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Offensive Weapons Act 2019

The long-awaited Offensive Weapons Bill has been passed into law today, when it received royal assent, and became the Offensive Weapons Act.

We’re still waiting to hear when the provisions of the Act will come into force. Like you, we’re keeping an eye on announcements from the Home Office and Parliament, here:
…and here:

There are two broad areas which will affect our customers.

Age verification on delivery
For years, we’ve carried out age verification on customers purchasing knives and bladed items. That won’t change. The new Act additionally requires that the item is then delivered only to a person aged over 18. You, as a Heinnie Haynes® customer won’t notice much difference, you’ll be able to place your order as normal, and have it delivered to your home. You’ll notice that the delivery driver will check that you’re over 18, and then hand over your parcel. If you’re not going to be in, no problem, you can choose to have your parcel delivered to one of our click and collect locations for you to pick up at your convenience. It’s business as normal at®

Updated definition of a “flick knife”
For several years, there has been uncertainty over the precise definition of a “flick knife”. We’d all probably recognise a 1950’s stiletto from the movies, but this Act has added other knives into the same prohibited classification. Briefly, the Act prohibits “…any knife which has a blade which opens automatically…by manual pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the knife…” That means no more spring assists or flippers.

Again, customers shopping at® are safe in the knowledge that all the knives that we sell fit within the spirit and letter of the law.

You can continue to shop with confidence at®, and read the full text of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 here.


4 thoughts on “Offensive Weapons Act 2019

  1. Darren Farrell - 1:07 pm 21/05/19

    I’d appreciate knowing who within the Met or HO has supplied you with the data confirming that folding locking knives with a manual flipper tab to enable one handed opening are confirmed on the schedule for prohibition please. Spring assist types are not yet confirmed as listed on the schedule. Is that correct ?
    As we understand the situation currently, the wording “ or any other device in or attached to the knife” means just that.
    There is currently no exclusion stating that thumb studs or finger cut outs on the blade are being considered any differently to a finger guard or tab. Is this not the whole issue with regard to the loose description giving way to worst fears interpretation ?

    If this is your pre-emptive interpretation of what you expect to see, rather than fact then please state this as your opinion rather than unnerving thousands of those potentially affected with hearsay & rumour please.

  2. Heinnie Haynes Team - 4:11 pm 21/05/19

    Hello Darren, thanks for checking in.
    We have no special source for information inside the Home Office – we get our info from the same publicly available sources as anyone else. We are aware, however that flippers, assists and autos have been seized at the UK Border for the past several years, and in our opinion the updated classification of a “flick knife” will not change the range of items seized.

  3. Darren Farrell - 7:03 pm 22/05/19

    I agree that the range of items seized may not change but the manner in which prosecution is enforced most certainly will be. If those items previously seized by Border Force were deemed prohibited, how is that no evidence of prosecutions for importation of prohibited weapon ?

    It should also be noted that HMRC Border Force have seized locking folding knives with thumbstuds, finger holes, & axis lock. It’s not just flipper tab or AO that are seized.

    What HMRC Border Force misinterpret has law, can only be challenged on a case by case basis. Those that have successfully challenged the commital proceedings have not set a case law precedent, preventing further seizures.
    This fact & the many thousands in costs, should the challenge fail, has allowed Border Force to continue misinterpretation of the old gravity knife & switchblade Acts 1953, 1959 & CJA 1988.

    I’ve checked with Bill Harriman representing BASC.
    No receipt of guidance from ACPO or HO reference the definition has been issued.

    Imho, It’s not too much to ask that opinion be stated until factual data is officially issued. There’s enough frightened collectors & owners out here panicing, without pre-empting the official guidelines.

  4. David - 3:25 pm 26/07/19

    CommentI followed Hansard which records what was discussed during both the Commons committee stages as well as what was said in the Lords.
    Both committee MPs and government officials, in answer to questions or statements from Lords, explicitly stated, that one handed opening knives with studs or similar were not the target of these updated acts and there was no desire to prohibit the use of them in for example, sports activities etc and that they would definitely continue to be legal use.
    To any court/judge that takes into account Hansard, it should be pretty clear parliaments intent that they are legal.
    That’s the hope and theory, anyway.

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