Butterfly knives are extremely useful and practical tools. Out of all the folding pocket knives, the butterfly knife has the strongest and safest locking mechanism, it is almost impossible for the blade to fold on the users fingers, a particularly useful feature for those who like myself frequently use pocket knives for work and hobbies.
Butterfly knives became illegal to buy, sell, manufacture, import and lend under the 1988 Criminal Justice Act. I personally feel this is a pointless piece of legislation, butterfly knives, whilst they may look quite frightening, are no more dangerous than any other knife legally availiable in this country, and banning them has had no impact on violent crime whatsoever.
I propose that the 1988 Criminal Justice Act be ammended, allowing all those over 18 to once again be allowed to buy, sell and possess Butterfly Knives legally, in the United Kingdom.