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Repeal case law and allow the everyday carry of sub 3-inch locking folding penknives

Comment 7th July 2010

Allow the everyday carry of sub 3-inch locking folding penknives, as per s139 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1988. Repeal the nonsensical and confusing case law (Harris v DPP [1993]) that bans the carry of a safe hand tool.

Why does this matter?

Since 1993 it has been illegal to carry a locking, folding penknife without prior good reason. This law does nothing to prevent knife crime and only serves to confuse the general public and preventing ordinary law-abiding people from carrying a safe, locking penknife for every day chores.

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