engineered tools. In short, be aware of the following points, although please read the linked articles for more in-depth information…
What you can’t have …
The following items are banned from sale within the UK (although if you already own one you may keep it, but not use it outside of your own property) … Switchblades, automatics or ‘flick-knives’, gravity knives, bal songs or ‘butterfly knives’, push daggers, belt buckle knives, sword canes, disguised knives, or knuckle-duster knives.
Late on in 2004, an amendment to the law was introduced which restricts the sale of any knife which is not readily detectable by the normal methods of detection, i.e: either x-ray or metal detection, unless it can be proven that the knife’s sole purpose is for the preparation of food. So for instance, the Cold Steel CAT Tanto or Lansky Knife is now prohibited within the UK. These knives are correctly referred to as Airport Knives, but in English law are commonly referred to as Stealth Knives.
In 2006, so-called Disguised Knives were prohibited. You may not buy any knife designed to look like something else, for instance a knife which appears to be a pen, (and it doesn’t matter whether the pen works or not, it’s still prohibited here).
What you can carry …
The Criminal Justice Act (1988) says that you may carry a knife with a blade length of 3.0″ or less so long as it is capable of folding. That means no fixed blade knives. But use your loaf – a knife has no place at a football match, in a pub, nightclub or school and becomes an offensive weapon in these circumstances in just the same way as a screwdriver, or any other inanimate tool.
But I NEED a bigger knife …
If you wish to carry a larger knife then you must have ‘reasonable cause’. That means that you must be able to prove that you had a genuine reason for carrying the knife.
You may carry a larger cutting tool if it is associated with your work (for instance a chef may carry a 9.0″ butchers knife roll to and from work), or if it is associated with your sport, (for instance a fisherman may carry a 6.0″ fillet knife, or a hunter may carry a 4.0″ fixed blade hunting knife).
Don’t forget it’s there though. If you stop off in Tescos for a can of beans on your way home take the knife off of your belt and lock it in your glove box, or your local bobby will be unimpressed at your excuses. When transporting a knife by car keep it locked away in the glove box or securely stored in the boot of the vehicle. Do not slip it into the door side-pocket, under your seat or in a centre console, this is a dangerous practice, and if stopped by the Police this gives the impression of keeping the knife close to hand.
Don’t give the police a hard time …
Ensure that you comply fully with the law. The Police take breaches of knife law very seriously, and take our advice, you really don’t want to be caught on the wrong side, and it’s just not worth it.
REMEMBER – WE DO NOT SELL TO UNDER 18s; WE DO CHECK – THIS INCLUDES MULTI-TOOLS
Please note that this information is supplied for your information only. We are not solicitors nor policemen, so please follow the links for more ‘official’ information, or speak to a solicitor for legal advice. Please refer to the footnote at the page bottom.
The Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act (1959)
Prevents the use and sale of switchblades and automatic knives within Great Britain due to the violent and prevalent use by “Teddy Boys”.
The Criminal Justice Act (1988)
Probably the most controversial piece of legislation to go through Parliament. Extends into all areas of modern life, although with regard to our subject matter, the Act outlaws the sale of certain knife categories. Amongst those included are belt buckle knives, push daggers, and other “so called” martial arts weapons.
Click Here to View The Act
The Offensive Weapons Act (1996)
Restricts the sales of certain types of knife to persons under the age of 16.
Click Here to View The Act
The Knives Act (1997)
The most recent law to affect knives in Great Britain effectively banned the sale of any knife suitable for combat. Although in theory this could mean literally ANY knife, the spirit of the law is there to protect us all. It’s left grey enough to exercise a little self control for those clearly seeking a collectable path, yet shuts down any avenue for violent use.
The majority of violent incidents involving knives feature domestic cutlery (primarily kitchen knives), or craft knives like the “Stanley”- type knife … cheap, disposable, and so much more explainable than a Buck M1 filling your pocket!
Click Here to View The Act
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PAGE IS SUPPLIED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY, AND REPRESENTS ONLY OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW. WE ARE NOT IN ANY WAY LEGALLY TRAINED NOR QUALIFIED IN ANY SUBJECT OF LAW, NOR DO WE CLAIM TO BE. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR USE IN A COURT OF LAW, NOR IS IT OFFERED AS ANY SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADVICE. FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING CURRENT UK LEGISLATION AND LEGAL ISSUES PLEASE CONTACT AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED SOLICITOR, OR ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS BASC (British Association of Shooting & Conservation) OR THE COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE.
AIR GUN LEGISLATION -UK
Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006
This Act covered a wide-range of issues many of them not particularly well thought through. In relation to airgun ownership, this completely changed the way they could be acquired. From October 2007 :-
You must be 18 or over to buy an air weapon OR ammunition (pellets, BBs or darts).
- You can only purchase air weapons from an RFD (Registered Fire Arms Dealer – Yes, we are one – RFD West Midlands 2191) you can no longer buy them from gift, hobby or fishing tackle shops (unless they also have an RFD) or from your local market stall
- All purchases must be made face-to-face e.g., you have to go into an RFD, provide your name and address, and evidence of age and identity, BUT:-
- NO LICENSE (AS SUCH) IS REQUIRED
- These changes made internet, or catalogue sales difficult but not impossible. You can order AirForceOne airguns and accessories from our website and we will deliver anywhere within a 50 mile radius of our retail store:-
- Unit 4C, Birchbrook Industrial Estate, Birchbrook Lane, Shenstone, Staffordshire, WS14 0DJ :: 01543 480 361, for a fee of £14.99 but, you must be in when we deliver, so that we can complete the transaction face-to-face.