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De-criminalize the carrying of ALL knives whose purpose is peaceful

Comment 18th July 2010

People carrying everyday knives — yes, even big ones — should not be seen as criminals.

You might have just bought a set of foot-long kitchen knives to carry home. Or you might have been invited to a Christmas party and are taking good quality one to lend to the host because the ones he owns are dysfunctional.

Yes, I know there is a clause allowing people to carry such knives provided they have "good reason".

But this exactly where it breaks down. The boundaries are vague and open to abuse by police bent on harrassing members of the public.

And there is scant evidence that this law actually reduces knife crime.

If there really are politicians who respect liberty and are not afraid of the tabloids they will begin by abolishing this law. 

Why does this matter?

The crime should be USING the knife to willfully harm someone — not merely carrying one, or ten in a box for that matter. You do not harm people by merely carrying a knife.

This is where the law should begin and end: its recognition that crime is wilfulless. Not clever plays on words for politicians to get elected to power.

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